The Foot Health Foundation of America offers this simple quiz to pinpoint any warning signs of foot and ankle problems: (See bottom for scoring.)
1.How much time do you spend on your feet each day?
a. less than 2 hours +(0)
b. 2 - 4 hours +(1)
c. 5 - 7 hours +(2)
d. 8 hours or more +(3)
2.How old are you?
a. under 40 +(0)
b. between 40 and 59 +(1)
c. 60 and over +(2)
3.How would you describe your weight?
a. less than 20 pounds overweight or at ideal weight +(0)
b. 20 - 39 pounds overweight +(2)
c. 40 or more pounds overweight +(3)
4.Have problems with your feet or ankles ever prevented you from participating in:a. leisure/sports activities?
5.Have you ever received medical treatment for problems with your feet and/or ankles?
a. yes +(3)
b. no +(0)
6.Do you regularly wear heels two inches or higher?
a. yes +(2)
b. no +(0)
7.What types of exercise do you engage in or plan to engage in? (check all that apply)
a. walking +(1)
b. field sports (e.g., softball, golf) +(2)
c. winter sports (e.g., skiing, ice skating) +(2)
d. court sports (e.g., tennis, basketball) +(3)
e. aerobics +(3)
f. running +(3)
g. none (if you chose answer g, skip to question 11) +(0)
8.Do you have the appropriate shoes for your sport or sports?
a. yes +(0)
b. no +(3)
9.Do you experience foot or ankle pain when walking or exercising?
a. rarely +(1)
b. sometimes +(2)
c. often +(3)
d. never +(0)
a. exercise in footwear that is more than one year old or in hand-me-down footwear?
b. stretch properly before and after exercising?
a. have diabetes?
b. experience numbness and/or burning in your feet?
c. have a family history of diabetes?
12. Do you: (check all that apply)
a. sprain your ankles frequently (once a year or more) or are your ankles weak? +(2)
b. have flat feet or excessively high arches? +(2)
c. experience pain in the achilles tendon or heel or have shin splints (pain in the front lower leg)? +(2)
d. have corns, calluses, bunions or hammertoes? +(3)
e. have arthritis or joint pain in your feet? +(3)
f. have poor circulation or cramping in your legs? +(3)
0 - 20 points: Congratulations! Your feet and ankles are very healthy and you can maintain your active lifestyle and/or exercise regimen. With proper attention and care your feet and ankles should remain healthy; however, you may want to schedule an annual exam with our office to ensure their long-term health. Furthermore, if you scored points for questions 4, 5, 9, 11 or 12, you should contact our office in the near future for a check-up.
21 - 40 points: Pay attention. Your feet and ankles are showing signs of wear, placing you in the moderate risk category. Although you can continue your normal activities, you should contact our office for a check-up. If you participate in a rigorous exercise regimen on a regular basis or plan to - or if you scored points for questions 4, 5, 9, 11 or 12 - you should contact our office soon to safeguard your foot and ankle health.
41 points or higher: Caution. Your feet and ankles are at high risk for long-term medical problems and you should contact our office as soon as possible. If you exercise, you should pay particular attention to your feet and ankles until you are seen by our practice. If you have not begun exercising, it is advisable to contact our office before undertaking any type of exercise.
Now that you've assessed the health of your feet and ankles, you are armed with knowledge that will enable you to maintain their health over a lifetime.
From ancient Egyptian times down through the centuries, footwear has been designed to meet mankind's real and perceived needs: protection, support, comfort, sturdiness, and stylishness. Here are some tips to help you buy the right shoes:
Have your feet measured while standing up
Always try on both shoes, and walk around the store
Always buy for the larger foot; feet are seldom precisely the same size
Don't buy shoes that need a "break-in" period; shoes should be comfortable immediately
Don't rely on the size of your last pair of shoes. Your feet do get larger!
Shop for shoes later in the day; feet tend to swell during the day, and it's best to be fitted while they are in that state
Be sure that shoes fit well (front, back, and sides) to distribute weight. It sounds elementary, but be sure the widest part of your foot corresponds to the widest part of the shoe
Select a shoe with a leather upper, stiff heel counter, appropriate cushioning, and flexibility at the ball of the foot
Buy shoes that don't pinch your toes, either at the tips, or across the toe box
Try on shoes while you're wearing the same type of socks or stockings you expect to wear with the shoes
If you wear prescription orthotics you should take them along to shoe fittings
For longer service, keep shoes clean and in good repair. Avoid excessive wear on heels and soles. Give your shoes a chance to breathe, don't wear the same pair two days in a row. Follow these steps to good care of your shoes!
I've heard of a pedicure...but
What's a Podicure?
Simply put, it's a Podiatry inspired pedicure. Pedicures are designed to pamper a client: make them feel clean, taken care of, and improve their self image. Unfortunately, all too often, pedicures are sources of skin infection and nail disease. They are counter-productive toward the overall health of you and your feet.
Fungus is a microbe which lives all around us. It is in our bathrooms, pools, and whirlpool tubs in higher volumes, but can be found in any slightly moist, warm environment. To make matters worse, immature fungus can live "unhatched" within a shell called a spore. It is immune to soaps and scrubs when in this form. It can continue to build on your skin, drying it out, but not cause blistering or itching typically associated with athletes foot (foot fungus).
Quite simply, you don't even know it's there! But we do. And we know how to get rid of it, then teach you to keep it away.
Our Rejuvenating Treatment
Heals Your Dry Feet for
Visibly Younger Looking Skin
When you register at Global Podiatry, we will begin the process of restoring your foot health by:
-A consultation with a Podiatrist, each visit
-Educational materials to review, with tips and tricks
-Nail technicians with decades of experience and years of podiatry supervised treatments
-Disposable liners for the whirlpool
-Disposable skin files
-Sterile nail care instruments
-A selection of anti-microbial nail polishes
Your treatments include one-time use supplies, and specific applications to meet your needs, recommended by your foot doctor.
What Makes the Laser At Global Podiatry
in Wheeling, IL, So Extraordinary?
Three very important advantages set our laser treatments apart from all others. Watch the short videos below to find out what makes our laser the most effective and safest medical-aesthetic laser in Chicago.
What Are We Trying To Accomplish With the Laser?
1st Advantage To Our Podiatry Laser: The Perfect Wavelength
2nd Advantage To Our Podiatry Laser: The Cleanest Beam Profile
3rd Advantage To Our Podiatry Laser: The Most Effective Pulse Width
Grab this opportunity to enjoy the finest laser treatments with the safest and most effective podiatry laser in Wheeling and Lincolnwood, IL.Give us a call today at 847-392-8080, or click here to make an appointment. We look forward to helping you.
Our team at Global Podiatry are specialists in the field of podiatric care. We’re here to support you through your recovery with expert diagnosis, advanced treatment options, and professional, friendly support. We always want to provide our patients with expert knowledge that will support your overall health. As the Coronavirus continues to spread across the United States we have put together tips to protect the safety of our seniors & high risk patients.
The coronavirus, similar to the flu, travels in droplets. It is not airborne. However, unlike the flu, it may stay dormant in you for 2 weeks before you show symptoms. In that time, you may infect someone else without knowing it. Most susceptible are seniors and patients with chronic illnesses, particularly respiratory illnesses. Children are less likely to become sick!
> If you do not have an appointment, please do not enter the office. Call 847-392-8080 for an appointment first.
In order to PROTECT yourself FROM BECOMING A CARRIER of the virus:
Stay at least 3 feet and ideally 6 feet away from others. We have rearranged our waiting room and scheduling procedures in order to make this possible.
Do not touch your face, nose, mouth unless you have washed your hands prior.
Washing hands with soap and water is better than hand sanitizer.
Take care to wipe down frequently touched surfaces.
PLEASE NOTIFY A STAFF MEMBER IF:
You or someone you live with travelled in the last 2 weeks
You have been in close proximity (less than 6 feet) of someone with cough for greater than 10 minutes within the last two weeks?
You have had a fever of 100.4F or greater in the last two weeks?
You have had a persistent cough ?
PLEASE NOTE: Patient treatmentrooms, where an individual’s suspicion is high for viral infection, will be quarantined for 30 minutes after the visit, then disinfected per protocol:
Use OSHA approved antimicrobial applied to all horizontal surfaces, allow to dry prior to use of treatment room again.
Only one patient is allowed in the treatment room at a time. A child may be accompanied by an adult. Others are to wait in the waiting room. If it is crowded, please wait in the hall or outside the building in order to maintain a safe distance from one another.