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Tips for Children’s Flatfoot Pain

Children need to be active. They should run around at the park, go swimming in the summer, and spend time being kids. Too often, children nowadays are spending time inside, eyes glued to a television or tablet. Sure, there is value in relaxing—and studies show there may be cognitive benefits to playing video games—but activities like these are best done in moderation.

Child foot

Of course, if your son or daughter experiences flatfoot pain, running around and being physically active is obviously not going to be as enjoyable as it should be. When it comes to alleviating this pain, the good news is that nonsurgical treatment might very well be all that your child needs. This can include any combination of:

  • Shoe inserts. Proper arch support for the feet can potentially help this condition. Pairs bought over-the-counter might work well, but custom orthotics crafted by our office for your child’s unique feet can be even better.
  • Stretching. In addition to pain, stretching exercises can also help combat tiredness in the foot, ankle, or leg that develops from the flatfoot condition. A stretch that is particularly beneficial is the heel cord stretch. To perform this correctly, have your son or daughter stand in front of a wall and lean forward. Have him or her step back with one of the legs, keeping it straight and pressing the heel into the floor. At this point, he or she needs to bend the front knee until a gentle stretch is felt.
  • Icing. The use of ice can help relieve pain and inflammation in the area. Freeze a paper cup full of water and then have your son or daughter roll it back and forth with the bottom of his or her foot.
  • Medication. It’s always best to consult with our staff for dosage recommendations, but nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medication can help take away flatfoot pain. Give us a call to find out what is right for your child.

There are many instances where low or fallen foot arches do not cause any issues for children. When your child does experience flatfoot pain, however, we can provide the relief he or she needs. Simply reach out to our Chicago office—we are conveniently located on W. Archer in Garfield Ridge—through our website and schedule an appointment or give us a call at (773) 586-0050 on Monday, Tuesday, or Thursday (best days to call).

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Is It Finally Time to Do Something About that Bunion?

For some people, bunions seem to be an inevitability. A way of life, if you will. Grandma had them, mom had them and, well … here we are. However, that doesn’t mean there’s nothing you can do to help yourself! Bunions can be extremely distressing, and in severe cases, can cause pain and hamper your mobility and quality of life. Yet some people live with these bony protrusions for decades and never seek help. Don’t let that be you!

Bunion Treatment

Is it finally time to do something about that bunion? The answer is YES, whether you’ve only just noticed the deformity or you’ve had it for years.

Let’s be clear, though: that “something” does not necessarily mean surgery. On the contrary, surgery really is more of a last resort, and we only recommend it when pain is severe or stubborn. For the majority of cases, non-surgical forms of conservative treatment and management are recommended instead.

So why seek conservative care now, if you’re not in pain and probably don’t need surgery? The short answer is that you want to keep it that way! Bunions are a progressive condition, which means that over time they tend to get worse and worse. However, the rate at which they get worse depends on how well you care for and manage the condition.

When you meet with Dr. Daniel Walters, he’ll take some time to provide a physical examination, as well as talk with you about your symptoms, your activities, and your concerns. From there, we can determine what forms of treatment, if any, we would recommend for your situation. In the best-case scenario, you may only need to be mindful of the shoes you wear, avoiding high heels and pointed toes. Others may benefit from methods such as stretches, padding, splints, taping, or custom orthotic inserts for their shoes.

And if you do need surgery, we’ve got you covered on that front, too. Dr. Daniel Walters specializes in minimally invasive reconstructive surgery for bunion correction. Unlike the long, 5” incisions required by traditional open surgery, minimally invasive approaches use only 2-3 small openings of about half a centimeter, which significantly reduces pain and quickens the recovery time for most patients. It’s also cheaper, since it doesn’t require hospitalization.

If you’ve been putting off having a professional look at your bunion, now is the time to make a change. We’d love to help you relieve your pain—or prevent it from happening in the first place! To schedule with us on W. Archer in Garfield Ridge, Chicago, please call (773) 586-0050 or complete our contact form online.

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Foot Care for First Responders

It takes a truly staggering number of dedicated, determined, and talented people to keep our communities safe and ensure all Chicago residents have access to the emergency services they need. To serve a population of 2.7 million, the Second City needs enough first responders to fill a second city of their own! That list includes 12,000 police officers, 5,000 firefighters (who respond to more than 700,000 calls annually), and thousands more EMTs and paramedics working within the municipal borders.

First RespondersWe don’t have to tell anyone that these are not easy jobs. The physical stress and strains can be significant, particularly for feet. Police officers, firefighters, EMTs, and paramedics are active all day and often struggle with heel and arch pain, shin splints, stress fractures, and many other aches, pains, and injuries.

At Daniel J. Walters Foot & Ankle Care, we know there’s no way we could adequately thank our emergency responders enough for their sacrifice and service. Every day, they put their own health and safety—sometimes even their lives—on the line to ensure that the people they serve are safe and secure.

What we can do is ensure that they get the highest quality foot and ankle care, so each day they can continue to go out and do their important work unencumbered by pain and discomfort. That’s why we offer a 10% discount to any and all emergency services personnel for all of our services. You don’t have to be based in Chicago—wherever you are and whomever you serve, we thank you for what you do!

To schedule an appointment with us in Garfield Ridge, Chicago, please dial (773) 586-0050. Hours are by appointment; the best times to call are Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays. You can also drop us a line using our online contact form, and we’ll get back to you as soon as we can. Thank you!

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bottom of foot pain

Pain in the Bottom of Your Foot

Chicago is proud of its blue-collar roots, and a large portion of the city’s workforce still works and lives on their feet. That can be good for physical fitness, but it can also lead to pain in the bottoms of the feet, whether from a short-term increase in activity or years (or decades) of constant wear and tear.

Pain in the bottom of the feet can have many different causes, whether it occurs under the heel, in the arch, or toward the front of the foot. Your feet are surprisingly complicated— one quarter of your bones are located there. While they are built to last, when feet break down it’s important to get them checked by a podiatrist so you can get an accurate diagnosis, just as you would take a jittery car to a mechanic you trust (if you don’t know how to fix it yourself, that is).

Foot pain conditions range from torn or swollen connective tissues (such as plantar fasciitis in the heel or arch), to swollen nerve tissues (as with a neuroma in the front of the foot), to hairline cracks in bones (known as stress fractures) and more. Many of these conditions share a similar set of symptoms and can arise from similar circumstances.

In particular, bottom-of-foot pain often emerges from overuse. For example, if you have a job that requires you to be on your feet all day, or you do a lot of running or play high-impact sports, you’re more likely to develop pain. This can be exacerbated by wearing inappropriate or ill-fitting shoes, or if you have a biomechanical problem such as flat feet.

Fortunately, we have good news! Most conditions that cause pain in the bottoms of feet are highly treatable, usually through exclusively conservative (that is, non-surgical) methods. Although we can’t guarantee that you won’t need surgery, pain typically responds well to alternative strategies such as:

  • Custom orthotics
  • Physical therapy
  • Modifying footwear
  • Modifying activities

If you want to get through your day without pain, you need your feet in good shape. That goes double for those out there on their feet keeping our communities safe, which is why we’re proud to offer a 10% discount for members of our emergency services—police, fire, and EMTs.

Find out how we can help you overcome your bottom of foot pain by requesting an appointment online via our contact form, or by calling us at (773) 586-0050. Our office is conveniently located in the Garfield Ridge neighborhood of Chicago, west of Midway Airport.

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Dr. Walters Office

What’s New in the Field of Podiatry

Does Foot Care Change that Much?

It certainly does, that’s why it is so challenging to find good foot care. Dr. Walters goes to extreme efforts to stay up on the changing field. Not only does he stay in tune with the latest break-throughs but continually finds new ways to treat old problems with podiatric medicine.

Dr. Walters feels it is important to have the medial office be at the hub of treatment and convenience for his patients. That’s why he continues to invest in the latest equipment and treatment methods.

Within his office he offers:

  1. Physical Therapy for the convenience of his patients.
  2. An In-house X-Ray machine providing immediate results and diagnosis of issues with their feet.
  3. Dr. Walters offers a variety of foot care products in his office that are helpful to his patients.

New Treatments for Foot Problems

As new treatments become available Dr. Walters is an early adopter when he finds things that work well and are proven effective.

It All Starts with a Foot Examination

When you get routine exams of your feet and explain your foot concerns it opens the door to finding unique solutions to your foot problems. We suggest that you come in several times a year and talk with us about your concerns. Make an appointment for a consultation.

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