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By Ankle & Foot Center of Fox Valley
January 22, 2021
Category: Foot Care
Tags: bunions  

Bunions affect nearly 36 percent of Americans 65 and older, reports MedicineNet. However, people of all ages can acquire this foot deformity through a variety of factors. At Ankle & Foot Center of Fox Valley, LTD., your foot doctor, Dr. Nancy Jagodzinski, understands the reasons behind bunions and how you can prevent them or lessen their severity. Would you like to know more?

What a bunion is and does

A bunion, or Hallux valgus, is an acquired podiatric problem which changes the shape and position of the big toe and the metatarsophalangeal joint at its base. Due to inherited foot structure, obesity, tight, narrow shoes and gait problems, the characteristic bony bump forms at the side of the foot.

Progressive in nature, a bunion causes:

  • A gradual inward turn of the big toe toward the second toe
  • Pain when ambulating
  • Swelling of the foot
  • Corn and callus formation in areas where the foot rubs against the shoe
  • Bursitis, arthritis and limited range of motion in the affected toe

Unfortunately, more women than men develop bunions, states the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS), typically due to wearing shoes which have narrow toe boxes and high heels.

Preventing bunions

To avoid the discomforts associated with bunions, you should consider these prevention strategies, particularly if you see your relatives struggling with Hallux valgus. While you may not prevent their formation altogether, you can lessen their size and impact by:

  • Choosing and consistently wearing well-fitting shoes with low heels, room enough in the toe boxes so you can wiggle your toes, and good arch supports
  • Getting your feet measured for new shoes in the evening when your feet are largest
  • Resting, elevating and icing your feet when they hurt or swell
  • Keeping a healthy body weight
  • Wearing shoe orthotics if your Naperville, IL, foot doctor says you have a gait problem, such as overpronation

Treating bunions

With the above precautions in place, you may not develop bunions, or you may stave off their formation until your elder years. If you perceive signs that you are developing a bunion, arrange a consultation with Dr. Jagodzkinski right away.

Your foot doctor will examine and X-ray your foot and suggest ways to lessen your symptoms. Often, shoe padding and orthotics worn inside the shoe help with pain, friction and improper gait. Also, she may suggest over the counter pain medications as needed. Usually, bunionectomy, or surgical removal of the bunion, is a fallback option when more conservative measures prove ineffective and your quality of life has diminished significantly.

Learn more

At Ankle & Foot Center of Fox Valley, LTD., your experienced foot doctor is Dr. Nancy Jagodzinski. She helps many people with bunions stay active. For an appointment in her Naperville, IL, office, phone today at (630) 778-7670.

By Ankle & Foot Center of Fox Valley
December 23, 2020
Category: Foot Conditions
Tags: Plantar Fasciitis  

Plantar fasciitis isn't something you hear about every day, but it's a source of heel pain that podiatrists like Dr. Nancy Jagodzinski in Naperville, Illinois frequently diagnose and treat. Read on to learn about plantar fasciitis and discover if it might be the reason why standing, walking, or running has become difficult for you lately.

What is the plantar fascia?

You might not have even known this structure existed until seeking out your Naperville podiatrist. Along the arch of each of your feet spans a thick, stretchy band of tissue known as the plantar fascia. It's a ligament, which means it connects one bone to another - in this case, it goes between the bones just behind your big toe to the heel bone. It helps you stay balanced while you're standing and allows for flexibility and range of motion.

What is plantar fasciitis?

When the plantar fascia becomes inflamed from overuse, that's when your Naperville podiatrist suspects plantar fasciitis. It's a common diagnosis for people whose jobs require them to spend a lot of time on their feet: retail and restaurant workers, teachers, and so on. People who run for exercise also frequently experience this problem. The symptoms include pain in the heel when standing or walking; it's also common to have more pain first thing in the morning when you get out of bed.

How is plantar fasciitis treated?

For most of our Naperville patients, rest, ice, and special shoe inserts help to alleviate the pain from plantar fasciitis and allow the ligament to heal. There are also specific exercises that Dr. Jagodzinski can show you that will help to stretch your arches. A handful of people may not find relief from conservative methods of treatment, at which point cortisone injections or surgery may be considered.

If your foot pain sounds like it might be plantar fasciitis, it's time to contact the Ankle & Foot Center of Fox Valley in Naperville to set up an appointment with podiatrist Nancy Jagodzinski. Call us at 630-778-7670 to take the first step to move more comfortably!

By Ankle & Foot Center of Fox Valley
December 14, 2020
Category: Foot Care
Tags: foot doctor   Podiatrists  

Ankle and foot issues could result from chronic diseases such as diabetes or arthritis. Even daily situations like poorly fitted shoes or overuse could cause acute, temporary pain. Fortunately, podiatrists or foot doctors offer a wide variety of treatments for foot, lower leg, and ankle issues. Below are some conditions that your foot doctor, Dr. Nancy Jagodzinski of Ankle & Foot Center of Fox Valley, LTD in Naperville, IL, can help you with.

You Have Joint Pain in The Ankles and/or Feet

Arthritis, overuse injuries, and a whole lot of issues could alter how your feet work and potentially cause disability. If your joints constantly feel that they’re tender, stiff, red, and/or swollen, check in with your podiatrist. Your podiatrist could recommend treatments to help maintain joint health as well as make daily life easier for you.

You Have Heel Pain That Restricts Your Physical Activities

Heel pain could result from various things. A tendon that attaches to your heel might be inflamed, or you might have a heel spur, which is a bony growth on your heel. Regardless if you know what’s causing your persistent heel pain or not, visit your podiatrist for an accurate diagnosis and treatment plan.

You’re a Diabetic

The fact is, having diabetes makes you more susceptible to feet issues, ranging from serious infections to dry skin, than those who don’t have diabetes. According to the American Diabetes Association, you must undergo a comprehensive foot examination conducted by your foot doctor in Naperville, IL, at least once yearly. Doing so will reduce your risk of amputation by 50% or more.

You Suspect That You Have a Fracture, Strain, or Sprain

Escalating pain, walking issues, redness, and swelling after an injury are valid reasons to visit your foot doctor. Left untreated, these issues could complicate your condition, so immediate medical attention is required.

You Have a Persistent Ingrown Toenail

Some ingrown toenails don’t cause pain and are easy to remove. However, some ingrown toenails can lead to an infection that requires prompt treatment, particularly if it’s oozing pus and very painful, red, and swollen.

Your Bunion is Limiting Your Physical Activities

Bunions tend to worsen unless managed properly by wearing the right footwear, taping, padding, or the use of custom orthotics. In more severe cases, surgery might be an option.

For More Information, Advice, or Concerns About Ankle and Feet Problems, We Can Help

Dial 630-778-7670 to arrange a consultation with your foot doctor here at Ankle & Foot Center of Fox Valley, LTD in Naperville, IL, Dr. Nancy Jagodzinski, now.

By Ankle & Foot Center of Fox Valley
July 08, 2020
Category: Foot Conditions
Tags: Ingrown Toenails   Ingrown  

Do you need to speak with your Naperville IL foot doctor?

An ingrown toenail may be a simple issue that resolves itself or a serious problem that causes infection. Dr. Nancy Jagodzinski of Ankle & Foot Center of Fox Valley can help you better understand how to prevent ingrown nails or how to treat them.

What are ingrown toenails?

Ingrown toenails are when the corner or side of a toenail punctures your skin (soft flesh). The toe may turn red, swell, and an infection may develop. Pain may also result because of the ingrown toenail, making it difficult to walk. If you notice these symptoms, contact your Foot Doctor Naperville IL right away.

What causes ingrown toenails?

Ingrown toenails occur in men and women but more common in sweaty feet, like teenagers, and older people because toenails have thickened, according to the National Health Services (NHS).

Causes of an ingrown toenail include:

  • Cutting toenails at an angle, as opposed to straight across, to avoid nails growing into the skin.
  • Improper footwear that's too narrow places a lot of pressure on the big toes and forces nails to puncture soft tissue.
  • Toenail injury, improper foot hygiene, and poor posture also lead to ingrown toenails.
  • Certain exercises, or sports, like ballet or soccer, may also cause ingrown toenails.

What are some home treatments?

Your Foot Doctor Naperville IL can help you at her office but before doing that, here are some home treatments:

  • Soak feet in warm soapy water for about 15 to 20 minutes three to four times per day.
  • Soak a cotton ball in olive oil and push the skin away from the toenail edge.
  • Use over-the-counter pain medicines, like Tylenol, and topical antibiotic to prevent infection.

Surgical Treatment

If home treatments don't work for a few days or weeks, you may need to resort to surgical treatment. Dr. Jagodzinski may need to remove part of the nail, which is 98 percent effective for preventing future ingrown toenails, according to the National Health Services (NHS). Total nail removal is also available for people who have ingrown nails as a result of thick nails.

Need a foot doctor?

Dr. Nancy Jagodzinski of Ankle & Foot Center of Fox Valley can help you deal with ingrown toenails, just call her Naperville, IL, office at 630-778-7670.

By Ankle & Foot Center of Fox Valley
April 13, 2020
Category: Podiatry
Tags: ankle pain  

The ankle is a large joint where the foot and leg meet. Ankles support us during daily activities and problems or issues in them may be debilitating. Dr. Nancy Jagodzinski of Ankle & Foot Center of Fox Valley in Naperville, IL, can diagnose the reason for the pain, stiffness, and swelling you feel.

Diseases Causing Ankle Pain
There are many reasons you may be suffering from ankle pain, including disease. Here are a few diseases your Naperville foot doctor can help diagnose and treat:
  • Osteoarthritis: This chronic condition is the most common arthritis causing cartilage breakdown. Bones meeting at joints rub against each other causing stiffness, pain, and loss of movement.
  • Rheumatoid arthritis: Rheumatoid arthritis is when your immune system attacks joints. This is a chronic inflammatory disease causing pain, swelling, inflammation, and loss of function. Risk factors include any of the following: age, sex, genetics, smoking, a woman who has never given birth, and obesity.
  • Gout: This form of arthritis is when uric acid builds up in the bloodstream, forming needle-shaped crystals that lodge in tissues like joints. Symptoms include severe pain and swelling in the big toe. Overtime lumps of uric acid, called tophi, develop around the ankles.
  • Calcium Pyrophosphate Dihydrate Crystal Deposition Disease: This is when calcium crystals form in joints causing pain, stiffness, tenderness, redness, warmth, and swelling in knees, most commonly, and ankles.
  • Reactive arthritis: Infection in another part of your body triggers reactive arthritis. Infection of the genital, urinary, or gastrointestinal system may affect knees, ankles, and other joints.
  • Lupus: This chronic autoimmune disease attacks joints, skin, heart, lungs, and kidneys. Symptoms include ankle swelling and sensitivity to cold.

Other Reason for Ankle Pain

There are other reasons you may suffer from ankle pain, like a sprain while walking, running or an accident. Make sure you contact your Naperville foot doctor if you have any of the symptoms mentioned above or if your ankle is slowing you down after an incident.

Need to contact a foot doctor?

Dr. Nancy Jagodzinski of Ankle & Foot Center of Fox Valley in Naperville, IL, can help diagnose and treat ankle problems. If you would like to contact her, call 630-778-7670 today!

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