Thursday, February 24, 2011

Callouses and corns-Why do I get them?

Corns and callouses are made up of a thick layer of dry tissue that builds up over pressure points. Bunions, hammer toes, or arthtritic bones can have a different shape, and the callouses build up to protect the skin from this abnormal bone formation. Also, flat feet and locations of previous injuries or surgeries can cause corns and callouses to develop.

Typically, a podiatrist will remove these and provide padding, cushions, or orthotic devices to relieve the pressure. However, this is only a temporary solutions because the abnormal pressure will usually cause the callouses or corns to form again. Occasionally, the abnormal bone formation that may be causing the callous or corn can be removed surigically to alleviate the problem.

If you have this problem, it is important to avoid over the counter corn removal pads, which contain an acid in most cases and can burn the skin.

For questions or to schedule an appointment, please call my office at 708-763-0580.

Monday, February 14, 2011

Happy Valentine's Day!

Hope everyone has a fun and happy Valentine's Day! The Advanced Physical Medicine Foot Clinic is open on Valentine's Day!

Friday, February 11, 2011

Falls on the Ice

During these cold, ice filled days, it is important to be very careful when walking outside. Falls on the ice can cause ankle sprains and foot and ankle fractures. If you do fall on the ice, it is important to get your foot checked with a podiatrist or local ER. Immediately after the injury, it is important to wrap the ankle and foot in an ace wrap, ice the area,elevate, and use crutches if needed. If you do have an injury to your foot or ankle, please call 708-763-0580 to have it examined. Wishing you a safe and happy weekend!

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Snow and Clinic Hours

The Advanced Physical Medicine Foot Clinic will be closed 2/2/11 due to the snow. The Oak Park office will reopen on Thursday morning, 2/3/11 for all of your foot and ankle concerns. Please call 708-763-0580 for your appointment.