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By Lake Shore Foot and Ankle
November 16, 2017
Category: Podiatry Services
Tags: Warts  

Do you have a pebble in your shoe, or is something wrong with your foot? When you look at the sole of your foot, you see a small, raised wartsbump. Likely it's a plantar wart, a benign skin condition which can cause considerable discomfort if not treated. Your Lincoln Park podiatrist, Dr. Lee Stein at Lake Shore Foot & Ankle can assess your feet and put you on a path to podiatric wellness.

Where warts come from

These bothersome and contagious lesions--also called verrucas--begin when the Human Papillomavirus, or HPV, invades tiny breaks in the surface of the skin. All warts, no matter their location, start out singly. However, they can grow into clusters with each one being circular, rough and darkly colored. Some warts may be spotted, too.

Where warts are located

Warts can appear anywhere on the body--hands, face and so on. When located on the feet, they are called plantar warts, and they really hurt when a person places pressure on the sole of the foot. So simple standing and walking get uncomfortable.

Typically, plantar warts are spread through direct contact with someone else's warts. Additionally, HPV thrives in wet environments such as gym locker rooms or around swimming pools.

Treatment of plantar warts

If you suspect you have plantar warts, please contact your Lincoln Park podiatrist right away. Dr. Stein will inspect your feet and, depending on their severity, treat your warts with:

  • Prescription medication applied topically
  • Cautery, a burning technique
  • Cryotherapy (freezing medication)
  • Simple surgery with local anesthetic to numb the area

An important component of treatment is prevention. To avoid another outbreak of warts, Dr. Stein recommends:

  • Keeping your shoes on in public places
  • Wear shower sandals at the gym and flip flops when poolside
  • Wash your feet daily, and dry them thoroughly
  • Wear clean socks, and change them if they get sweaty
  • Moisturize your feet, particularly if you are diabetic, to reduce roughness and cracking

Are your feet bumpy?

Eliminate those painful warts with a trip to Lake Shore Foot & Ankle. For your personal podiatric consultation, contact the office nearest you for an appointment. In Lincoln Park, call (773) 477-3668. In Uptown, phone (773) 564-5785, and in Highland Park, call (847) 432-6400.

By Lake Shore Foot and Ankle
September 28, 2017
Category: Podiatry Services
Tags: bunions  

Have you heard a co-worker or neighbor say that he or she has "foot issues." Maybe your friend referred to a common foot deformity called bunionsa bunion. Medically termed "Hallux Valgus," bunions affect 67 percent of people 65 and older, according to the Journal of Foot & Ankle Research. Younger people develop them, too. Your podiatrist in Uptown, Highand Park and Lincoln Park, Chicago, Dr. Lee Stein, offers effective treatment options and shows patients ways to avoid development of this painful condition.

Details on bunions

This "foot issue" causes mild to severe symptoms in people of all ages and walks of life. Some research indicates that bunions run in families. Women in particular develop them because of today's fashionable high heels and narrow-toed foot wear styles. Tight, narrow shoes put undue pressure on the ball of the foot and on the toes, leading to the characteristically sore bump at the base of the big toe.

Left untreated, a bunion may progress so much that the big toe turns inward toward the second or even third toe, affecting how an individual walks. The friction between the inside of a shoe and a bunion causes corns and calluses and may produce other issues such as hammertoes, deep vein thrombosis and nerve damage. Dr. Stein is particularly concerned about these complications if the patient is diabetic.

Prevention and treatment

As with any medical issue, prevention remains the best treatment option. So, to avoid complex interventions such as bunion surgery in Uptown, Highand Park and Lincoln Park, Dr. Stein advises people prone to bunions to:

  • Change their foot wear to shoes with wide toe boxes and good arch support
  • Wear custom orthotics, if needed, to take pressure off the big toe joint
  • Use padding to reduce friction

Additionally, the podiatrist may advise night splints to properly align the big toe and physical therapy and stretching exercises to retain foot mobility.

The bunionectiomy

Dr. Stein is certified by the American Board of Podiatric Surgery. While highly-qualified to treat all kinds of foot and ankle injuries and chronic conditions surgically, he, of course, prefers to try more conservative treatments first. If those interventions won't help, a bunionectomy may be warranted.

A bunionectomy removes the painful bump at the base of the big toe and re-aligns the joint. Other surgical procedures shave down or reduce, the size of the bunion. Most invasive is fusion surgery in which a highly affected joint actually is fused so that the toe can no longer bend.

What are your foot issues?

For advice on and treatment of a wide variety of podiatric problems, contact Lake Shore Foot & Ankle. Whether it's a bunion, ankle sprain, ingrown toenail, plantar fasciitis or geriatric and diabetic foot care, Dr. Stein and his team deliver kind and highly skilled care. For the Lincoln Park office, phone (773) 477-3668. In Highland Park, call (847) 432-6400, and for the Uptown office, phone (773) 432-6400.

By Lake Shore Foot and Ankle
July 13, 2017
Category: Podiatry Services
Tags: bunions  

Bunions are bone deformities found in the foot that can cause irritation, chronic inflammation, and even pain. Oftentimes, they requireBunions surgery from you Uptown, Highland Park and Lincoln Park, IL podiatrist Dr. Lee Stein to treat. Surgical removal of a bunion is known as a bunionectomy and there are multiple types of surgery making it important for a thorough examination when one is having bunion symptoms.

Bunion Surgery Types

The first type of bunion surgery type performed by your Uptown, Highland Park and Lincoln Park podiatrist is known as head procedures. This treats the big toe joint itself. During this procedure, the bone is cut just behind the actual joint and moved into the proper position. It is usually put in place with either a pin or a screw. This type of procedure is often used in patients who cannot be immobile for a long period of time.

The other type, a base procedure, focuses on the bone near or behind the big toe joint. Different types of procedures are conducted depending on the nature of the deformity itself. This can range from splitting the bone or cutting a wedge out of it to put it into its proper position. Ligament both outside and inside the toe can also be treated during this surgery type.

Bunion surgery is generally administered on an outpatient basis with local anesthesia. Patients typically require 3-4 weeks for a full recovery. When considering bunion surgery, choose your Lincoln Park, Illinois podiatrist Dr. Stein who has extensive experience. He understands how the foot works and what surgical option will work best for each patient and their particular condition. It’s important to understand that bunion surgery isn’t always a miracle worker. This means that surgery alone may not be all that is needed to achieve the best result. Physical therapy, custom orthotics and other alternative therapies may be needed in conjunction with surgery.

To schedule an appointment with Dr. Stein to discuss your bunion, call Lake Shore Foot and Ankle in Uptown, Highland Park and Lincoln Park, Chicago, IL.

By Lake Shore Foot and Ankle
May 08, 2017
Category: Podiatry Services
Tags: Heel Pain  

Heel pain is a fairly common foot-related ailment—in fact it’s the most persistent foot problem that Americans report according to a heel painsurvey by the American Podiatric Medical Association. People who are middle-aged, work at jobs that require standing for long periods of time or participate in athletics are more prone to this problem. But as common as it may be, heel pain doesn’t have to become a normal part of your life. There are a variety of treatments that a podiatrist at Lake Shore Foot and Ankle in Uptown, Highland Park and Lincoln Park, Chicago, IL, can offer you.

What Creates Heel Pain?
Heel pain happens when there is some type of stress on the foot in general or the heel in particular. Some people feel pain because they step down too hard on their heels when they walk. Others have a problem because of the shoes they wear (too-tight shoes that create friction or high heels). Many cases of heel pain are due to a foot condition called plantar fasciitis, which is a problem with the ligaments that run under the foot. Some patients develop painful heel spurs, bony growths, under the back of the heel that cause discomfort.

What Heals Heel Pain?
Different causes behind heel pain may require a targeted treatment plan. Your Uptown, Highland Park and Lincoln Park podiatrist may recommend one or more of the following treatments for your heel pain:

  • Ice therapy to ease inflammation
  • Orthotics to correct the way you walk and improve arch if the cause is plantar fasciitis
  • Exercises to strengthen the foot and heel
  • Anti-inflammatory medications for pain
  • Extracorporeal Shock Wave Treatment to stimulate healing of the ligaments
  • Surgery to remove heel spurs in severe cases

Tips for Keeping Your Heels and Feet Healthy
After your Uptown, Highland Park and Lincoln Park podiatrist helps get rid of your heel pain, there are steps you can take to stop the problem from reoccurring. Consider these heel care tips:

  • Avoid wearing high heels and similar uncomfortable shoes every day; try at the very least to reduce the time you spend wearing them
  • Be more conscious of the way that you walk and run (foot should not roll inward too much, which can cause plantar fasciitis)
  • Wear custom orthotics prescribed by your podiatrist regularly

Start the Healing Process Today
A full foot exam will help your podiatrist determine the exact cause of your heel pain so that it can be successfully treated. Call Lake Shore Foot and Ankle in Lincoln Park, IL, at (773) 477-3668; in Uptown, IL, at (773) 564-5785; and in Highland Park, IL, at (847) 432-6400 today to schedule a visit with Dr. Lee Stein.

By Lake Shore Foot and Ankle
March 07, 2017
Category: Podiatry Services
Tags: foot pain  

Most foot pain is caused because the foot itself is not working properly causing pain. This can come from nerves, muscles, joints, bones, foot painligaments or tendons. Pain is telling you something is wrong, and Dr. Lee Stein at Lake Shore Foot & Ankle in Lincoln Park, IL can help. He examines each patient and determines the cause of their pain and the most effective treatment for their situation.

Foot Pain Treatments

Laser treatment is one of the most popular treatments for foot pain. This is particularly successful for those with plantar fasciitis, a form of heel pain caused by inflammation in the foot. These laser treatments can be performed by Dr. Stein in Lincoln Park. This low-laser therapy treatment places a light beam on the injured area to promote wound healing, immune response or cellular metabolism. This light should reduce pain, inflammation and increase quality of life for patients of all ages.

Another great treatment for foot pain is custom orthotics. Oftentimes this foot pain is caused by improper size or fitting shoes. These orthotics are inserted into the shoes and are considered arch supports. Orthotics are made from a variety of materials that are made to change the foot’s function and should be protective to the structure itself. There are many types of orthotics including rigid, soft and semi-rigid. A foot doctor can determine the best type for your feet.

Extracorporeal Shock Wave Therapy is another treatment used to treat heel pain (plantar fasciitis). This noninvasive procedure uses sonic waves to penetrate the area and promote a healing response. The procedure usually takes about 30 minutes.

If you have foot pain, it’s advisable to schedule an appointment with Dr. Stein in Lincoln Park, IL. Call his office today at 773-477-3668.

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