Tuesday, 16 April 2024 00:00

Metatarsalgia, a common foot condition, manifests as pain and inflammation in the ball of the foot, specifically the metatarsal region. This discomfort can vary in intensity, from a dull ache to sharp, stabbing pain, often exacerbated by standing, walking, or running. The causes of metatarsalgia are diverse, encompassing both biomechanical factors and lifestyle choices. High-impact activities, improper footwear, and excessive pressure on the forefoot can strain the metatarsals, leading to irritation of the surrounding tissues and nerves. Additionally, foot deformities such as bunions, hammertoes, and Morton's neuroma can contribute to the development of metatarsalgia. Poorly fitting shoes with inadequate cushioning or support exacerbate symptoms, worsening the condition. Furthermore, age-related changes in foot structure, such as loss of fat padding and decreased elasticity of ligaments, increase susceptibility to metatarsal pain. If you are experiencing pain in this area of your foot, it is strongly suggested that you visit a podiatrist who can accurately diagnose and treat metatarsalgia.

Foot Pain

Foot pain can be extremely painful and debilitating. If you have a foot pain, consult with one of our podiatrists from Dr. Jeffrey J. Betman & Associates . Our doctors will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.

Causes

Foot pain is a very broad condition that could be caused by one or more ailments. The most common include:

  • Bunions
  • Hammertoes
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Bone Spurs
  • Corns
  • Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Ingrown Toenails
  • Arthritis (such as Gout, Rheumatoid, and Osteoarthritis)
  • Flat Feet
  • Injury (from stress fractures, broken toe, foot, ankle, Achilles tendon ruptures, and sprains)
  • And more

Diagnosis

To figure out the cause of foot pain, podiatrists utilize several different methods. This can range from simple visual inspections and sensation tests to X-rays and MRI scans. Prior medical history, family medical history, and any recent physical traumatic events will all be taken into consideration for a proper diagnosis.

Treatment

Treatment depends upon the cause of the foot pain. Whether it is resting, staying off the foot, or having surgery; podiatrists have a number of treatment options available for foot pain.

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

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Tuesday, 09 April 2024 00:00

Understanding the variance between high and low ankle sprains is vital for accurate diagnosis and appropriate treatment. Low ankle sprains, commonly known as lateral ankle sprains, affect the ligaments on the outside of the ankle and are prevalent in sudden twists or rolls of the foot. Conversely, high ankle sprains, medically termed syndesmotic sprains, occur when the ligaments connecting the tibia and fibula bones above the ankle joint are stretched or torn. While both injuries cause pain, swelling, and difficulty bearing weight, high ankle sprains typically involve pain above the ankle and are associated with a longer recovery period. Moreover, high ankle sprains often result from more forceful rotational movements, such as those seen in sports like football or skiing. If you have sprained your ankle, it is suggested that you confer with a podiatrist who can determine what type of sprain it is, and offer appropriate treatment solutions.

Although ankle sprains are common, they aren’t always minor injuries. If you need your ankle injury looked at, contact one of our podiatrists from Dr. Jeffrey J. Betman & Associates . Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

How Does an Ankle Sprain Occur?

Ankle sprains are the result of a tear in the ligaments within the ankle. These injuries may happen when you make a rapid shifting movement while your foot is planted. A less common way to sprain your ankle is when your ankle rolls inward while your foot turns outward.

What Are the Symptoms?

  • Pain at the sight of the tear
  • Bruising/Swelling
  • Ankle area is tender to touch
  • In severe cases, may hear/feel something tear
  • Skin discoloration

Preventing a Sprain

  • Wearing appropriate shoes for the occasion
  • Stretching before exercises and sports
  • Knowing your limits

Treatment of a Sprain

In many cases, the RICE method (Rest, Ice, Compression, and Elevate) is used to treat ankle sprains. However, you should see a podiatrist to see which treatment option would work best with your injury. In severe cases, surgery may be required.

It is important to ask your doctor about rehab options after you receive treatment for your injury. Stretching, strength training, and balance exercises may help the ankle heal while also preventing further injury.

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

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Tuesday, 02 April 2024 00:00

Gout, often characterized by sudden and intense pain, swelling, and redness in the joints, primarily affects individuals who exhibit certain predisposing factors. Men over the age of 40 are particularly susceptible, as are postmenopausal women due to hormonal changes. Additionally, those with a family history of gout are at an increased risk, suggesting a genetic component to the condition. Lifestyle choices can also play a significant role. Excessive alcohol consumption, particularly beer, and a diet rich in purine-containing foods such as red meat, seafood, and organ meats can elevate the risk. Additionally, obesity and conditions like high blood pressure, diabetes, and kidney disease are associated with a higher likelihood of developing gout. Taking certain medications, such as diuretics, can contribute to elevated uric acid levels, increasing the likelihood of gout flare-ups. If you have had one or more gout attacks, it is strongly suggested that you are under the care of a podiatrist who can help you to manage this condition.

Gout is a foot condition that requires certain treatment and care. If you are seeking treatment, contact one of our podiatrists from Dr. Jeffrey J. Betman & Associates . Our doctors will treat your foot and ankle needs.

What Is Gout?

Gout is a type of arthritis caused by a buildup of uric acid in the bloodstream. It often develops in the foot, especially the big toe area, although it can manifest in other parts of the body as well. Gout can make walking and standing very painful and is especially common in diabetics and the obese.

People typically get gout because of a poor diet. Genetic predisposition is also a factor. The children of parents who have had gout frequently have a chance of developing it themselves.

Gout can easily be identified by redness and inflammation of the big toe and the surrounding areas of the foot. Other symptoms include extreme fatigue, joint pain, and running high fevers. Sometimes corticosteroid drugs can be prescribed to treat gout, but the best way to combat this disease is to get more exercise and eat a better diet.

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

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Thursday, 28 March 2024 00:00

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.

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