How does COVID-19 Impact Your Foot & Ankle? by Dr. Pete Lovato

16 Apr 2020 All, Blog, Foot & Ankle

At first glance, this seems like a pretty ridiculous question.  I mean COVID-19 can’t really infect your feet, right? Well, that is correct, but with the stay at home order still in place for Illinois, that means fewer visits to physicians for all your foot & ankle pain unless it is absolutely necessary. 

The purpose of this blog article is to answer the biggest question on most people’s minds with foot & ankle pain. The question of what qualifies to come into the office for a visit currently.

First off, physicians are still an essential service so anything that normally causes you to make an appointment at our offices is acceptable under the current stay at home order.  We must exercise good judgment though. Patients that are at a higher risk we do recommend staying at home unless it can’t be avoided. Higher risk patients are anyone of advanced age with the highest risk being 80 years or older according to newer statistics.  People at higher risk are also patients with lung conditions (COPD, asthma, etc.), immune deficiency conditions, or heart disease.

Currently, we are still seeing any patients at every office that deems it necessary to come in.  Some conditions can’t wait to be treated and these involve injuries or trauma. Trauma includes fractures of the foot and ankle, sprains, or falls.  It is safer to come to our office to get an Xray and be evaluated than the ER. We are also treating general orthopedic problems, chronic pain, surgical consults, wounds, or infections.  Nail conditions are also important to not wait on because ingrown nails can cause infections which if bad enough can cause you to present to an ER. Basically anything else that can’t wait until the stay at home order is lifted we are happy to see in the office.

The point I would most like to make with this article is that If in doubt about where to go, our offices are much safer than an emergency room or urgent care.

Flatfeet by Dr. Nooreen Ibrahim

3 Apr 2020 All, Blog, Foot & Ankle

Why do my feet hurt?

Do you wonder if you have flatfeet that may be causing your pain?

What are flatfeet? Flatfeet are feet that have lost or have a decrease in their medial arch, causing the foot to
appear flat like a pancake when standing up. Flatfeet are normal for younger children to have,
due to their internally rotated tibia (leg bone). However with time, the tibia will begin to
externally rotate and create an arch! Flatfeet are driven by the bones in your feet becoming
misaligned and are often driven by tight calf muscles, which is why it is important to stretch out
your calves!

What if my flatfeet don’t hurt?
Flatfeet can lead to tendonitis and arthritis, which is why it is important to get your flatfeet
checked out earlier rather than later. Along with stretching, it is important to have orthotics to
support your arch, provide stability and support to the tendons and ligaments struggling to
keep your arch from collapsing. Our offices can provide custom-made orthotics for your flat
feet!

I have flatfeet too, and I know that they can be really painful and inhibit the activities you want
to accomplish, whether it be taking a walk or playing competitive sports. As someone that has
dealt with flatfeet for years, I know it is really important to take care of them to minimize my
foot and ankle pain.

If you think you have flatfeet and would like to discuss whether or not you need to do anything
for treatment, come and see me today! As your Podiatrist, my number one priority is your foot
and ankle health. I’ll do my very best to get you feeling better and back on your feet! Call us
today!

MOMMY, MY HEEL HURTS!

Many parents call our office concerned about foot pain in their children.  Foot pain is never normal and if your son or daughter is complaining of pain in their feet, it’s best to get it checked out right away!  The most common foot problem in ‘tweens’ is calcaneal apophysitis – otherwise known as pediatric heel pain.

Children will often experience this particular growing pain between the ages of 10 and 14 for girls and 12 and 16 for boys.  The secondary ossification center (the part of the bone that lets us keep growing and makes parents buy more and more shoes) will begin to close in the heel bone at this time.  When our Achilles tendon is tight (as it is in most people) it pulls on its attachment to the back of the heel bone and causes friction at that ossification center, which can lead to pain when walking or performing activities!

Another way to look at it is the Oreo cookie analogy – the heel bone and the secondary ossification center are the cookie parts and the white cream filling is the new bone trying to fuse down.  When we move the two cookie pieces along and against one anther, we create friction, and sometimes the filling gets smashed or falls out.  In this case that friction = cookie filling smashed = pain in our kids.

The good news is we have easy, conservative solutions that can keep our children active in their sport and keep us from worrying!  If your child is complaining of heel pain, give us a call at 847.639.5800 today to schedule a consultation.

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