Be Prepared with a Foot First Aid Kit

What can you do about sudden podiatric illness or injury until you’re able to see your foot doctor? Create a foot first aid kit for your home, office, or travel pack!

Oct 3rd, 2019
Good Foot Health is Essential in Preventing Falls

Nearly one third of Americans over the age of 65 will fall each year, and that figure jumps to 50% after the age of 85. These falls frequently lead to bone fractures, infection, and hospitalization.

Sep 25th, 2019
Healthy Bones, Healthy Feet

Two common causes of bone breaks are osteoporosis and accidents, but there are steps that you can take to keep yourself safe.

Sep 11th, 2019
Wait…What? RICE for My Foot Injury?

When your podiatrist suggests RICE, s/he isn’t talking about what you eat. It’s an acronym for at-home care that can get you back on your feet quickly.

Sep 5th, 2019
Quit These Bad Foot Health Habits Today

Just like there are steps you can take to increase overall health and wellness, there are things that you can do to improve the health of your feet, ankles, and lower legs.

Aug 13th, 2019
Understanding Phlebitis

Phlebitis is a common health issue affecting the lower legs. It can be uncomfortable and, if untreated, dangerous. Do you know what phlebitis is and what causes it?

Jul 31st, 2019
Your Foot Pain Might Be Capsulitis

Symptoms of capsulitis include a feeling like there is a stone in your shoe, located most often in the ball of the foot. Pain and discomfort are typical, especially near the big toe or the second toe.

Jun 26th, 2019
Let’s Talk About Crutches

Crutches are a stabilizing tool that help you move around when you are not able to bear your body weight on your foot, ankle, or lower leg.

Jun 6th, 2019
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