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July 2023

Tuesday, 25 July 2023 00:00

Stretches for Flat Feet

Flat feet are an abnormal foot structure the majority of babies are born with. The arch generally develops during the teenage years, and adults who have never developed an arch may have endured a foot injury, or it may have occurred from genetic reasons. There are some adults who have a consistent achy sensation with flat feet, and performing certain stretches may help to alleviate this. These exercises can help people who have full or partial flat feet, causing the arch to become stronger. A towel scrunch is done by sitting in a chair and having a towel lying at the feet. The towel is grabbed with the toes, inch by inch until it is completely under the foot. Stair raises are performed by standing on a step with the toes and balls of the feet. This is followed by pushing in and raising the heels into that air, and holding for several seconds. It is beneficial to repeat this as often as possible throughout the day. If you have flat feet and are looking for appropriate stretches to perform, it is suggested that you speak with a podiatrist who can help you with proper information.

Flatfoot is a condition many people suffer from. If you have flat feet, contact Dr. Catherine J. Minnick from Illinois. Our doctor will treat your foot and ankle needs.

What Are Flat Feet?

Flatfoot is a condition in which the arch of the foot is depressed and the sole of the foot is almost completely in contact with the ground. About 20-30% of the population generally has flat feet because their arches never formed during growth.

Conditions & Problems:

Having flat feet makes it difficult to run or walk because of the stress placed on the ankles.

Alignment – The general alignment of your legs can be disrupted, because the ankles move inward which can cause major discomfort.

Knees – If you have complications with your knees, flat feet can be a contributor to arthritis in that area.  


  • Pain around the heel or arch area
  • Trouble standing on the tip toe
  • Swelling around the inside of the ankle
  • Flat look to one or both feet
  • Having your shoes feel uneven when worn


If you are experiencing pain and stress on the foot you may weaken the posterior tibial tendon, which runs around the inside of 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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Tuesday, 18 July 2023 00:00

Caring for Dry, Cracked Heels

The heels of the feet can become cracked from severe dryness. This can happen from cold, dry weather, walking barefoot, or hot showers. Diabetics can be prone to cracked heels because their illness decreases the natural oils in the feet. Cracked heels can itch, cause pain, and be unsightly. If not tended to, the cracks can turn into fissures, which can bleed and are prone to infection. Tips for preventing and treating this condition include adequate hydration, short baths and showers with water that is not too hot, use of gentle, fragrance-free soaps so feet can retain more of their natural oils, and frequent moisturizing of the feet. Petroleum jelly can be applied to the heels before bed, and socks can be worn to protect bed sheets, as well as to further moisturize the feet. Wearing closed shoes and socks that fit well can help protect against cracked heels. If you have cracked heels that are not responding to home care or if the cracks are worsening or appear infected, it is suggested that you visit a podiatrist for more effective treatment and restoration of the heels to their smooth, healthy state.

If the skin on your feet starts to crack, you may want to see a podiatrist to find treatment. If you have any concerns, contact Dr. Catherine J. Minnick from Illinois. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Cracked Heels

It is important to moisturize your cracked heels in order to prevent pain, bleeding, and infection. The reason cracked heels form is because the skin on the foot is too dry to support the immense pressure placed on them. When the foot expands, the dry skin on the foot begins to split.

Ways to Help Heal Them

  • Invest in a good foot cream
  • Try Using Petroleum Jelly
  • Ease up on Soaps
  • Drink Plenty of Water

Ways to Prevent Cracked Heels

  • Moisturize After Showering
  • Skip a Shower
  • Keep Shower Water Lukewarm
  • Don’t Scrub Your Feet

If you are unsure how to proceed in treating cracked heels, seek guidance from a podiatrist. Your doctor will help you with any questions or information you may need. 

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 care needs.

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Wednesday, 12 July 2023 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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Tuesday, 11 July 2023 00:00

Causes of Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome

Tarsal tunnel syndrome is a condition that affects the feet. It gradually happens as a result of repetitive motion, causing the tibial nerve to become irritated or compressed. This is located inside the tarsal tunnel and is accompanied by ankle pain and discomfort. Additional symptoms can include a numbing or tingling sensation, and the overall foot may feel weak. People who have flat feet may be prone to developing tarsal tunnel syndrome, or it may occur in patients who have had a previous ankle injury. A lipoma, or mass, that lies near the tibial nerve may also cause tarsal tunnel syndrome. Having unexplained ankle pain may prompt an exam to be done which can properly diagnose tarsal tunnel syndrome. This can consist of having an MRI or Tinel’s test performed, both of which are accurate tests that can confirm this diagnosis. Treatment often begins with frequently elevating the foot, and relief may be found when an elastic compression bandage is worn for support. If you have ankle pain, it is strongly suggested that you confer with a podiatrist who can diagnose and treat tarsal tunnel syndrome.

Tarsal tunnel syndrome can be very uncomfortable to live with. If you are experiencing tarsal tunnel syndrome, contact Dr. Catherine J. Minnick of Illinois. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome

Tarsal tunnel syndrome, which can also be called tibial nerve dysfunction, is an uncommon condition of misfiring peripheral nerves in the foot. The tibial nerve is the peripheral nerve in the leg responsible for sensation and movement of the foot and calf muscles. In tarsal tunnel syndrome, the tibial nerve is damaged, causing problems with movement and feeling in the foot of the affected leg.

Common Cause of Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome

  • Involves pressure or an injury, direct pressure on the tibial nerve for an extended period of time, sometimes caused by other body structures close by or near the knee.
  • Diseases that damage nerves, including diabetes, may cause tarsal tunnel syndrome.
  • At times, tarsal tunnel syndrome can appear without an obvious cause in some cases.

The Effects of Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome

  • Different sensations, an afflicted person may experience pain, tingling, burning or other unusual sensations in the foot of the affected leg.
  • The foot muscles, toes and ankle become weaker, and curling your toes or flexing your foot can become difficult.
  • If condition worsens, infections and ulcers may develop on the foot that is experiencing the syndrome.

A physical exam of the leg can help identify the presence of tarsal tunnel syndrome. Medical tests, such as a nerve biopsy, are also used to diagnose the condition. Patients may receive physical therapy and prescriptive medication. In extreme cases, some may require surgery.

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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Tuesday, 04 July 2023 00:00

A Corn on the Pinky Toe

A foot corn is a patch of hardened, dead skin on the foot that develops from repeated friction or rubbing. This can happen from wearing tight shoes, spending a prolonged time standing, problems with the shape of your foot or toe bones, or an abnormal gait. Over time, a corn may become raised, and it can become painful to wear shoes and walk. It is common to get a corn on the side of the pinky toe, which can become inflamed, irritated, and uncomfortable. The center of the corn will look like a white spot. As time passes, the corn can appear red, brown, or black from continuous irritation and it can become infected. If you have developed a corn on your pinky toe, you can try soaking the affected foot in warm water so that the skin softens and the dead skin starts to come away from the toe. After soaking and drying the foot, you can try to gently rub the corn with a pumice stone to file off the dead layers of skin. This may take repeated treatments. You can try cushioning the corn with a medicated corn pad which can help dissolve the corn. However, if these at-home treatments do not resolve the corn, it is suggested that you see a podiatrist who can shave or remove the corn so that it has less of a chance of recurring.

If you have any concerns 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 can be described as areas of the skin that have thickened to the point of becoming painful or irritating. They are often layers and layers of the skin that have become dry and rough, and are normally smaller than calluses.

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

  • Well-fitting socks
  • Comfortable shoes that are not tight around your foot
  • Shoes that offer support

Treating Corns
Treatment of corns involves removing the dead skin that has built up in the specific area of the foot. Consult with Our doctor 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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