Tuesday, 16 July 2024 00:00

Multiple sclerosis, or MS, can significantly impact foot health due to its effects on the nervous system, leading to various symptoms. Common foot issues can include numbness or tingling, muscle weakness, and difficulty with balance and coordination. These symptoms can contribute to challenges in walking, increased risk of falls, and potential development of foot deformities like claw toes or foot drop. Managing MS-related foot issues involves a multidisciplinary approach, with visiting a podiatrist as an essential part. Podiatrists can assess foot function, and recommend appropriate footwear to improve stability and reduce pressure points. Regular podiatric care helps individuals with MS maintain optimal foot health, minimizing discomfort and improving mobility. If you have multiple sclerosis, it is suggested you visit a podiatrist who can help you manage this condition as it affects your feet.

Some foot conditions may require additional professional care. If you have any concerns, contact Paul A. Santangelo, DPM of Illinois. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Rare Foot Conditions

The majority of foot conditions are common and can be treated by a podiatrist.  Standard diagnostic procedures are generally used to identify specific conditions and treatment can be rendered. A podiatrist also treats rare foot conditions which can be difficult to diagnose and may need extra attention and care. 

There are many rare foot conditions that can affect children. Some of these can include:

  • Freiberg’s disease
  • Kohler’s disease
  • Maffucci syndrome

Freiberg’s disease - This can be seen as a deterioration and flattening of a metatarsal bone that exists in the ball of the foot. It typically affects pre-teen and teenage girls, but can affect anyone at any age. Symptoms that can accompany this can be swelling, stiffness, and the patient may limp. 

Kohler’s disease - This often targets the bone in the arch of the foot and affects younger boys. It can lead to an interruption of the blood supply which ultimately can lead to bone deterioration. The patient may limp or experience tenderness, swelling, and redness.

Maffucci syndrome - This affects the long bones in a child’s foot leading to the development of abnormal bone lesions. They are benign growths and typically develop in early childhood and the bones may be susceptible to breaking. 

A podiatrist can properly diagnose and treat all types of rare foot conditions. If your child is affected by any of these symptoms or conditions, please don’t hesitate to call our office so the correct treatment method can begin.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our offices located in Niles and Rockford, IL . We offer the newest diagnostic tools and technology to treat your foot and ankle needs.
 

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Tuesday, 09 July 2024 00:00

Osteoarthritis progresses through four stages, each affecting the feet differently. In the early stage, the cartilage in the joints begins to wear down, causing mild pain and stiffness in the feet, often after physical activity. As the condition advances to the moderate stage, the cartilage damage worsens, leading to increased discomfort, swelling, and difficulty in moving the toes and ankles. The severe stage of osteoarthritis is characterized by significant cartilage loss, resulting in constant pain, inflammation, and reduced mobility. In the final stage, the cartilage is almost completely worn away, causing intense pain, deformities, and a drastic decrease in function. This progression impacts daily activities, emphasizing the need for early intervention. If your feet are affected by this type of arthritis, it is suggested that you consult a podiatrist who can help you to manage this condition.

Arthritis can be a difficult condition to live with. If you are seeking treatment, contact Paul A. Santangelo, DPM from Illinois. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Arthritic Foot Care  

Arthritis is a joint disorder that involves the inflammation of different joints in your body, such as those in your feet. Arthritis is often caused by a degenerative joint disease and causes mild to severe pain in all affected areas. In addition to this, swelling and stiffness in the affected joints can also be a common symptom of arthritis.

In many cases, wearing ill-fitting shoes can worsen the effects and pain of arthritis. Wearing shoes that have a lower heel and extra room can help your feet feel more comfortable. In cases of rheumatoid arthritis, the arch in your foot may become problematic. Buying shoes with proper arch support that contour to your feet can help immensely.

Alleviating Arthritic Pain

  • Exercises that stretch the foot can prevent further pain and injury and increase mobility
  • Most of the pain can be alleviated with anti-inflammatory drugs, heat, and topical medications
  • Massages can help temporarily alleviate pain.

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

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our offices located in Niles and Rockford, IL . We offer the newest diagnostic tools and technology to treat your foot and ankle needs.

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Friday, 05 July 2024 00:00

Ingrown toenails can be painful and can make wearing shoes or walking uncomfortable. Seek professional help if you believe you've developed an ingrown toenail and be treated safely. 

Tuesday, 02 July 2024 00:00

Diabetic limb salvage is a medical approach focused on preventing amputations in patients with diabetes. Diabetes can lead to poor circulation and nerve damage, particularly in the lower extremities, increasing the risk of severe infections and ulcers. Limb salvage involves a comprehensive treatment plan aimed at healing these ulcers, improving blood flow, and managing infections. This multidisciplinary approach includes wound care, surgical interventions, and lifestyle modifications to control blood sugar levels and enhance overall foot health. The goal is to preserve the patient's limbs, improve quality of life, and prevent the devastating impact of amputation. Timely intervention and continuous care are essential to the success of diabetic limb salvage, emphasizing the importance of regular medical check-ups and early treatment of any foot issues in diabetic patients. If you have diabetes, it is strongly suggested that you are under the care of a podiatrist who can evaluate your condition, and educate you about methods that may help to avoid amputation.

Diabetic Limb Salvage

Diabetic limb salvage can be an effective way in preventing the need for limb amputation. If you have a foot ulcer and diabetes, consult with Paul A. Santangelo, DPM from Illinois. Our doctor will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.

What Is Diabetic Limb Salvage?

Diabetic limb salvage is the attempt of saving a limb, such as the foot, that has an infected ulcer, from amputation. Podiatrists also try to make sure that there is enough function in the foot after the salvage that it is still usable. Those with diabetes experience poor blood circulation, which prevents proper healing of an ulcer. If the ulcer is left uncheck, it could become infected, which could result in the need for amputation.

Diabetes is the number one cause of non-traumatic amputations in the United States. Amputation has been found to lead to higher mortality rates. This translates into higher healthcare costs, and a reduced quality of life and mobility for amputees. Podiatrists have attempted to increase the prevalence of limb salvage in an attempt to solve these issues.

Diagnosis and Treatment

Limb salvage teams have grown in recent years that utilize a number of different treatments to save the infected limb. This includes podiatrists that specialize in wound care, rehabilitation, orthotics, and surgery. Through a combination of these methods, limb salvage has been found to be an effective treatment for infected limbs, and as an alternative to amputation. Podiatrists will first evaluate the potential for limb salvage and determine if the limb can be saved or must be amputated. 

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our offices located in Niles and Rockford, IL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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