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Tuesday, 24 January 2023 00:00

As part of everyday foot care, moisturizing the feet is important. Start with washing and drying your feet well each day. To prevent dryness, itching, and cracking, incorporate a foot moisturizer into your routine. Wear and tear and the weather can take a toll on the feet and dryness and cracking on the heels can be unsightly. Since cells reproduce more slowly as one ages, the problem is worse in the elderly. Moisturizing the feet can be soothing and also good for the feet. You can buff away dry, dead skin with a pumice stone a few times a week and use moisturizing foot creams daily to keep the feet healthy. If you would like more information on taking good care of your feet, contact a podiatrist who can answer any questions you might have.

Everyday foot care is very important to prevent infection and other foot ailments. If you need your feet checked, contact Dr. John P. Beaupied from Palos Podiatry. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Everyday Foot Care

Often, people take care of their bodies, face and hair more so than they do for their feet. But the feet are a very important aspect of our bodies, and one that we should pay more attention to. Without our feet, we would not be able to perform most daily tasks.

It is best to check your feet regularly to make sure there are no new bruises or cuts that you may not have noticed before. For dry feet, moisturizer can easily be a remedy and can be applied as often as necessary to the affected areas. Wearing shoes that fit well can also help you maintain good foot health, as well as making it easier to walk and do daily activities without the stress or pain of ill-fitting shoes, high heels, or even flip flops. Wearing clean socks with closed shoes is important to ensure that sweat and bacteria do not accumulate within the shoe. Clean socks help to prevent Athlete’s foot, fungi problems, bad odors, and can absorb sweat.

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

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Tuesday, 17 January 2023 00:00

Studies have shown people who have jobs that require standing for long periods can benefit from incorporating small increments of walking throughout their day. The benefits may include increased energy and cognitive function, whereas stress and fatigue levels may decrease. Additionally, the appetite may be reduced when daily activity is pursued, and blood circulation is often increased. Research has been conducted on people who include walking outside as often as possible during their workday. The results have shown that people are generally happier when connecting with nature, which may help to improve work performance. It may also help to lower the risk of heart disease and expand opportunities to be creative. Walking has many positive aspects in strengthening all areas of the body, including the feet. If you would like to know why walking during work is good for the feet, please consult a podiatrist who can provide all the additional benefits as well as implement a routine that is best for you.

While working on the feet, it is important to take the proper care of them. For more information about working on your feet, contact Dr. John P. Beaupied from Palos Podiatry. Our doctor will treat your foot and ankle needs.

Working on Your Feet

Standing on your feet for long periods of time can cause stress and pain in your feet. Your whole body may experience change in terms of posture, back pain, bunions, callouses and or plantar warts. There are ways to avoid these conditions with proper foot care, smart choices and correct posture.

Positive Changes

Negative heeled shoe – Choosing this shoe type places the heel slightly lower than the ball of the foot. These are great for overall foot health. Find shoes that fit you correctly.

Go barefoot – Our feet were not designed to be enclosed for all hours of the day. Try to periodically expose your feet to air.

Eliminate Pain

Foot Exercises – Performing simple exercises, incorporating yoga and doing stretches are beneficial. This will allow increased blood flow to the area and muscles of the foot.

Achilles tendon – Stretching the foot out flat on the floor will relax the calf muscles and tendon. These exercises can be performed almost anywhere. Make sure you add these exercises to your daily regimen. 

With a little bit of this information and knowing more about foot health, you will notice changes. Foot stretches and proper footwear will help with pain and prevent further issues.

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

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Tuesday, 10 January 2023 00:00

There are 26 bones that are located in each foot which represent the foundation of the body. The field of podiatry specializes in treating conditions of the feet and ankles, in addition to performing surgery that specific foot ailments may require. People who are interested in helping patients find solutions for their individual foot conditions may choose to become a podiatrist. There is mandatory schooling that must occur before DPM follows any name. This is the abbreviation for Doctor of Podiatric Medicine, and their education includes earning a bachelor’s degree, followed by completing several years of podiatric medicine. Two of these years are in a program focusing on podiatry, followed by two to four years in a residency program. There are various forms of podiatry, consisting of sports medicine, pediatrics, or diabetic foot care. It is suggested that a podiatrist be consulted if this is the branch of medicine that is being considered, so they can address any concerns there may be.

If you are experiencing pain in the feet or ankles, don’t join the stubborn majority refusing treatment. Feel free to contact Dr. John P. Beaupied from Palos Podiatry. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

What Is a Podiatrist?

Someone would seek the care of a podiatrist if they have suffered a foot injury or have common foot ailments such as heal spurs, bunions, arch problems, deformities, ingrown toenails, corns, foot and ankle problems, etc.

Podiatric Treatment

A podiatrist will treat the problematic areas of the feet, ankle or lower leg by prescribing the following:

  • Physical therapy
  • Drugs
  • Orthotic inserts or soles
  • Surgery on lower extremity fractures

A common podiatric procedure a podiatrist will use is a scanner or force plate which will allow the podiatrist to know the designs of orthotics. Patients are then told to follow a series of tasks to complete the treatment. The computer will scan the foot a see which areas show weight distribution and pressure points. The podiatrist will read the analysis and then determine which treatment plans are available.

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

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Wednesday, 04 January 2023 00:00

The Achilles tendon is the largest tendon in the body, and it connects the heel to the calf muscles. An Achilles tendon injury can cause severe pain and discomfort, and can happen to anyone. There are specific groups of people who may be prone to developing this type of injury. These can include runners who increase speed and mileage too quickly, or people who have tight or weak calf muscles. Additionally, patients who have feet that naturally roll inward while walking and running may develop an Achilles tendon injury more easily than others. Decreased blood supply in people who are over 30 years old may cause this type of injury to happen, and patients may develop a temporary risk of enduring this condition who frequently take certain antibiotics. If you have pain in the calf that radiates to the heel, you may have this affliction, and it is suggested that you consult with a podiatrist as quickly as possible who can effectively treat you.

Achilles tendon injuries need immediate attention to avoid future complications. If you have any concerns, contact Dr. John P. Beaupied of Palos Podiatry. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

What Is the Achilles Tendon?

The Achilles tendon is a tendon that connects the lower leg muscles and calf to the heel of the foot. It is the strongest tendon in the human body and is essential for making movement possible. Because this tendon is such an integral part of the body, any injuries to it can create immense difficulties and should immediately be presented to a doctor.

What Are the Symptoms of an Achilles Tendon Injury?

There are various types of injuries that can affect the Achilles tendon. The two most common injuries are Achilles tendinitis and ruptures of the tendon.

Achilles Tendinitis Symptoms

  • Inflammation
  • Dull to severe pain
  • Increased blood flow to the tendon
  • Thickening of the tendon

Rupture Symptoms

  • Extreme pain and swelling in the foot
  • Total immobility

Treatment and Prevention

Achilles tendon injuries are diagnosed by a thorough physical evaluation, which can include an MRI. Treatment involves rest, physical therapy, and in some cases, surgery. However, various preventative measures can be taken to avoid these injuries, such as:

  • Thorough stretching of the tendon before and after exercise
  • Strengthening exercises like calf raises, squats, leg curls, leg extensions, leg raises, lunges, and leg presses

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

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