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April 2021

According to The National Diabetes Statistics Report of 2020, over 34 million Americans over the age of 18 had diabetes in 2018. However, 7.3 million of those people were either not aware they had diabetes or did not report it. It is important to be properly diagnosed and treated for diabetes promptly as this chronic disorder causes elevated blood sugar levels which can lead to several negative health conditions throughout the body—including diabetic foot problems due to poor circulation and nerve damage. Your feet can often present warning signs of diabetes such as numbness in your toes or feet, tingling, burning, swelling, lack of feeling, or change of skin color in your feet, open sores that won’t heal, ankle pain, and more. If you notice any of these symptoms or are experiencing any pain in your feet or ankles, it is suggested that you contact a podiatrist for a thorough examination and proper diagnosis.

Diabetic foot care is important in preventing foot ailments such as ulcers. If you are suffering from diabetes or have any other concerns about your feet, contact John Killough, DPM from Regional Foot Center. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Diabetic Foot Care

Diabetes affects millions of people every year. The condition can damage blood vessels in many parts of the body, especially the feet. Because of this, taking care of your feet is essential if you have diabetes, and having a podiatrist help monitor your foot health is highly recommended.

The Importance of Caring for Your Feet

  • Routinely inspect your feet for bruises or sores.
  • Wear socks that fit your feet comfortably.
  • Wear comfortable shoes that provide adequate support.

Patients with diabetes should have their doctor monitor their blood levels, as blood sugar levels play such a huge role in diabetic care. Monitoring these levels on a regular basis is highly advised.

It is always best to inform your healthcare professional of any concerns you may have regarding your feet, especially for diabetic patients. Early treatment and routine foot examinations are keys to maintaining proper health, especially because severe complications can arise if proper treatment is not applied.

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

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Monday, 19 April 2021 00:00

How the Plantar Fascia Causes Heel Pain

The plantar fascia is the flat band of tissue that runs along the bottom of the foot and connects the heel to the toes, ultimately supporting the arch of the foot.  Plantar fasciitis is the result of inflammation or a strain of this ligament, and it is the most common cause of heel pain.  Plantar fasciitis is common amongst patients who are middle-aged, frequently on their feet (like athletes and soldiers), are overweight, have high arches, or have tight Achilles tendons.  Plantar fasciitis pain is most often the worst in the morning after getting out of bed or sitting for a long time.  Patients who are at risk for plantar fasciitis, or are suffering from heel pain, should visit with a podiatrist for a proper diagnosis of their heel pain. 

Plantar fasciitis can be very painful and inconvenient. If you are experiencing heel pain or symptoms of plantar fasciitis, contact John Killough, DPM  from Regional Foot Center. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

What Is Plantar Fasciitis?

Plantar fasciitis is the inflammation of the thick band of tissue that runs along the bottom of your foot, known as the plantar fascia, and causes mild to severe heel pain.

What Causes Plantar Fasciitis?

  • Excessive running
  • Non-supportive shoes
  • Overpronation
  • Repeated stretching and tearing of the plantar fascia

How Can It Be Treated?

  • Conservative measures – anti-inflammatories, ice packs, stretching exercises, physical therapy, orthotic devices
  • Shockwave therapy – sound waves are sent to the affected area to facilitate healing and are usually used for chronic cases of plantar fasciitis
  • Surgery – usually only used as a last resort when all else fails. The plantar fascia can be surgically detached from the heel

While very treatable, plantar fasciitis is definitely not something that should be ignored. Especially in severe cases, speaking to your doctor right away is highly recommended to avoid complications and severe heel pain. Your podiatrist can work with you to provide the appropriate treatment options tailored to your condition.

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

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Friday, 16 April 2021 00:00

It's Time for Beautiful Feet

You don't need an excuse to have beautiful nails. Step outside without worrying about the appearance of your feet.

Monday, 12 April 2021 00:00

Why Do Heel Spurs Occur?

Heel spurs can occur when foot muscles and ligaments are strained, the plantar fascia is overly stretched, or the membrane covering the heel is repeatedly torn. In response to this trauma, the body sends calcium to protect and strengthen the area, which can build up over a period of time and cause bony projections on the bottom of the heel bone towards the arch, at the back of the heel, or beneath the arch. While some heel spurs go undetected, many people experience tenderness and pain in the heel, especially when walking barefoot on surfaces that are hard. If you have heel pain, a podiatrist can examine you and use X-rays to help determine if a heel spur is present, and prescribe treatments such as orthotics, exercise, injections, or even surgery to provide relief.

Heel spurs can be incredibly painful and sometimes may make you unable to participate in physical activities. To get medical care for your heel spurs, contact John Killough, DPM from Regional Foot Center. Our doctor will do everything possible to treat your condition.

Heels Spurs

Heel spurs are formed by calcium deposits on the back of the foot where the heel is. This can also be caused by small fragments of bone breaking off one section of the foot, attaching onto the back of the foot. Heel spurs can also be bone growth on the back of the foot and may grow in the direction of the arch of the foot.

Older individuals usually suffer from heel spurs and pain sometimes intensifies with age. One of the main condition's spurs are related to is plantar fasciitis.

Pain

The pain associated with spurs is often because of weight placed on the feet. When someone is walking, their entire weight is concentrated on the feet. Bone spurs then have the tendency to affect other bones and tissues around the foot. As the pain continues, the feet will become tender and sensitive over time.

Treatments

There are many ways to treat heel spurs. If one is suffering from heel spurs in conjunction with pain, there are several methods for healing. Medication, surgery, and herbal care are some options.

If you have any questions feel free to contact our offices located in Charleston and Effingham, IL . We offer the latest in diagnostic and treatment technology to meet your needs.

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Monday, 05 April 2021 00:00

What Kind of Shoes Should My Child Wear?

Since many foot problems in children are due to ill-fitting or improper footwear, it’s important to make sure your child wears the right shoes. Check the fit on their shoes every 3-4 months to make sure they haven’t outgrown them. Avoid shoes that are too inflexible, tight, or hand-me-downs—all of which can change the shape of your child’s feet. Babies learning to walk should be barefoot indoors or have on soft-soled shoes to build up muscles and allow toes to grip the floor. Small children should wear non-synthetic, breathable shoes that are flexible and adjustable for a secure fit with a round toe box. Soles should be smooth and not overly grippy—which can alter a child’s gait and restrict their ability to move properly. If you notice any irregularities in the structure of your child’s foot or their gait, make an appointment with a podiatrist for a full examination.

Making sure that your children maintain good foot health is very important as they grow. If you have any questions, contact John Killough, DPM of Regional Foot Center. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Keeping Children's Feet Healthy

Having healthy feet during childhood can help prevent medical problems later in life, namely in the back and legs. As children grow, their feet require different types of care. Here are some things to consider...

Although babies do not walk yet, it is still very important to take care of their feet.

Avoid putting tight shoes or socks on his or her feet.

Allow the baby to stretch and kick his or her feet to feel comfortable.

As a toddler, kids are now on the move and begin to develop differently. At this age, toddlers are getting a feel for walking, so don’t be alarmed if your toddler is unsteady or ‘walks funny’. 

As your child gets older, it is important to teach them how to take care of their feet.

Show them proper hygiene to prevent infections such as fungus.

Be watchful for any pain or injury.

Have all injuries checked by a doctor as soon as possible.

Comfortable, protective shoes should always be worn, especially at play.

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

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