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AmnioFix A new treatment for injuries

By Melissa J. Lockwood, DPM, Heartland Foot and Ankle Associates, P.C. As a podiatrist, I am always striving to provide new, innovative ways to treat our patients. We want to get our athletes, in particular, back “in training” as quickly as possible. For any sports injury, we often begin with conservative treatments: PRICE therapy. Protect […]

Foot & Ankle Center of Illinois Brings Advanced 3D Imaging to Region

Submitted by Foot & Ankle Center of Illinois The development of X-Ray technology has played a major role in diagnostics for medical practitioners ever since it was introduced in the late 1890s. In most cases, standard X-Rays still continue to be used for initial diagnosis; however, when images are not adequate for diagnosis, other systems […]

Flip-Flop Fans: The Hard, Cold Facts

Submitted by Melissa J. Lockwood, DPM, Heartland Foot and Ankle Associates, P.C. It’s easy to understand why we all love flip-flops: They’re cute and comfy, keep your feet cool in warm weather, and are great for showing off that fab pedicure you just got. No matter how much you adore your flip-flops, it’s important to […]

DIY Pedis: Save Time and Money

By Melissa Lockwood, DPM, Heartland Foot and Ankle Associates, P.C. Now that spring is in the air and feet no longer need to be bundled up in shoes and socks, we tend to pay more attention to how our toes look. Pedicures are a necessity — not just for looking good in those snappy sandals, […]

Do You Have Fungal Nails?

Submitted by Heartland Foot & Ankle Associates Do you look down at your bare feet and see unsightly, ragged, thick, discolored, brittle nails? Or, maybe you just notice a white or yellow spot or streak that seems to spread? Unfortunately, this condition is caused by a fungal infection that will not go away without professional […]

Fit Feet With Fitbit!

By Grant Gonzalez, DPM The digital revolution is expanding its impact on our lives every minute. Mobile smart phones, wireless internet networks, biometric authentication devices, virtual personal assistants, wristband gadgets, and virtual reality devices are here today and often gone tomorrow as new technology redefines our future lifestyle opportunities and business models. This revolution has […]

Preventing Heel Pain and Plantar Fasciitis

Submitted by Cortese Foot and Ankle Clinic Heel pain is a very common problem with many different causes. Last month, we discussed some of the causes, which include heel spurs, plantar fasciitis, excessive pronation, and some diseases. Now let’s talk about prevention. It’s always better to prevent foot pain from occurring in the first place […]

Heel Pain

Pain that happens immediately after an injury or early in an illness may play a protective role, often warning us about the damage we’ve suffered. When we sprain an ankle, for example, the pain warns us that the tendons, ligaments, and soft tissues may be stretched, frayed, and bruised, and that further physical activity may […]

Your Foot’s Best Friend

By Melissa J. Lockwood, DPM, Heartland Foot and Ankle Associates, P.C. We don’t usually pay much attention to our feet ­— until they hurt! When you think about it, it’s pretty amazing that the entire body is supported by two anatomical structures that are only about 12 by 5 inches! The feet are one of […]

Heel Pain in “Tween-agers”

By Melissa J. Lockwood, DPM, Heartland Foot and Ankle Associates, P.C. Fall sports are in full swing for kids of all ages — soccer, cross country, volleyball, cheerleading, tennis, and of course, football. We often get calls in our office from parents who are concerned with heel pain their kids are experiencing. They often notice […]