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Suffering from this type of pain? You may have the foot condition known as Morton's neuroma. Morton's neuroma may develop as a result of ill-fitting footwear and existing foot deformities. We can help.

Tuesday, 29 November 2022 00:00

Causes of an Ingrown Toenail

An ingrown toenail is the result of the nail growing into the skin instead of over it. This can happen from wearing shoes that are too tight or from trimming the toenails improperly. Some people will get an ingrown toenail from enduring a toe injury, or from inadequate foot hygiene. Additionally, there may be genetic factors that can cause an ingrown toenail to develop. Common symptoms that many patients experience can consist of the surrounding skin becoming red, swollen, and painful. If the nail becomes infected it may bleed and a discharge may ooze from the nail.  A proper diagnosis is done by having a physical examination of the foot performed, and an X-ray may be necessary which can determine the extent of the injury. Mild relief may be found when the foot is soaked in warm water, thus making it easier to gently pull the skin away from the nail. This is considered to be a temporary solution and a podiatrist is eventually sought who can provide permanent relief, which may include surgery.

Ingrown toenails may initially present themselves as a minor discomfort, but they may progress into an infection in the skin without proper treatment. For more information about ingrown toenails, contact one of our podiatrists of JB Jenkins & Associates. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Ingrown Toenails

Ingrown toenails are caused when the corner or side of a toenail grows into the soft flesh surrounding it. They often result in redness, swelling, pain, and in some cases, infection. This condition typically affects the big toe and may recur if it is not treated properly.

Causes

  • Improper toenail trimming
  • Genetics
  • Improper shoe fitting
  • Injury from pedicures or nail picking
  • Abnormal gait
  • Poor hygiene

You are more likely to develop an ingrown toenail if you are obese, have diabetes, arthritis, or have any fungal infection in your nails. Additionally, people who have foot or toe deformities are at a higher risk of developing an ingrown toenail.

Symptoms

Some symptoms of ingrown toenails are redness, swelling, and pain. In rare cases, there may be a yellowish drainage coming from the nail.

Treatment

Ignoring an ingrown toenail can have serious complications. Infections of the nail border can progress to a deeper soft-tissue infection, which can then turn into a bone infection. You should always speak with your podiatrist if you suspect you have an ingrown toenail, especially if you have diabetes or poor circulation.

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

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Tuesday, 22 November 2022 00:00

Plantar Fasciitis and Jumping Rope

There is a good chance that you might have heard of plantar fasciitis at some point in your life. This is because it is a leading cause of heel pain in many Americans, and can make a variety of physical activities significantly more challenging. Jumping rope is one such activity that can exacerbate or aggravate plantar fasciitis. Since this foot condition makes the band of tissue along the arch of the foot inflamed, jumping rope can cause an individual with plantar fasciitis pain. For example, when jumping rope, an individual with plantar fasciitis might feel a heightened sense of pain in the arches of the feet. Boxers ought to be particularly mindful of this possibility, as boxers will often jump rope in training for their sport. If you have plantar fasciitis or frequently jump rope, contact a podiatrist today for more information.

Plantar fasciitis is a common foot condition that is often caused by a strain injury. If you are experiencing heel pain or symptoms of plantar fasciitis, contact one of our podiatrists from JB Jenkins & Associates. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

What Is Plantar Fasciitis?

Plantar fasciitis is one of the most common causes of heel pain. The plantar fascia is a ligament that connects your heel to the front of your foot. When this ligament becomes inflamed, plantar fasciitis is the result. If you have plantar fasciitis you will have a stabbing pain that usually occurs with your first steps in the morning. As the day progresses and you walk around more, this pain will start to disappear, but it will return after long periods of standing or sitting.

What Causes Plantar Fasciitis?

  • Excessive running
  • Having high arches in your feet
  • Other foot issues such as flat feet
  • Pregnancy (due to the sudden weight gain)
  • Being on your feet very often

There are some risk factors that may make you more likely to develop plantar fasciitis compared to others. The condition most commonly affects adults between the ages of 40 and 60. It also tends to affect people who are obese because the extra pounds result in extra stress being placed on the plantar fascia.

Prevention

  • Take good care of your feet – Wear shoes that have good arch support and heel cushioning.
  • Maintain a healthy weight
  • If you are a runner, alternate running with other sports that won’t cause heel pain

There are a variety of treatment options available for plantar fasciitis along with the pain that accompanies it. Additionally, physical therapy is a very important component in the treatment process. It is important that you meet with your podiatrist to determine which treatment option is best for you.

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

 

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Tuesday, 15 November 2022 00:00

Feet and Blood Sugar

As anyone who takes their health seriously undoubtedly knows, the condition of your feet is central to maintaining a healthy, balanced lifestyle. There are many everyday foot care techniques that one may take to care of their feet. One example is by managing your blood sugar levels. When an individual has significantly high blood sugar levels, one’s blood vessels might be negatively impacted. As a result, the blood circulation to the feet can be diminished. This can lead to gangrene or peripheral vascular disease, among other things. Importantly, individuals who suffer from diabetes are very susceptible to experiencing high blood pressure. These individuals might consider being particularly diligent about managing their blood pressure. Consult a podiatrist today for more information.

Diabetic foot care is important in preventing foot ailments such as ulcers. If you are suffering from diabetes or have any other concerns about your feet, contact one of our podiatrists from JB Jenkins & Associates. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Diabetic Foot Care

Diabetes affects millions of people every year. The condition can damage blood vessels in many parts of the body, especially the feet. Because of this, taking care of your feet is essential if you have diabetes, and having a podiatrist help monitor your foot health is highly recommended.

The Importance of Caring for Your Feet

  • Routinely inspect your feet for bruises or sores.
  • Wear socks that fit your feet comfortably.
  • Wear comfortable shoes that provide adequate support.

Patients with diabetes should have their doctor monitor their blood levels, as blood sugar levels play such a huge role in diabetic care. Monitoring these levels on a regular basis is highly advised.

It is always best to inform your healthcare professional of any concerns you may have regarding your feet, especially for diabetic patients. Early treatment and routine foot examinations are keys to maintaining proper health, especially because severe complications can arise if proper treatment is not applied.

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

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Tuesday, 08 November 2022 00:00

Biomechanics of the Feet

Our feet do so much for us and so much can go wrong with them, but we do not often consider them unless we feel foot pain. Feet play an important role in the function of the gait cycle and influence the rest of our bodies. If our pronation or supination is off, shock absorption and walking can be affected. If the toe-off phase is not proper, propelling the body forward is impacted. Orthotics may help when things are off with the movement of our feet, but they may also not be necessary. If you are having foot discomfort or pain, contact a podiatrist who can examine your feet and evaluate your gait as well as provide the right treatment options for you.

If you have any concerns about your feet, contact one of our podiatrists from JB Jenkins & Associates. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Biomechanics in Podiatry

Podiatric biomechanics is a particular sector of specialty podiatry with licensed practitioners who are trained to diagnose and treat conditions affecting the foot, ankle and lower leg. Biomechanics deals with the forces that act against the body, causing an interference with the biological structures. It focuses on the movement of the ankle, the foot and the forces that interact with them.

A History of Biomechanics

  • Biomechanics dates back to the BC era in Egypt where evidence of professional foot care has been recorded.
  • In 1974, biomechanics gained a higher profile from the studies of Merton Root, who claimed that by changing or controlling the forces between the ankle and the foot, corrections or conditions could be implemented to gain strength and coordination in the area.

Modern technological improvements are based on past theories and therapeutic processes that provide a better understanding of podiatric concepts for biomechanics. Computers can provide accurate information about the forces and patterns of the feet and lower legs.

Understanding biomechanics of the feet can help improve and eliminate pain, stopping further stress to the foot.

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

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Friday, 04 November 2022 00:00

Do Your Child's Feet Hurt?

Have your child's feet been examined lately? Healthy feet are happy feet. If your child is complaining of foot pain, it may be a sign of underlying problems.

Tuesday, 01 November 2022 00:00

Hand, Foot, and Mouth Disease in Children

Sometimes certain medical conditions will cause an individual to exhibit symptoms on their feet. For example, a particular disease might manifest itself in a kind of rash on the feet. One such condition to be aware of is hand, foot, and mouth disease, which can be particularly prevalent in young children. A child with hand, foot, and mouth disease might experience a variety of different symptoms, such as a fever and mouth sores. Importantly, a common symptom of this disease in children is the development of a rash on the bottoms, or soles, of the feet. Importantly, this rash on the feet does not typically feel itchy, although it will feel as though there are raised spots on the feet. Blisters may also develop. Although it may be tempting for a child to touch these blisters and spots, it can be important to refrain from touching these areas. An adult will probably also want to help the child keep the affected area of the feet clean. Contact a podiatrist today for more information on helping your child protect their feet.


 

Making sure that your children maintain good foot health is very important as they grow. If you have any questions, contact one of our podiatrists of JB Jenkins & Associates. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Keeping Children's Feet Healthy

Having healthy feet during childhood can help prevent medical problems later in life, namely in the back and legs. As children grow, their feet require different types of care. Here are some things to consider...

Although babies do not walk yet, it is still very important to take care of their feet.

Avoid putting tight shoes or socks on his or her feet.

Allow the baby to stretch and kick his or her feet to feel comfortable.

As a toddler, kids are now on the move and begin to develop differently. At this age, toddlers are getting a feel for walking, so don’t be alarmed if your toddler is unsteady or ‘walks funny’. 

As your child gets older, it is important to teach them how to take care of their feet.

Show them proper hygiene to prevent infections such as fungus.

Be watchful for any pain or injury.

Have all injuries checked by a doctor as soon as possible.

Comfortable, protective shoes should always be worn, especially at play.

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

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Tuesday, 25 October 2022 00:00

Can Falls Be Prevented?

Falling among the elderly can invoke a horrible fear to the extent that one may decide to limit their daily activities. This can negatively affect one’s quality of life and leave them socially isolated. Upon falling, many endure serious physical injuries that include the feet, making it difficult to walk. There are measures that can be implemented that may help to protect one from falling. These can include removing frayed rugs from the living environment, improving lighting in the household, and wearing shoes that fit correctly. Additionally, it is beneficial to install grab bars in the shower and toilet area, as well as use bath mats that can help to avoid slipping. Engaging in a gentle exercise program can help to strengthen the overall body and this is essential in falls prevention. If you have questions about additional methods that can prevent falling and the potential harm falling can have on the feet, please contact a podiatrist. 

 

Preventing falls among the elderly is very important. If you are older and have fallen or fear that you are prone to falling, consult with one of our podiatrists from JB Jenkins & Associates. Our doctors will assess your condition and provide you with quality advice and care.

Every 11 seconds, an elderly American is being treated in an emergency room for a fall related injury. Falls are the leading cause of head and hip injuries for those 65 and older. Due to decreases in strength, balance, senses, and lack of awareness, elderly persons are very susceptible to falling. Thankfully, there are a number of things older persons can do to prevent falls.

How to Prevent Falls

Some effective methods that older persons can do to prevent falls include:

  • Enrolling in strength and balance exercise program to increase balance and strength
  • Periodically having your sight and hearing checked
  • Discuss any medications you have with a doctor to see if it increases the risk of falling
  • Clearing the house of falling hazards and installing devices like grab bars and railings
  • Utilizing a walker or cane
  • Wearing shoes that provide good support and cushioning
  • Talking to family members about falling and increasing awareness

Falling can be a traumatic and embarrassing experience for elderly persons; this can make them less willing to leave the house, and less willing to talk to someone about their fears of falling. Doing such things, however, will increase the likelihood of tripping or losing one’s balance. Knowing the causes of falling and how to prevent them is the best way to mitigate the risk of serious injury.  

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

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Tuesday, 18 October 2022 00:00

Do You Have Aching Feet While Working?

The feet can feel tired and achy while standing for the majority of the work day. Practicing good foot care may help to reduce aches and pains, and this can be accomplished by wearing shoes that fit properly. Wearing compression socks may be beneficial in providing comfort to the feet and ankles. Research has shown that specific work shoes can provide good arch support, which may help reduce weakness in the feet and ankles. It is beneficial to buy appropriate work shoes at the end of the day when the feet are at their largest. Many people feel better when they can stretch or walk for short periods during the day, and this can help to improve circulation. If the profession allows it, elevating the feet can help to reduce pressure on the ankles, and it often feels good when the foot is rolled on a tennis ball. It is important to stand on a stress mat as this is generally effective in diminishing existing foot pain. If you would like additional information about how to care for your feet while working, please consult with a podiatrist.

While working on the feet, it is important to take the proper care of them. For more information about working on your feet, contact one of our podiatrists from JB Jenkins & Associates. Our doctors will treat your foot and ankle needs.

Working on Your Feet

Standing on your feet for long periods of time can cause stress and pain in your feet. Your whole body may experience change in terms of posture, back pain, bunions, callouses and or plantar warts. There are ways to avoid these conditions with proper foot care, smart choices and correct posture.

Positive Changes

Negative heeled shoe – Choosing this shoe type places the heel slightly lower than the ball of the foot. These are great for overall foot health. Find shoes that fit you correctly.

Go barefoot – Our feet were not designed to be enclosed for all hours of the day. Try to periodically expose your feet to air.

Eliminate Pain

Foot Exercises – Performing simple exercises, incorporating yoga and doing stretches are beneficial. This will allow increased blood flow to the area and muscles of the foot.

Achilles tendon – Stretching the foot out flat on the floor will relax the calf muscles and tendon. These exercises can be performed almost anywhere. Make sure you add these exercises to your daily regimen. 

With a little bit of this information and knowing more about foot health, you will notice changes. Foot stretches and proper footwear will help with pain and prevent further issues.

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

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Tuesday, 11 October 2022 00:00

Understanding Why Your Feet Sweat

Sweating, or perspiring, is a natural way that the body controls its temperature to keep it from getting too hot. However, some people have overactive sweat glands, which is a condition known as hyperhidrosis. The cause is largely unknown, but thought to be related to genetics. In some cases, underlying medical conditions may be a cause. Hyperhidrosis is more common in younger men than in women. One of the places where this condition can present particular problems is in the feet. They can get slippery within the shoes, which breaks down the skin and allows infections to develop. Foot odor may occur, causing social embarrassment and stress. If your feet sweat excessively, it is a good idea to consult a podiatrist for help in controlling the condition. Among the options for combating sweaty feet are antiperspirants, botox injections, oral medication, and in certain cases surgery to remove the sweat glands. 

If you are suffering from hyperhidrosis contact one of our podiatrists of JB Jenkins & Associates. Our doctors can provide the care you need to attend to all of your foot and ankle needs.

Hyperhidrosis of the Feet

Hyperhidrosis is a rare disorder that can cause people to have excessive sweating of their feet. This can usually occur all on its own without rigorous activity involved. People who suffer from hyperhidrosis may also experience sweaty palms.

Although it is said that sweating is a healthy process meant to cool down the body temperature and to maintain a proper internal temperature, hyperhidrosis may prove to be a huge hindrance on a person’s everyday life.

Plantar hyperhidrosis is considered to be the main form of hyperhidrosis. Secondary hyperhidrosis can refer to sweating that occurs in areas other than the feet or hands and armpits. Often this may be a sign of it being related to another medical condition such as menopause, hyperthyroidism and even Parkinson’s disease.

In order to alleviate this condition, it is important to see your doctor so that they may prescribe the necessary medications so that you can begin to live a normal life again. If this is left untreated, it is said that it will persist throughout an individual’s life.

A last resort approach would be surgery, but it is best to speak with your doctor to find out what may be the best treatment for you.

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

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