By [email protected]
November 04, 2016
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Music legend

In 1981 music legend Bob Marley died after losing his battle with melanoma skin cancer that started on his toe! Bob Marley was diagnosed with a rare type of skin cancer that  is known as acral melanoma, which, unlike other types, is not linked to UV exposure. 
 In 1977, Bob Marley injured his right great toe during a soccer game in Paris. Initially, the injury seemed to be healing but later that summer it worsened so he consulted a doctor in London and was diagnosed with malignant melanoma. He was advised to amputate the toe but do religious reasons he refused.  In 1981 his cancer had spread to his liver, lungs and brain. He died May 11, 1981, on his way to his home in Jamaica.
Bob Marley had Acral Lentiginous Melanoma ,a form of cancer that is most commonly found on the palms of the hands, soles of feet, around the big toe and under the toenails.  It is the most common form of Melanoma in people of color.
Listed below are early warning signs:
  • A sore that won’t heal
  • A mole that changes shape or color
  • Moles that bleed, are scaly, itchy or hurt
  • New moles
  • Redness or swelling around a mole
  • Longitudinal tan, black, or brown streak on a finger or toenail
  • Pigmentation of the proximal nail fold
  • Areas of dark pigmentation on palms of hands or soles of feet
If you have any of these signs, it is important to contact a doctor immediately. For any foot or ankle concerns call us today to schedule an appointment.
By Prairie Foot and Ankle, PC
March 23, 2016
Category: Foot Health
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Nothing says summer and freedom like the image of a person running barefoot on a beach (maybe there's a frisbee...maybe there's a Golden Retriever...) A simple and enjoyable activity like going to the beach, or spending a day playing a sport or even just relaxing at a Playing in the Sunpark usually comes along with a long list of necessary preparations and safety precautions: put on sunscreen, take a hat, remember to pack enough water and snacks, search the garage/attic/crawl space/under the bed for necessary supplies and equipment.

Taking care of the basics is usually a given in order to enjoy a day outdoors, especially on warm, sunny days. While making sure to keep the face, scalp, shoulders and any exposed parts of the body protected from the elements is important, many people forget to make the same effort to keep their feet protected as well.

Foot Care in Elgin

Dr. Supreet Ghuman, a podiatrist at Prairie Foot & Ankle in Elgin, IL, treats patients for a range of foot conditions and sports related injuries. One of the most common causes of sports injuries, especially in the warmer weather, is lack of supportive and appropriate footwear. While it can be tempting to go for a run along the shoreline in bare feet, or to jump into an impromptu game of pick up basketball in flip flops, doing so can greatly increase the risk of incurring a foot or ankle injury like a sprain, cut, fracture, muscle or connective tissue tear, or even burns from hot surfaces or sunburn.

In order to prevent foot and ankle injuries while enjoying sports and outdoor activities in the summer and throughout the year, Dr. Ghuman suggests taking a few simple precautions:

  • Always wear supportive footwear with sufficient padding and cushioning
  • Choose non cotton sweat absorbing athletic socks to prevent blisters and chafing
  • When walking or sunbathing in sandals or exposed footwear, always apply sunscreen to prevent burns and sun damage

Sports Injury Treatment in Elgin

For more information on keeping your feet and ankles injury free, or if you are experiencing foot and ankle pain or symptoms of a sports injury, contact a podiatrist at Prairie Foot & Ankle at (224) 227-6973 to schedule an appointment today.

By Prairie Foot And Ankle
January 13, 2016
Category: Foot Health
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Bunions are an unpleasant condition that can cause excessive pain with daily activities. Since the development of bunions is gradual, it Bunion Treatmentmay seem inevitable that the pain will continue to worsen. However, there's always a way to alleviate your pain and support your feet for comfortable movement.

Below are a few of the most common medical and non-medical solutions for bunions. These four approaches may help relieve your pain so you can return to your normal activities as quickly as possible.

1. Choose supportive footwear. The biggest culprit in the formation of bunions is ill-fitting shoes. Pay close attention to the fit of your shoes, avoiding ones that compress your toes or allow the toes to slide around. Always wear comfortable, supportive shoes that allow just enough room for your toes to spread out completely.

2. Wear inserts. Commercially available bunion pads or arch supports can help cushion and stabilize your feet to relieve pain. Your podiatrist can help you determine the type and amount of support you’ll need, or prescribe orthotics for customized support.

3. Use over-the-counter pain relievers. Acetaminophen, ibuprofen, and aspirin are common pain relievers that can reduce inflammation and improve your ability to walk without pain. Be sure to ask your physician which type of pain reliever is best for you.

Keep in mind that this should not be a long-term solution. If you find that it’s impossible to get through a day without taking medications, visit your podiatrist as soon as possible so you can find relief for the underlying problem.

4. Consider surgery. With careful choice of footwear and proper support, bunions can often be alleviated without surgery. However, if the pain doesn’t respond to other treatment options or the bunion is severe, surgery may be the best way to relieve your joint pain and get you back on your feet quickly.

Visit Your Podiatrist in Elgin, IL

Don't let your bunions get any worse--take care of the problem as soon as possible to prevent complications. If you have painful bunions that are interfering with your daily life, Prairie Foot and Ankle can help you find a solution. For experienced podiatric care in Elgin, IL, request your appointment online or call (224) 227-6973 today.

By [email protected]
January 13, 2016
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The Kings Disease: A Guide to Gout.
Most people know very little about gout. What was once known across the world as the disease of kings or the rich man’s disease has slowly to society become something of the past. Unfortunately that is not the case. Gout is still here and still a big problem. Every year less people even know what gout is and that needs to change.
Gout is a type of arthropathy which is a collective term for a disease of the joints. It’s the formation of crystals in joint that is most commonly caused by the over-production of uric acid. Occasionally though the under-excretion of uric acid can also be the cause. Your kidneys excrete Uric acid as the last product of purine metabolism.
When the level of uric acid becomes too great it will eventually reach a point where your body can no longer dissolve it causing it to precipitate into crystals. Once the crystals enter the tissue your body will not recognize it and cause a foreign body type reaction.
Sending out the first line of defenses your body will try to attack the crystals with white blood cells. These cells attempt to destroy the foreign object by engulfing themselves around the crystals. Though do to the needle like form of the crystals the cells are easily injured or destroyed which releases their toxic insides. The chemicals from the cells on top of the crystals cause an even worse inflammation that only sets off the cycle again.
There are four stages to gout:
  1. Asymptomatic hyperuricemia- is a term traditionally applied to settings in which the serum urate conc
  2. entration is elevated but in which neither symptoms nor signs of monosodium urate have occurred.
  3. Acute gouty arthritis- The second stage starts with a sudden attack of pain and swelling, usually in 1 joint. The attack may last from a few days to 2 weeks. Symptoms include: Fever and chills, body aches, tiredness or confusion.
  4. Intercritical gout- This is the time between attacks. You may go months or years without another attack. You will not have joint pain or stiffness, but this does not mean your gout is cured. You will still need treatment to prevent chronic 
  5. gout.
  6. Chronic tophaceous gout- Without treatment, large amounts of uric acid crystals, called tophi, collect around your joints. The crystals can destroy or deform the joints. Gout attacks occur more often, and last hours to weeks. More than one joint may be painful and swollen. At this stage, gout symptoms do not go away on their own.
     There are a few ways to test for gout. The most common is a simple blood test for uric acid. You may need to have it checked more than once. Otherwise there is a synovial fluid test that can be used in which they collect a sample of the fluid surrounding the painful joint. Once tested and diagnosed with goat there are a few different types of treatment most of which are medicine. See your doctor for treatment.
Gout is more common in men than in women and does not usually occur before the age of 30. Gout in women usually occurs after menopause. If you exhibit any of these symptoms please contact a podiatist, call us today to schedule your appointment!

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