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By Ankle & Foot Center of Fox Valley
September 05, 2019
Category: Podiatry
Tags: Hammertoe  

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 otherHammertoes 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.

By Ankle & Foot Center of Fox Valley
July 11, 2019
Category: Podiatry
Tags: Heel Pain  

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
  • Bursitis
  • Sprains and strains
  • A heel fracture
  • Osteomyelitis (an infection of the bone)
  • Arthritis

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.

By Ankle & Foot Center of Fox Valley
May 02, 2019
Category: Podiatry

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, foot and ankle painkeeping 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:

  1. Put ice on the area to reduce swelling
  2. Elevate your feet and legs to take your weight off of your feet and ankles
  3. Take over-the-counter anti-inflammatory and pain medications like Tylenol or ibuprofen
  4. 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!

By Ankle & Foot Center of Fox Valley
February 14, 2019
Category: Podiatry
Tags: Heel Pain  

Find out when it’s time to see a doctor about your heel pain.

Heel pain is one of the most common foot problems that is treated by our Naperville, IL, podiatrist, Dr. Nancy Jagodzinskim. Luckily, it’s heel painalso often easy to treat.

The most common cause of heel pain is a condition known as plantar fasciitis, an inflammation of the thick band of tissue that runs along the soles of the feet from the toes to the heels. If you are experiencing pain under the heel bone that possibly extends to the arches of your feet, you may be dealing with plantar fasciitis.


More about Plantar Fasciitis

Symptoms of plantar fasciitis include,

  • Stiffness and/or tenderness in the heel
  • Pain that radiates to the arches of the feet
  • Pain that gets worse after activity or periods of rest
  • Pain when putting weight on the heel

It’s most common to develop plantar fasciitis in only one foot; however, it is possible to develop this problem in both feet. This condition is most likely to appear after an athlete has either upped the intensity or duration of a workout, or if an athlete has changed the terrain where they run or work out (e.g. going from a treadmill to running on uneven or rocky terrain).


Here is the initial course of action for treating plantar fasciitis,

  • Rest your feet and avoid high-impact activities such as running or jumping
  • Elevate the foot to reduce swelling
  • Take over-the-counter pain relievers
  • Ice the heel 2-3 times a day for 10-15 minutes at a time to ease pain and discomfort
  • Splint or brace the foot, which can provide additional support to the arches


If this is your first time dealing with plantar fasciitis then chances are good that you won’t be able to tell whether this is truly what’s causing your heel pain. This is when it’s a good idea to turn to our Naperville, IL, podiatry doctors for an evaluation. You should also come into our office if,

  • At-home care isn’t improving your symptoms
  • Your heel pain is severe or getting worse
  • Your heel pain is recurring
  • You can’t put weight on the affected foot
  • You’re also experiencing numbness, fever, or redness in the heel


Need Relief? Give Us a Call!

If in doubt about the symptoms you are experiencing, don’t hesitate to schedule a checkup with our Naperville, IL, foot doctor here at Ankle & Foot Center of Fox Valley. We will be able to quickly diagnose your heel pain and help you determine the best course of action to eliminate your heel pain. Our number is (630) 778-7670.

By Ankle & Foot Center of Fox Valley
December 13, 2018
Category: Podiatry
Tags: bunions  

Are you one of the millions of Americans who have bunions? At Foot & Ankle Center of Fox Valley in Naperville, IL Dr. Nancy Jagodzinski offers a range of treatments--many of them non-surgical--to correct foot aesthetics and to allow you to walk comfortably again. Learn more here about bunions--or Hallux valgus-- and how you can feel comfortable and function at your best.

What is a bunion?

A bunion is a bony bump located on the side of the foot at the juncture between the forefoot and the big toe. Often bulging, red and callused, a bunion can force the big toe in toward the second and even third toes, and hammertoes, a claw-like deformity of the second, third and forth toes, often develop.

Who gets bunions?

More women than men get bunions, says the American Podiatric Medical Association. Excessive body weight, standing for long periods of time on hard surfaces and narrow-toed shoes with very high heels contribute to bunion formation. While some people exhibit no symptoms at all, many of Dr. Jagodzinski's patients truly suffer with pain, numbness, corns and calluses and difficulty walking.

Bunion treatments

If you suspect you have a bunion, come to Foot & Ankle Center of Fox Valley for a complete podiatric examination. Your foot doctor will look at your foot and watch how you walk. Some people with bunions overpronate their feet as they walk--in other words, roll the feet inward, flattening them, and placing undue pressure on the area of the bunion. Plus, Dr. Jagodzinski will X-ray your feet to view the joints. Based on exam results, she'll devise a treatment plan to manage your bunion and stop it from worsening.

Treatments may include:

  • Stretching exercises
  • Shoe padding and custom-made orthotics (inserts which correct how you place your feet as you walk)
  • Over-the-counter analgesics such as acetaminophen or ibuprofen
  • Wearing shoes with lower heels and sufficient room in the toes

Surgery known as bunionectomy is an option for extreme cases. The foot doctor removes the bunion and re-aligns the big toe, stabilizing it. Dr. Jagodzinski offers a procedure which effectively hides the incision for a pleasing result. While this surgery may be performed in-office, the surgery does require rest at home, immobilization and sufficient downtime to heal the foot completely.

Make your bunion better

Seek capable and compassionate treatment from Dr. Nancy Jagodzkinski at the Foot & Ankle Center of Fox Valley in Naperville, IL. Don't wait. Call the office today for an appointment: (630) 778-7670.

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