Posts for tag: Podiatrist
By Wilmette Foot and Ankle Clinic
June 26, 2020
Category: Foot Care
Are you wondering whether you should be turning to a podiatrist for care?
We don’t often think about the health of our feet until they start to cause us problems. Once foot pain, swelling and other problems set in, it is most likely a good time to visit a podiatrist to find out what’s going on. While minor pain and swelling may be alleviated through rest and home care, you should visit a podiatrist if you are dealing with:
- Ingrown toenails
- Chronic heel pain
- A broken foot or ankle
- Numbness, tingling or loss of sensation in the feet
- Severe pain
- Difficulty bearing weight on a foot or ankle
- A visible foot deformity
- Signs of infection (e.g. redness; swelling; fever)
- An ulcer or open wound
Need to come in for an evaluation? If so, here’s what to expect when you come into our podiatrist’s office for care,
We’ll go through your medical history
It’s important to understand your current health status as well as any conditions that could cause further problems for your feet and ankles. For example, patients with diabetes are more at risk for foot-related complications; therefore, it’s important to know all the details of your medical history so we can provide you with more effective care.
We will examine your foot
Next, we will perform a thorough physical examination of the affected foot and ankle. We will look for everything from visible deformities such as bunion and hammertoes, to issues with blood flow or changes in the color of your skin. A physical exam of your feet and ankles can tell us a lot about what might be going on.
We will determine if imaging tests are needing
Sometimes a physical examination is all that’s needed to be able to determine what’s going on. This is often the case with outward problems such as ingrown toenails or fungal infections; however, problems that affect the bones, ligaments and muscles of the foot may require imaging tests such as MRIs or X-rays to make a proper diagnosis.
We will map out a treatment plan
Once we’ve determined the cause of your symptoms, we can create your individualized treatment plan. The treatment options we recommend will depend on the type and severity of your condition. Acute and minor conditions will heal with rest and proper home care while more severe or chronic conditions may require long-term maintenance, therapies and medication. This is something that our podiatrist can discuss with you at length during your appointment.
If you are looking for someone to provide you with specialized foot and ankle care then a podiatrist is the right doctor for you.
By Wilmette Foot and Ankle Clinic
April 21, 2014
Category: Toenail Fungus
The last thing you may be thinking about Toenail fungus affects nearly 20 percent of the population. Today, it is one of the most common foot conditions that is treated by our podiatrist in North Shore, IL. Characterized by thick, disfigured, yellow nails, this recurring disorder can cause the nail to grow fragile, brittle and loose, and in some cases, crumble away. In the most severe cases, fungus-infected nails may even cause pain or difficulty walking.
Fungi thrive in warm, moist environments and can spread from person to person. Like athlete’s foot, you can contract a fungal nail infection from simply walking barefoot in public showers or pools, or by sharing nail clippers or shoes. Fungal infections can also infect fingernails, but toenails are more difficult to treat as toenails typically grow slower. BY visiting Wilmette Foot and Ankle Clinic, we can help remove embarrassing fungus with fungal removal in North Shore.
How to Prevent Pesky Toenail Fungus
Toenail fungus is common, but that doesn’t mean it can’t be easily prevented.
- Wear shower shoes at public pools and locker rooms
- Never share nail clippers or files
- Wear dry shoes that allow air to circulate around your feet
- Avoid injury to your nail, such as cutting it too short
- Inspect your feet and toes regularly
- Trim your toenails straight across to avoid ingrown toenail infections
- Wear open-toed shoes if weather permits
- Avoid wearing nail polish and disinfect pedicure tools
- Wear clean, dry cotton socks that provide breathing room and whisk away moisture
Professional North Shore area Fungal Removal
Left untreated, toenail fungus won’t go away and is often very difficult to treat. Over-the-counter antifungal creams are often ineffective and your nail fungus will often recur. The best way to eliminate your toenail fungus is to visit our podiatrist serving North Shore and Wilmette. He can prescribe a strong topical or oral medication, and depending on the type and severity of the infection, remove the diseased nail matter. In severe cases, the nail will need to be surgically removed in order to fully eradicate the infection.
However, today, there is a newer, faster and more effective way to eliminate toenail fungus-PinPointe FootLaser—an FDA-cleared, UVA patented infrared laser that heals nail fungus safely, quickly and painlessly. The new laser technology is specially designed to shine through your nail, vaporizing the fungus embedded deep in your nail bed. Better yet, the powerful laser beam has no effect on healthy tissue, targeting the infection only. At the time of the procedure, the toenail will not become instantly cleared of the infection. The nail will need to grow out in order for the fungus to be completely eliminated.
Practicing good foot hygiene is the best way to avoid toenail fungus. If you suspect an infected toenail, visit our Wilmette and North Shore, IL podiatrist right away for treatment. With many ways to prevent nail fungus and the availability of the PinPointe FootLaser treatment, you can rest easy knowing that achieving healthy, beautiful feet is possible not only this summer, but all year long.
By Wilmette Foot and Ankle Clinic
April 14, 2014
A bunion is often described as a bump on the side of the big toe, which often goes ignored. If you notice a bump forming, but it does not cause pain, it is important to not ignore it. When a bunion bump is ignored, it can become painful due to the changes in the bony framework of the front part of the foot that has progressed to severe deformity.
With the help of Dr. Gary Rogers, our podiatrist in North Shore, you can find relief from your bunion bump. And if you don’t have a bunion, we can help you protect yourself from the development of this painful condition. Lets take a look at treating your bunion in North Shore.
Let’s Begin with Changing Your Shoes
Start by ditching any tight fitting shoes to reduce pressure on the bunion. Since bunions tend to be more serious and painful, it is important to visit our North Shore podiatrist, Dr. Gary Rogers, for proper examination of the severity of your bunion. However, in the meantime, it is vital that you change the shoes you are wearing so they provide added room for the bunion.
Dr. Rogers may also recommend various conservative measures to reduce the pain and size of your bunion. Ice, padding, physical therapy and foot orthotics in North Shore are all common treatment options available to heal bunions. If these conservative approaches are not working, surgery might be a viable option to correct your foot’s alignment and remove the bunion.
Schedule an appointment with Dr. Gary Rogers in North Shore for Bunion diagnosis and treatment. With proper diagnosis, Dr. Rogers will be able to successfully treat your bunion, while eliminating your pain.