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Have Your Heard About Standing Desks?

People who sit at work all day and relax on the couch all evening are at higher risk of cardiovascular disease and other life-threatening illnesses, much like people who smoke or are obese.

May 8th, 2019
Gout Attacks Can Be Prevented and Minimized

Excess weight and obesity can trigger gout attacks. Be sure to eat a healthy diet, rich in colorful fruits and vegetables, whole grains, and lean proteins from poultry and fish.

Apr 16th, 2019
There’s Nothing Romantic About a Love Fracture

Have you ever heard of a “love fracture?” It sounds like what happens to a high schooler’s heart after a first breakup goes south but, in fact, it’s the common name for a fracture of the calcaneus, your heel bone.

Apr 2nd, 2019
What’s Going On with Your Swollen Feet?

Swollen feet are a common reason for patients to visit their foot doctor’s office. When one or both feet are swollen, standing and walking can become uncomfortable, and moving becomes challenging, leading to limited activity and diminished overall health.

Mar 29th, 2019
Tips to Keep Ankles Strong and Healthy

A sprained ankle is a painful injury that can keep you off your feet for weeks. Weak ankles are more likely to twist when you step awkwardly and can result in a foot fracture.

Mar 20th, 2019
When Should You Call the Podiatrist?

The decision to call your podiatrist begins with knowing just what a podiatrist does. Your podiatrist is a medical specialist with years of advanced training in diagnosing and treating all illnesses and injuries of the feet, ankles, and lower legs.

Mar 15th, 2019
Understanding Charcot Foot

Charcot foot is a disease that attacks the bones, joints, and soft tissue in the feet. It progresses slowly. Unchecked, it can cause painful sores or even change the shape of your foot.

Mar 15th, 2019
Freiberg’s Disease Can Cause Pain in Young People

Freiberg’s disease is most common in adolescents in their late teens and early twenties. Females are more at risk than males and, of note, people whose second toe is longer than their first are more frequently affected.

Mar 15th, 2019
Treating Arthritic Foot Pain

We’ve all heard about the struggles of joint pain, probably from your older relatives and friends. Unfortunately, it is likely a condition that many of us will experience as we age.

Jan 2nd, 2019
The Wickedness of Corns

Corns are hardened areas of skin that can form on the foot and cause problems if not handled correctly.

Dec 13th, 2018
Heel Spurs of the Moment

Heel spurs develop when calcium deposits at the bottom of the heel in an accelerated manner.

Dec 13th, 2018
Bunions Can Wear Your Feet Down

Bunions can be annoying or not a problem at all. If your bunion does not develop into a large enough mass to cause shoe issues or other complications, there may not be much you have to do.

Dec 13th, 2018
Ingrown Toenails are More than Uncomfortable

Ingrown toenails can become a real pain for your feet as the side of the nails can dig into the surrounding skin. This, as you can imagine, not only causes pain but also makes it difficult to participate in routine activities.

Dec 13th, 2018
Heel Pain can be Managed

Heel pain can be caused for a variety of reasons, such as foot complications or long periods of stress placed on the feet.

Dec 13th, 2018
Athlete’s Foot Will Fight for Survival

Water recreation is a big part of staying cool in the summer months, but beware of foot conditions that can result from poor protection and hygiene! One condition that is seen in many patients during the summer is athlete’s foot.

Dec 13th, 2018
Orthotics are the Real Deal

Orthotics are intended to dismiss discomfort, stop defects, allow greater movement and provide strength. Sound good, don’t they?

Dec 13th, 2018
Metatarsalgia is Not to Be Taken Lightly

Wonder what running, dancing, and wearing high heels share in common? They can all cause pain in the ball of the foot, which is referred to as metatarsalgia.

Dec 13th, 2018
Arthritis is a Pain in the Joint Changer

Chances are, you know someone who is suffering from arthritis. Whether it’s your parents, grandparents, or an older friend, it can be a painful condition, especially when it attacks the feet and ankles.

Dec 13th, 2018
Ganglion Cysts on Your Feet

A ganglion cyst is a fluid-filled growth that can form anywhere on the body. Typically, they grow under the skin or on joints, bones, and ligaments. On the feet, they develop as benign soft-tissue growths, often on the tops of your feet. They can grow into

Dec 13th, 2018
Plantar Fasciitis and Your Heels

Plantar fasciitis is a painful condition that affects the comfort of your heels as it directly involves the plantar fascia that connects your heel bone to your toes. This ligament provides assistance to your foot’s arch.

Dec 13th, 2018
5 Ways to Treat Neuromas

Neuromas, a condition that involves an inflamed nerve on the bottom of your feet, can result in varying levels of discomfort and pain.

Dec 13th, 2018
Plantar Fasciitis May Worsen by Cycling

Plantar Fasciitis can be a painful condition that affects many day to day activities. This condition affects the plantar fascia, which protects the arch of the foot and allows us to walk, jump, run, and move.

Dec 13th, 2018
Achilles Tendonitis is No Picnic

Achilles tendonitis can be a major problem for many types of people. The Achilles tendon joins the calf muscles to the heel bone.

Dec 13th, 2018
Stand Up to Plantar Warts

Let’s face it, plantar warts are frankly unsightly and not something you want hanging around. To add to their charm, they can also be painful when left to their own devices.

Dec 13th, 2018
The Tender Nature of Blisters

We all know blisters. They’re small but painful, and can really put a damper on your day when one appears on your foot. They can get infected and cause significant discomfort that gets in the way of walking and other tasks.

Dec 10th, 2018
Don’t Ignore the Call of Calluses

Calluses may seem harmless and unassuming but can become problematic if ignored. Calluses are hardened areas of the skin that typically form as the skin of your foot rubs against the inside of your shoe.

Dec 10th, 2018
Avoid Ingrown Toenails

Problems with your toes can seem minor, but there are some you want to avoid at all costs. Ingrown toenails are a condition that can cause severe pain, discomfort, and lead to infections as the nail grows further into the skin that surrounds the toenail.

Dec 10th, 2018
Heel Spurs at Your Heels

Heel spurs are not a walk in the park. They are bony extensions of the heel bone that form as a result of repetitive irritation of the heel bone.

Dec 10th, 2018
Defend Your Feet Against Warts

Warts, in general, are not perceived very kindly. Plantar warts, the ones that develop on the soles of your feet, are no exception. However, they are extremely common and our podiatrist, Dr. Stavros Alexopoulos, treats patients with plantar warts frequentl

Dec 10th, 2018
Foot Pain Relief with Orthotics

Have you ever wondered what those shoe inserts you see at pharmacies do for you? They can provide support for your feet in areas that need it the most!

Dec 10th, 2018
Podiatrists Can Help Ankle Sprains

We’ve all had the experience of injuring the ankle, whether it’s from running, dancing, walking in heels or stepping off of a curb.

Dec 10th, 2018
Be Bigger Than Bunions

Bunions are one of the most common foot deformities we see at our podiatry practice at Stavros O. Alexopoulos, DPM in Chicago.

Dec 10th, 2018
You Too Can Counter Flat Feet

Flat feet is a common condition that we see in many of our patients at our podiatry office. One way to find out if you have flat feet is to wet your feet and stand on a flat surface. If the arch of your footprint shows, meaning it is touching the ground, y

Dec 10th, 2018
You Can Mend Your Fractured Ankle

Ankle fractures are significant traumatic experiences for your feet and ankles. They involve a crack or complete break in your ankle bone and require prompt and ongoing medical treatment to ensure that your ankle movement returns to normal.

Dec 10th, 2018
Our Feet: Amazing Structures that Work Hard Every Day

Let’s face it – we all take our feet for granted. We squeeze them into shoes, stress them out during workouts and generally neglect them. Yet they still perform for us, bearing our bodies’ weight for miles and miles and years and years.

Nov 6th, 2018
Pain in the Ball of the Foot May Be Capsulitis

Do you have pain in the ball of your foot? Does it feel as if your sock is bunched up or you’re stepping on a marble? Is it difficult to wear shoes because of the pain and swelling?

Nov 6th, 2018
Your Child’s Heel Pain May Be Sever’s Disease

Has your child complained of heel pain or has difficulty walking? Sometimes a growth spurt causes the heel bone to grow more quickly than nearby muscles and tendons, causing them to stretch too much.

Nov 6th, 2018
Prep Your Feet for Sandal Season

At the first hint of warmer spring weather, most of us rummage through our closets looking for our favorite pair of sandals.

Nov 6th, 2018
Are Your Children In-toeing or Out-toeing?

Parents often bring their children to our office to ask about the appearance of their feet and legs. Sometimes the child’s feet point in towards each other when walking.

Nov 5th, 2018
Heel Spurs Are a Common Cause of Heel Pain

A heel spur is a small, bony protrusion that sticks out from the bottom of the heel bone and is often associated with plantar fasciitis, or inflammation of the plantar fascia.

Nov 5th, 2018
You Can Prevent Fungal Toenails

Are you embarrassed because of the appearance of your toenails? Do they look ragged or thickened, discolored or dull? If so you may have toenail fungus.

Nov 5th, 2018
Pain in the Ball of the Foot May Be Metatarsalgia

If the holiday season has you aching for foot pain relief, you may be suffering from metatarsalgia. It’s a long word but easy to understand when you break it down: the 5 metatarsal bones run down the foot from the toes to the ankle.

Nov 5th, 2018
A Stubbed Toe May Be More Than Just a Nuisance

We’ve all stubbed our toes at one time or another and it hurts! Toes have lots of nerve endings to send sensory information quickly to the central nervous system and they don’t have much fatty tissue to absorb an impact.

Nov 5th, 2018
Pregnancy and Foot Pain

If you or a family member is expecting a new arrival shortly – congratulations! You are probably taking good care of yourself by eating balanced meals, drinking plenty of water and taking your vitamins.

Nov 5th, 2018
Relieve Painful Haglund’s Deformity

You may notice a bump on your heel or on a family member’s heel. Haglund’s deformity is a bony enlargement that can form at the back of the heel bone where the Achilles tendon is located.

Nov 2nd, 2018
Keep Babies Barefoot as Long as Possible

Have you seen those tiny shoes for infants that look like miniature ballet slippers, or Converse sneakers to match Dad’s? It’s tempting to grab them – but don’t do it!

Nov 2nd, 2018
Solve the Itchy Problem of Athlete’s Foot

Research shows that exercise is good for us in many ways. Regular exercise can help control weight, fight disease, promote restful sleep and even boost our mood and energy.

Nov 2nd, 2018
Preventing Foot Cramps

Have you been awakened in the night by excruciating pain in the foot or calf? Have you felt severe calf pain after a strenuous run? If so, then you have experienced muscle cramps.

Nov 2nd, 2018
Beware the Risks of Wearing High Heels

High heels are high fashion and many women enjoy wearing them. But long-term high heel wearing can cause foot problems like corns and calluses and ingrown toenails, and even tendon damage that may be irreversible.

Nov 2nd, 2018