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Finding the right shoes for flat feet is important for both comfort and foot health. Flat feet can vary in shape and size, from toes pointing outward to tight Achilles tendons. Experts suggest opting for wide-fit shoes to accommodate your foot shape and avoiding narrow fronts, allowing your toes to spread comfortably. Look for shoes with sturdy soles and heel support to prevent overpronation and protect against potential tendon damage. Custom orthotic inserts can provide personalized support, reduce strain, and help keep your feet aligned. Reinforced heels are essential to safeguard against pressure to protect the Achilles tendon. Consider wearing different types of shoes for various activities, ensuring you have the right support for each occasion. During the summer, prioritize wide, sturdy soles with ample cushioning. While wearing quality shoes is essential, it is suggested that you consult a podiatrist for an examination and tailored advice on managing flat feet.

Flatfoot is a condition many people suffer from. If you have flat feet, contact Joe Mathew George DPM, FACFAS from Illinois. Our doctor will treat your foot and ankle needs.

What Are Flat Feet?

Flatfoot is a condition in which the arch of the foot is depressed and the sole of the foot is almost completely in contact with the ground. About 20-30% of the population generally has flat feet because their arches never formed during growth.

Conditions & Problems:

Having flat feet makes it difficult to run or walk because of the stress placed on the ankles.

Alignment – The general alignment of your legs can be disrupted, because the ankles move inward which can cause major discomfort.

Knees – If you have complications with your knees, flat feet can be a contributor to arthritis in that area.  

Symptoms

  • Pain around the heel or arch area
  • Trouble standing on the tip toe
  • Swelling around the inside of the ankle
  • Flat look to one or both feet
  • Having your shoes feel uneven when worn

Treatment

If you are experiencing pain and stress on the foot you may weaken the posterior tibial tendon, which runs around the inside of the ankle. 

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our offices located in Joliet, Bolingbrook, and Channahon, IL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Tuesday, 07 May 2024 00:00

Peripheral artery disease, or PAD, is a condition where the arteries that supply blood to the legs and feet become narrowed due to plaque buildup. Diabetes significantly increases the risk of developing this condition. High blood sugar levels contribute to the accumulation of fatty deposits in the blood vessels, which can harden and reduce blood flow. This process, known as atherosclerosis, is more common in diabetes patients due to the chronic high glucose levels that damage the blood vessel walls. Symptoms of PAD include pain, cramping, or heaviness in the legs and feet during activities like walking. Complications like ulcers, which often appear on the feet, can lead to serious infections. Regular check-ups with a podiatrist, or foot doctor, are important to prevent any issues and manage foot and lower leg health. If you have symptoms of peripheral artery disease, it is suggested that you make an appointment with a podiatrist today. 

Peripheral artery disease can pose a serious risk to your health. It can increase the risk of stroke and heart attack. If you have symptoms of peripheral artery disease, consult with Joe Mathew George DPM, FACFAS from Illinois. Our doctor will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.

Peripheral artery disease (PAD) is when arteries are constricted due to plaque (fatty deposits) build-up. This results in less blood flow to the legs and other extremities. The main cause of PAD is atherosclerosis, in which plaque builds up in the arteries.

Symptoms

Symptoms of PAD include:

  • Claudication (leg pain from walking)
  • Numbness in legs
  • Decrease in growth of leg hair and toenails
  • Paleness of the skin
  • Erectile dysfunction
  • Sores and wounds on legs and feet that won’t heal
  • Coldness in one leg

It is important to note that a majority of individuals never show any symptoms of PAD.

Diagnosis

While PAD occurs in the legs and arteries, Podiatrists can diagnose PAD. Podiatrists utilize a test called an ankle-brachial index (ABI). An ABI test compares blood pressure in your arm to you ankle to see if any abnormality occurs. Ultrasound and imaging devices may also be used.

Treatment

Fortunately, lifestyle changes such as maintaining a healthy diet, exercising, managing cholesterol and blood sugar levels, and quitting smoking, can all treat PAD. Medications that prevent clots from occurring can be prescribed. Finally, in some cases, surgery may be recommended.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our offices located in Joliet, Bolingbrook, and Channahon, IL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Tarsal tunnel syndrome, which involves the compression of the posterior tibial nerve as it passes through the tarsal tunnel on the inner side of the ankle, can be tricky to diagnose. Diagnosis typically begins with a physical examination where a podiatrist, or foot doctor, evaluates the foot for signs of nerve compression. The podiatrist may use specific tests that could provoke symptoms. To confirm the diagnosis and eliminate other potential conditions, magnetic resonance Imaging, or an MRI scan is commonly used. An MRI can provide clear images of the soft tissues surrounding the ankle, helping to identify any abnormalities like tumors, varicose veins, or structural deformities compressing the nerve. The treatment strategy may vary depending on MRI findings. For example, if the MRI reveals a structural anomaly compressing the nerve, surgical intervention may be required to alleviate the pressure. However, if inflammation is mild and no significant anatomical issues are detected, more conservative treatments like corticosteroid injections or custom orthotics might be effective. For proper diagnosis of tarsal tunnel syndrome and the most effective treatment plan, it is suggested that you consult a podiatrist. 

Tarsal tunnel syndrome can be very uncomfortable to live with. If you are experiencing tarsal tunnel syndrome, contact Joe Mathew George DPM, FACFAS of Illinois. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome

Tarsal tunnel syndrome, which can also be called tibial nerve dysfunction, is an uncommon condition of misfiring peripheral nerves in the foot. The tibial nerve is the peripheral nerve in the leg responsible for sensation and movement of the foot and calf muscles. In tarsal tunnel syndrome, the tibial nerve is damaged, causing problems with movement and feeling in the foot of the affected leg.

Common Cause of Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome

  • Involves pressure or an injury, direct pressure on the tibial nerve for an extended period of time, sometimes caused by other body structures close by or near the knee.
  • Diseases that damage nerves, including diabetes, may cause tarsal tunnel syndrome.
  • At times, tarsal tunnel syndrome can appear without an obvious cause in some cases.

The Effects of Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome

  • Different sensations, an afflicted person may experience pain, tingling, burning or other unusual sensations in the foot of the affected leg.
  • The foot muscles, toes and ankle become weaker, and curling your toes or flexing your foot can become difficult.
  • If condition worsens, infections and ulcers may develop on the foot that is experiencing the syndrome.

A physical exam of the leg can help identify the presence of tarsal tunnel syndrome. Medical tests, such as a nerve biopsy, are also used to diagnose the condition. Patients may receive physical therapy and prescriptive medication. In extreme cases, some may require surgery.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our offices located in Joliet, Bolingbrook, and Channahon, IL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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