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By Wilmette Foot and Ankle Clinic
September 13, 2021
Category: Foot Care

Finding the right foot and ankle specialist doesn’t have to be complicated. Dr. Gary Rogers is an experienced foot and ankle specialist in Wilmette, IL, also serving North Shore, Skokie, and Evanston, IL. At Northshore University Healthsystem, your doctor diagnoses and treats problems affecting your feet and ankles.

How a Foot & Ankle Specialist Can Help You

The skilled foot and ankle specialist at our office in Wilmette, IL, also serving North Shore, Skokie, and Evanston, IL, can help with many types of foot and ankle problems. If you have sustained an acute injury such as an ankle sprain, or are dealing with a chronic condition, such as plantar fasciitis, Dr. Rogers can help. Some of the many conditions your podiatrist diagnoses and treats include:

  • Arthritis
  • Achilles tendonitis
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Ankle sprains
  • Fractures
  • Broken ankle
  • Shin splints
  • Sports injuries
  • Flat feet
  • Gout

The doctor also diagnoses and treats several other types of problems affecting the feet, including bunions, hammertoes, corns, calluses, ingrown toenails, fungus problems, and foot warts. Dr. Rogers provides diabetic foot care, as well.

Signs You Should See a Foot & Ankle Specialist

It is a good idea to see a foot and ankle specialist annually to ensure your feet and ankles are healthy. The doctor can look for signs of a new condition, as well as any changes since your last visit. Identifying potential issues early on allows for prompt treatment before they become more serious.

There may be times when you need to see a podiatrist even if you’ve already had an annual foot exam and are not yet due for another one. See a foot and ankle specialist if you sustain an injury or develop new symptoms. The doctor can ensure injuries heal properly and don’t result in ongoing problems, such as chronic foot pain or ankle instability. See a podiatrist if you observe or experience any of the following symptoms:

  • You suspect a possible fracture or break
  • Foot or ankle issues that have persisted for two or more weeks
  • Pain, swelling, redness, or tenderness in the feet or ankles
  • Severe cracking, peeling, or scaling on the heels or feet
  • Changes in the skin or nails of the feet
  • Chronic foot, heel, or ankle pain
  • Pus or discharge from the foot
  • Blisters on the feet

Finding the right podiatrist and getting regular checkups is an important step toward healthier feet and ankles. Schedule a consultation with Dr. Rogers, your foot and ankle specialist in Wilmette, IL, also serving North Shore, Skokie, and Evanston, IL, by calling Northshore University Healthsystem at (847) 256-4434.

By Wilmette Foot and Ankle Clinic
September 01, 2021
Category: Foot Condition
Tags: Cavus Foot  
High Arches in ChildrenWhen babies are born they are born with flat feet. Typically the arches of the feet don’t develop until children are 3-4 years old; however, sometimes the arches of the feet develop higher than they should, which can cause the feet to flex. This is known as cavus foot and this problem typically occurs within the first 10 years of a child’s life. Since this condition can impact mobility you must see a podiatrist if this is something you think your child might be dealing with.

The Problem with Cavus Foot

Cavus foot needs to be addressed right away by a podiatrist, as this condition can lead to a variety of issues for your child. Cavus foot is more likely to lead to imbalances within the feet, which in turn can also impact the function of the ankle, legs, hips, and even lower back. Children and teens with cavus foot may be more likely to deal with aches, pains, and strains within the feet, ankles, legs, and hips. This condition can also lead to metatarsalgia, Achilles tendonitis, and chronic ankle sprains.

Causes of Cavus Foot

In many cases, a muscle or nerve disorder that impacts how the muscles function causes cavus foot. This leads to imbalances that cause the distinctive high arches of this condition. Of course, other conditions such as Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease, muscular dystrophy, and spina bifida can also increase the chances of developing cavus foot.

Treating Cavus Foot

You must be watching your little ones as they start to walk to see if you notice any differences in how they move. Catching these issues early offers your child the best chance at improved mobility and less risk for developing foot problems later on. Your podiatrist may work together with a neurologist to pinpoint whether a nerve disorder could be the underlying cause.

Once your foot specialist determines the root cause of your child’s cavus foot then they can map out a customized treatment plan. Milder cases may benefit from more conservative treatment options such as custom orthotics and arch supports; however, surgery is often necessary to correct this problem.

Any issues with mobility, particularly in children, should be addressed and assessed as quickly as possible. Turn to a podiatrist that also specializes in providing pediatric podiatry to children and teens, as they will be able to provide the most thorough treatment plan for your little one.
By Wilmette Foot and Ankle Clinic
August 19, 2021
Category: Foot Care
Mortons NeuromaAre you experiencing a sharp, burning pain between your toes that gets worse when walking or standing? Do you notice tingling or numbness in the toes, or pain and swelling on the soles of the feet? If so, you could be dealing with a condition known as Morton’s neuroma that causes thickening of the nerves between the toes. If you suspect that you might have Morton’s neuroma, a podiatrist will be the ideal doctor to turn to for treatment.

Are neuromas dangerous?

It’s important not to confuse a neuroma with Morton’s neuroma. A neuroma is a benign growth that develops on the nerves; however, Morton’s neuroma is not a growth; it’s simply inflammation and swelling of the tissue around the nerves that lie between the toes (often between the third and fourth toes).

What causes Morton’s neuroma?

Any kind of intense pressure or compression placed on these toes can lead to inflammation of the tissue around the nerves. Some people are more at risk for developing Morton’s neuroma. Risk factors include:
  • Playing certain sports such as running or tennis, which puts pressure on the balls of the feet
  • Wearing high heels with a heel that’s more than 2 inches tall
  • Wearing narrow shoes or shoes with pointed toes
  • Certain foot conditions such as bunions or hammertoes
  • Flat feet or high arches (or other congenital foot problems)
What are the signs of Morton’s neuroma?

Since this condition involves inflamed tissue, you won’t notice a growth or bump in the area; however, you may simply experience pain that is gradual and minor at first and is alleviated by not wearing shoes. Symptoms often get worse with time and result in:
  • Swelling between the toes
  • A sharp burning pain between the toes that gets worse with activity
  • Tingling or numbness in the foot
  • Feeling like there is a pebble or stone in your shoe (often at the balls of the feet)
  • Pain that’s intensified by standing on your tiptoes or wearing high heels or pointed-toe shoes
How is this foot problem treated?

Most people can alleviate their symptoms through simple lifestyle modifications including:
  • Icing
  • Rest
  • Massaging your feet
  • Shoe pads
  • Custom shoe inserts (that a podiatrist can craft just for you)
  • Supportive footwear that offers shock-absorption
  • Non-steroid anti-inflammatory drugs
  • Steroid injections
  • Local anesthetic injections
Any persistent or severe foot pain or swelling, along with numbness or tingling, should be addressed right away by a podiatrist. There are many conditions, some serious, that can cause a lot of these same symptoms and a podiatrist will be able to provide an immediate and accurate diagnosis for your symptoms.
By Wilmette Foot and Ankle Clinic
August 05, 2021
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Podiatrist   Heel Pain   Foot Doctor  

Heel pain can make your days difficult, much more so if you do a lot of your work on your feet or if you practice sports on a regular basis. For mild cases, you can do a lot to mitigate the symptoms at home, but for pain that persists, you can always turn to your podiatrist for help. They can identify the source of your heel pain and offer a variety of treatments, from the most conservative to surgery, in those rare cases where it may be necessary. Not everyone's discomfort is the same so if you would like to learn more about the possible causes of heel pain and how it's treated you can contact your Wilmette, IL, podiatrist from Wilmette Foot and Ankle Clinic, Dr. Gary Rogers.

Ways to Help

At-home care is a good first response to heel pain, such as with mild symptoms. At-home care can include using ice and compression, and especially rest.

If symptoms persist even after at-home care treatments, if the discomfort is severe, or if you are concerned, then please come into the office.

Your podiatrist will perform a physical examination to determine the reason for the pain, which can range from a sprain, or a fracture, or even chronic conditions such as plantar fasciitis.

You may be prescribed physical therapy as a means of strengthening your foot to assist with pain management and to prevent further injury. They may also assign you medication to deal with inflammation.

Custom-made orthotics are a very common method for managing a number of foot conditions. Their use may even help avoid surgery. Surgery is yet another strategy for dealing with heel pain, but its employment is rare and only necessary when the structural problems with your foot cannot be corrected via other conservative methods.

Heel Pain Treatment in Wilmette, IL

You should not have to endure heel pain, and overuse of painkillers can cause unintended consequences. So treat it at the source, dial (847) 256-4434 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Rogers of Wilmette Foot and Ankle Clinic for treatment for your heel pain in the North Shore, serving the areas of Wilmette, Skokie, and Evanston, IL.

By Wilmette Foot and Ankle Clinic
July 29, 2021
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Footwear   Shoes  
The Right ShoesWhen was the last time you bought new shoes? When was the last time you threw out shoes that were old and worn out? We often keep shoes long past the point where we should have retired them. Of course, other factors such as our age also play a role in the health of our feet, including our risk factors for developing certain conditions and also our footcare needs. Our feet have different needs and require different care as we get older. Here’s how to choose the appropriate shoes for all stages of life:
How Your Feet Change Over the Years

As we age, our feet will change shape and size, which can also predispose them to certain problems. This also means that your foot needs will change, particularly concerning footwear. Here’s how your feet will change:
  • Loss of fat pads
  • Dry, cracked skin
  • The development or worsening of certain deformities such as hammertoes or bunions
  • Widening or lengthening of the feet
  • Loss of bone density (which can increase your risk for fracture)
  • Changes in gait due to certain conditions such as neuropathy or arthritis
  • Diabetic-related foot problems
  • Issues with balance
Everyday Footwear for Aging Feet

You must look for shoes that provide proper cushioning and supportive insoles so that your feet can tackle the day-to-day activities. If you have foot problems or issues with gait, then you’ll want to turn to a podiatrist for an evaluation. Together, you can decide the proper footwear and whether prescription orthotics can also provide your feet with additional support and cushioning that footwear alone can’t.

You should turn to a specialty shoe store where they can analyze your gait, properly measure your feet, and determine whether the shoes you’re getting may require additional modifications including orthotics. For example, some shoes and brands adjust to foot swelling throughout the day, while others provide enough space to place orthotics.
There are also certain types of shoes that aging feet should avoid. Those include:
  • Any shoes with pointed toes
  • Shoes with heels over 2 inches
  • Shoes that aren’t non-slip
  • Sandals or flip-flops
  • Shoes that don’t have a firm sole (including your slippers)
  • Old, worn shoes (that simply need to be tossed)
  • Shoes with rocker soles (particularly if you have gait problems)
If you are having trouble finding the right shoes to fit your needs, or if you are interested in learning more about custom orthotics and how it could provide additional support for your feet, turn to your podiatrist today for the care your feet deserve.

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