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Stay Safe as You Emerge from Isolation Jul 6th, 2020

Summer is here, and the combination of warm weather and the reopening of businesses means many families have begun to loosen their self-imposed quarantine restrictions. 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 from...

Heel Pain: Causes and Treatment Jun 29th, 2020

Are you experiencing heel pain and wondering what’s causing it and what you can do about it? Heel pain is a common reason that brings patients to Cook County podiatrist Dr. Stavros O. Alexopoulos. Discomfort is not a normal, natural part of the aging process, and it should always be...

Your Podiatrist Can Treat Your Tingling Feet Jun 22nd, 2020

It’s common for men and women to schedule visits to My Chicago Foot Expert’s Cook County office, needing to see podiatrist Stavros O. Alexopoulos, DPM, because their feet are tingling and uncomfortable. Are you living with tingling feet? An appointment with your podiatrist is the first step on the road...

Stay Safe from Coronavirus This Summer Jun 15th, 2020

If you’re like most Chicago residents, you’re beginning to emerge from weeks and months of staying at home, ready to enjoy the nice weather and visit some of the recently-reopened local restaurants and other businesses. You can have a good time this summer, but it’s important to remember that you...

Keep Feet and Ankles Healthy. Take a Walk Today! Jun 9th, 2020

It’s been months since many states issued stay at home orders, and so many families are happy that the good weather is here and they can get outside. Sitting on a chair in the sunshine might be pleasurable, but it’s not going to do much to maintain good health. Instead,...

Fresh Ideas for Family Fun Jun 3rd, 2020

Our days of isolation have turned into weeks and weeks into months. For many of those remaining at home alone, it’s been hard to remain connected and to keep from sliding into depression. Those staying inside with family have faced other challenges, including keeping kids entertained as quarantine has gone...

Treat Your Toes to a Pedicure at Home May 26th, 2020

We’ve been staying at home for months now, sheltering in place to flatten the curve and keep our community safe from COVID-19. That’s meant giving up some of the little luxuries that we’re accustomed to. For many My Chicago Foot Expert patients, that’s meant doing without spa pedicures. Don’t let...

Four Tips to Stay Healthy During the Pandemic and After May 19th, 2020

Months into the global pandemic, we have all heard the tips about staying safe from COVID-19, the illness caused by the novel coronavirus. We’re cultivating new habits such as social distancing and wearing a mask when out in public. These habits will help reduce our risk of infection from coronavirus...

Be Alert to Unusual Signs of COVID-19 in the Feet May 12th, 2020

Foot doctors like Cook County podiatrist Dr. Stavros O. Alexopoulos are accustomed to seeing a condition called chilblains (also known as pernio) that commonly affects patients. Signs of chilblains include redness, swelling, itching, and discomfort. Women and people with vascular illnesses such as Raynaud’s disease or autoimmune diseases like Lupus...

Now Is the Time to Start Eating for Good Health May 5th, 2020

Whether you’re isolating alone or with family, these can be difficult, stressful days. If you’re experiencing depression or anxiety, you’re not alone. Many people are having difficulty with mental and emotional health. Turning to food for relief is easy, but it’s probably not a good long-term choice. Many of the...

Ten Good Ideas to Engage Your Mind Apr 28th, 2020

We’ve all been self-isolating and maintaining social distance for weeks, working hard and making sacrifices to keep ourselves and our families healthy during the global Covid-19 pandemic. But what about your mind? Quarantine at home can pose challenges to mental health, especially if you’re alone, but there are so many...

Five Things You Can Do to Promote Foot Health at Home Apr 22nd, 2020

How is your self-isolation going? Maintaining the motivation necessary for self-care can be challenging when you’re home day after day. Be sure to take steps to protect physical mental health until life returns to normal! Eat a healthy diet and drink plenty of water. Get outside when you can. Exercise....

Take Care of Your Feet While You Remain Safe at Home Apr 14th, 2020

Many Chicago residents are staying home, venturing out only for the most essential of errands, such as grocery shopping and visits to the pharmacy. It is a critical component of “flattening the curve,” slowing the spread of COVID-19 and minimizing the number of Americans affected. It can be hard, but...

What Will You Do to Celebrate Foot Health Awareness Month? Apr 7th, 2020

April is Foot Health Awareness Month. Granted it’s not as exciting as Christmas or your birthday, but it’s still an occasion worth celebrating! How? Here are three suggestions from Cook county podiatrist Dr. Stavros O. Alexopoulos: Take a few moments to look at your feet from all angles. If flexibility...

How Much Do You Know About Your Foot Health? Mar 31st, 2020

Like much about health care, a great deal of foot health is within your control. Becoming aware of the symptoms of illness, infection, and injury can help keep you safe. Here are five fun questions for you to test your knowledge. True or false? My doctor can take care of...

How Much Do You Know About Plantar Fibroma? Mar 25th, 2020

When it comes to foot health, cysts are a common issue. Many people come to see Dr. Stavros O. Alexopoulos because they have noticed a previously undiscovered bump or lump somewhere on their foot or ankle. This can be startling, but they are often nothing to worry about. One such...

Simple Diet Tips for Improved Foot Health Mar 18th, 2020

Back in January, and for a variety of reasons, many people set out to make changes to their diet. Were you one of them? By now, you probably know that, along with exercise, a healthy diet is the foundation of good health. But have you ever stopped to consider what...

Five Good Habits to Promote Foot Health Mar 11th, 2020

While it’s true that illness and injury can strike your feet and ankles unexpectedly, it’s also true that much about foot-related health is within your control. Some simple good habits can keep you well and pain-free for a lifetime. Here are five recommendations from Chicago podiatrist Dr. Stavros O. Alexopoulos:...

Get Out There and Walk! Mar 4th, 2020

The evidence is clear: the combination of a sensible diet and regular exercise can prevent and alleviate a wide range of health issues from your head to your toes. Have you gotten the message and made some changes to your food intake? Good for you! Many people, however, are stuck...

Keep That New Year’s Exercise Enthusiasm Going All Year Round Feb 24th, 2020

Many of us enter the new year with great intentions. We make resolutions on New Year’s Eve, often to eat for better health and exercise regularly, and we’re great about keeping those resolutions in January. But what about in February and beyond? Are you sticking to that resolution to improve...

Be On the Lookout for Signs of Heart Disease Feb 19th, 2020

February is American Heart Month, and it’s a good opportunity for you to learn more about the unexpected connection between heart health and foot health. If you’re like most people, you probably imagine that the two things have little or nothing in common, but that’s a common misperception. In fact,...

Celebrating Valentine’s Day with Your Feet Feb 11th, 2020

When you first think of Valentine’s Day, you probably think of red hearts, candy, champagne, and other people – probably your spouse, family, or friends. But imagine if you expanded your idea of Valentine’s Day to include yourself. What if you said, “This year, I am going to send a...

Callus Management is Best Handled by a Podiatrist Feb 5th, 2020

Is there a callus on your foot? Many people – men, women, and children – develop a callus at some point in their lives. Also called a tyloma or a keratoma, calluses are compacted, thickened patches of dead skin cells. Calluses can occur anywhere on the body, but are especially...

Make Simple Food Swaps to Improve Foot Health Jan 29th, 2020

Like so much about self-care, much about foot and ankle health can be improved through regular exercise and a healthy diet. How much do you know about eating for foot health? Here are some suggestions from Dr. Stavros O. Alexopoulos for four simple, painless food swaps to make in 2020:...

Keep Feet Safe and Healthy on Your Next Airplane Trip Jan 22nd, 2020

Are you planning a vacation this winter? Will you be traveling by airplane? It’s going to be hard to enjoy yourself if foot or ankle illness, or injury strikes! Here are four tips from Dr. Stavros O. Alexopoulos to keep your feet safe and healthy before, during, and after your...

The Value of Custom Orthotics Jan 14th, 2020

If you’ve been living with foot or ankle pain when you stand, walk, or run, your podiatrist might recommend custom orthotics for cushioning and support. You might be wondering what orthotics are and whether they’re worth the investment, especially considering that over-the-counter gel insoles are available in many pharmacies and...

Make Foot Health Your Resolution for 2020 Jan 8th, 2020

It’s the time of year when many of us are taking stock, contemplating what we’d like to change – or perhaps attract more of – in the coming 12 months. What about you? Have you made some new year’s resolutions, perhaps to create some of the good habits that increase...

Your Podiatrist Has Treatment Options for a Fractured Toe Dec 30th, 2019

Over one quarter of the 206 bones in your body are located in your feet and ankles, and over one-half of those are in your toes. With little padding to protect those delicate bones from injury, it’s no wonder that a fractured toe is a common reason for patients to...

Learning More About Enchondroma Dec 23rd, 2019

If your doctor has told you that you have an enchondroma, you might be feeling anxious, wondering what exactly is this and whether anything can be done to manage your condition. The good news is that enchondroma is common, treatable, and not dangerous in and of itself. Enchondroma (pronounced en-kon-DRO-ma)...

Help Feet Feel Pampered with These Holiday Gifts Dec 16th, 2019

Are you still making your way through your holiday gift list? Is there a “hard-to-buy-for” name on it? We’re here with some ideas that will please even the most challenging friend or family member! Everyone loves a gift that makes feet feel comfortable and pampered. Here are five great suggestions...

The Dangerous Relationship Between Diabetes and Your Feet Dec 10th, 2019

Have you been diagnosed with diabetes, or has your doctor told you that you are at risk of this illness? If so, your foot health is at risk. What Is Diabetes? There is a small gland in your body called the pancreas. It is responsible for the production of the...

Preparing for Your First Visit with a Podiatrist Dec 5th, 2019

Have you scheduled a visit to the My Chicago Foot Expert: Stavros Alexopoulos, DPM office? Is it your first visit with a foot doctor? No need to worry! A podiatrist like Dr. Stavros O. Alexopoulos is a medical specialist who often sees new patients and who will bring years of...

Orthotics Can Provide Relief from Foot Pain Nov 26th, 2019

Have you heard of orthotics? These are custom-made shoe inserts, prescribed and created for you by a board-certified podiatrist. They slip into your shoes to improve foot movement and increase comfort, stability, and mobility. Numerous scientific studies have proven that orthotic devices are useful in helping children, adolescents, and adults...

Pronation and Supination Can Lead to Discomfort Nov 20th, 2019

Have you ever heard the words pronation and supination? These terms refer to the inward and outward movements of the foot and ankle when walking or running. Pronation is the foot’s inward roll as it makes contact with the ground. Supination is the opposite: the outward roll that occurs when...

It’s American Diabetes Month. Visit Your Podiatrist. Nov 12th, 2019

How much do you know about diabetes? Diabetes is an illness that occurs when the pancreas, the gland in your body that is responsible for the production of the hormone insulin, fails in part or in full. Insulin is critical to your body’s ability to regulate levels of glucose in...

Keep Feet Comfortable and Healthy This Winter Nov 5th, 2019

As the weather changes, foot health issues increase. Falls on snow and ice are common. Many people experience foot pain, especially those who are living with diabetes or a circulatory ailment. This discomfort can interfere with daily activities and leave people isolated and lonely, but it doesn’t have to be...

Three Reasons Diabetics Need to See the Podiatrist Oct 30th, 2019

Everyone – men, women, and children – should visit a board-certified podiatrist like Dr. Stavros O. Alexopoulos once a year for preventative care. This is especially important for people with diabetes. What Is Diabetes? In your body, there is a small gland called the pancreas. It is responsible for producing...

Should You See a Podiatrist? Oct 23rd, 2019

In short, yes! But understanding why you should see a podiatrist begins with understanding what a podiatrist is and what a podiatrist can do for you. When you see the letters DPM after your doctor’s name, it means that he or she is a Doctor of Podiatric Medicine. Podiatrists are...

You Can Avoid Diabetic Amputation Oct 16th, 2019

If you have been diagnosed with diabetes, you already know that it’s a dangerous whole-body illness.  Steady blood sugar (glucose) levels are critical to maintaining good health. A small gland called the pancreas helps accomplish that by producing the hormone insulin, which is critical to successfully managing the job. In...

Metatarsalgia: Pain in the Ball of the Foot Oct 9th, 2019

It’s common for foot pain to be localized in the ball of the foot, the area between the arches, and the toes on the bottom of the foot. This is metatarsalgia. It usually centers on the metatarsals, the five bones under the toes. Anyone can develop metatarsalgia, but it is...

Be Prepared with a Foot First Aid Kit Oct 3rd, 2019

Healthy feet and ankles are the very foundation of daily life. They enable you to stand and walk through your days with ease. Regular readers of this blog know that there are many steps you can take to promote foot and ankle health and reduce your risk of pain and...

Good Foot Health is Essential in Preventing Falls Sep 25th, 2019

How would you estimate your risk of a fall? High, medium, or low? Interestingly, a majority of adults do not know that they are at risk of falling, and of the foot and ankle injuries that can result.  In fact, nearly one third of Americans over the age of 65...

Chronic Venous Insufficiency Is Dangerous for Lower Legs Sep 18th, 2019

Chronic Venous Insufficiency (CVI) is a chronic condition affecting circulation to the feet and lower legs. In order to understand this problem, you must first understand the process of circulation. With every beat, your heart sends bright red, oxygen-rich blood throughout your body via a system of arteries. The cells...

Healthy Bones, Healthy Feet Sep 11th, 2019

Your feet are among nature’s most complex structures. There are 206 bones in your body. Over one quarter of them is located in your feet and ankles, arranged in delicate joints and arches. They are supported by over 100 muscles, miles of nerves and blood vessels, and a wide variety...

Wait…What? RICE for My Foot Injury? Sep 5th, 2019

Many patients come to My Chicago Foot Expert: Stavros Alexopoulos, DPM to be treated for a foot or ankle injury. Happily, many of these are relatively minor and don’t require surgery or other invasive treatment to heal. A boot or cast and a pair of crutches often do the job....

Protect Your Most Important Sports Gear – Your Feet Aug 28th, 2019

What’s your favorite athletic activity? Whether it’s tennis, yoga, running, or something else, you probably have a favorite piece of equipment. It might be a preferred racquet, mat, or pair of sneakers. But, no matter which sport you like best, there’s one piece of equipment you can’t do without: healthy...

Surgery Can Be the Best Way to Treat a Bunion Aug 22nd, 2019

A bunion is a painful foot deformity that occurs when pressure causes the bones at the big toe knuckle to move out of place and protrude toward the inner edge of the foot. In addition to the change in foot shape, other bunion symptoms include redness and swelling. A bunion...

Quit These Bad Foot Health Habits Today Aug 13th, 2019

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. How many of these bad habits are you still engaged in? Today is the day to stop! Going...

Nail Bed Injuries Are Painful Problems Aug 7th, 2019

Your nail bed is made up of three parts: The nail bed is the soft tissue that lies below the nail itself. Its health is essential for proper nail growth. The nail matrix is the part of the nail bed from which the nail originates and grows. The nail plate...

Understanding Phlebitis Jul 31st, 2019

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? The pumping action of your heart circulates blood through your body via a complex, miles-long system of blood vessels. Arteries bring blood...

Prevent and Manage Osteoporosis for Good Foot Health Jul 24th, 2019

If you know about osteoporosis, you might already know that it’s a chronic and dangerous condition that weakens the bones and leaves people vulnerable to fractures and other injuries. You probably think of it as affecting the spine and hips, and possibly the wrists and ribs. But do you know...

How Much Do You Know About Your Feet? Jul 17th, 2019

A board-certified podiatrist like Dr. Stavros O. Alexopoulos is a medical expert, with years of training and experience that makes him an expert on the anatomy and structure of the feet and ankles. It also makes him an authority on all injuries and illnesses of this part of your body....

Caring for the Special Foot Health Needs of Older Patients Jul 10th, 2019

If you are a senior citizen, it’s not news to you that the body changes as we age. What might be a bit of a surprise, however, is learning that these changes don’t just happen from the knees up. Foot health is affected, as well. Happily, your board-certified podiatrist is...

Make Careful Choices When Selecting Summer Sandals Jul 1st, 2019

After months of wool socks and insulated boots, summer sandals are one of summer’s most-enjoyed delights. It feels great to wear those lightweight shoes and allow toes and feet to breathe. Unfortunately, they’re also footwear that comes with some drawbacks. The risk of illness and injury increases when you’re wearing...

Your Foot Pain Might Be Capsulitis Jun 26th, 2019

Have you ever heard of capsulitis? It’s a common cause of foot pain. Soft tissues, including tendons and ligaments, surround the joints throughout your body. These soft tissues form a sort of “capsule” around the joint and facilitate its function. When the ligaments in the capsule become irritated, they become...

Learning More About Women’s Unique Foot Health Issues Jun 19th, 2019

American men and women enjoy social and political equality, but that doesn’t mean they share the same physiology. Although the bodies of men and women are primarily the same, biological and environmental differences lead to different health issues, even in the feet and ankles. Here are some examples: Women are...

Your Podiatrist Can Treat Men’s Foot Problems Jun 10th, 2019

Have you heard over the years that men have a tendency to underestimate the seriousness of their symptoms and procrastinate a visit to the doctor? Studies show this to be true. Statistics show that men are more likely than women to live with discomfort or to experience complications of an...

Let’s Talk About Crutches Jun 6th, 2019

It’s very common for patients at our office to need help walking after a foot and ankle injury or while recovering from foot and ankle surgery. Made of wood or aluminum and provided by a foot doctor like Dr. Stavros O. Alexopoulos, crutches are a stabilizing tool that help you...

Interesting Facts About Foot Anatomy May 29th, 2019

Your feet are among nature’s most complex structures. They are comprised of many small parts, all working together in perfect harmony to allow you to stand upright, walk, and run free from pain. How much do you know about the anatomy of your feet? Here are some interesting facts for...

Keep Feet Safe and Healthy on Your Next Vacation May 22nd, 2019

Winter’s gone and spring is in full swing, which means that many families are preparing for a summer vacation. Whether you’re heading out for a relaxing week at the beach, or an adventure-filled getaway, illness or injury to your feet or ankles can ruin your good time. It’s important to...

Celebrate Arthritis Awareness Month with Information May 15th, 2019

May is Arthritis Awareness Month. How much do you know about arthritis? Here are some facts from Dr. Stavros O. Alexopoulos: Many people believe that “arthritis” is a diagnosis that refers to a single condition. In fact, arthritis is a medical term that refers to chronic joint inflammation. There are...

Have Your Heard About Standing Desks? May 8th, 2019

“Sitting is the new smoking!” It sounds cute, right? But there’s nothing cute about the sentiment it coveys: that a sedentary lifestyle is bad for your health. In fact, people who sit at work all day and relax on the couch all evening are at higher risk of cardiovascular disease...

Get Immediate Treatment for a Sprained Ankle May 1st, 2019

Ankle sprains are a common injury, and one of the most frequent reasons that patients come to Stavros O. Alexopoulos, DPM for help. Common causes of sprained ankles include tripping, falling, and athletic injuries. A sprained ankle occurs when the ligaments that support the joint are stretched or torn. This...

Check Your Foot Health Awareness Apr 24th, 2019

April is Foot Health Awareness Month, and here’s a chance to see how much you know. Begin by answering true or false to each of the following five statements, then check the answers below: My diabetes doesn’t have anything to do with my feet. Diet and exercise are critical to...

Gout Attacks Can Be Prevented and Minimized Apr 16th, 2019

Have you been diagnosed with gout? Gout is an illness in which uric acid builds up in the body. Crystals then float through the bloodstream, settling in the joints and causing painful gout attacks. The joint of the big toe is particularly vulnerable. Gout is incurable, but there are steps...

Diabetic Ulcers Pose Risks to Limb and Life Apr 10th, 2019

If you’ve been diagnosed with diabetes, it is especially important to visit your foot doctor regularly. Routine visits with a board-certified podiatrist like Stavros Alexopolous, DPM are the best way to make sure that existing issues are properly diagnosed and that potential problems are nipped in the bud. Diabetes is...

There’s Nothing Romantic About a Love Fracture Apr 2nd, 2019

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. What Causes a Heel Fracture? Fractures of the calcaneus occur...

What’s Going On with Your Swollen Feet? Mar 29th, 2019

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. If you notice swelling in your feet, ankles, or lower legs,...

Tips to Keep Ankles Strong and Healthy Mar 20th, 2019

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. Here are some tips from Dr. Stavros O. Alexopoulos to help keep yours strong and flexible:...

Are Your Feet Telling You to be Tested for Diabetes? Mar 15th, 2019

You have a small gland called the pancreas. It is located about six inches long and located in your torso behind your stomach. Your pancreas is responsible for the production of the hormone insulin which is necessary for the effective regulation of blood sugar levels. When the pancreas produces insufficient...

When Should You Call the Podiatrist? Mar 15th, 2019

If you already have an ongoing relationship with your podiatrist, you’ve taken a great first step in maintaining and protecting your foot health. You probably visit your doctor once a year for an examination that will help identify existing or potential problems and ensure appropriate treatment. But what if something...

Understanding Charcot Foot Mar 15th, 2019

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. The good news is that early diagnosis and intervention can lead to treatment and prevent any permanent...

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

In the developing human body, there are sections of bones known as growth plates. Also known as the epiphyseal plate or physis, the growth plate is the area of growing tissue near the end of the long bones in children and adolescents. Each long bone has at least one growth plate at...

Getting Comfortable with Wide Feet Jan 23rd, 2019

Just like the length of your feet is quantified with a numbered shoe size, the width is sized as well. Do you know yours? B is average. C and D are considered wide sizes and E is extra-wide. Some babies are born with naturally wide feet. Other men and women...

Treating Arthritic Foot Pain Jan 2nd, 2019

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. Why? It is a joint disease that affects the joints in our bodies, especially in our extremities like our...

Neuromas are Different Dec 26th, 2018

Neuromas have a way of being different from your average foot complication. Any injury dealing with the nerves in your feet can produce unique sensations and levels of pain. A neuroma affects a group of nerves between your toes and typically affect women due to their fashion footwear choices. What are...

Important Treatments for Ulcers Dec 19th, 2018

Ulcers have the potential to become very dangerous for your foot and ankle health for many reasons. Depending on how well you take care of your feet, it can be a minor issue or horrendous for your overall health. Those who should take this very seriously are diabetics.  Their blood flow...

Flat Feet Don’t Level the Playing Field Dec 13th, 2018

Flat Feet have a way of complicating normal routines by affecting the way the foot hits the ground. The reason this condition can cause complications is because in normal feet, the tendons in the foot help to lift the middle of the sole off the ground when moving; yet, flat feet...

The Wickedness of Corns Dec 13th, 2018

Corns are hardened areas of skin that can form on the foot and cause problems if not handled correctly. It’s the pressure and friction that occurs on the foot’s skin that begins the start of this condition by causing a buildup of dead layers of skin. Corns are generally hard or...

Heel Spurs of the Moment Dec 13th, 2018

Heel spurs develop when calcium deposits at the bottom of the heel in an accelerated manner. This causes the bones of the heel to stick out a bit. Heel spurs are distinguished by causing calcification to develop on the heel bone. The heel plays a major role in the body with...

Arthritis Can Ruin the Party Dec 13th, 2018

Foot and Ankle Arthritis can be a complicated and long-running situation for many individuals.  You may know this or not, but arthritis can get worse with age. So, if you think your neglect of its formation will pay off, you are very wrong. If arthritis is not treated timely, the irritating...

Bunions Can Wear Your Feet Down Dec 13th, 2018

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. However, they can frequently cause significant issues that can cause your feet to be...

Ingrown Toenails are More than Uncomfortable Dec 13th, 2018

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. Ingrown toenails can happen as a result of numerous problems,...

Heel Spurs are Painful Dec 13th, 2018

Heel spurs are not something you want on your feet for a variety of reasons. They often develop from calcification of the heel bone and cause a painful bump at the back of the heel. The spurs that happen at the back of the heel generally occur from swelling of other...

Heel Pain can be Managed Dec 13th, 2018

Heel pain can be caused for a variety of reasons, such as foot complications or long periods of stress placed on the feet. Heel pain can cause many problems since it can interfere with day to day activities. There is no magic way of eliminating it; however, determining the exact cause...

Don’t Let Flat Feet Get You Down Dec 13th, 2018

Flat feet have a way of causing little drama at the beginning, only to become problematic later on with lack of treatment. Flat feet develop when there is an alteration in the form of the foot because the arch is not in a neutral position and occur because the tendons holding...

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

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. The fungus that causes athlete’s foot can be transferred from another...

Orthotics are the Real Deal Dec 13th, 2018

Orthotics are intended to dismiss discomfort, stop defects, allow greater movement and provide strength. Sound good, don’t they? Now, imagine that they are custom-fitted to your feet! Orthotics can be bought from stores, but it’s the custom-molded ones that fit the specific contours of your feet. An extensive selection of orthotics...

Hammertoes Exist to Disrupt Dec 13th, 2018

Hammertoes can happen for a number of reasons; yet, the cause is usually traced to your shoes. Can you believe that it’s your actions that may be causing your hammertoes? Don’t worry though, there’s something you can do about it. First, it’s important to know that aside from improperly-fitting shoes, they...

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

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. Try saying that 3 times quickly! The area where the base of the toes connect to the metatarsal bones is where metatarsalgia strikes,...

Corns on Your Feet Don’t Stop Growing Easily Dec 13th, 2018

deceptive! Thin and smooth layers of the skin eventually turn into a painful, hard or soft area that typically forms on your toes. Corns are the product of compression and resistance on your feet that usually form as they brush against the inner parts of your footwear. You know you...

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

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. Osteoarthritis Among the different types, osteoarthritis is the most common. This type is a progressive joint disease that...

Ganglion Cysts on Your Feet Dec 13th, 2018

What is a ganglion cyst? 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 different...

Plantar Fasciitis and Your Heels Dec 13th, 2018

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. Plantar fasciitis occurs when this ligament becomes worn out or stressed. The plantar fascia can...

5 Ways to Treat Neuromas Dec 13th, 2018

Neuromas, a condition that involves an inflamed nerve on the bottom of your feet, can result in varying levels of discomfort and pain. They typically form at the base of the toes, and can cause numbness, tingling, burning, and pain. Nerve pain can be difficult to treat and may require...

Plantar Fasciitis May Worsen by Cycling Dec 13th, 2018

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. It is an essential part of the mechanics of the foot and extends from the...

Handle Foot Pain Caused by Arthritis with Proper Footwear Dec 13th, 2018

Proper footwear are powerful words in the world of foot health. In particular, devices such as orthotics can help to treat arthritis by adjusting muscle stimulation to lessen the joint burden. Moreover, correctly fitting footwear can also help in this regard since shoes that are narrow and tight may cause damage to...

Achilles Tendonitis is No Picnic Dec 13th, 2018

Achilles tendonitis can be a major problem for many types of people. The Achilles tendon joins the calf muscles to the heel bone. This, as you can imagine, is of great significance when jumping, walking or standing on the ball of the foot. Achilles tendonitis creates severe pain since the tendon...

Stand Up to Plantar Warts Dec 13th, 2018

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. They grow on the bottom of the foot and can stick out a bit, but not too much since they are...

Beat the Cancer in Your Feet Dec 12th, 2018

Skin Cancer can appear anywhere on the body, including the extremities. When tumors form on the skin of your feet, it is important to get an accurate diagnosis for determining the type of cancer. Of the numerous types of cancer in the feet, one of the most common and deadliest is...

The Tender Nature of Blisters Dec 10th, 2018

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. They form as a way to protect the layers of...

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

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. High heels, repetitive pressure on one area of the foot, and deformities like bunions and hammertoes...

Avoid Ingrown Toenails Dec 10th, 2018

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. What starts off as an annoyance can...

Heel Spurs at Your Heels Dec 10th, 2018

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. They are frequently associated with plantar fasciitis, a condition that leads to swelling and irritation of the ligament that connects the heel bone...

Defend Your Feet Against Warts Dec 10th, 2018

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 frequently. How do warts form? Plantar warts are small blister-looking bumps that are formed...

Foot Pain Relief with Orthotics Dec 10th, 2018

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! And while those ones do its job, the custom-made orthotics by our podiatrists do not compare! Read about the many benefits...

Podiatrists Can Help Ankle Sprains Dec 10th, 2018

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. Most of these injuries result in an ankle sprain, which damages the tissues around the ankle joint. Usually, the ankle is twisted in a sudden manner and is...

Be Bigger Than Bunions Dec 10th, 2018

Bunions are one of the most common foot deformities we see at our podiatry practice at Stavros O. Alexopoulos, DPM in Chicago. They affect women in larger numbers and tend to worsen over time. However, our podiatrist, Dr. Stavros Alexopoulos, wants to tell you that the sooner you treat your bunion, the less...

You Too Can Counter Flat Feet Dec 10th, 2018

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...

You Can Mend Your Fractured Ankle Dec 10th, 2018

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. Complete breaks tend to be from an accident or even a hard fall,...

Bursitis Symptoms Can Resemble Tendonitis Dec 10th, 2018

Bursitis is most commonly associated with the shoulder, elbow, hip and knee. But bursitis can also occur in the foot and near the Achilles tendon. A bursa is a small sac of fluid that cushions and lubricates certain areas where bones, tendons, muscles or ligaments rub together. When this sac becomes...

It’s Embarrassing But … Do Your Feet Smell? Nov 6th, 2018

“Summertime, and the living is easy …” – unless you suffer from feet that have unusually unpleasant odors. In other words, they smell! This common but embarrassing problem is called bromodosis and is most often caused by sweating. Together your 2 feet have 250,000 sweat glands – more than in any other...

Orthotics Often Prescribed for Both Adults and Children Nov 6th, 2018

Every day at our practice we see patients of all ages with a variety of foot problems. And every day we prescribe custom-made orthotic devices to address our patients’ unique needs. Orthotics are designed to correct a foot problem. These inserts fit into shoes and work to compensate for a foot deformity...

Our Feet: Amazing Structures that Work Hard Every Day Nov 6th, 2018

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. Read on to discover some amazing foot...

Eat Right for the Nerves in your Feet Nov 6th, 2018

Diabetes is on the rise – 28 million Americans have the disease, and half will develop neuropathy. (APMA) Neuropathy is nerve damage that causes lack of feeling in the extremities. This loss of sensation can be very damaging for the feet, where a small wound or puncture may go unnoticed...

Flip Flops Are Not the Best Footwear for Children Nov 6th, 2018

Now that summer has unofficially started with Memorial Day past, we all look forward to wearing light clothes and sandals. If you’re like most parents, you know that your children love to wear the barest possible footwear – flip flops! These inexpensive sandals seem perfect for this time of year...

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

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? You may have capsulitis, a fairly common condition that can occur at any...

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

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. This condition is called Sever’s disease and it’s a cause of real growing pains! Until the tendons and...

Ingrown Toenails Can Be Prevented Nov 6th, 2018

Having an ingrown toenail is no fun. It’s unsightly and also can be very painful. Can this condition be prevented? If you’ve never had an ingrown toenail then you are very lucky. Ingrown toenails can be caused by heredity, if your family has a history of unusually curved toenails. Other causes include...

Your Heel Hurts: What’s the Problem? Nov 6th, 2018

Ouch! Your foot underneath your heel hurts when you first get up in the morning. Or you have pain and swelling at the back of the heel. Or the bottom of your heel is okay in the morning but hurts more and more as the day goes on. Heel pain...

Small Growth on Top of Foot Is Likely a Ganglion Cyst Nov 6th, 2018

You probably know what a cyst is – it’s a common occurrence where a small sac fills with fluid inside the body. Feet can have cysts too and the most common kind is called a ganglion cyst. The word “ganglion” means tumor on a tendon, ligament or muscle. These growths usually...

Plan Carefully To Avoid Running Injuries Nov 6th, 2018

Running is so beneficial for your health and well-being! It can improve your overall health, lower cholesterol levels and improve lung function; help you lose or maintain your weight; prevent certain diseases and even boost your mood. If you’re afraid of injuring yourself while running, be assured that running injuries are...

Do You Have Toe Pain and Stiffness? You May Have Hallux Rigidus Nov 6th, 2018

Any joint in the body can develop degenerative arthritis because of wear and tear due to aging. When arthritis settles in the big toe joint, it makes the toe hard to bend and painful. This condition is called hallux rigidus which means stiff or rigid big toe. Until you have a painful...

Platelet Rich Plasma Treatments Provide Relief from Tendonitis Nov 6th, 2018

Tendons are thick cords that attach bone to muscle. When the tendons become inflamed or irritated from repetitive actions and overuse, or from minor or serious injury, the result is tendonitis. Tendonitis can occur in many areas but most often strikes the shoulder, elbow, hip, knee and base of the...

Help Prevent Injury to your Young Athlete Nov 6th, 2018

Have you rushed to the emergency room after receiving the dreaded phone call that your child has been injured while playing sports? You’re not alone – out of the estimated 38 million U.S. teens and children who participate in organized sports each year, more than 2.6 million will be treated...

Improving Balance Is Essential To Avoiding Falls Nov 6th, 2018

Being injured in a fall is a very real possibility for our senior citizens. According to the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention), one-third of this age group falls each year, resulting in more than 700,000 hospital stays and 250,000 hip fractures. Many times falls are related to balance problems....

Prep Your Feet for Sandal Season Nov 6th, 2018

At the first hint of warmer spring weather, most of us rummage through our closets looking for our favorite pair of sandals. But are your feet ready for footwear that bares all? The combination of winter’s extra-dry environment and wearing heavy shoes, boots and socks can result in excessively dry...

High Arches Cause Foot Pain and Instability Nov 6th, 2018

Most people have normal arches – some have flat feet where the arches have collapsed – and a very few have high arches. The foot arch is formed by tendons that attach to the foot and heel bones. The tendons work together to form the proper arch. The primary job of the...

Get Relief from Painful and Unsightly Cracked Heels Nov 6th, 2018

Do you have rough, cracked skin on the bottom of your heels? You may be self-conscious of these unpleasant skin areas, but the worst part is that they can be very painful. Heel cracks are also called heel fissures. When the dry skin builds up on the heel and cracks under...

Are Your Children In-toeing or Out-toeing? Nov 5th, 2018

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. This abnormality is called “in-toeing” and is also referred to as being “pigeon-toed.” Less commonly we see the opposite – the child walks...

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

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. The plantar fascia is a thick tissue that runs along the bottom of your foot from the heel bone towards your toes....

Gout: A Painful Joint Inflammation Nov 5th, 2018

If you have a flare-up of gout in your big toe you will know it – and it’s unlikely that you’ll forget it. Gout is a form of arthritis caused by urate crystals accumulating in a joint, resulting in inflammation and intense pain. These crystals develop when your blood has a high...

Pulses in Your Feet Can Warn of Peripheral Artery Disease Nov 5th, 2018

What do your feet and your heart have in common? Well, for one thing, you have 2 pulses in each foot that can be detected during a physical examination by a trained doctor. By checking these pulses, a doctor can tell whether the blood flow to your feet is normal....

Practice Good Nutrition for Healthy Feet Nov 5th, 2018

Have you turned over a new leaf for 2016 and resolved to eat better? That’s a goal that all of should work toward to look and feel better. Eating right benefits your entire body – and your brain – but did you know that it helps your feet too? Diet...

Protect Your Feet During Winter Sports To Avoid Injuries Nov 5th, 2018

Are you a winter adventurer? Do activities like cross country and downhill skiing, sledding and ice skating lure you out of doors in the cold weather? Preparation is essential to enjoying winter sports safely. Poorly-fitting equipment or inadequate physical preparation can turn fun in the snow to days or weeks...

Painful Growths on the Bottom of Your Feet May Be Plantar Warts Nov 5th, 2018

Have you seen a small, grainy growth on the bottom of your foot or the foot of your child? This spot can be painful when standing on it. You may have a plantar wart. These growths appear on the heel or ball of the foot and, because these parts of the...

A Resolution You Can Keep: Take Better Care of Your Feet Nov 5th, 2018

Did you make a New Year’s resolution – or 2 or 3? Most of us do. In fact, the most popular New Year’s resolutions are losing weight, getting organized and spending less/saving more. But here’s a resolution that is easy and inexpensive to keep: take better care of your feet. After...

Sesamoiditis: A Painful Injury in the Ball of the Foot Nov 5th, 2018

The foot contains two very small bones, pea-size, under the foot near the big toe. They are unusual in that they are not connected to other bones. Instead they are connected to tendons. These bones, called sesamoids, help the foot bear weight and also aid the tendons in transferring muscle...

You Can Prevent Fungal Toenails Nov 5th, 2018

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. Fungal nail is a common problem and is very contagious. It’s caused by a microscopic organism that loves dark, warm, moist environments like the insides...

Make Smart Footwear Choices if You Have Neuropathy Nov 5th, 2018

Because neuropathy causes pain and numbness in the feet, it’s important to choose footwear wisely if you suffer from this condition. The peripheral nerve system ranges all over the body and includes all the nerves except those in the brain and spinal cord. This system links the brain and spinal...

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

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. When these bones are stressed over a...

Heel Pain in Children Could Be Sever’s Disease Nov 5th, 2018

Growing pains? Are these real or myth? If your child has heel pain and difficulty walking, he or she may be experiencing a heel bone that grows too fast during a growth spurt. Sever’s disease occurs when the muscles and tendons stretch tightly because they don’t grow fast enough to keep up...

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

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. Together this means that a stubbed toe is very painful...

Pain in the Ball of the Foot May Be Morton’s Neuroma Nov 5th, 2018

Nerve damage in the feet can be very painful and often is accompanied by other symptoms like weakness, swelling and numbness. If left untreated, the condition may worsen and even cause permanent damage. Morton’s neuroma first presents as pain in the ball of your foot and a feeling as if you...

Pregnancy and Foot Pain Nov 5th, 2018

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. But did you know that your feet need extra pampering too? You are naturally gaining weight...

Why Are Bunions More Common Among Women? Nov 2nd, 2018

One out of three American women has experienced the irritation of a bunion. Women are more likely to develop bunions because of the footwear they fashion, particularly high heels. In fact high heels are the number one cause of bunions, yet for some reason this dangerous form of footwear has...

What Your Feet Can Divulge about Your Overall Health Nov 2nd, 2018

Did you know that your feet can show clues that give hints about your overall health? Every day in our office Dr. Alexopoulos examines patients with all kinds of foot problems. At the same time we sometimes notice signs that can point to general health problems ranging from dehydration to impaired circulation...

Relieve Painful Haglund’s Deformity Nov 2nd, 2018

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. This bump is sometimes called “pump bump” because it often appears in women who wear pump-type...

You Can Find Relief from Heel Pain Caused by Plantar Fasciitis Nov 2nd, 2018

Do you have pain in your heels that makes it difficult to walk? Is the pain worst when you first get out of bed in the morning? If yes, then you may have plantar fasciitis, an inflammation of the plantar fascia. This thick band of tissue connects to your heel bone...

Don’t Suffer with the Pain of Turf Toe Nov 2nd, 2018

Turf toe is an appropriate name for an injury that often occurs on artificial turf in football stadiums. Sometimes when an athlete is pushing off the ground with his toes during sports like soccer, football, wrestling, basketball and gymnastics, the ligaments around the big toe are sprained. Dancers can similarly injure their...

Reducing the Risk of Falling for Senior Citizens Nov 2nd, 2018

Have you or a family member fallen recently? Millions of senior citizens fall each year – and one out of every five falls results in a serious injury. Balance and gait problems can cause a fall, as can poorly-fitting footwear. Many falls can be prevented! Here are a few easy...

Avoiding Foot and Ankle Injuries Nov 2nd, 2018

Our feet and ankles are the foundation of our bodies and real workhorses: each day we walk an average of 7,500 steps. Over a lifetime these really add up and can total more than 100,000 miles – four times around the world! It’s easy to see that preventing harm to...

Ingrown Toenails Won’t Heal by Themselves Nov 2nd, 2018

Do you take your feet for granted? We all do, and toenails too – unless we’re visiting a nail salon for a pedicure with the works! It’s a good idea to build into your health routine a thorough foot and toenail check. Examine your toes regularly for any signs of...

Seniors Must Pay Special Attention to Foot Care Nov 2nd, 2018

Many of today’s seniors are defying aging by staying active long into their “golden years.” Staying active means taking good care of your body, especially legs and feet. After all, those same two feet that you were born with will take you about 115,000 miles in your lifetime – enough...

You Can Find Relief from the Pain of Corns and Calluses Nov 2nd, 2018

Are you still enjoying fresh corn from Chicago’s many produce stands and farmer’s markets? It’s a delicious treat – but there is another kind of corn that is definitely unwelcome. Two toes rubbing against each other can form a corn, an area of thickened skin with inflamed tissue underneath. Hard corns...

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

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! The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that babies need shoes only when they begin to walk. And shoes don’t help...

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

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. So if you’ve been a steady customer of your local gym or swimming pool – congratulations! Unfortunately, visiting public pools, gyms...

Preventing Foot Cramps Nov 2nd, 2018

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. A muscle cramp, also called a charley horse, is a sudden involuntary contraction of one or more...

Start Your Child’s School Year Right with Well Made, Comfortable Shoes Nov 2nd, 2018

It still feels like summer but soon those bright yellow school buses will start filling our Chicago streets. A new school year is exciting for children and comes with its own traditions like choosing a new backpack – and shopping for shoes. Shop Smart for Comfort and Protection Your child...

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

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. Your Whole Body is Affected by Wearing High Heels While wearing high heels, your body weight shifts to the ball...

Find Relief from the Pain and Swelling of Achilles Tendonitis Nov 2nd, 2018

Have you experienced a sharp pain or swelling at the back of your heel and ankle after an exercise session? You may have an inflamed Achilles tendon, or Achilles tendonitis. The Achilles tendon connects the calf muscles at back of your lower leg to your heel bone. With overuse, this tissue...

Put Safety First when Visiting a Nail Salon Nov 2nd, 2018

What better way to pamper yourself than to visit a nail salon or spa for a relaxing pedicure? Summer’s barefoot look calls for pretty and polished toes looking their best. The Chicago area boasts dozens of nail salons but some may be somewhat careless in cleanliness or may not use...

Check Carefully – Skin Cancer May Appear on Feet Too Nov 2nd, 2018

If your summer plans include a vacation at Silver Lake Sand Dunes or just hanging out around the pool, make sure you have plenty of sunscreen – and don’t forget to apply to feet and ankles too. Your feet are exposed to the harmful rays of the sun which are...

Hammertoes is a Common Toe Deformity Nov 2nd, 2018

Have you noticed that one or more of your inner toes are beginning to look different? Have they become more rigid or even curled? Is it painful to wear certain shoes because the tops of the toes have begun to rub against the shoe? Are corns or calluses appearing on the toe...

Protect Your Feet During Summer Travel Nov 2nd, 2018

If you are planning a summer vacation trip outside the Chicago metropolitan area, you are not alone. Last Memorial Day weekend saw 37 million Americans hit the road or the runways, the highest level in 10 years (AAA). And the rest of the summer promises to equal those levels. You...

Flat Feet Can Be Painful Nov 2nd, 2018

Do you have flat feet? You can find out by wetting your feet and standing on a concrete sidewalk or other surface that will show a footprint. If you can see the shape of your whole foot, then you have flat feet. Your foot’s arch has a job to absorb force...

You Can Find Relief from Bunion Pain Nov 2nd, 2018

Every day in our Chicago office we see patients of all ages, both women and men, who come seeking relief from bunion. A bunion is a bump that forms of the joint of the big toe when the tissue or bone of this toe is pushed up against the next toe. This painful...

You Don’t Have to Live with Heel Pain Nov 2nd, 2018

Does the heel area of your foot hurt? Is it worst when you first get up in the morning, or does the pain increase during the day? Heel pain may not be a symptom of a serious condition but the pain often interferes with your normal day-to-day activity and can prevent you...

Select the Right Athletic Shoes for Your Child Nov 2nd, 2018

Well-fitting athletic shoes are a must for every sport – well, maybe not swimming! Stavros O. Alexopoulos, DPM, board certified podiatrist, knows how important it is to choose shoes for sports carefully based on the child’s foot and the needs of each activity. Inflexible, poorly shaped shoes and those that don’t...

Orthotics – Customized for You to Relieve Foot Pain Nov 2nd, 2018

What are orthotics? The word comes from the Greek meaning to straighten or align. Orthotic devices are custom-made inserts that fit into your shoes to comfort and support your feet. Because they are custom-made, they are specifically designed to treat your diagnosed condition and to fit only your feet. Over-the-counter shoe...

Seek Treatment for Plantar Warts–Show Off Your Feet in 2014 Nov 2nd, 2018

When women like actor Julianne Moore or model Kate Moss hit the red carpet, their feet are on display – and subject to the same scrutiny as their designer clothing. It’s not uncommon to see them standing in towering heels or strappy sandals, revealing crooked, cramped toes that look downright...

Beat Dry, Cracked Heels This Winter Nov 2nd, 2018

It’s that time of year again when block buster movies and cold temperatures collide. You may be yearning to see The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug or Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues, but taking a hot shower, cranking up the heat, and warming your toes by the fire might be more appealing than...

Give Bunion Pain the Run Around Nov 2nd, 2018

Is a trek down the Magnificent Mile part of your holiday traditions? If you love to shop, walking along Michigan Avenue in Chicago is a treat for the eyes – and a threat to your pocketbook! The variety of shops, all decked out for the festive season, make a fun...

Athletic Shoes Helping Charity Nov 2nd, 2018

Even though he knew he’d end up paying a $10,500 fine, Chicago Bears wide receiver Brandon Marshall figured it was worth it. Wearing lime green shoes at the October 10th game violated NFL policy for not matching the team’s white color, but he says starting the conversation about Mental Health Awareness Week was...

Chase High Arch Troubles Away Nov 2nd, 2018

What a great way to spend the holiday: an early run along the gorgeous skyline in the city, a tasty dinner, and football – or a nap if you prefer! The annual Chicago 8K Turkey Chase on November 28thhas drawn participants on chilly Thanksgiving mornings for many years, and this fall...

Fall Nutrition: Making the Right Choices Nov 2nd, 2018

That wonderful season of cool nights, crisp air, and seasonal harvest foods is in full swing.  However, it’s also the time when we tend to huddle on the couch with a plate of Buffalo wings or chips and cheese while watching the Bears. It shouldn’t come as a surprise when...

# Bunion: End Your Pain with My Chicago Foot Expert Nov 2nd, 2018

We live in a hashtag world.  Even if you don’t tweet on Twitter or Instagram your favorite candid shots, you’ve seen the symbol popping up everywhere.  You might be surprised by the words that can be found behind the almost magical sign that groups commonly themed items. For instance, #bunion...

Right Shoe, Right Podiatrist: The Art of Pain-free Feet Nov 2nd, 2018

The weekends are meant for relaxing—from your head to your feet.  How long has it been since you’ve done something fun?  Is foot pain keeping you from your favorite activities?  Choosing the right shoe for an all-day adventure is vital to pain-free feet. The upcoming Lakeview East Festival of the Artsis...

Common Causes of Heel Pain Nov 2nd, 2018

Heel Pain Giving You Problems? With fall sports leagues in full swing around Chicago, you may be experiencing some pain from the extra stress of participating in seasonal sports. Whether it’s coed football or soccer, indoor volleyball or basketball, players who run, jump and endure collisions with other players are...

Painful High Arches: Relief to Keep You Dancing Nov 2nd, 2018

Dance your way to Grant Park’s Spirit of Music Garden where you can enjoy a free dance lesson and free, live music through September 15, 2013.   Don’t miss this great opportunity to close out the summer with a step, a turn, and a twirl.  If foot and ankle pain has kept you...

Relief for your Aching Feet – Right from Home Nov 2nd, 2018

Having a daily schedule in which you need to be on your feet constantly can result in a dull ache at day’s end. The soreness does not need to haunt you when you are trying to enjoy a relaxing moment.  Try these home remedies to reduce pain and bring some...

Achilles Tendon Ruptures Are Not Appealing Apr 26th, 2018

Achilles Tendon injuries can be disturbing to mobility since it is the biggest tendon in the body. The Achilles tendon joins the heel bone to the calf muscle and plays a major role in the movement of the feet. This tendon assists the heel with raising itself off the floor during...

Hammertoes Can Happen Because of a Stroke Apr 19th, 2018

Hammertoes are a potentially painful condition that can cause the large toes to bend at the middle joint in an abnormal manner and become rigid if they are not treated early on. Many understand that this condition is usually caused by improper footwear; however, most do not realize that it can...

Skin Cancer Can Happen On Your Feet Apr 12th, 2018

Skin cancers of the feet can manifest in different ways: they may be painless, can crack, cause ulcers, bleed, and have unrelated conditions near the area. Although feet can be susceptible to the sun like other parts of the body, they are often covered up and protected from the sun more...

Massage Therapy Can Work Away Your Foot Pain Apr 5th, 2018

Massage therapy can be a great form of treatment to relieve foot and ankle pain that may be lingering for a long period of time. The majority of heel pain is centered around pressure placed on the plantar fascia, which is a ligament located at the bottom of the foot that runs...

Metatarsalgia Can Interfere with Sports Mar 29th, 2018

Metatarsalgia is the swelling of the joints between the metatarsal foot bones and phalanges toe bones due to surplus pressure being placed on the joints from routine activities or high intense undertakings. This condition causes pain in the front of the foot that intensifies when bearing weight on the foot. This...

Orthotics Help to Stabilize Foot Deformities Mar 21st, 2018

Orthotics can help to counteract discomfort caused by a variety of foot conditions, including deformities, which can cause an imbalance in general mobility and result in pain in the heels, ankle joints, legs and all the way up to the lower back. These foot support devices are usually custom fitted to...

Flat Feet Fall Fast Mar 16th, 2018

Flat Feet is a condition that can develop at any age group. Infants generally appear to have them because the excess fat on their foot pads and eventually grow out of them, and adults can develop them later in life. This condition causes the arch of the foot to collapse. While...

Calluses can get Rough Mar 9th, 2018

A callus is hardened skin that develops from pressure and irritation caused by a multitude of factors. Calluses are usually the sign of an underlying problem like a deformed bone due to an irregular step or the use of improperly fitting shoes that increase the amount of friction. Older aged folks may...

Athlete’s Foot Won’t Get You the Gold Medal Mar 1st, 2018

Athlete’s foot is a condition caused by a fungus that attacks the foot and can thereafter spread to other parts of the body due to its highly contagious nature. Fungus universally thrives in warm, dark, and moist environments. Shoes have all three of these elements, depending on their level of use....

Ingrown Toenails Have No Boundaries Feb 22nd, 2018

Ingrown Toenails form as a result of a toenail, most often of the big toe, digging into the surrounding skin to cause pain and inflammation. When the nail breaks the skin, bacteria can enter the wound, making the area susceptible to infections. When nails are allowed to grow too deep into...

PRP Treatment is Astonishing Feb 15th, 2018

Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) is a treatment method that uses an individual’s own concentrated platelets, which are small cells in the blood that assist with blood clotting. The plasma has a large number of growth factors in them that help to promote healing. When it is injected into the injured location, not...

Beat Athlete’s Foot from the Start Feb 9th, 2018

Athlete’s foot is a fungal infection on the skin of the foot. Moreover, the fungi that are the culprits of this condition tend to thrive in warm, moist and dark environments. Unfortunately, athlete’s foot is easily spread between individuals and the fungi causing this type of infection are often found in...

Arthritis is a Game Changer Feb 1st, 2018

Arthritis of the foot and ankle causes pain that not only intensifies over time but also becomes harder to treat in its advanced stages. This condition devastates how the joints in the foot and ankle work by causing the cartilage in those joints to slowly erode away. This process causes swelling...

Orthotics Open Feet to a World of Comfort Jan 25th, 2018

Orthotics are very important for keeping feet in optimal positions that help to keep the whole body in proper alignment. Since the feet root the body to the ground, any device that can increase stability and reduce pressure can have lasting benefits. Orthotics can support the arch to prevent uneven weight...

Flat Feet Hinder the Foot’s Mobility Jan 18th, 2018

Flat Feet occur when the arches fall towards the ground when standing, which can cause daily activities to become a source of discomfort. In some cases, this condition is seen in young children, requiring early treatment to prevent long-term pain. Arches naturally lose their strength as bodies age, making ankle tendons...

Corns Can Cause Pain Jan 11th, 2018

Corns may appear to be insignificant, but they can unfortunately become infected and cause throbbing pain. They are small, curved, hardened areas of skin that develop from excessive pressure. Corns are more likely to form when in slender toes or in those that have deformities that cause the skin to press...

Calluses Have Thick Skin Jan 4th, 2018

Calluses are triggered by recurrent stress on the skin of the foot, which causes the skin to perish and leave behind a hard surface. These pressures are usually from wearing inadequately fitted shoes or a deformity of the skin that creates this build-up. Calluses that develop on the feet can become...

Plantar Fasciitis is Not a Good Feeling Dec 27th, 2017

Plantar fasciitis is not a welcome condition to have as it can cause severe pain and discomfort in the sole of the foot. The plantar fascia and other foot muscles work within the arch area, but when there is overstretching or injury, inflammation at the base of the heel can result...

Don’t Settle with Athlete’s Foot Dec 21st, 2017

Athlete’s Foot is a fungal infection that can be acquired through direct contact with someone who has the fungus or by coming into contact with compromised surfaces. The fungus that triggers this condition tends to thrive in warm and damp areas. It’s found in gym locker rooms,  swimming pools and other...

Ingrown Toenails Grow and Grow Inwards Dec 14th, 2017

Ingrown Toenails develop on the big toe and make the sides of the nail dig into the surrounding skin. This condition can lead to extreme amounts of pain and sensitivity in the skin where the nail digs in, causing swelling and redness as well. The resulting inflammation hinders mobility as the...

Orthotics Can Redistribute Your Routine for the Better Dec 8th, 2017

Orthotics are a very useful tool for podiatrists since they can help patients with a variety of foot pain by relieving pressure in an efficient manner. They can be utilized to align and support the foot and ankle to stop, correct or help with foot deformities that may otherwise require invasive...

Metatarsalgia Attacks the Ball of Your Foot Dec 1st, 2017

Metatarsalgia is a condition that causes pain to the front of the foot under the metatarsal bones, which are located in the ball of the foot. The pain that this condition causes in the ball of the foot usually gets worse with activity and is often felt as a constant aching...

Arthritis can be Hindering Nov 20th, 2017

Arthritis brings inflammation and pain in feet due to the effect it has on joints. It slowly develops into what can potentially end up being a huge complication since mobility is impacted. It is a chronic disease that causes swelling of cartilage and in the lining of joints. This inflammation results...

You’re Stronger Than Athlete’s Foot Nov 16th, 2017

Athlete’s foot is a fungal infection that can be acquired when feet come into contact with damp areas predominantly in public areas like gym locker rooms or public pools. Additionally, the damp conditions in shoes and socks add to the development of this condition. The fungus that causes this condition results...

Plantar Fasciitis Attacks the Heel with Force Nov 10th, 2017

Plantar Fasciitis is a painful condition affecting the heel and gets worse with normal day to day walking, running or any other sports activity. This condition involves the plantar fascia, which is a ligament that connects the heel bone and toes and is usually the cause of lingering heel pain. The...

Orthotics are What’s Missing in Your Shoes Nov 2nd, 2017

Orthotics are used to correct moveable parts of the foot so as to reduce pain, swelling or any other symptom from a variety of foot and ankle conditions. Shoe inserts are orthotics that help to support and align the foot to correct an abnormal application of pressure on the foot or an...

Calluses are Tough Oct 27th, 2017

Calluses are tough, mainly because they represent a buildup of dead skin that have hardened in a region of the foot. It’s interesting how this condition occurs because the process is actually a defense mechanism of the body against high amounts of stress on the skin of the foot. Calluses become...

Don’t Let Flat Feet Level off Your Stride Oct 20th, 2017

Flat Feet occurs when the arch of the foot fully or partially collapses. Commonly, the arch is built with bones and joints and when it flattens, ligaments and tendons that hold those bones and joints become less rigid. This process interrupts the shock absorbing function and makes walking or running much...

Stop Metatarsalgia Before It Causes Severe Pain Oct 12th, 2017

Metatarsalgia presents itself as a constant pain felt in the sole of the foot, specifically in the ball of the foot. Symptoms include a dull, aching and burning sensation at the ball of the foot. When unusual amounts of weight are placed on the front of the foot, this condition can...

Don’t Let Your Corns Get Carried Away Oct 6th, 2017

Corns that form on feet are generally caused by friction and pressure which results in pain and annoyance. They are most likely to be caused by badly fitting shoes that are too tight. Our foot doctor, Stavros O. Alexopoulos, DPM, can treat your corns with great expertise. Please call us at (773)...

Athletes Aren’t the Only Ones to Get Athlete’s Foot Sep 29th, 2017

Athlete’s foot is a skin infection of the foot that’s more common than you think, contrary to what its name suggests. Our foot doctor, Stavros O. Alexopoulos, DPM, has the experience and knowledge to provide you with quality treatment for this condition. Please call us at (773) 561-8100 or visit us at My Chicago Foot...

Sports Injuries Can Have a Strong Offense Sep 21st, 2017

Foot injuries sustained by athletes may happen on a regular basis and are generally treated right away to prevent the significant loss of mobility. However, more people are now active and participating in sports to further their health goals and to expand their active lifestyles. Since these individuals are not...

Arthritis of the Foot and Ankle Can Slowly Develop into a Long-Term Difficulty Sep 14th, 2017

Arthritis that affects the foot and ankle can start out as a nagging pain but then develop into a serious condition. The term means inflammation of the joint and there can be many types, making it important to diagnose the correct type so that targeted treatment may be applied.  Our...

Heel Pain Doesn’t Have to Stop You from Enjoying Those Long Walks Sep 8th, 2017

Heel pain generally affects the bottom or back of your heel and can obstruct with normal activities or exercise. Our foot doctor, Stavros O. Alexopoulos, DPM, can help ensure you get the best treatment for your heel pain. You can call us at (773) 561-8100 or visit us at My Chicago Foot Expert located in Chicago,...

You Can Put an Arch in Flat Feet Sep 1st, 2017

Flat feet are a problem to the long-term viability of your foot and ankle health. Stavros O. Alexopoulos, DPM has a great amount of experience treating flat feet. If you have this condition, you should contact us now so that we can schedule your visit with Dr. Alexopoulos at My Chicago...

Don’t Allow Ingrown Toenails to Grow Out of Control Aug 25th, 2017

Ingrown toenails are a nasty problem to the health of your foot and ankles because they can impede the way you walk from the pain they cause.  Avoiding ingrown toenails is very important. Stavros O. Alexopoulos, DPM can help ensure you get the best treatment for this condition. You can visit Dr. Alexopoulos...

Orthotics are the Original Solution Aug 17th, 2017

Orthotics play a very important part of maintaining healthy, happy feet by supporting uneven weight distribution in feet. Board certified podiatrist, Stavros O. Alexopoulos, DPM, can help treat this common condition that often causes discomfort and pain. You can visit him at My Chicago Foot Expert located in Chicago, Illinois. When foot and ankle issues...

How To Protect Your Feet in Summer Aug 8th, 2017

Summertime fun means spending more time outdoors. Sometimes we overdo it – especially our feet. Think about all the abuse that our feet take in the summer. Going barefoot. Wearing sandals with little support. Extra outdoor activities like hiking and climbing. Wearing damp and sweaty shoes day after day. These...

Doctors See More Achilles Tendon Injuries Aug 5th, 2017

An Achilles tendon injury, either a tear or a rupture, can happen to anyone – even well-conditioned athletes. The Achilles tendon connects the heel bone to the calf muscles. It’s the largest tendon in the body and we use it every day to stand, walk, run and go up onto your...

Cycling Tips To Avoid Foot Injuries Jul 27th, 2017

If you have taken up bicycling for commuting, as an aerobic exercise that builds muscles too, or just as a great way to enjoy the scenery with your family, good for you! Biking gives you a great low-impact cardio workout as you tone your muscles. Stavros O. Alexopoulos, DPM urges you to take...

Flip Flops Can Cause Overuse Injuries Jul 21st, 2017

If you’re like most of us, you have a good supply of flip flops in your closet. But wearing flip flops too often or too long can result in overuse injuries like heel pain, otherwise known as plantar fasciitis. Flip flops certainly have their uses. They are great for wearing at the...

How Pronation Affects Your Running Jul 13th, 2017

Do you know what pronation is? Do you know that your pronation style has a huge effect on your running, and can put you at risk for foot injuries and shin splints? Pronation indicates how your foot rolls towards your toes after your heel strikes the ground. This important movement helps to distribute your...

Can You Keep Bunions From Getting Worse? Jul 5th, 2017

Do you have a bunion or two? This foot deformity is very common in the U.S., with 23% of those ages 18-65 – and 35% of those over age 65 – having at least one bunion (data from the National Institutes of Health). A bunion is an enlarged big toe joint. The toe...

Summer Foot Care Do’s and Don’ts Jul 3rd, 2017

Don’t let foot pain keep you from enjoying all that summer has to offer. Our feet do a lot for us and are subjected to all kinds of abuse – in other words, walking, running, hiking and even dancing! So don’t neglect them – instead, keep foot health in mind with footwear...

High Ankle Sprains Are Different than Other Ankle Injuries Jun 21st, 2017

There are differing levels of ankle sprains, and one of these is called a “high ankle sprain” because the injury is above the ankle joint. High ankle sprains are much less common than a traditional ankle sprain. An ankle sprain injury is tearing and damage to ligaments that connect bones or the ankle joint. In...

Why Don’t My Shoes Fit Anymore? Jun 13th, 2017

Are you pulling your favorite summer shoes out of the closet, only to find that they don’t fit anymore? Are you experiencing foot pain as you try to squeeze into your shoes? Were you astounded at a recent shoe store to discover that your feet have grown a half-size? Relax...

Put Foot Safety First When Hitting the Hiking Trail Jun 8th, 2017

Do your vacation plans include heading out to one of our National Parks for some serious hiking? Or are you planning day hikes that keep you close to our area? Wherever you head with hiking on your mind, be sure to take good care of your feet, and that includes...

Home Remedies That Can Get Rid of Foot Odor Jun 1st, 2017

Smelly feet are no laughing matter. Despite all the jokes, it’s not funny if you notice excessive and unpleasant odors every time you take off your shoes. This condition is called bromhidrosis and is caused by bacteria that love moist or wet environments. So every time your feet start to sweat, the bacteria...

Foot Injury Grounds Packer Rookie Biegel with a Jones Fracture May 25th, 2017

It may be unusual to talk about football injuries during the height of baseball season, but one Green Bay Packer will miss the remainder of the offseason because of a serious foot injury. Rookie and fourth-round pick Vince Biegel suffered a Jones fracture injury at rookie camp. Named after an orthopedic surgeon...

Going Barefoot? Your Feet Need Protection May 18th, 2017

Do you love the feel of your bare feet in sand, on a soft rug or a smooth, grassy field? It can be a real pleasure but there are some activities that absolutely require foot protection. Biking. Never ride a motorcycle or bicycle without adequate protection for your feet. There is no...

Indulge Your Feet with a Self-Massage May 10th, 2017

Oh my poor aching feet! How many times have you said that to yourself? Well, we have a remedy for that and it’s easy to do. Give yourself a slow, relaxing foot massage! Stavros O. Alexopoulos, DPM recommends foot massages for their many benefits. The gentle, overall rubbing motion will improve...

What a Doctor Wants You To Know about your Feet Apr 27th, 2017

Let’s face it, we are hard on our feet and they take a beating. Our feet carry us through all kinds of conditions in all types of footwear – but how much attention do you pay to foot care? Stavros O. Alexopoulos, DPM wishes that everyone paid more attention to their...

Children’s Foot Care: As They Grow Apr 19th, 2017

Children are special – and so are their feet. Why? Because they are still growing! And that is why they need special foot care every day and also when anything looks suspicious. Watch your children’s feet as they grow, step by step: Baby – Up to 1 Year Stavros O. Alexopoulos, DPM considers...

U.S. Soccer Player Sidelined with Painful Lisfranc Injury Apr 13th, 2017

After a brutal tackle in a recent game against Honduras that resulted in a caution for the opposing player, L.A. Galaxy attacking midfielder Sebastian Lletget suffered a foot injury that took him out for the rest of the game. Lletget’s original diagnosis was a strained foot. However, when the foot was reexamined...

Good Foot Care Is Very Important as We Age Apr 6th, 2017

Are you guilty of neglecting your feet? Many of us are! We take it for granted that our feet will keep working for us day after day with little or no special care. But as we age, years of ignoring our feet can catch up to us and may cause...

Protect Your Feet at Work with the Right Boots and Shoes for Safety Mar 29th, 2017

Workers in certain industries and occupations need special footwear to protect their feet from injury. For example, safety shoes such as those with steel toes can protect the feet from risks like falling objects that can crush the feet. Just as hard hats and safety goggles and other protective equipment...

What Could Be Causing My Foot Arch Pain? Mar 22nd, 2017

All too often we ignore our foot pain, wishing and hoping that it will just go away. But foot pain is not normal and in many cases won’t be resolved without professional help. One of the most common types of foot discomfort is pain in the arch of the foot....

Help Your Child Avoid Soccer Injuries Mar 15th, 2017

Spring is here in Chicago and for many parents that means soccer season! Soccer is a great sport, building individual skills and teamwork as well as giving participants a good cardiovascular workout. To make this a winning season for your child, make sure that you do all you can to...

Can Achilles Tendon Injuries Be Prevented? Mar 8th, 2017

An Achilles tendon rupture is a very painful injury that, with more than 230,000 ruptures every year, is becoming even more common. The Achilles tendon is a band of tissue at the back of the heel connecting the calf muscle to the foot’s heel bone. This tendon helps you to...

Curved and Painful Toes May Be Claw Toe Mar 1st, 2017

Our toes are slender and long and they bear an incredible amount of stress every day when we walk, run and even just stand. No wonder that these hardworking extremities are vulnerable to a variety of injuries and deformities. One type of deformity is when your toes bend into a...

Choosing the Proper Running Shoe for Your Feet Feb 22nd, 2017

Although winter is still holding on here in Chicago, dedicated runners still hit the streets or gyms to keep up their exercise routines. With a doctor’s permission, running has terrific health benefits including preventing heart disease, type 2 diabetes, obesity and even certain cancers, and can help you cope with stress, depression...

Overlapping and Underlapping Toes Feb 11th, 2017

Our toes are prone to many types of deformities. One common form is a toe that overlaps or underlaps the toe next to it. This condition is unattractive but also can cause inflammation and pain. When the toe in the unnatural position rubs against the inside of the shoe, a blister, callus or corn or other type of irritation...

Are Heel Spurs the Cause of My Heel Pain? Feb 8th, 2017

Heel pain can be somewhat annoying or very debilitating. The pain can be sharp and can first surface when you get up out of bed in the morning, or when you stand up after sitting for a long time. The pain can hang around for a long time or can flare...

Avoid Injury by Walking Carefully on Ice Feb 1st, 2017

We may not have had that much snow yet this winter, but with Chicago’s average annual snowfall at 37″, there is surely a lot more to come. And along with snow, more often than we’d like, comes sleet and ice. Thousands of Americans wind up in emergency rooms every year...

Foot Fitness During Pregnancy Jan 25th, 2017

If you or a family member is expecting a child soon, you know that it’s a time to really focus on your health. Take your vitamins and iron, keep a fitness routine – with your doctor’s permission – and rest as much as possible to prepare for your new arrival....

Pain in the Ball of the Foot May Be a Plantar Plate Tear Jan 18th, 2017

Tennessee Titan’s DeMarco Murray had a good first season with the team, leading the AFC in rushing and coming in third overall in the NFL. But the veteran running back fought through the season with a painful injury in his right foot – a torn plantar plate. The plantar plate...

Flat Shoes Can Cause Foot Problems for Women Jan 18th, 2017

We’ve written before about the problems associated with wearing high heels for long periods (see our blog on the risks of wearing high heels). But switching from high heels to just any type of flat shoe may not be the right solution. Some types of flats potentially can cause foot health problems. Flat...

Men Are at Risk of Osteoporosis Too! Jan 4th, 2017

You’ve probably seen the ads on television with actors Blythe Danner or Sally Field advertising osteoporosis medications. Well it may surprise you, but men can get osteoporosis too. For men, this medical condition occurs later in life and they experience fewer fractures, including ankle and foot fractures, from osteoporosis. However,...

Could Your Foot Pain Be a Stress Fracture? Dec 28th, 2016

Imagine the pressures placed on your feet when you run or even walk. Each of the 26 bones in your foot must bear your body weight and so are subject to stress fractures. When muscles are fatigued or become overloaded, they transfer the stress to adjacent bones. When this happens over...

Don’t Ignore Symptoms of Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome Dec 20th, 2016

Do you have pain on the inside of your ankle? Does your discomfort sometimes develop as a burning or tingling feeling or numbness? You may have tarsal tunnel syndrome, where the posterior tibial nerve is squeezed or compressed. Carpal tunnel syndrome is where a nerve is compressed near the wrist’s...

Give a Thoughtful Foot Care Gift Dec 14th, 2016

Need a last minute present for a friend or family member? Looking for a thoughtful thank-you gift for your favorite stylist, dog walker, babysitter, teacher or doorman? Chances are they have plenty of cute holiday mugs and coffee-shop gift cards. Why not think creatively and give them the gift of...

Listen When Your Feet Talk to You Dec 7th, 2016

Did you know that your feet “talk”? Well, it’s not exactly something that you can hear, but they sure do their best to alert you when something is wrong. We often ignore our feet – perhaps because they seem to be so far away – but they are the foundation...

Heel Anatomy: The Workings of your Heels Dec 1st, 2016

Picture the lowly heel. It’s really the cornerstone of your body as all your weight rests on this mechanism of bone, muscle and tendon. The heel plays a very important part in shaping the arch and managing the stress of running and walking. How your Heel Works The heel bone gives...

How Do I Know if I Have a Toenail Fungus? Nov 22nd, 2016

Does one or more of your toenails look odd? Is it crumbly at the edge, yellowish and irregular? Don’t just ignore this unusual appearance. Healthy toenails are transparent and pink, with no brittle edges. You may have a toenail fungus, a common condition that affects up to 20% of U.S. adults....

Take Good Care of your Feet for Holiday Events and Travel Nov 16th, 2016

The holidays are here and with them come many busy days of shopping, entertaining and traveling. We’ll spend lots of time on our feet as we party through the festivities. No matter which holiday you’ll be celebrating in the coming weeks, your feet will have to be up to the...

Thank your Feet this Thanksgiving Nov 9th, 2016

Our cherished, all-American holiday is right around the corner – Thanksgiving! Each year we all pause to consider those things for which we are thankful. We are grateful for our families and our warm, safe homes. Children give thanks for pumpkin pie, their pets and not having to clean up...

Children and Toe Walking Nov 1st, 2016

As parents of small children, we worry about all kinds of things. Is my picky eater getting the right nutrition? Is teething causing my baby’s fever? Will my child ever sleep through the night? Here’s a common question that we hear frequently in our office: Should I be worried because...

Wearing and Caring for Orthotics Oct 26th, 2016

If your foot doctor has prescribed orthotics, think of it as if you have been prescribed medication for a particular condition. In other words, use them! Your doctor saw a problem in your feet, whether from an injury, disease or a physical abnormality that can be helped by these custom-made shoe...

Take Good Care of Your Feet after Running or Jogging Oct 19th, 2016

It was a beautiful fall day with temperatures in the fifties for this month’s Chicago marathon. Men and women Kenyan runners dominated the podium but many thousands of ordinary runners successfully made the challenge of this long race. If you watched or participated in the marathon, you may be motivated to...

Foot and Ankle Pain May Be Caused by Arthritis Oct 4th, 2016

Are your feet or ankles stiff? Do you notice any redness or swelling in the areas of the joints? Is the pain and stiffness limiting the motion of your feet and even inhibiting walking or exercising? You may have arthritis in your feet and/or ankles. Rheumatoid arthritis, the more serious form of arthritis, causes...

Prepare Carefully for the Chicago Marathon Sep 28th, 2016

The 39th annual Chicago Marathon is coming up fast! The October 9th event attracts elite world class runners as well as wheelchairs, handcycles, runners with disabilities and thousands of others who just love to run. For most marathon participants, our feet bear the brunt of running. During a marathon, given an average...

Shaquille O’Neal Suffered from Toe Bone Spurs Sep 22nd, 2016

It took a very small problem to bring down a very big man. Shaquille O’Neal was recently inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, MA for his stellar career including 4 championships, 3 Finals MVP awards and 15 All-Star appearances. The Shaq clocks in at 7...

Healthy Feet Are Happy Feet Sep 15th, 2016

It feels like a new beginning, with schools in session and the weather beginning to show signs of autumn. So now is a great time to make a commitment to taking good care of your feet. Remember, they’re the only feet you’ll ever have and they have to carry you through a...

Foot or Arch Pain May Be Plantar Fibroma Sep 1st, 2016

If you or a family member has pain and stiffness on the bottom of your foot and it is becoming harder to walk, you may have an uncommon disease called plantar fibroma. In this condition, the deep connective tissue in your feet, called the fascia, thickens and nodules or cords begin...

Stay on Your Toes To Keep Toenails Healthy Aug 25th, 2016

Do you take your feet for granted? Many of us do, until we have a foot or ankle problem and then our feet become very important! Our toenails too are often neglected – except for periodic pedicures – and so a toenail problem may go unobserved. It’s a good idea...

It’s Time for Back to School Shoe Shopping! Aug 17th, 2016

There’s no hint of coolness in our northern Illinois air but fall is definitely on the way. Even without the weather as an indicator, we know that fall is coming because those familiar yellow school buses are gearing up and will soon take to the streets. If you’re like most...

Repeated Sprained Ankles Can Mean Chronic Ankle Instability Aug 10th, 2016

It’s likely that you have sprained your ankle at some point. In the U.S., 25,000 individuals sprain their ankles each day! Most injured individuals ignore an ankle sprain and, worse, return too quickly to normal activities. In fact, 45% of all athletic injuries are ankle sprains, and often the athletes go back...

Is It Time To Give your Flip Flops a Good Cleaning? Aug 3rd, 2016

It’s mid-summer, school is on the horizon and you’re still trudging around in your flip flops. Take a look at your favorite pair – they’re probably looking pretty scruffy right about now. Between trips to the lake, walking along the beach, protecting your feet at the pool and washing your...

Excessive Shoe Rubbing Can Cause Blisters Jul 27th, 2016

It’s been a pretty hot summer here in Chicago but still great weather to get outside for some healthful exercise. No matter what activity you choose – running, walking, hiking, climbing or in-line skating – remember to always wear well-fitting footwear that is appropriate to each sport. Even with shoes and boots...

NBAer Missed 2 Seasons with Navicular Bone Stress Fracture Jul 20th, 2016

It took just one small bone to take down a big man and spoil 2 seasons of NBA play. Joel Embiid, who was the 3rd overall draft pick in 2014 and picked up by the Philadelphia 76ers, has sat out most of the last 2 seasons with a fracture of...

Take Good Care of your Feet to Enjoy Hiking Activities Jul 13th, 2016

One of the best all-around healthful exercises you can do is hiking. A hiking program can reduce hypertension and your risk of heart disease, help reverse the course of type II diabetes and assist in managing weight control as well as anxiety. Plus … it’s fun! It’s also economical. For...

Traveling? Be Sure to Pack a Travel Foot Care Kit Jul 6th, 2016

Are you hitting the road – or the airport – for a summer vacation with family or friends? If you are, you won’t be alone. AAA predicted that 38 million Americans traveled on Memorial Day weekend, the most since 2005. The trend will continue for the summer thanks in part to the...

What Is Causing Your Big Toe Pain? Jan 13th, 2016

If you have pain in your big toe, you know that it’s more than annoying. This type of pain can interfere with even the most basic movements – even just standing. Our big toes have big jobs too. They help keep us stable when we’re on our feet and help...