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.
- 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!
Here are some simple strategies to prevent heel pain from happening to you.
Whether you’ve been dealing with recurring heel pain or you’re just looking to protect yourself from this common problem, our Naperville, IL, foot doctor Dr. Nancy Jagodzinski can help. Heel pain can quickly affect your daily routine, benching you from your typical workouts. Here are some helpful habits that can prevent heel pain from happening to you.
Lose Excess Weight
If you are overweight or obese you are at risk for developing plantar fasciitis, the most common cause of heel pain. Even just losing a few pounds can help alleviate some of the pressure and force being placed on the joints, tissue and bones of your feet. Of course, you want to begin a workout regimen that will ease you into physical activity without leading to heel pain. Talk with your podiatrist about healthy and safe ways to begin exercising.
Find the Proper Athletic Footwear
Not all tennis shoes are created equally. Someone who loves running on uneven, rocky terrain is going to need different shoes than someone who plays soccer. Turning to a specialty shoe store or athletic shop can be beneficial because they have experts that can measure your feet and recommend appropriate footwear that caters to your level of activity as well as your activity of choice. Also, remember: Shoes don’t last forever. If your sneakers are looking a bit worn it might be time to replace them.
Wear Custom Orthotics
From flat feet and high arches to arthritis and aging, there are many factors that can affect the biomechanics of your feet. Since people with flat feet, high arches and certain foot conditions are more likely to develop heel pain, our foot doctor can create custom orthotics right here at her Naperville, IL, practice. These special devices are formed to your feet and are placed into shoes to provide additional support, cushioning and shock absorption. If you find that your feet feel tired, achy and overworked easily, orthotics can help.
Stretch Your Feet Every Day
Just as you warm up and perform dynamic stretching before working out, you should also stretch and warm-up the joints, ligaments and muscles in the feet every day to prevent tension and other problems that could lead to heel pain and injury. While our podiatrist would be happy to show you a variety of different stretching exercises you can do, one of the most effective ones is the towel stretch. While these exercises can also be used to alleviate heel pain, they can also be performed daily to safeguard against this problem.
Our foot doctor at Ankle & Foot Center of Fox Valley in Naperville, IL, is here to provide you with the foot and ankle care you need. If you are dealing with severe, persistent or unresponsive heel pain schedule an appointment with us by calling (630) 778-7670.
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.
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