Posts for tag: Swelling

By Melissa J. Lockwood, DPM
June 29, 2014
Category: Uncategorized
Tags: Swelling   Shoes   Pregnancy  

Ashley, one of our medical assistants, is expecting her second child.  We were reminiscing our first pregnancies and I, like many others, experienced the wonderful feeling of morning sickness, nausa, and heart burn.  Luckily Ashley didn’t experience any of these symptoms! What’s even more pleasant is that so far she hasn’t experienced these symptoms with her second pregnancy either.  The one symptom Ashley is encountering is the most common podiatric problems experience by expecting mothers- edema.

Moms to be often experience more than ordinary swelling of feet and ankles.  This can actually aggravate existing foot conditions and promote inflammation or irritation. Pregnancy also triggers the release of hormones that enhance loose ligaments, which can contribute to foot strain.

Follow these tips to help overcome these problems:

  • Allow time each day to stay off your feet
  • Elevate your feet and legs when you are sitting to help prevent and reduce swelling
  • Don't sit for long periods of time
  • If problems do develop, please contact our office

Pregnant women need to observe good foot health to prevent pain and discomfort. Since the body undergoes changes and acquires a new weight-bearing stance, women should wear shoes with broad-based heels that provide support and absorb shock. Additional body weight also calls for more support.

We offer a  variety of shoegear from sandals to tennis shoes to accommodate these changes.  Our shoes can be ordered in wide widths and even special material that stretches as the foot swells during the day.  Aetrex Sandalista Sandals come with adjustable straps to allow for swelling.  

If you or someone you know suffers from the most common podiatric pregnancy problem, call 309-661-9975 to make an appointment. 

By Melissa J. Lockwood, DPM
June 28, 2014
Category: Uncategorized

The team at Heartland Foot and Ankle Associates loves to try out the latest and greatest in medical technology to help our patients feel better faster.  Pain Management Laser Therapy has become a very popular procedure to help alleviate pain associated with foot and ankle ailments.  Not only do our patients love and utilize it, but so does our team!

Recently our Front Office Coordinator, Amy, played guinea pig at the office and underwent our Pain Management Therapy.  Amy suffers from Plantar Fasciitis and really felt she could benefit from this laser therapy.  After completion of her initial 6 treatment sessions, a lot of the inflammation in her heel had broken up to the point she was no longer feeling her heel pain.  She now swears by this treatment and recommends it to others as well. 

In office we recommend 6 or 12 treatments depending on the severity of our pain.  Treatments will occur 2-3 times per week, right here at the office.  We also offer additional treatments at an adjusted price after purchasing the initial package. 

Some people may have heard of our lasers being used to treat fungal nails.  Don’t be confused, we actually treat both conditions with our in office lasers! Pain Management Laser Therapy focuses on breaking up the inflammation causing the pain, whereas our Fungal Nail Laser Therapy focuses on fighting the fungal properties within the nails. 

If you are looking for some relief from your pain, call 309.661.9975 and ask about Pain Management Laser Therapy today!

By Melissa J. Lockwood, DPM
May 23, 2014
Category: Uncategorized

At Heartland Foot and Ankle Associates, we offer different types of non-custom durable medical equipment, also known as DME, to provide the most comprehensive treatment for our patients.  We would like to introduce you to the 3 most common DME devices we dispense at HFAA.

1. Stretching Splint - This splint comes in sizes small-large and can be worn bilaterally (on either foot).  The most common reasons for needing a Stretching Splint are: heel pain (plantar fasciitis) and Achilles tendonitis.  This splint is worn on the backside of your foot and leg.  It stretches the plantar fascia and/or Achilles tendon to provide relief from pain. 

2. Non-Pneumatic Walking Boot - This boot comes in sizes small-large and can also be worn bilaterally.  This boot is used for soft tissue injuries, moderate to severe sprains, stable fractures, post-operative use, trauma, rehabilitation and heel pain.   This boot helps to reduce the impact the heel feels when walking through a shock absorbing sole within the boot.  The Non-Pneumatic Walking Boot is worn by slipping your foot inside and making sure your heel is all the way against the back and the toes aren’t hanging off the front.  The boot is then fastened on by using adjustable Velcro straps for a secure but comfortable fit. 

3. Pneumatic Walking Boot. - This boot comes in sizes small-large and can also be worn bilaterally.  The Pneumatic Walking Boot is used to help control swelling and pain.  This boot is utilized more for soft tissue injuries of the foot/ankle, stabilizing fractures, and during rehabilitation.  Very similar to the Non-Pneumatic Walking Boot, the Pneumatic Walking Boot has an additional stabilizing element -  a pressure pump.  By squeezing the pump, air is pumped into a membrane that provides compression around the foot and leg.  By turning the valve’s knob on the side of the pump, it will then deflate the boot and adjust the comfort level. 

So now when you come into our office and see different boots on patients’ feet, you can have a better understanding as to what they are and why they may have them!  And as always, call Heartland Foot and Ankle Associates at 309.661.9975 for all your foot and ankle pains!

By Melissa J. Lockwood, DPM
May 22, 2014
Category: Uncategorized
Tags: Swelling   Children   Injuries   amputation  

Our Marketing Coordinator, Michelle, is currently expecting.  She was telling me at a recent family gathering, her aunt informed her that when she washes her new baby’s footie pajamas or sleeping gowns, to turn them inside out to prevent hair toe.  Michelle had never heard of hair toe, but it is something that all new moms need to know about.

Hair tourniquet, also known as hair toe, is a medical condition that typically occurs in babies and young children.  When a footed clothing item is washed, sometimes a thread or hair will come loose and settle into the bottom of the seam.  As the child kicks throughout the day, the hair wraps around the toe, constricting with each kick.  If unnoticed, it can cut off circulation, cause massive swelling, and ultimately can result in loss of digit. 

Ways to prevent hair toe:

  1. Wash footed items inside out.
  2. Inspect footed items prior to dressing your child to see if any stray hairs or threads are loose.
  3. If your child pulls away when you touch their feet and they are in footed clothing, check immediately to see if something is constricting their feet.

Early detection is key to saving your child’s toe.  If your child does have hair toe, call the office immediately!  Failure to remove the hair properly can result in having to cut into the child’s skin.

Hair toe can happen to any child, but by taking these precautions you can prevent this unfortunate and common injury

By Melissa J. Lockwood, DPM
April 16, 2014
Category: Uncategorized
Tags: Swelling   Sports   Injuries   Football   Soccer   Baseball   Exercise   Falls   Basketball  

I have friends, family, and patients ask me all the time about their feet – it’s an occupational hazard!  One of the most common problems that people ask me about is what to do if they suffer from an ankle sprain.  Our website is updated with great information on how to treat ankle sprains, but the bigger question is WHEN and WHY should you see a doctor when you roll your ankle?

The answer is simple – ankle sprains involve as series of ligaments on the outside part of your foot and ankle.  These ligaments attach to the bones of your ankle and foot and get torn when you invert the ankle.  The biggest reason why you should see a doctor right away is sometimes those bones are also broken when you have a sprain.  Just because you can bear weight (or walk) on it, doesn’t mean it’s not a serious injury!

Getting x-rays and possibly immobilizing the affected foot will dramatically decrease healing and recovery time of these all too common injuries.  For every day we don’t practice PRICE therapy, we add almost 1 week to healing time.

This is critically important for even the most casual of athletes (which we all are!) because if we don’t evaluate and treat these injuries right away, we can end up with lateral ankle instability or an unhealed fracture.

Don’t just “walk it off”!  Call 309-661-9975 for same day or a Saturday appointment to avoid prompt care lines and immediate service!