Bone spurs, also known as osteophytes, can occur anywhere in the skeletal system, and the feet are no exception. Bone spurs are simply overgrowths of bone, which most commonly form where two bones come together. Normally bone spurs in the feet are painless, but when exposed to pressure, they can cause the excess bone to rub against other nerve endings or soft tissues, resulting in pain.
Causes of Bone Spurs in the Feet
When your feet are repeatedly exposed to excessive pressure and stress, a bone spur can form as a result of the body's normal response to repair itself. The following activities and conditions are common causes:
- High-impact activities, such as running
- Excessive weight
- Poor-fitting footwear
- Tightening of the plantar fasciitis due to excessive stress
Because there are no obvious symptoms associated with bone spurs in the feet, diagnosing the disorder can be difficult. Some people experience unbearable pain in particular areas of their foot when exposed to pressure, which prompts them to seek medical care. Other people can go long periods of time without realizing they even have a bone spur. An x-ray can identify a bone spur in your foot, but if it isn't causing you pain, damaging other tissues or restricting your movement, treatment probably won't be necessary.
Identifying the cause of your bone spur, such as poor-fitting shoes or weight gain, is often times enough to reduce the pressure that is causing the pain.
Conservative treatments for bone spurs include:
- Change in footwear
- Weight loss
- Padding or insoles
- Deep tissue massage and stretching
If you're experiencing chronic foot pain, schedule an appointment at our office. We'll carefully examine your feet and evaluate your symptoms to better understand your condition. If you've developed a bone spur, we can work with you to create a treatment plan that best fits your needs and puts an end to your frustrating foot pain.
Athlete's foot is one of the most common fungal infections of the skin and is frequently seen in our office. Whether you've had it or not, it's important to understand how you can avoid and treat this highly contagious infection if you do contract it.
The fungus that causes athlete's foot thrives in damp, moist environments and often grows in warm, humid climates, such as locker rooms, showers and public pools; hence the name "athlete's foot. " This infection can itch and burn causing the skin on your feet and between your toes to crack and peel.
Tips For avoiding Athlete's Foot:
- Keep your feet dry, allowing them to air out as much as possible
- Wear socks that draw moisture away from your feet and change them frequently if you perspire heavily
- Wear light, well-ventilated shoes
- Alternate pairs of shoes, allowing time for your shoes to dry each day
- Always wear waterproof shoes in public areas, such as pools, locker rooms, or communal showers
- Never borrow shoes due to the risk of spreading a fungal infection
A mild case of athlete's foot will generally clear up on its own with over-the-counter antifungal creams and sprays. But since re-infection is common due to its contagious nature, many people require prescribed anti-fungal medication to effectively treat the infection. Generally, it's always best to consult with your podiatrist before choosing a treatment.
Mild cases of athlete's foot can turn severe and even cause a serious bacterial infection. If you notice your rash has become increasingly red, swollen and painful or you develop blisters and sores, call our office right away. Athlete's foot left untreated could eventually spread to other body parts and infect other people around you.
With the right treatment, you'll be cured of your athlete's foot in no time, which means the sooner you can enjoy the activities you love without pain and irritation!
The staff at the offices of Dr. Jeffrey J. Betman & Associates brings two important characteristics to the table – the credentials and the care you need. We have more than 20 years of experience in providing top quality foot care to people just like you in Chicago. Our staff has received degrees from prestigious schools and done their residencies at prominent hospitals. We have seen it all and also seek to provide the most comfortable and patient-oriented care in the area.
Multi-Cultural and Multi-Lingual
If you know someone who doesn't speak English, but needs foot care, refer them to our office! We are fluent in Spanish and Polish – se habla Español, mowimy po Polsku! We offer these specific services for our Spanish-speaking and Polish-speaking communities in Chicagoland. This sets us apart as a practice, as we set the bar with our quality of service. It's just one more way for us to communicate that we care about you.
We also set ourselves apart in the following ways:
- 24-Hour Service
- Quality Care
- Informative Tips for Patients
- Comfortable, Convenient Setting
- Three Office Locations
- More than 20 Years of Experience
In this metropolitan area of Chicago, we understand that you have a lot of companies competing for your business. At Dr. Jeffrey J. Betman & Associates, we seek to not only provide the services you need, but to also inform you so that you don't need our services in the first place. We advocate preventative medicine so that your life can be improved without medical intervention. However, when you need us, we're there with three different office locations for your convenience.
We can eliminate toenail fungus!
If you are suffering from toenail fungus, the staff at Dr. Jeffrey J. Betman & Associates understands how embarrassed you may feel about showing your feet in public. While you may feel hopeless, there is a medical technique available to you that can eliminate toenail fungus called laser toenail fungus removal. This procedure is 80-90% effective and is FDA approved. The treatment is 100% safe for both adults and children, as studies show there have not been any adverse reactions, side effects, or injuries since the procedure was approved in 2007.
While it may sound painful, laser toenail fungus removal is not painful at all. No anesthesia or injections are required and a majority of patients don't feel any pain; only a slight warming sensation during the procedure. The laser is designed to kill the fungal infection in and underneath the affected toenails without injuring the healthy underlying nail bed or skin.
Fungus-free toes in as little as 30 minutes!
The laser toenail fungus removal process can take as little as 30 minutes and you can put your shoes back on immediately after treatment! If you would like to learn more about the treatment process, please do not hesitate to contact our office at 866-366-8725 today!
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