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Neuropathy and Why it Gets on Your Nerves

May is Neuropathy Awareness Month. How much do you know about this common issue that affects the limbs? The more you know, the more able you will be to spot neuropathy symptoms and address treating the condition.

May 17th, 2022
Limb Loss is a Risk for Diabetics

April is Limb Loss Prevention Month. Did you know that diabetes is the leading cause of lower limb amputation in the United States?

Apr 18th, 2022
Spring into New Sneakers

Whether you enjoy walking, running, tennis, or team sports, it’s essential to be sure your footwear is in good condition and can provide the support required by your feet, ankles, and lower legs.

Mar 29th, 2022
Diabetes Can Damage Foot Health

The fourth Tuesday in March is Diabetes Alert Day and a great opportunity to make sure you are well-informed about this dangerous illness that can put foot health at risk.

Mar 21st, 2022
February 4 is World Cancer Day

February 4 is World Cancer Day, a day to raise awareness about cancer and to encourage its prevention, detection, and treatment.

Jan 31st, 2022
Are You Due for a Professional Foot Measuring?

The next time you’re ready for new footwear, skip modern online shopping options and head into a brick-and-mortar outlet. Ask your salesperson to measure the current length and width of your feet.

Jan 18th, 2022
Learn More About Thyroid Disease

January is Thyroid Awareness Month and a great opportunity to learn more about what your thyroid is, what it does, and what you might notice if it isn’t functioning as it should.

Jan 11th, 2022
Winter Boots for Better Foot Health

All over the city, men, women, and kids are pulling their heavy coats, gloves, hats, scarves, and more from storage as they prepare for the months ahead. Are your family’s boots up to the task?

Dec 7th, 2021
Important Information About Stress Fractures

As the very name of the injury implies, unlike an acute fracture which occurs due to sudden trauma, a stress fracture happens when one spot is stressed repeatedly over an extended period.

Nov 29th, 2021
See Your Podiatrist When Your Feet Are Cold

October is Raynaud’s Awareness Month, so let’s talk about it! Raynaud’s causes the blood vessels in the extremities to spasm, causing sensations of cold in the feet and hands.

Oct 25th, 2021
Clean Up on Global Handwashing Day

Hand washing often is the best way to reduce your risk of a range of diseases & infections, including food-borne digestive issues, respiratory illnesses like seasonal colds and flu, and skin infections of the feet such as plantar warts and athlete’s foot.

Oct 11th, 2021
Back to School Foot Health Tips

Are you giving any thought to your kids’ feet and what it’s going to take to keep them healthy for school, sports, and play in the coming year? Here are some tips.

Aug 23rd, 2021
Exercise to Promote Foot Health

You are likely aware that exercise is good for you, but how much do you know about how regular exercise promotes good foot health? Cook County podiatrist Dr. Stavros O. Alexopoulos wants you to know about these four ways in which exercise provides benefits

Aug 9th, 2021
Get Familiar with the Signs of Gout

Gout is an inflammatory joint disease in the same category of ailments as arthritis. A gout attack occurs when jagged crystals of uric acid build up in the bloodstream and settle in the joints, particularly in the big toe.

Aug 2nd, 2021
Alcoholic Neuropathy and Feet

Alcohol also poses risks to foot health. Alcohol-related falls can lead to foot and ankle injuries, including sprained ankles and broken bones. Many people fall prey to alcoholic neuropathy, a particular kind of nerve damage common among heavy drinkers.

Jul 27th, 2021
Protect Feet During Summer Activities

Barbecues, beach trips, sporting events, and other activities will be a welcome relief. But you won’t have a perfect time if you’re sidelined by a foot or ankle injury.

Jul 7th, 2021
Take Care of Dad from Head to Toe

If you're still struggling to figure out what to get Dad for Father's Day, give him something that will keep him feeling great from head to toe.

Jun 15th, 2021
Three Steps to Good Foot Health this Summer

So many local families are heading outside to enjoy hiking, running, and team sports. Unfortunately, that increase in activity can also include an increase in foot and ankle injury and illness.

Jun 8th, 2021
Quit Smoking to Keep Feet Healthy

Smoking also poses risks to the health of your feet, ankles, and lower legs. Specifically, smoking increases the risk of peripheral arterial disease (PAD), a condition that negatively affects circulation to the extremities.

May 25th, 2021
Wash Hands to Keep Feet Healthy

Some foot health issues are caused by viruses, fungus, and bacteria that enter the body through small nicks and cuts in the skin. These include plantar warts, athlete’s foot, and some toenail fungus. When you keep hands clean, you reduce the opportunities

May 5th, 2021
Diabetes Poses Risks to Foot Health

People with diabetes are at risk of complications throughout the body. Kidney disease, cardiovascular disease, and blindness can occur. Complications that affect the feet are particularly common.

Apr 27th, 2021
I Need Foot and Ankle Surgery. Now What?

A podiatrist like Cook County foot doctor Dr. Stavros O. Alexopoulos is a medical expert with years of specialized training and experience, including a hospital residency, and is the best person to help when you need an operation on this part of your body.

Mar 30th, 2021
New Season, New Sneakers

March is nearing its conclusion and spring on the horizon. You’re going to want to take advantage of the opportunity to evaluate the condition of everyone’s athletic footwear and to make some changes, as necessary.

Mar 23rd, 2021
Bunions Require the Attention of a Podiatrist

Your doctor will have numerous non-invasive treatment bunion options available, including medication, physical therapy, and the prescription of custom orthotics for cushioning and support.

Mar 17th, 2021
Show Your Feet Some Love in February

Take advantage of the opportunity to show your feet, ankles, and lower legs some love. They are among nature’s hardest-working miracles but all too often, we neglect this part of our body.

Feb 16th, 2021
Take a Moment to Check in With Your Feet

With the holidays behind us and many of us staying home more than usual this winter, now is a great time to check in with your feet. It’s easy to take your feet for granted, but they require care and attention like any part of your body.

Jan 12th, 2021
Learning More About Plantar Warts

Plantar warts are caused by human papilloma virus (HPV). The virus enters the body through small nicks and cuts in the skin on the bottom of the feet.

Jan 5th, 2021
Heel Pain is a Symptom of Plantar Fasciitis

Several factors can cause heel pain. One reason for heel pain is plantar fasciitis, an inflammation of the soft tissue that runs the length of the foot from the heel to toes.

Dec 21st, 2020
Heel Cracks Are Painful and Unsightly

Heel cracks are more frequent in the winter than in the warmer seasons. Why? Because the air is drier in the cool months. It robs the skin of its moisture. In fact, you might notice the skin all over your body has become drier and flakier than usual.

Dec 1st, 2020
Your Podiatrist Can Diagnose and Treat a Stress Fracture

If you suspect that you have developed a stress fracture, or if you have another concern about the health and wellness of your feet, ankles, or lower legs, the first step to recovery is to schedule an appointment with your podiatrist.

Nov 11th, 2020
Eight Facts About Calluses

Did you know one in 20 Americans will develop a callus this year? You might be among them. Here are some facts you should know about the causes, signs, and treatment of this common foot condition.

Nov 4th, 2020
High Heels, Big Problems

For everyday use, choose a pair of sensible shoes that offer comfort, support, and stability. Two, learn more about these foot health issues and become familiar with their signs.

Oct 20th, 2020
New Season? New Footwear!

Fall is here, and winter is close behind. It’s time to put those sandals away and start thinking about boots to take you comfortably and safely through the colder months.

Oct 13th, 2020
Prevent Falls to Prevent Injury

September is National Falls Prevention Awareness Month and we are committed not only to serving our patients by diagnosing and treating the foot and ankle injuries that can come as the result of a fall, but to helping you prevent those injuries by avoiding

Sep 15th, 2020
Looking for Healthy Outdoor Activity? Take a Hike!

Summer is ending, and fall is on the horizon, bringing cooler temperatures and gorgeous scenery with it. Many My Chicago Foot Expert patients take advantage of the opportunity to head to the mountains or the forest to enjoy a hike.

Sep 9th, 2020
Orthotics Provide Relief for Aching Feet

Custom orthotics are medical devices provided to men, women, and children of all ages by an expert podiatrist. Slipped into the shoes, they can improve foot and ankle movement and increase comfort, stability, and mobility.

Aug 18th, 2020
Improve Foot Health. Break These Habits Today

Like so much about your health, much that relates to the wellness of your feet, ankles, and lower legs are within your control, but, for many people, bad habits can get in the way.

Aug 10th, 2020
Keep Feet Safe and Healthy as You Work from Home

Approximately 30% of the United States work force is currently working from home, having traded their usual offices and cubicles for desks and makeshift spaces in their apartments and houses.

Aug 4th, 2020
Getting Familiar with Your Feet

Your podiatrist is a medical specialist, able to diagnose and treat any illness of or injury to your feet, ankles, and lower legs.

Jul 28th, 2020
Don’t Let a Blister Interfere with Summer Fun

Exercising, playing, and having fun outdoors in the warm weather in enjoyable for everyone, but the fun stops when a blister puts you on the sidelines. What can you do to prevent and treat one of summer’s common irritants?

Jul 15th, 2020
Stay Safe as You Emerge from Isolation

Are you wondering how you can spend time with others while remaining safe from COVID-19? Here are some useful suggestions for activities and precautions.

Jul 6th, 2020