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By Lake Shore Foot and Ankle
March 07, 2018
Category: Podiatry Services
Tags: foot pain  

You have foot pain that's so persistent it affects your everyday life. You wish you knew what causes it, and even more so, you want it gone.foot pain At Lake Shore Foot & Ankle, your Lincoln Park, IL, podiatrist, Dr. Lee Stein, pinpoints troublesome foot pain and provides relief.

Types of foot pain

Researchers at the University of Maryland Medical Center report that 75 percent of Americans experience some kind of foot pain. While the demographics vary, most sufferers are women, and advancing age, poorly fitting shoes, diabetes, injury, and obesity play significant roles.

If you're in pain, your Lincoln Park podiatrist, Dr. Lee Stein, recommends a complete podiatric examination, including X-rays and other types of sophisticated imaging as needed. He'll review your symptoms and medical history and also check how you walk (gait). With his findings, he'll recommend interventions and strategies to relieve your discomfort and keep you moving.

Common sources of foot pain include:

  • Bunions, sore, red bumps at the base of big toes
  • Hammertoes, in which third and fourth toes are deformed at the middle joint
  • Ingrown toenails
  • Neuropathy, disrupted nerves related to diabetes
  • Corns and calluses, areas of tough, hard skin
  • Achilles tendonitis, an inflammation of the large tendon running from the calf to the heel
  • Plantar fasciitis, soreness related to the wide band of connective tissue which runs from the heel to the base of the toes
  • Arthritis
  • Heel spurs, small bony projections off the calcaneus, or heel bone
  • Flat feet
  • Morton's neuroma, inflammation of the nerve between the third and fourth toes

How to treat foot pain

It may surprise you to learn that your Lincoln Park podiatrist relieves most foot pain with conservative measures. Foot pain can respond well to:

  • A change in shoes to provide more room in the toes and better support
  • Shoe inserts, or custom-made orthotics, to correct gait problems and relieve pressure and friction
  • In-office treatment of ingrown toenails, corns and calluses
  • Shoe padding
  • Splints for bunions, hammertoes and other deformities
  • Specially-made diabetic shoes
  • RICE (rest, ice, compression and elevation)
  • Over-the-counter pain relievers
  • Physical therapy
  • Stretching exercises

Dr. Stein is certified by the American Board of Podiatric Surgery and performs many specialized operations for more difficult cases of foot pain as needed.

Why live with foot pain?

Instead, consult your Lincoln Park, IL, podiatrist, and learn how to control or eliminate it. Contact Lake Shore Foot & Ankle for a personal consultation with Dr. Lee Stein. For the Chicago office, phone (773) 477-3668. In Uptown, call (773) 564-5785, and for Highland, phone (847) 432-6400.

By Lake Shore Foot and Ankle
January 17, 2018
Category: Podiatry Services
Tags: ankle sprain  

Sprained ankles are one of the most common injuries a person can sustain; nine million sprains happen each year, according to the ankle sprainAmerican College of Sports Medicine. Dr. Lee Stein sees many patients who are part of this statistic at his podiatry practice, Lake Shore Foot & Ankle, in the Lincoln Park area of Chicago, and Highland Park, IL. Below, he's outlined a few of the ways you can evaluate an ankle injury to determine if it's a sprain or something else.


One of the most obvious signs of an ankle sprain is pain. This is due to the ligaments in the ankle being stretched beyond their normal capacity. There may also be localized tenderness when the ankle is touched. Generally, the degree of pain is associated with the severity of the sprain; a mild sprain may produce some discomfort, especially while putting weight on it, but it's managed with over-the-counter analgesics and rest. A sprain that is immediately painful and prevents you from walking or standing needs to be evaluated by your Lincoln Park, Chicago and Highland Park podiatrist immediately.

Swelling and bruising

Your body's response to an injury includes sending more blood and other fluids to the area to promote faster healing. Unfortunately, this means that when you sprain your ankle, you'll often develop a large bruise and areas of swelling. The swollen ankle may be red and warm to the touch as well. Ice and elevation are essential to managing these symptoms, according to your podiatrist.

Other signs

Besides pain, swelling and bruising, a sprained ankle can also cause a feeling of instability when you attempt to walk or stand. A severe sprain may produce a snapping or popping feeling inside the ankle when it happens. Again, any injury which limits your ability to move should be assessed by a medical professional at once.

The signs of an ankle sprain can be very similar to a fracture, which is why it's important to contact your Lincoln Park, Chicago and Highland Park, IL podiatrist, Dr. Stein, following an ankle injury.

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.

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