A hallux valgus, also commonly known as a bunion, is a deformity that causes your big toe to point towards its neighbors. When this occurs, you’ll see and feel an uncomfortable or painful bump on the bone outside your big toe. If you’re concerned that you may have a bunion, Dr. Nancy Jagodzinski, our foot doctor here at the Ankle & Foot Center of Fox Valley, LTD in Naperville, IL, can examine your case and determine the most suitable treatment options for you.
Common Symptoms of Bunions
Depending on the degree of your deformity, you may experience one or a couple of the following symptoms:
- Calluses where your toe rubs against each other
- Paint in your big toe joint that worsens when you wear tight footwear
- A burning feeling in your big toe
- Difficulty walking normally
- Numbness of your big toe
- Inflamed, thickened, and red skin along your big toe’s outer edge
Treatment Options for Bunion Pain
The first line of treatment for bunions involves nonsurgical remedies that are focused on alleviating your symptoms. These can include:
- Wearing bunion pads, splints, or toe spacers
- Wearing wide or professionally adjusted footwear to give your toes more space
- Refraining from doing activities that lead to pain
- Wearing padded footwear inserts or other similar devices that aids in distributing pressure evenly when you’re walking
- Applying ice packs or warm soaks to the affected site
- Taking NSAIDs or nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs like naproxen and ibuprofen when your bunion is especially painful
- Corticosteroid injections
Keep in mind, however, these nonsurgical treatment options will not be able to get rid of the bunion permanently and can only offer relief from your symptoms temporarily. This means that your foot doctor in Naperville, IL, Dr. Nancy Jagodzinski, may recommend surgery depending on the intensity of your symptoms.
Is your bunion causing you pain?
Arrange a visit with Dr. Nancy Jagodzinski, our foot doctor here at the Ankle & Foot Center of Fox Valley in Naperville, IL, by dialing (630) 778-7670.
If you have flat feet find out what you can do to prevent problems from happening.
Although many people have flat feet, some of those who have the condition don’t even know it, for the issue doesn’t necessarily cause a problem. However, others with flat feet experience pain and other problems as a result of their “fallen arches." If you are struggling with this issue, read on to learn how our foot doctor, Dr. Nancy Jagodzinski in Naperville, IL, can help!
What are flat feet?
Most people have what’s known as a flexible flat foot. This means that the foot is only flat when standing or putting weight on the foot. A rigid flat foot is another less common type and is usually the result of a foot condition such as arthritis or some type of deformity.
Some people go through life and may never even recognize that they have flat feet; however, others with more severe flat feet may experience issues such as foot pain, strained muscles, and additionally stressed placed on the hips and knees which lead to joint pain and swelling.
How can I treat flat feet?
If your Naperville, IL, foot doctor has told you that you have flat feet but you aren’t experiencing problems, then you might not need treatment. That being said, if you are regularly feeling discomfort, your flat feet can often be eased with simple conservative care such as,
- Custom orthotics or shoe inserts that also provide arch support
- Specific stretching and strengthening exercises (e.g. heel cord stretching)
- Wearing properly fitted supportive footwear
- Physical therapy
- Avoiding activities and exercises that exacerbate the problem
- Taking pain relievers to ease pain, swelling, and stiffness
Since flat feet affect how weight is distributed throughout the foot, this can lead to problems with your ankles, knees, and hips. If you start to notice persistent pain, then it’s time to see a doctor.
Concerned? Call Us
If you aren’t sure what’s causing your foot pain, it’s best to play it safe and turn to Dr. Nancy Jagodzinski, your foot doctor at Ankle & Foot Center of Fox Valley in Naperville, IL. We can give you the answers and care you’re looking for after when you dial (630) 778-7670.
Are one or more of your small toes bending at the joint?
A fairly common foot deformity that affects the joints of smaller toes and causes them to bend, hammertoes can be painful and cause other foot conditions (such as bunions) to flourish. However, bunions don’t always cause obvious problems in their initial stages, causing many people to not even notice the issue before it starts negatively affecting their podiatric health. Read on to learn more about hammertoes, and call our Naperville, IL, foot doctor, Dr. Nancy Jagodzinski, if you think that you may have developed this condition.
Signs and Symptoms of a Hammertoe
This condition is caused when smaller toes bend at the joint, thus making them appear somewhat claw-like rather than straight. As a result, a corn or callus may develop on the toe due to friction or pressure placed on the deformed joint when wearing shoes.
A hammertoe falls into two categories: flexible and rigid. A flexible hammertoe means that you will still be able to move and straighten the toe; however, over time the tendons may tighten until the toe is permanently bent (rigid).
Preventing a Hammertoe
You can prevent a hammertoe from developing by wearing appropriate shoes that provide a wide toe box and a low heel. Shoes that are laced up can also be adjusted, providing your feet with more room if necessary. Consequently, it’s important that you get fitted with the right shoes, no matter whether they are for work or athletics.
Treating a Hammertoe
If you just found out that you had a hammertoe, the goal is to slow the deformity’s progression. Again, the best way to do this is to wear the appropriate shoes that don’t bunch up toes or put pressure on the bunion. Additionally, you can apply a non-medicated bunion pad over the joint to prevent a callus or corn from developing when wearing shoes. Sometimes our Naperville foot doctor will prescribe custom shoe inserts, or orthotics, which can provide additional padding and support for your feet.
If conservative care doesn’t provide you with relief, then surgery may be recommended. Of course, surgery is usually the last option when other treatment options have failed, but it is the only way to actually repair the deformed toes.
Need Relief? Give Us a Call
Ankle & Foot Center of Fox Valley is here to provide you with the comprehensive podiatric care that you need. If you are living with foot pain, hammertoes, or other foot problems, call our Naperville office today at (630) 778-7670 to schedule an appointment with your foot doctor.
You were ready to get up and go on your morning run; however, the minute your feet hit the floor you noticed a sharp, searing pain in one of your heels. Luckily, as you began to move around you noticed that the pain eased up a bit. If this sounds like something you’re dealing with it’s very possible that you have plantar fasciitis. From the office of our Naperville, IL, podiatrist Dr. Nancy Jagodzinski find out more about plantar fasciitis and how to treat it.
Symptoms of Plantar Fasciitis
The most common symptom of plantar fasciitis is a stabbing pain at the bottom of the heel that can sometimes spread to the arches of the foot. This is because the plantar fascia also provides support to the arches. The pain is usually worse in the morning or after long periods of sitting.
While plantar fasciitis is most common in runners, those who wear worn-out shoes, as well as those who are overweight are also at risk for developing plantar fasciitis related heel pain.
Treating Plantar Fasciitis
In some cases, plantar fasciitis will go away with the help of conservative care, including:
- Stretching the arches daily
- Resting and staying off your feet whenever possible
- Avoiding running and other physically demanding activities
- Wearing supportive shoes
- Taking pain relievers and anti-inflammatory medications
In some cases, your Naperville, IL, foot doctor may also recommend wearing a night splint, which will lengthen and stretch out the fascia while you sleep to reduce severe morning pain. Physical therapy and custom orthotics may also be recommended.
Sometimes plantar fasciitis can become chronic. In this case, you may need more advanced treatment options in order to get ample pain relief. Some of these treatment options may include:
- Cortisone Injections (to reduce inflammation)
- Tenex procedure (the removal of plantar fascia scar tissue)
- Surgery (rare)
Other Causes of Heel Pain
Even though plantar fasciitis is the most common cause of heel pain it doesn’t mean it’s the only cause. Your heel pain may also be the result of:
- Achilles tendonitis
- Heel spur
- Sprains and strains
- A heel fracture
- Osteomyelitis (an infection of the bone)
If you are dealing with heel pain and are unsure how to treat this issue or what might be causing it then it’s a good idea to turn to our team of foot and ankle specialists in Naperville, IL. Call Ankle & Foot Center of Fox Valley today to schedule an appointment.
How your foot doctor in Naperville, IL, can help you heal!
Foot and ankle pain can ruin your day, keeping you from enjoying your daily activities. Foot and ankle pain can reduce your mobility, keeping you on the couch instead of enjoying yourself. If you are suffering from foot or ankle pain, it’s time to take action and seek out the help of an expert: your foot doctor! Dr. Nancy A. Jagodzinski at Ankle & Foot Center of Fox Valley in Naperville, IL, has a full range of foot and ankle pain management services to get you moving again!
More about Foot Pain
Foot or ankle pain may be due to an injury, either from an accident or playing a sport. Even something as simple as a fall during a walk can give you a twisted ankle. Accordingly, you should take steps to prevent injuries by always wearing the appropriate footwear and watching your steps. Try to walk on even surfaces if you can.
The first steps you can do to manage foot or ankle pain is to:
- Put ice on the area to reduce swelling
- Elevate your feet and legs to take your weight off of your feet and ankles
- Take over-the-counter anti-inflammatory and pain medications like Tylenol or ibuprofen
- Call your podiatrist to find out next steps
Dr. Jagodzinski offers a wide range of services to treat foot and ankle problems and the pain associated with them. Depending on the cause of your pain, she may suggest:
- Immobilizing your feet or ankles with a walking cast if you have tendon, ligament, or bone problems
- Icing the area several times during the day
- Prescription-strength anti-inflammatory and pain medication
- Physical therapy for problems related to plantar fasciitis or tendon and ligament issues
- Stretching exercises to increase mobility and decrease stiffness
- Custom orthotics and footwear to reduce the stress to your feet and ankles
- Cortisone injections to reduce inflammation and swelling
- Topical medications and bandaging for open wounds and sores
- Surgery for cases involving broken bones, torn ligaments, or poor bone alignment
Give Us a Call!
You don’t have to be sidelined by foot and ankle pain—relief is just a phone call away! Dial 630-778-7670 for Dr. Nancy A. Jagodzinski at Ankle & Foot Center of Fox Valley in Naperville, IL, today!
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