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Tuesday, 26 December 2023 00:00

Considerations for Choosing Running Shoes

Selecting the right pair of running shoes is paramount for a comfortable and injury-free experience. When embarking on this journey, consider the shoe's fit as a top priority. The shoe should snugly cradle the foot without causing tightness, allowing for a secure yet comfortable feel. Pay attention to the arch support, ensuring it complements the natural arch of your foot. Cushioning is vital for impact absorption, protecting joints and reducing the risk of injuries. Consider the type of running you engage in, including road running, trail running, or a mix of varied surfaces, and choose shoes tailored to the specific terrain. The heel counter, the back portion supporting the heel, should provide stability. Flexibility is also key. The shoes should bend where your foot naturally does. Lastly, examine the outsole for durability and traction. If you are seeking additional information about what type of running shoes to purchase, it is suggested that you confer with a podiatrist, who can provide you with the knowledge you are seeking.

If you are a runner, wearing the right running shoe is essential. For more information, contact Michael Schwartzman, DPM from Illinois and Indiana . Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Choosing the Right Running Shoe for Your Foot Type

To increase performance and avoid the risk of injury, it is important to choose the right running shoe based on your foot type. The general design of running shoes revolves around pronation, which is how the ankle rolls from outside to inside when the foot strikes the ground.

  • Neutral runners are able to choose from a wide variety of shoes, including minimalist shoes or even going barefoot.
  • Runners who overpronate, or experience an over-abundance of ankle rolling, should choose shoes that provide extra motion control and stability.
  • Runners who underpronate, or supinate, have feet that have high arches and lack flexibility, preventing shock absorption. They require shoes with more flexibility and cushion.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our offices located in West Chicago, IL and Whiting, IN . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Sunday, 24 December 2023 00:00

Let Us Treat Your Feet This Winter

Take extra care when walking on snow and ice. If you experience a fall and sustain an injury, we're here to help. We treat trauma, soft tissue injuries, and fractures.

Tuesday, 19 December 2023 00:00

Birth Defects Impacting a Baby’s Feet

Birth defects affecting the feet can have a significant impact on a child's life. These abnormalities can range from clubfoot, where the foot is twisted inward, to webbed toes or missing toes, irregularly shaped feet, or fused joints. Addressing these issues early is vital for the child's long-term mobility and comfort. Seeing a podiatrist is essential in such cases. Podiatrists are foot specialists who can diagnose and provide early interventions to manage such birth defects. They assess the child's condition, create a tailored treatment plan, and monitor progress. If you have an infant that has been born with a foot deformity, it is strongly suggested that you visit a podiatrist as quickly as possible for an evaluation and treatment plan.

Congenital foot problems require immediate attention to avoid future complications. If you have any concerns, contact Michael Schwartzman, DPM of Illinois and Indiana . Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Congenital foot problems are deformities affecting the feet, toes, and/or ankles that children are born with. Some of these conditions have a genetic cause while others just happen. Some specific foot ailments that children may be born with include clubfeet, polydactyly/macrodactyly, and cleft foot. There are several other foot anomalies that can occur congenitally. What all of these conditions have in common is that a child may experience difficulty walking or performing everyday activities, as well as trouble finding footwear that fits their foot deformity. Some of these conditions are more serious than others. Consulting with a podiatrist as early as possible will help in properly diagnosing a child’s foot condition while getting the necessary treatment underway.

What are Causes of Congenital Foot Problem?

A congenital foot problem is one that happens to a child at birth. These conditions can be caused by a genetic predisposition, developmental or positional abnormalities during gestation, or with no known cause.

What are Symptoms of Congenital Foot Problems?

Symptoms vary by the congenital condition. Symptoms may consist of the following:

  • Clubfoot, where tendons are shortened, bones are shaped differently, and the Achilles tendon is tight, causing the foot to point in and down. It is also possible for the soles of the feet to face each other.
  • Polydactyly, which usually consists of a nubbin or small lump of tissue without a bone, a toe that is partially formed but has no joints, or an extra toe.
  • Vertical talus, where the talus bone forms in the wrong position causing other bones in the foot to line up improperly, the front of the foot to point up, and the bottom of the foot to stiffen, with no arch, and to curve out.
  • Tarsal coalition, when there is an abnormal connection of two or more bones in the foot leading to severe, rigid flatfoot.
  • Cleft foot, where there are missing toes, a V-shaped cleft, and other anatomical differences.
  • Macrodactyly, when the toes are abnormally large due to overgrowth of the underlying bone or soft tissue.

Treatment and Prevention

While there is nothing one can do to prevent congenital foot problems, raising awareness and receiving neonatal screenings are important. Early detection by taking your child to a podiatrist leads to the best outcome possible.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our offices located in West Chicago, IL and Whiting, IN . We offer the newest diagnostic tools and technology to treat your foot and ankle needs.

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Tuesday, 12 December 2023 00:00

How Podiatrists Can Help You

In our daily lives, there are habits that can harm our foot health, and podiatrists can provide advice to help us break them. Examples of that are provided here. Attempting DIY ingrown toenail removal with non-sterile tools can lead to infections. Believing our shoe size remains constant is a misconception. Periodic foot measurements and trying different brands can help find the best fit. Wearing flats as daily footwear may lack cushioning for shock absorption, causing heel pain or metatarsalgia. Walking barefoot on surfaces like hardwood floors can lead to issues. Worn-out shoes affect body alignment and should be replaced when they show wear. Protect your feet in locker rooms with flip-flops. Running without socks increases the risk of blisters and infections. Using running shoes for different sports can cause injury, and appropriate gear for specific sports should be invested in. Most importantly, if you have foot injuries, infections, or seek appropriate footwear recommendations tailored to your specific foot shape and function, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist who can help with all foot and ankle-related issues.

If you are experiencing pain in the feet or ankles, don’t join the stubborn majority refusing treatment. Feel free to contact Michael Schwartzman, DPM from Illinois and Indiana . Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

What Is a Podiatrist?

Someone would seek the care of a podiatrist if they have suffered a foot injury or have common foot ailments such as heal spurs, bunions, arch problems, deformities, ingrown toenails, corns, foot and ankle problems, etc.

Podiatric Treatment

A podiatrist will treat the problematic areas of the feet, ankle or lower leg by prescribing the following:

  • Physical therapy
  • Drugs
  • Orthotic inserts or soles
  • Surgery on lower extremity fractures

A common podiatric procedure a podiatrist will use is a scanner or force plate which will allow the podiatrist to know the designs of orthotics. Patients are then told to follow a series of tasks to complete the treatment. The computer will scan the foot a see which areas show weight distribution and pressure points. The podiatrist will read the analysis and then determine which treatment plans are available.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our offices located in West Chicago, IL and Whiting, IN . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Tuesday, 05 December 2023 00:00

The Importance of Addressing Foot Pain

Foot pain, though often dismissed as a temporary inconvenience, should never be ignored, as it can signify underlying issues that demand attention. Our feet, the foundation of our mobility, are intricate structures comprising bones, joints, muscles, and ligaments. Persistent pain may indicate conditions such as plantar fasciitis, arthritis, or tendinitis, which can worsen without intervention. Ignoring foot pain can lead to altered gait patterns, placing undue stress on other joints and potentially causing a domino effect of discomfort. Moreover, certain foot pain could be a symptom of systemic conditions like diabetes or circulatory issues, requiring timely medical intervention. Chronic foot pain may impact one's quality of life, hindering daily activities and diminishing overall well-being. By recognizing the significance of foot pain and seeking professional evaluation, individuals can safeguard the essential role their feet play in maintaining an active and healthy lifestyle. If you have any type of foot pain, it is suggested that you are under the care of a podiatrist who can provide you with effective relief methods.

Foot Pain

Foot pain can be extremely painful and debilitating. If you have a foot pain, consult with Michael Schwartzman, DPM from Illinois and Indiana . Our doctor will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.


Foot pain is a very broad condition that could be caused by one or more ailments. The most common include:

  • Bunions
  • Hammertoes
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Bone Spurs
  • Corns
  • Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Ingrown Toenails
  • Arthritis (such as Gout, Rheumatoid, and Osteoarthritis)
  • Flat Feet
  • Injury (from stress fractures, broken toe, foot, ankle, Achilles tendon ruptures, and sprains)
  • And more


To figure out the cause of foot pain, podiatrists utilize several different methods. This can range from simple visual inspections and sensation tests to X-rays and MRI scans. Prior medical history, family medical history, and any recent physical traumatic events will all be taken into consideration for a proper diagnosis.


Treatment depends upon the cause of the foot pain. Whether it is resting, staying off the foot, or having surgery; podiatrists have a number of treatment options available for foot pain.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our offices located in West Chicago, IL and Whiting, IN . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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