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October 2020

Monday, 26 October 2020 00:00

How Can You Sprain Your Ankle?

A sprained ankle is a common type of ankle injury. It occurs when the ligaments that support the ankle gets overstretched or torn. There are many different ways that you could sprain your ankle. Some of the most common instances include slipping while walking downhill, stepping in a hole, turning the foot abruptly while playing a sport, or even putting your weight down on your foot awkwardly. Ankle sprains are classified into various levels of severity, ranging from mild grade 1 sprains where the ligament is only slightly stretched, to severe grade 3 sprains, where the ligament is completely torn. If you believe that you have sprained your ankle, it is strongly recommended that you seek the care of a podiatrist as soon as possible.

Ankle sprains are common but need immediate attention. If you need your feet checked, contact Dr. Catherine J. Minnick from Illinois. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

How Does an Ankle Sprain Occur?

Ankle sprains take place when the ligaments in your ankle are torn or stretched beyond their limits. There are multiple ways that the ankle can become injured, including twisting or rolling over onto your ankle, putting undue stress on it, or causing trauma to the ankle itself.

What Are the Symptoms?

  • Mild to moderate bruising
  • Limited mobility
  • Swelling
  • Discoloration of the skin (depending on severity)

Preventing a Sprain

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

Treatment of a Sprain

Treatment of a sprain depends on the severity.  Many times, people are told to rest and remain off their feet completely, while others are given an air cast. If the sprain is very severe, surgery may be required.

If you have suffered an ankle sprain previously, you may want to consider additional support such as a brace and regular exercises to strengthen the ankle.

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

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Thursday, 22 October 2020 00:00

Are You Suffering From Ingrown Toenails?

If left untreated, an ingrown toenail can lead to more serious concerns, such as an infection. Knowing proper nail care can help in the prevention of an ingrown toenail. Give us a call, and get treated!

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Monday, 19 October 2020 00:00

Treatments for Corns

A corn on the foot is a prominent and painful thickening of the skin that often develops in the spaces between the smaller toes. There are numerous treatments for corns. A doctor might recommend that you wear a padded corn sleeve, which slides over the toe and covers the corn to reduce pressure on it. Toe spacers and corn donuts are other devices that can create a similar effect. Sometimes, corns are associated with large calluses. In this case, it may be beneficial to have the calluses regularly shaved or trimmed. Occasionally, surgery may be warranted to remedy a corn that has not responded to more conservative treatment measures. If you have painful corns on your feet, it is suggested that you visit a podiatrist.

Corns can make walking very painful and should be treated immediately. If you have questions regarding your feet and ankles, contact Dr. Catherine J. Minnick of Illinois. Our doctor will treat your foot and ankle needs.

Corns: What Are They? And How Do You Get Rid of Them?
Corns are thickened areas on the skin that can become painful. They are caused by excessive pressure and friction on the skin. Corns press into the deeper layers of the skin and are usually round in shape.

Ways to Prevent Corns
There are many ways to get rid of painful corns such as:

  • Wearing properly fitting shoes that have been measured by a professional
  • Wearing shoes that are not sharply pointed or have high heels
  • Wearing only shoes that offer support

Treating Corns

Although most corns slowly disappear when the friction or pressure stops, this isn’t always the case. Consult with your podiatrist to determine the best treatment option for your case of corns.

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

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Flip-flops, with their roomy design and flat soles, may seem better for your feet than other shoes. Unfortunately, they aren’t. In fact, frequently wearing flip-flops can greatly damage the health of your feet. Flip-flops lack support for the foot, and their loose design requires you to scrunch your toes to keep them on your feet as you walk. This can alter the way you walk, also known as your gait. Those who wear flip-flops frequently are more likely to walk with short strides and with their ankles turned overly inward. This walking pattern can increase the risk of developing ankle and hip pain. Frequent flip-flop use can also cause plantar fasciitis, a painful inflammation of the ligament that runs along the bottom of the foot, from the heel to the toes. For more information about the dangers of flip-flops, and to discover healthier footwear options, consult with a podiatrist.

Flip-flops are not always the best choice of footwear. If you have any concerns about your feet or ankles, contact Dr. Catherine J. Minnick from Illinois. Our doctor will assist you with all of your foot and ankle needs.

Flip-Flops and Feet

When the weather starts warming up, people enjoy wearing flip-flops.  Flip-flops are comfortable, stylish, and easy to slip on and off; they're perfect for any summer beach goer.  However, these shoes can cause harm to the feet.

How Can Flip-Flops Affect Me Long-Term?

  • Ankle problems
  • Hip problems
  • Lower back problems
  • Pain in the balls of the feet
  • Problems with foot arches
  • Changes in the way you walk

Are There Injuries Associated with Flip-Flops?

Yes.  Since flip-flops are relatively weak and do not provide the same amount of support as sneakers, people who wear flip-flops regularly are more susceptible to injuries. On top of that, the open nature of the shoe makes your feet more prone to other problems, such as cuts and even infections.  Common injuries and ailments include:

  • Sprained ankles
  • Blisters
  • Infections
  • Cuts and Scrapes

I like Wearing Flip-Flops. Are There Safe Alternatives?

When buying flip-flops, try to find ones that have sturdy soles and that are made of high-quality materials that will support for your feet.  These flip-flops will cost more but will also last longer as a result.

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

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Monday, 05 October 2020 00:00

Why Does My Pinky Toe Hurt?

Despite its small size, an injury to the pinky toe can cause a lot of pain. Pinky toe pain is common, and can be caused by a large number of conditions. So why might your pinky toe be hurting? It could be broken. Stubbing your toe really hard or suffering a direct blow to the pinky from a heavy object can cause the bone to fracture. Symptoms of a broken pinky toe include a popping sound when the injury occurs, immediate throbbing pain that may fade after a few hours, difficulty putting weight on the affected foot, the pinky toe appearing misaligned, swelling, bruising, burning, or damage to the toenail. Other potential causes of pinky toe pain include a stress, avulsion, or Jones fracture, a dislocation, a sprain, a tailor’s bunion, a corn, or a pinky toe deformity like hammertoe. If you have pinky toe pain, it is suggested that you seek the care of a podiatrist for diagnosis and treatment. 

A broken toe can be very painful and lead to complications if not properly fixed. If you have any concerns about your feet, contact Dr. Catherine J. Minnick from Illinois. Our doctor will treat your foot and ankle needs.

What to Know About a Broken Toe

Although most people try to avoid foot trauma such as banging, stubbing, or dropping heavy objects on their feet, the unfortunate fact is that it is a common occurrence. Given the fact that toes are positioned in front of the feet, they typically sustain the brunt of such trauma. When trauma occurs to a toe, the result can be a painful break (fracture).

Symptoms of a Broken Toe

  • Throbbing pain
  • Swelling
  • Bruising on the skin and toenail
  • The inability to move the toe
  • Toe appears crooked or disfigured
  • Tingling or numbness in the toe

Generally, it is best to stay off of the injured toe with the affected foot elevated.

Severe toe fractures may be treated with a splint, cast, and in some cases, minor surgery. Due to its position and the pressure it endures with daily activity, future complications can occur if the big toe is not properly treated.

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

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