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As foot care professionals, we get a lot of questions from our community regarding their feet! On this page, we will be answering some of the most common questions we hear.

When Should I See a Podiatrist?

If you have foot pain or have recently suffered an injury to the foot, it is time to see a podiatrist. An open sore or wound, an infection, swelling, or numbness or tingling in the foot for more than two days necessitates seeking medical help immediately. If you find yourself unable to walk or put weight on your foot, please call our office for an appointment.

Do Podiatrists Treat Ankles?

Yes. Podiatrists undergo a minimum of 11 years of formal education before completing a foot and ankle-specific medical residency. They are certified to see patients for foot and ankle conditions and injuries such as hammertoes, bunions, sprains, and heel spurs. Call us today if you are struggling with foot or ankle pain in Plainview or Bolingbrook.

Can Podiatrists Perform Surgery?

Yes. Podiatrists are professionally trained to conduct many types of surgery. Some of the most common types include the removal of ingrown toenails, repair of broken feet or ankles, metatarsal foot surgery, achilles tendon surgery, hammertoe and bunion surgery. Your podiatrist may also be able to treat arthritis of the foot through surgery, though there may be non-surgical options available to you.

Do Podiatrists Cut Toenails?

Yes. Patients with specific medical conditions, such as diabetes, and individuals with hard-to-trim toenails should seek out medical nail care with a podiatrist. Nail trimming the toes on a diabetic’s foot should be approached with extreme caution, as healing can be slow for those with poor circulation and even lead to infection.

Do High Heels Cause Bunions?

No. Bunions are genetic. People with bunions will notice that one or both of their big toes grow in such a way that they point inwards toward the rest. While bunions may be irritated by wearing narrow or high shoes that put extra pressure on your toes, ill-fitting shoes will not cause them.

Can Doctors Treat a Broken Toe?

Yes. It’s a misconception that “nothing can be done” if you break one of your toes. Individual cases may vary, but possible treatments include the insertion of a pin, plate, or screw. If your podiatrist recommends one of these options, it is to help you avoid having a permanent deformity from breaking your toe.

Why Are My Feet Always Cold?

If the weather is warm but your feet are persistently chilly, you may be dealing with a circulation issue. For some people, this is the result of a sedentary lifestyle and can be remedied with additional walking and exercise. In other cases, circulation issues may be a symptom of another condition such as low blood pressure, chronic diabetes, hypothyroidism, or an iron deficiency.

What Problems Can Flat Feet Cause?

Flat feet are a common foot deformity that can be inherited or developed over time. This condition affects individuals to different degrees, and for most will not pose a significant issue. A low arch can cause pain and fatigue in the foot, knees, or lower back. Flat feet can also contribute to an abnormal gait, bunions, hammertoe, arthritis, and plantar fasciitis. Wearing shoes with excellent arch support can help you avoid the problems associated with flat feet.

Why Would a Diabetic See a Podiatrist?

Podiatric care may be one of the most overlooked features of diabetes management. Because of their heightened blood sugar levels, diabetics may experience nerve damage (peripheral neuropathy) in many areas of their body, including their feet. Diabetic ulcers (open, blister-like sores) are also known to affect the feet. We can help you treat both conditions at our Plainfield or Bolingbrook offices.

Why Are My Feet Swollen?

Swollen feet and ankles are a somewhat common occurrence, most often caused by standing or sitting for long periods. If getting up and stretching your legs does not resolve the issue, and your swelling is continuous, it may be a symptom of poor circulation or another condition. Those who regularly notice swelling in their feet and ankles should alert their doctor so that an explanation can be found.

Why Are My Feet Yellow?

While yellowish feet may be alarming to the average person, it’s typically not a great cause of concern to podiatrists. In most cases, the skin is yellow and callused on the feet from years of daily pressure and friction. Those who spend lots of time on their feet walking are more likely to notice this coloring. In rare instances, the yellowish hue can be a sign of an underlying condition such as jaundice or carotenemia.

Why Are My Feet So Dry?

You may have noticed that the skin on your feet dries out and becomes flaky faster than other areas of your body. This is because your feet have fewer oil glands than most other areas of your skin. In contrast, your face and scalp have the greatest amount of oil glands. The pressure and friction caused by walking also contributes to irritation and flaking.

What Foot Care Do Babies Need?

Socks and shoes can help keep your baby’s feet warm and comfortable, but it’s crucial to make sure their feet are not restricted in any way. Allowing your baby to kick and stretch their feet freely promotes proper development. Too-tight socks and shoes can prevent proper growth, potentially causing podiatric problems down the line.

What Foot Care Do Children Need?

Children outgrow shoes very quickly and engage in lots of high-impact activities—running, jumping, and playing. Always make sure that they are wearing appropriate footwear which fits correctly, provides adequate support, and protects their feet while out and about. While it may be tempting to allow your child to wear second hand shoes, shoes that are worn in may not have the support needed to help their feet develop properly.

When Do Feet Stop Growing?

Most people’s feet stop growing around the age of 16, however, that doesn’t mean your shoe size can’t change! Years of pressure, weight gain, pregnancy, and aging can loosen the ligaments in your feet. This process causes the foot to spread out, resulting in a longer and wider foot, and a gradually increasing shoe size.

I’m Pregnant. What Can I Do to Take Care of My Feet?

Perhaps unsurprisingly, but one of the best things you can do for your feet is to take regular breaks! Elevating your feet when they begin to feel tired or sore can make a big difference in terms of comfort. Depending on your diet, it may also help to reduce your sodium intake and seek out new sources of potassium. Caffeine, hot weather, and not drinking enough water can also contribute to swollen and uncomfortable feet.

What’s the Best Way to Trim My Toenails?

Many people visit our office with ingrown toenails and infections because of incorrect trimming procedure. When trimming your toenails, be sure to always cut straight across (not on a curve) using appropriately sized clippers. Never trim your toenails while they’re wet, as they’re more likely to bend and tear. Leave some length on your toenails; toenails that are too short are not only uncomfortable, but more prone to infection.

What’s the Best Way to Tame My Calluses?

Calluses can form on the feet for various reasons and therefore require different responses, including changing your shoes up, wearing insoles, using rehydration creams, and having them professionally removed. It’s best to consult a podiatrist directly when dealing with any callus that is causing you pain or discomfort. Removing your own calluses can lead to greater damage and even infection.

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Two Convenient Locations


15724 S. Rt 59 Unit 100

Plainfield, IL 60544

815-439-1188 phone

815-439-2453 fax

Illinois Podiatric Medical Association


215 Remington Blvd., Suite A2

Bolingbrook, IL 60440

630-226-9860 phone

815-439-2453 fax

American Podiatric Medical Association