Varicose veins are very easy to spot, which is why patients usually want them to disappear. They're a cosmetic issue but also a potentially painful podiatric issue that can be treated by a foot doctor. Learn what causes varicose veins and how you may be able to reduce their appearance with a podiatrist's help.
About Varicose Veins
When the veins appear to pop out of the skin on your legs, thighs and feet, they are called varicose veins. They often look blue or dark in appearance and can cause pain in the legs. This is because the veins are swelling from too much blood. It’s a problem that’s related to poor circulation and vascular health. Because the legs and feet are furthest from the heart, it’s more difficult for blood to flow back up through the body. It’s a condition that occurs most often in older women.
What Causes Them?
The Chicago Vein Institute says that about half of people over the age of 50 have varicose veins. They can develop for a number of reasons:
- Obesity (the extra weight affects your circulation and puts stress on your legs when walking)
- Pregnancy (again, due to the added weight)
- Standing for long periods of times at a job
- Heredity (patients who have two parents with varicose veins are more likely to get them)
Reducing the Appearance of Varicose Veins
Consider making your podiatrist your first line of defense when trying to treat varicose veins. Here are a few possible ways your foot doctor can help reduce the appearance of dark, swollen veins:
- Taking an ultrasound of the legs to check the flow of blood (ensure there are no blockages)
- Physical therapy and exercises to get the blood circulating properly
- Prescribing orthotic device to relieve pressure on your feet when standing or walking
- Compression stocks to reduce swelling and stimulate circulation
- Leg massage therapy
- Surgery in certain cases (sclerotherapy, laser and endoscopic vein surgeries are options)
Get Help from a Podiatrist
Relief from unsightly varicose veins can be found at your podiatrist’s office. Contact a foot doctor in your area to discuss treatments that will help you feel more confident in the appearance and function of the veins in your legs and feet.
Could custom shoe inserts be the answer you’ve been looking for to improve on your foot health.
Shoe inserts. You’ve probably seen them in your local drugstore. You may be wondering what they do and who could benefit. Of course, these over-the-counter orthotics offer a cheaper price tag but they can often make some pre-existing foot conditions worse. Here are some situations that our Wilmette and North Shore, IL, podiatrist, Dr. Gary Rogers, might be able to improve and help you better manage through custom orthotics:
If you have diabetes you may also suffer from some nerve damage or loss of sensation in your feet. This makes it difficult to determine extreme temperature or pain. As a result, this can put added stress on other areas of the body. By wearing custom orthotics, you could reduce strain and stress placed on the feet and, thereby take the load off other overworked parts of the body.
Are achy, burning joints making it almost impossible to move around? Do you find that your everyday tasks are affected by this painful chronic condition? If you find mobility to be more and more challenging, then it’s time to talk to our Wilmette and North Shore foot doctor about whether custom orthotics could provide the support your sore, throbbing joints need to experience relief.
While this isn’t exactly a health condition, this lifestyle can certainly put a lot of wear and tear on the body. Whether you play football or you’re a runner, your feet take a lot of impact during these activities. Wearing prescription orthotics could provide stability and support while also improving the alignment of muscles, tendons and ligaments in your feet.
Whether you are dealing with plantar fasciitis or bunions, there are many conditions that can lead to foot pain. If you find that regular foot pain is preventing you from going about your daily activities then you may want to consider wearing orthotics.
If there is a misalignment in your feet this can often lead to pain and other issues for the knees or lower back. It’s important to take unnecessary strain and pressure off certain areas to reduce the impact that your knees are taking on. One way to do this is with orthotics, which can redistribute the weight more evenly when you move.
Are you dealing with any of the foot problems above? Wondering if orthotics are right for you? Don’t you owe it to yourself to improve on your foot care? We think so, too! Call Wilmette Foot and Ankle Clinic in Wilmette and North Shore, IL, today to learn more.
Your feet are the foundation of your entire body, supporting you when you stand, walk and run. But when your feet are functioning poorly, signs and symptoms of altered biomechanics usually result in pain, instability and poor performance.
The good news is that a custom-made orthotic can relieve your chronic foot pain by supporting the bone structures of your feet, allowing these structures to work together properly. Orthotics help correct structural problems and conditions, such as heel pain and plantar fasciitis, arch pain, pain related to diabetes or age and many other foot pains related to bunions, sprains and other conditions.
State-of-the-Art Foot Scanners
Now when patients come into our office, we can use our state-of-the-art foot scanner to provide a dynamic, biomechanic assessment of the foot. Our new foot scanning technology offers precise mapping of the contours of the feet, resulting in a more accurate orthotic fitting for each patient. The process is extremely fast and accurate. Using this advanced technology, we can create the most comfortable and suitable solution for the correction of your feet.
If you are experiencing foot pain or instability, visit our office for a thorough biomechanical assessment. After an evaluation of your foot, we can use our advanced foot scanning system to manufacture the best orthotic specifically for you and your feet.
If your feet hurt, your entire body hurts. Our goal is to design and fabricate the most effective custom orthotic devices to help relieve your pain and get you on the road to recovery!
When your feet hurt, your entire body hurts, especially when you're suffering from painful neuromas or heel pain caused by plantar fasciitis. Generally, rest, anti-inflammatory medications, physical therapy or orthotics can effectively treat the pain. But when these conservative treatments aren't enough, chronic heel pain may require surgical treatment.
At our practice, we can treat irritating heel pain and get you back to your active lifestyle quickly with a new, fast-acting procedure known as Cryosurgery. For decades, this technique has been used for various areas of the body and is now proving to be very successful at helping treat and manage foot and ankle conditions.
Also known as Cryotherapy, Cryosurgery is a minimally invasive procedure performed comfortably in our office in just one appointment to alleviate pain and nerve problems of the foot.
Using localized freezing temperatures to deaden the irritated nerve, the treatment involves inserting a probe into the tissue of the foot. The extreme freezing temperatures produce an anesthetic effect, reducing inflammation to the site and causing a mild "numbing" effect for as long as it is applied. The freezing inactivates the nerve and, as a result, painful nerve irritation is relieved.
Benefits of Cryosurgery include:
- Painless procedure
- Use of local anesthetic
- In-office performed procedure
- Minimal to no downtime from walking, work and other activities
- Decreased use of pain medications that can cause complications
- No stitches, hospitalization or sedation are required
Cryosurgery has proven to be an effective and popular alternative for treating many chronic and painful foot ailments that involve irritation of an isolated nerve of the foot. If you're looking to get rid of your heel pain, but haven't had much success with conservative treatments, visit our office and find out if you are a good candidate for Cryosurgery.
With the new year upon us, frigid temperatures and cold storms are out in full force across the country. With such cold weather striking our nation, how do we to keep our feet warm?
At Wilmette Foot And Ankle Clinic, Dr. Gary Rogers, D.P.M., has years of experience extending a professional and personalized outlook to all your podiatric needs during this season of freeze! That's because he and his expert staff know full-well the consequences of untreated feet in times of severe weather, leading to potential infection, nerve damage, and even gangreen when left inadequately cared for.
Check out a few tips for keeping your feet safe this chilly winter season below:
- Wear full-length socks. They are preferable to the shorter ankle socks out there, because full-length socks provide greater foot and lower leg coverage for protection from the cold.
- Only wear shoes that fit you. Shoes that are too loose or too tight will only increase your chances for podiatric discomfort and risk for infection. To make sure yours fit, try putting them on with your (hopefully thick) socks to make sure the socks don't make your shoes too tight.
- If you plan on being outdoors, remember to bring an extra pair of socks. They'll help keep your feet dry. After all, if your feet get damp or wet, they'll be more vulnerable to bacterial infections since moisture is the perfect environment for fungus and other unsightly foot conditions to develop.
- Purchase socks made from certain materials: Coolmax®, Smartwool®, and Dacron®, all of which are made with the cold weather in mind!
For more information about keeping your feet safe from wintry weather conditions this season, give Dr. Rogers a call today at (847) 256-4434 and find out about many of the other expert podiatric services you deserve right here in North Shore, IL!
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