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Tuesday, 20 May 2014 13:48

Proper Footwear is Key to Outdoor Fun

Katey Behney, co-owner of Mountain Tops Outdoors, grew up in Beacon, and spent most of her time with her family hiking up the mountain which was conveniently located nearby.

Now, Behney and her husband are on a mission to help others get their hike by ensuring they select the proper outdoor footwear.

"With an outdoor activity, you have to look at your clothing and footwear as equipment and having the right equipment is going to make the experience a better one," Behney said. "If you don't have the right shoes on, you could be cold, you could be slipping. Your feet could get wet." According to the Outdoor Industry Association in 2013 consumers spent $28.9 billion on outdoor apparel, running footwear held the first position contributing to almost half of the category's sales, with sandals following 7 per cent. 

When it comes to finding a properly fitting shoe, pick a supportive, comfortable shoe. For more information, see podiatrist Dr. Catherine J Minnick, DPM of Chicago. Dr. Minnick can work with you to find the right shoe for your feet.   

Proper Shoe Fitting

A common concern when it comes to foot health, having properly fitted shoes can help prevent injuries to the foot. Out feet affect our posture and gait, which in turn affects the biomechanics and overall bodily structure. With 33 joints, 26 bones, and over 100 ligaments, the potential for serious injury is much greater than one realizes. Although the feet cease growth in adulthood, they still change shape as they mature. Here are some factors to consider when it comes to investing in properly fitting shoes:

  • Be sure the shoes fit correctly right away
  • Ensure the ball of your foot fits comfortably in the widest portion of the shoes
  • Even though they may look fashionable, improperly fitting shoes can either create adverse conditions or exacerbate existing ones you may already have
  • Walk along a carpeted surface to ensure the shoes comfortably fit during normal activity

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If you have any questions, please contact our office in Chicago, IL. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Laura Caradonna-Dubiel  was a participant in five Boston Marathons. Unfortunately, she could not participate for two years as a result of Morton’s Neuroma. "I didn’t run the last two years, as I had Morton’s neuroma. That is nerve damage between toes. It causes your toes to go numb, and it can be extremely painful if you try to run on it," Caradonna-Dubiel said.

To ensure she participate this year, the runner was administered cortisone shots and received orthotic inserts several weeks prior to the race.  "My feet were cramping up. I was keeping a good time, but the heat killed me," said Caradonna-Dubiel. "I was determined to finish. I kept thinking ‘Boston Strong.’ I’ve never seen crowd support like I did that day."

Morton’s Neuroma is painful. If you are experiencing foot or ankle pain, talk to podiatrist Dr. Catherine J Minnick, DPM of Chicago. Dr. Minnick can help treat your foot and ankle needs.  

Morton’s Neuroma

Morton's neuroma is a painful foot condition that commonly affects the areas between the third and fourth toe and the ball of the foot, although other areas of the foot are also susceptible to this condition. Morton’s neuroma is caused by an inflamed nerve in the foot that is being squeezed and aggravated by surrounding bones.  Women are more likely than men to have an occurrence of this foot condition.

What Increases the Chances of having Morton’s Neuroma?


-Ill-fitting high heels or shoes that add pressure to the toe or foot area.
-Jogging, running and any sports that involve constant impact to the foot area.
-Flat feet, bunions, and any other foot deformity may put you at a higher risk for developing Morton’s neuroma.

If you suspect that you may have this condition, you should visit your podiatrist. A podiatrist will first conduct a thorough physical examination to check for palpable masses between the bones of the foot. The podiatrist will also apply pressure to the foot or toe area to replicate the pain a person experiences when active.

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Unlike many women, Maedhbh Cleary does not have the luxury of wearing high-heels or even lighter clothes. The Dublin resident suffers from a condition called Raynaud’s Disease, which can starve the extremities of blood, cause deformity, and even attack the body’s vital organs, according to Independent.ie.

"I have to wear really warm clothes and I cannot wear high heeled shoes because it puts pressure on my toes and they'll go numb and this will affect my balance,” Cleary said.  Raynaud’s results in color shifts in any place her body may be exposed. One in fifteen men in Ireland suffer from this condition.

High heels may be popular, but they can also cause podiatric problems. If you are experiencing pain from wearing heels, see podiatrist Dr. Catherine J Minnick, DPM of Chicago. Dr. Minnick can treat your foot and ankle symptoms.

 

Effects of High Heels on the Feet

High heels are popular shoes among women because they are associated with femininity.  Despite their appeal, they can cause many health problems if worn too frequently.

What parts my body will be affected by high heels?

  • Ankle Joints
  • Achilles Tendon – may shorten and stiffen with prolonged wear
  • Balls of the Feet
  • Knees – heels cause the knees to bend constantly, creating stress on them
  • Back – they decrease the spine’s ability to absorb shock, which may lead to back pain.  Also, the vertebrae of the lower back may compress.

What kinds of foot problems can develop from wearing high heels?

  • Corns
  • Calluses
  • Hammertoe
  • Bunions
  • Morton’s Neuroma
  • Plantar Fasciitis

How can I still wear high heels and maintain foot health?

 If you want to wear high heeled shoes, make sure that you are not wearing them every day, as this will help prevent long term physical problems.  Try wearing thicker heels as opposed to stilettos to distribute weight more evenly across the feet.  Always make sure you are wearing the proper shoes for the right occasion, such as sneakers for exercising.  If you walk to work, try carrying your heels with you and changing into them once you arrive at work. 

If you have any questions, please contact our office in Chicago, IL. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Actress Salma Hayek was spotted wearing a sophisticated wardrobe. Hayek’s wardrobe consisted of a black zip-up top, knee length skirt, leopard purse, ballerina flats, and a puffy white ankle brace. Hayek was seen coming home from an anniversary dinner with husband Francois-Henri Pinault in Santa Monica, California this week.  The brace went under her foot and wrapped half way up her left calf.
This is not the first time an injury forced Hayek to tone down her usually flashy footwear.  In 2011, the actress underwent a surgery to repair two torn ligaments that she had injured a year before from slipping in her bathroom.

Foot surgery is sometimes necessary depending on your condition. To learn more, talk to Dr. Catherine J Minnick, DPM of Chicago. Dr. Minnick can determine the best course of treatment for your foot and ankle needs.

When Is Surgery Necessary?
Foot and ankle surgery is generally reserved for cases in which less invasive, conservative procedures have failed to help with the problem. Some of the cases in which surgery may be necessary are:
- Removing foot deformities like bone spurs and bunions
- Severe arthritis that has caused bone issues
- Reconstruction to attend injuries caused by accidents or malformations
What Types of Surgery Are There?
The type of surgery you receive will be dependent on the nature of the problem you have. Some of the possible surgeries include:
- Bunionectomy for painful bunions
- Surgical fusion for realignment of bones
- Nerve removal for painful nerve endings
Benefits of Surgery
Although surgery is usually a last resort, when it is undertaken, if can provide more complete pain relief than before, and may allow you to finally resume full activity.
Surgical techniques have also become increasingly sophisticated. Such techniques like endoscopic surgery allow for smaller incisions and faster recovery times.
If you have any questions, please contact our office in Chicago, IL. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Louisiana State senior Kaleigh Dickson tore the plantar fascia in her right foot while performing a routine at the NCAA Baton Rouge Regional earlier this season. Despite Dickson’s injury, her team was able to not only set a national record but also earn a chance to compete in the NCAA Championships.

 

Coach D-D Breaux wants to bring in reserve members of the squad in order to find suitable contenders in the floor and vault categories. Dickson is one of her team’s best gymnasts, which may hurt her team’s chances of scoring in the championship overall.

 

Plantar fasciitis can be a real drag in the heels. If your heels are in pain and you think it could be plantar fasciitis, speak with podiatrist Dr. Catherine J Minnick, DPM of Chicago. Dr. Minnick can treat your foot and ankle conditions.

 

What is Plantar Fasciitis?

 

Plantar fasciitis is an inflammation of the connective tissues on the bottom of the foot, causing pain in the heel and arch of the foot.

 

What Causes Plantar Fasciitis?

 

  • Lack of adequate footwear
  • Obesity
  • Excessive running
  • Poor foot support
  • Overpronation
  • Conservative measures – anti-inflammatories, ice packs, stretching exercises, physical therapy, orthotic devices. 
  • Shockwave therapy – sends sound waves to the areas where pain is experience.  Requires multiple sessions.  This is used for very persistent cases of plantar fasciitis. 
  • Ultrasound-guided technique with steroid injections into the plantar fascia.  This is from a relatively new and small study, but was shown to be effective in most cases treated.

 

 

 

How Can Plantar Fasciitis Be Treated?

 

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Tuesday, 15 April 2014 19:49

Running Injuries Based on Habit not Shoe

There has been a fierce debate going on in the running field. Advocates of barefoot and minimalist running believe that wearing shoes does not reduce the chance of getting an injury, while champions of ‘maximalist’ or regular shoes believe the opposite.  

To quell the debate, some scientists are saying that what you wear on your feet hardly matters at all. They assert that the only way to truly prevent running injuries is to improve your running habits. “The best shoe for a runner is highly individualized,” Allison Gruber, a researcher at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst’s biomechanics laboratory, told Outside. There are many factors that play into running injuries besides footwear, such as one’s BMI, training history, pronation, and more.

Barefoot running has its advocates, but it’s not for everyone. If you want to know more about this practice, call podiatrist Dr. Catherine J Minnick, DPM of Chicago. Dr. Minnick will help you decide what works for you best.

Barefoot Running

The Impact of Barefoot Running
-Running without shoes changes the motion of your running, as most running is done by landing on the heel of the feet.
-Running barefoot requires a different way of running; the landing is done on the front part of the feet.

The Advantages of Barefoot Running

-When running and landing on the front feet, the impact on the feet and ankle is reduced, this can reduce stress injuries.
-It strengthens muscles in the feet and ankles and the lower legs.
-Balance of the body is improved and there is a greater sensory input from the feet to the rest of the body.

The Drawbacks of Barefoot Running

-No protection while running, makes it likely that runners will land on sharp objects and scrapes, bruises and cuts on the feet will result.
-Blisters may form.
-Possibility of plantar fascia problems.
-Risk of getting Achilles tendonitis.

It’s best to make a slow transition from running shoes to barefoot running. Once the feet begin to adjust, try walking, then jogging and gradually increasing the distance.

If you have any questions, please contact our office in Chicago, IL. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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At just the age of eight, Jack Hart needed to use a walker and was relegated to having to use a wheelchair. Hart suffers from a rare form of arthritis known as Perthes. Perthes is a form of juvenile arthritis which limits blood flow to the hip, causing the head of the femur to break down and inflammation in the hip joint.

“I noticed a big difference in him,” says Joy Hart, Jack’s mother. “We took him to his family doctor (Jeff White) who sent us to the Janeway right away for an X-ray. We got a call to come see Dr. White on Tuesday afternoon and he told us that Jack had a rare condition called Perthes disease. We had never heard of it. It was all new and overwhelming.” Although Hart is now progressing in his recovery well, including regaining his mobility, he cannot run or jump and must still undergo physio. 

If you suspect you or a loved one has arthritis of the feet or ankle, see podiatrist Dr. Catherine J Minnick, DPM of Chicago. Dr. Minnick can treat your foot and ankle conditions, injuries and needs.

Arthritic Foot Care

Humans will walk approximately 75,000 miles in the average lifetime. This can put a great deal of stress on the 26 bones and 30 joints that we have in our feet. As we get older, our feet lose flexibility and elasticity. Our shock absorbers weaken, and the joints become inflamed and distorted if arthritis occurs, making medical foot care and treatment crucial.

It is best to take care of your feet by wearing proper shoes. Certain conditions can develop as a result of poor footwear, such as hammertoe, neuromas, or bunions. Wearing shoes that have a lower heel and extra room can help your feet be comfortable. In cases of rheumatoid arthritis, the arch in your foot can be problematic. Buying shoes that contour to your feet with good arch support can help immensely.

Alleviating Arthritic Pain

-Specific exercises that stretch the Achilles tendon can prevent further pain and injury and increase mobility
-Most of the pain can be alleviated with anti-inflammatory drugs, heat, and topical medications with Capsaicin.
-Massages can help to alleviate pain temporarily.

It is best to visit your doctor for treatment that is right for your needs and symptoms. Conditions vary, and a podiatrist can help you determine the right health care for your feet.

If you have any questions, please contact our office in Chicago, IL. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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In the beginning of March 2014, the Brooklyn Nets’ Brook Lopezhad to go through surgery to have a torn tendon repaired and to tighten loose lateral ligaments in his left ankle. Billy King, GM of the Nets, stated that Lopez suffered two ankle sprains last year, one in November and the other in December 2013. Additionally, Lopez had also fractured his fifth metatarsal in his right foot, an injury which required immediate surgery. Even in spite of his injuries the 25 year old player ranks No. 7 in the NBA in Player Efficiency Rating at the time of injury.

Ankle sprains can hurt badly. If a sprained ankle is affecting you or a loved one, come and see podiatrist Dr. Catherine J Minnick, DPM of Chicago. Dr. Minnick can treat your ankle sprain and work with you towards wellness.

How Do Ankle Sprains Happen?

Sprain injuries take place when the ligaments are torn or stretched beyond their limits. There are various ways that the ankle can become injured. In fact even the simple act of walking could cause a sprain. Ankle damage can occur by losing footing or walking on uneven terrain.

What are the Symptoms?

  • Mild to moderate bruising
  • Limited mobility
  • Swelling
  • Skin discoloration

How Can I Care for my Ankle at Home?

Self-care for ankle sprains includes propping the ankle up and keeping it elevated, applying ice packs as needed, and remaining off your feet. Some may also find that wrapping the ankle with an ACE bandage and taking over-the-counter pain relievers helps. One of the most important things is avoiding further stress to the affected area.

Preventing Sprains

  • Wearing appropriate shoes
  • Stretching before participating in physical activity
  • Knowing your limitations

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Monday, 24 March 2014 20:18

Dinosaur DNA May Provide Cure for Gout

In a fascinating discovery, scientists are making use of ancientdinosaur DNA to develop a potential cure for gout. The DNA’s effectiveness as a treatment was tested by scientists through reviving a prehistoric protein via E.coli. The E.coli was then able to convert the ancient DNA into live proteins that were workable. The scientists then built a reversed timeline between the differences in DNA sequences from modern to ancient mammals, allowing them to achieve a desired result.

The DNA, which is 90 million years old, turns out to have performed best at eliminating the uric acid build up. Uric acid buildup is known for causing inflammation, a common symptom from gout. A patent has been filed for the protein with the company starting the drug’s production. The FDA is in the process of providing approval for clinical trials.

Gout is a serious condition. If you or a loved one is affected by gout, see podiatrist Dr. Catherine J Minnick, DPM of Chicago. Dr. Minnick can treat you and your loved one’s foot and ankle needs with professionalism and care.

What is Gout?

Gout is a type of arthritis caused by a buildup of uric acid in the bloodstream. It often affects the foot, especially the big toe, although it can manifest in other parts of the body as well. Gout can make walking and standing very painful and is especially common in diabetics and the obese.

The main reason get gout is because of a poor diet. Foods rich in purines like turkey, red meats, and liver can affect the body’s ability to excrete uric acid, which in turn leads to hyperuricema, the blood condition that causes gout to develop. Genetic predisposition is also a factor. The children of parents who have had gout frequently have as much as a one in five chance of developing it themselves.

Gout can easily be identified by redness and inflammation of the big toe and the surrounding areas of the foot. Other symptoms include extreme fatigue, joint pain, and running high fevers. Sometimes corticosteroid drugs can be prescribed to treat gout, but the best way to combat this disease is to get more exercise and eat a better diet. In particular, low-fat dairy products, fruits high in vitamin C, and coffee are all foods that are known for their ability to help people recover from gout.

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23 year old Australian Rules footballer Jack Steven will be off the field for about 8-10 weeks after suffering an unfortunate injury during training. As a result, the St. Kilda Saints are forced to enter against Melbourne without one of their best midfielders, with the other, Leigh Montagna, under suspension. St. Kilda’s football head Chris Pelchen further said that

“Scans conducted late this afternoon revealed a fracture in his right foot which is obviously disappointing for both Jack and the club on the eve of the 2014 season.” This revealed that Steven’s fracture was a sesamoid fracture and not a stress fracture. “It’s important to note that the fracture is not stress related and followed an innocuous incident during training.”   

A sports related foot or ankle injurycan be devastating. If you suffered a foot or ankle related injury in the game come and see podiatrist Dr. Catherine J Minnick, DPM of Chicago. Dr. Minnick can determine the scope of your injury and work with you towards rehabilitation.

Sport Related Foot And Ankle Injuries 

Foot and ankle injuries are a common occurrence when it comes to athletes of any sport. While many athletes dismiss the initial aches and pains, the truth is that ignoring potential foot and ankle injuries can lead to serious problems. As athletes continue to place pressure and strain the area further, a mild injury can turn into something as serious as a rupture and may lead to a permanent disability. There are many factors that contribute to sports related foot and ankle injuries, which include failure to warm up properly, not providing support or wearing bad footwear. Common injuries and conditions athletes face, including:

•           Plantar Fasciitis

•           Plantar Fasciosis

•           Achilles Tendinitis

•           Achilles Tendon Rupture

•           Ankle Sprains

Sports-related injuries are commonly treated using the RICE method. This includes rest, applying ice to the injured area, compression and elevating the ankle. More serious sprains and injuries may require surgery, which could include arthroscopic and reconstructive surgery. Rehabilitation and therapy may also be required in order to get any recovering athlete to become fully functional again. Any unusual aches and pains an athlete sustains must be evaluated by a licensed, reputable medical professional.

If you have any questions, please contact our office in Chicago, IL. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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