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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.

By Lake Shore Foot and Ankle
January 18, 2017
Category: Podiatry Services

Injuries to the ankle or achilles tendon can cause the ankle to become weak and feel wobbly, as though it is unable to provide support ankle problemswhen standing, walking, running or jumping. Instability of the ankle occurs when the ligaments around it become torn or stretched too far, which can result from such injuries as sprained ankles or achilles tendonitis. Patients with achilles tendon or ankle instability often experience pain and swelling of the ankle area. Our Highland Park, IL, Uptown and Lincoln Park, Chicago, IL foot doctor, Dr. Lee Stein at Lake Shore Foot & Ankle can recommend treatments for strengthening the ankle.

Ankle Instability

Patients who develop ankle instability often have a history of repeatedly twisting their ankles. Each time the ankle gets twisted or sprained, it can become weaker as the ligaments are stretched and torn even further. Repeated ankle injuries lead to chronic ankle instability when the ankle hasn’t fully healed from one injury before sustaining another. Medication can help with the initial pain of an ankle injury, while physical therapy exercises can help strengthen the ankle long term. Surgery is also an option for treating ankle instability.

Achilles Tendonitis

Achilles tendonitis is an injury to the Achilles tendon, which is the largest tendon in the entire body. The Achilles tendon runs along the back of the leg, connecting the calf muscle to the heel bone. When injured, the pain can often be felt along the back of the leg from the ankle area up to the calf muscle. The achilles tendon is used when performing actions like running, jumping and walking. It can become irritated and develop tendonitis when the ligament is pulled, torn or stretched due to overuse or injury. Physical therapy and surgery are treatment options.

Treatment Options

Achilles tendon and ankle instability can be treated through a number of methods. Non-surgical treatments include physical therapy and wearing a supportive leg or ankle brace. It is also helpful to avoid participating in high-impact and high-stress activities until the injury is completely healed. For patients who have explored non-surgical treatments without success, surgery is another option. Your Lincoln Park foot doctor can recommend the best course of treatment for your achilles tendon or ankle instability, based on your specific injuries.

You do not have to suffer with achilles tendon or ankle instability indefinitely. There are a number of treatment methods that can help. Dr. Stein, your Highland Park, IL, Uptown and Lincoln Park, Chicago, IL doctor, and the entire podiatry team at Lake Shore Foot & Ankle can diagnose your specific injury and develop an appropriate treatment plan. Call us today to schedule an appointment.

By Lake Shore Foot and Ankle
November 18, 2016
Category: Podiatry Services
Tags: toenail fungus  

If a pesky toenail fungus has been affecting your feet for some time find out how our Highland Park, Uptown and Lincoln Park podiatrist could help.

It’s amazing how a toenail fungus can suddenly cause toenails to thicken and yellow. It’s a pretty unpleasant experience and you may toenail funguseven find yourself being embarrassed going around your own house barefoot or sporting flip-flops in the summer. Of course, a toenail fungus can also cause other issues so it’s important that if you aren’t sure how to treat your fungal infection that you turn to our Highland Park, IL, Uptown and Lincoln Park, Chicago, IL foot doctor, Dr. Lee Stein, for help.

How is toenail fungus treated?

While there are certainly over-the-counter options if these aren’t tackling your infection then it’s time to choose a more effective approach. Sometimes we can treat the fungal infections with stronger medications but if this still isn’t resolving the issue then we may recommend laser toenail fungus treatment.

What is the PinPointe FootLaser?

This foot laser is designed to target and kill the fungus that lives under your nail. As the light is directed over the toenail it breaks up and destroys the fungus without harming the surrounding nail or skin.

Will the procedure hurt?

This procedure should not hurt and is completely non-invasive. Some patients do report feelings some warmth in the region during treatment and some have likened treatment to feeling a small pinprick, but by and large the treatment should be painless.

How long does treatment take?

You can expect to only be in our office for about 30 minutes for this procedure. It’s pretty quick and convenient, making it a popular option for eliminating stubborn and chronic toenail fungal infections.

Is there a recovery period of laser treatment?

Another benefit to choosing laser therapy is that there is absolutely no recovery time after treatment. You can come in for PinPointe FootLaser treatment and walk right out of our office and head back to your daily routine.

When will I start to notice results?

Many people assume that their toenail will become instantly clear after treatment. Even once the infection is gone a toenail may still remain yellow; however, as the toenail grows out over the course of several months the toenail will start to grow in clear.

Lake Shore Foot & Ankle in Highland Park, IL, Uptown and Lincoln Park, Chicago, IL is here to offer all the latest in foot care and treatments so that you can get everything you need from us. Don’t let toenail fungus dictate what kinds of shoes you like to wear. Turn to us for the solution!

By Lake Shore Foot and Ankle
September 12, 2016
Category: Podiatry Services
Tags: bunion surgery   bunions   foot surgery  

Bunions are foot abnormalities that can put a major strain on your life—especially if you work on your feet for long periods of time or bunionsyou’re an athlete. Your Lincoln Park, Chicago podiatrist at Lake Shore Foot & Ankle will explore every non-invasive treatment available before talking about surgery, such as protective padding and orthotic devices. But if the case is advanced to the point where non-invasive options won’t be enough, find out more about bunion surgery.

Living with Bunions
A bunion happens when the big toe shifts toward the other toes, causing the bone on the side of the foot to protrude. In some cases, it gets to the point where the big toe overlaps the other toes and turns to the side. Bunions are almost always caused by wearing shoes that put too much pressure on the toes. This foot condition can be extremely painful when you have to walk in shoes like hard work boots and oppressive high heels all day long.

Bunion Surgery (Bunionectomy)
In serious cases, a bunion could make walking and working impossible. Trying to reverse the effects with orthotics isn’t always an option at that point. Bunion surgery, also called a bunionectomy, by your Lincoln Park podiatrist may be the necessary solution. It is the process of removing the bunion and resetting the big toe. The goal is to have the big toe align with all of the other toes while eliminating the growth on the side of the foot so that you can fit your shoes comfortably again.

Aftercare Information
Your podiatrist will give you a list of aftercare instructions after your bunion surgery. Here are a few guidelines that you’ll likely have to follow:

  • Estimate six to eight weeks before you can go back to your normal working or exercise routine. 
  • Wear the boot or cast provided by your surgeon during the healing period.
  • Stay off your feet for at least the week after your surgery to give your foot a chance to heal after the surgery.
  • Wear orthopedic shoes or orthotic devices as prescribed by your podiatrist and avoid wearing the same style of shoes that caused the bunions.

Have Your Bunions Evaluated
A Lincoln Park, Chicago podiatrist at Lake Shore Foot & Ankle can evaluate your bunions to decide if bunion surgery is the answer for you. Call the office at (773) 477-3668 today.

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