Tuesday, 21 May 2024 00:00

Arthritis, encompassing various inflammatory conditions, can contribute to bunion formation, affecting the feet in distinct ways. A bunion, characterized by a bony protrusion at the base of the big toe, often results from joint misalignment. Types of arthritis such as rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, psoriatic arthritis, and gout can all play a role in its development. Rheumatoid arthritis induces joint damage and inflammation, leading to joint instability and eventual bunion formation. Osteoarthritis contributes by wearing down cartilage, promoting joint misalignment. Psoriatic arthritis, a condition linked to psoriasis, can also cause bunion formation, often accompanied by inflammation in toes. Additionally, gout, characterized by sudden, intense joint pain, commonly targets the big toe joint, potentially leading to bunion development. A podiatrist's involvement is important in managing arthritis-related bunions. They can provide personalized treatment plans, including pain management strategies, footwear recommendations, custom orthotic devices, and surgical options if necessary, ensuring optimal foot health and mobility. If you have a painful bunion, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist who can help you to manage this and other arthritis-related foot conditions.

If you are suffering from bunions, contact Rahil Baxamusa, DPM of Illinois. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

What Is a Bunion?

A bunion is formed of swollen tissue or an enlargement of boney growth, usually located at the base joint of the toe that connects to the foot. The swelling occurs due to the bones in the big toe shifting inward, which impacts the other toes of the foot. This causes the area around the base of the big toe to become inflamed and painful.

Why Do Bunions Form?

Genetics – Susceptibility to bunions are often hereditary

Stress on the feet – Poorly fitted and uncomfortable footwear that places stress on feet, such as heels, can worsen existing bunions

How Are Bunions Diagnosed?

Doctors often perform two tests – blood tests and x-rays – when trying to diagnose bunions, especially in the early stages of development. Blood tests help determine if the foot pain is being caused by something else, such as arthritis, while x-rays provide a clear picture of your bone structure to your doctor.

How Are Bunions Treated?

  • Refrain from wearing heels or similar shoes that cause discomfort
  • Select wider shoes that can provide more comfort and reduce pain
  • Anti-inflammatory and pain management drugs
  • Orthotics or foot inserts
  • Surgery

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in Crystal Lake, IL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Friday, 17 May 2024 00:00

Neuropathy is a condition that can lead to numbness or loss of sensation in the feet, but it can also cause pain. This condition is more likely to develop for those who are diabetic, obese, or with high blood pressure.

Tuesday, 14 May 2024 00:00

Osteoporosis isn't just about fragile bones. It can impact balance, leading to falls and injuries beyond just the ankle and foot. Even without a specific foot or ankle injury, you might notice pain and swelling in these areas, signaling potential bone issues. Several factors contribute to the likelihood of developing osteoporosis, some within your control and others not. Age is a significant factor, with the risk rising notably for women over 50 and men over 70. Women are more predisposed to osteoporosis and genetics can further increase the risk. While you can't change your age, gender, or genetics, certain lifestyle factors help to reduce your risk. A balanced diet rich in essential nutrients helps maintain bone strength. Hormonal changes, such as low estrogen levels in women and testosterone in men, can affect bone mass and should be monitored. Excessive alcohol consumption and smoking can weaken bones and overall health. Regular exercise, especially weight-bearing activities, can strengthen bones and improve bone density. Even moderate daily exercise, like taking a walk, can make a significant difference in bone health. By understanding these factors and making informed choices, you can take proactive steps to protect your bone health and minimize the risk of osteoporosis-related complications in your feet. If you are experiencing foot or ankle pain that may be connected to osteoporosis, it is suggested that you make an appointment with a podiatrist for an exam and treatment options. 

A broken foot requires immediate medical attention and treatment. If you need your feet checked, contact Rahil Baxamusa, DPM from Illinois. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Broken Foot Causes, Symptoms, and Treatment

A broken foot is caused by one of the bones in the foot typically breaking when bended, crushed, or stretched beyond its natural capabilities. Usually the location of the fracture indicates how the break occurred, whether it was through an object, fall, or any other type of injury. 

Common Symptoms of Broken Feet:

  • Bruising
  • Pain
  • Redness
  • Swelling
  • Blue in color
  • Numbness
  • Cold
  • Misshapen
  • Cuts
  • Deformities

Those that suspect they have a broken foot shoot seek urgent medical attention where a medical professional could diagnose the severity.

Treatment for broken bones varies depending on the cause, severity and location. Some will require the use of splints, casts or crutches while others could even involve surgery to repair the broken bones. Personal care includes the use of ice and keeping the foot stabilized and elevated.

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

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Tuesday, 07 May 2024 00:00

Sever's disease, also known as calcaneal apophysitis, is a common cause of heel pain in growing children and adolescents, especially in those who play sports. This condition occurs when the growth plate in the heel becomes inflamed, often due to repetitive stress from activities like running and jumping. This, combined with the pressure of rapid bone growth during puberty, can create painful heels. The pain may worsen during or after physical activity and include tenderness to the touch. It may also lead to limping, especially after waking up or more intense physical activities. Treatment typically involves rest and various exercises that stretch and strengthen the leg muscles and tendons. Footwear with proper cushioning and support is also suggested to help alleviate symptoms. With appropriate management, symptoms usually resolve with the completion of the growth spurt, as the heel bone matures. If your child has painful heels and you suspect Sever’s disease, it is suggested that you make an appointment with a podiatrist for a diagnosis and management techniques. 

Sever's disease often occurs in children and teens. If your child is experiencing foot or ankle pain, see Rahil Baxamusa, DPM from Illinois. Our doctor can treat your child’s foot and ankle needs.

Sever’s Disease

Sever’s disease is also known as calcaneal apophysitis, which is a medical condition that causes heel pain I none or both feet. The disease is known to affect children between the ages of 8 and 14.

Sever’s disease occurs when part of the child’s heel known as the growth plate (calcaneal epiphysis) is attached to the Achilles tendon. This area can suffer injury when the muscles and tendons of the growing foot do not keep pace with bone growth. Therefore, the constant pain which one experiences at the back of the heel will make the child unable to put any weight on the heel. The child is then forced to walk on their toes.


Acute pain – Pain associated with Sever’s disease is usually felt in the heel when the child engages in physical activity such as walking, jumping and or running.

Highly active – Children who are very active are among the most susceptible in experiencing Sever’s disease, because of the stress and tension placed on their feet.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in Crystal Lake, IL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle injuries.

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