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November 2020

Thickened toenails can be the first sign of several different foot conditions. Onychomycosis, or a fungal infection of the toenails, can make the toenails thick, crumbly, and discolored. Psoriasis is a skin condition that can cause the toenails to thicken and become deformed with tiny pits on their surfaces. While psoriasis is not a fungal infection, it can look like one, and may also make you susceptible to contract a fungal infection. Physical damage to the toenails, such as an injury, can even cause them to become thickened. Toenails tend to thicken and harden with age, and are especially common in elderly people. If you have thickened toenails, it is suggested that you consult with a podiatrist. 

For more information about treatment, contact Thomas J. Rizzo DPM of Step Ahead Foot Care. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Toenail Fungus Treatment

Toenail fungus is a condition that affects many people and can be especially hard to get rid of. Fortunately, there are several methods to go about treating and avoiding it.

Antifungals & Deterrence

Oral antifungal medicine has been shown to be effective in many cases. It is important to consult with a podiatrist to determine the proper regiment for you, or potentially explore other options.

Applying foot powder on the feet and shoes helps keep the feet free of moisture and sweat.

Sandals or open toed shoes – Wearing these will allow air movement and help keep feet dry. They also expose your feet to light, which fungus cannot tolerate. Socks with moisture wicking material also help as well.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office located in Geneseo, IL . We offer the newest diagnostic tools and technology to treat your foot and ankle needs.

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Monday, 23 November 2020 00:00

Common Foot and Ankle Injuries in Soccer

Just like most physical activities, there is a risk of a variety of foot and ankle injuries that can occur from playing soccer. While many are acute, overuse injuries can happen as well. One of the most common injuries (and re-injuries) that occurs is an ankle sprain. When the ankle rolls, the ligaments can become damaged or torn. Achilles tendonitis is another form of an overuse injury that causes pain and inflammation to the Achilles tendon in the back of the ankle. Metatarsal stress fractures are also a common overuse injury in soccer. A stress fracture is a hairline crack in the bones that causes gradual worsening pain. If you have been injured or notice moderate to severe pain or swelling, especially while walking, visiting a podiatrist for a proper diagnosis and treatment method is highly recommended.

Ankle and foot injuries are common among athletes and in many sports. They can be caused by several problems and may be potentially serious. If you are feeling pain or think you were injured in a sporting event or when exercising, consult with Thomas J. Rizzo DPM from Step Ahead Foot Care. Our doctor will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.

Common Injuries

The most common injuries that occur in sporting activities include:

  • Achilles Tendonitis
  • Achilles Tendon Rupture
  • Ankle Sprains
  • Broken Foot
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Stress Fractures
  • Turf Toe

Symptoms

Symptoms vary depending upon the injury and in some cases, there may be no symptoms at all. However, in most cases, some form of symptom is experienced. Pain, aching, burning, bruising, tenderness, tightness or stiffness, sensation loss, difficulty moving, and swelling are the most common symptoms.

Treatment

Just as symptoms vary depending upon the injury, so do treatment options. A common treatment method is known as the RICE method. This method involves rest, applying ice, compression and elevating the afflicted foot or ankle. If the injury appears to be more serious, surgery might be required, such as arthroscopic or reconstructive surgery. Lastly, rehabilitation or therapy might be needed to gain full functionality in the afflicted area. Any discomfort experienced by an athlete must be evaluated by a licensed, reputable medical professional.  

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in Geneseo, IL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Monday, 16 November 2020 00:00

The Potential of Foot Surgery

The foot consists of twenty-six bones along with several muscles, joints, and tendons. Many people put consistent pressure on their feet accomplishing everyday activities and can develop foot conditions. Foot surgery may be a solution for relief and may improve everyday quality of life. Common types of foot surgery can relieve the pain and discomfort from bunions, hammertoe, and plantar fasciitis. Additionally, an Achilles tendon injury may require surgery that can properly repair the damaged or torn tendon. If you have foot pain, please consult with a podiatrist who can determine if foot surgery is right for you.

Foot surgery is sometimes necessary to treat a foot ailment. To learn more, contact Thomas J. Rizzo DPM of Step Ahead Foot Care. Our doctor will assist you with all of your foot and ankle needs.

When Is Surgery Necessary?

Foot and ankle surgery is generally reserved for cases in which less invasive, conservative procedures have failed to alleviate the problem. Some of the cases in which surgery may be necessary include:

  • Removing foot deformities like bunions and bone spurs
  • Severe arthritis that has caused bone issues
  • Cosmetic reconstruction

What Types of Surgery Are There?

The type of surgery you receive will depend on the nature of the problem you have. Some of the possible surgeries include:

  • Bunionectomy for painful bunions
  • Surgical fusion for realignment of bones
  • Neuropathy decompression surgery to treat nerve damage

Benefits of Surgery

Although surgery is usually a last resort, it can provide more complete pain relief compared to non-surgical methods and may allow you to finally resume full activity.

Surgical techniques have also become increasingly sophisticated. Techniques like endoscopic surgery allow for smaller incisions and faster recovery times.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office located in Geneseo, IL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Monday, 09 November 2020 00:00

Conditions That Cause Foot Pain

Most people will deal with foot related issues throughout their lives, and these conditions can be both painful and embarrassing. Bunions, which are a joint misalignment that occur as bony bumps at the base of the big toe, can be extremely painful. Gout, which is a build up of uric acid, causes pain in the joints, most commonly in the big toe joint. Corns and calluses usually occur as a result of friction or pressure on the skin of the feet, and they can also be painful when pressure is applied to them. Another ailment that can be painful is hammertoe, which is when the middle joint of a toe bends downwards due to improper footwear or abnormal foot function. Other causes of foot pain can include plantar fasciitis, heel spurs, or stress fractures. If you are afflicted with pain in your feet, it is important to consult with a podiatrist for a proper diagnosis and treatment.  

Foot Pain

Foot pain can be extremely painful and debilitating. If you have a foot pain, consult with Thomas J. Rizzo DPM from Step Ahead Foot Care. Our doctor will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.

Causes

Foot pain is a very broad condition that could be caused by one or more ailments. The most common include:

  • Bunions
  • Hammertoes
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Bone Spurs
  • Corns
  • Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Ingrown Toenails
  • Arthritis (such as Gout, Rheumatoid, and Osteoarthritis)
  • Flat Feet
  • Injury (from stress fractures, broken toe, foot, ankle, Achilles tendon ruptures, and sprains)
  • And more

Diagnosis

To figure out the cause of foot pain, podiatrists utilize several different methods. This can range from simple visual inspections and sensation tests to X-rays and MRI scans. Prior medical history, family medical history, and any recent physical traumatic events will all be taken into consideration for a proper diagnosis.

Treatment

Treatment depends upon the cause of the foot pain. Whether it is resting, staying off the foot, or having surgery; podiatrists have a number of treatment options available for foot pain.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in Geneseo, IL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Monday, 02 November 2020 00:00

Pronation and Finding the Right Running Shoe

Prior to choosing the right running shoe for you, there are several important factors to consider. One of these is the pronation of your foot. Pronation refers to the rolling of the foot from the heel to the toe when your foot strikes the ground while you walk. Ideally, your foot should strike the ground with the outside of the heel and move up to the ball of your foot evenly. People who have overpronation roll the foot too much towards the inside while they walk. People who have underpronation roll the foot too much to the outside while walking. Your gait pattern can help determine what the best running shoe for you looks like. For example, if you have overpronation, you may want to opt for a shoe that offers motion control and stability. For more information on how to pick the best running shoes for you, consult with a podiatrist today.

If you are a runner, wearing the right running shoe is essential. For more information, contact Thomas J. Rizzo DPM from Step Ahead Foot Care. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Choosing the Right Running Shoe for Your Foot Type

To increase performance and avoid the risk of injury, it is important to choose the right running shoe based on your foot type. The general design of running shoes revolves around pronation, which is how the ankle rolls from outside to inside when the foot strikes the ground.

  • Neutral runners are able to choose from a wide variety of shoes, including minimalist shoes or even going barefoot.
  • Runners who overpronate, or experience an over-abundance of ankle rolling, should choose shoes that provide extra motion control and stability.
  • Runners who underpronate, or supinate, have feet that have high arches and lack flexibility, preventing shock absorption. They require shoes with more flexibility and cushion.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office located in Geneseo, IL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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