By Dr. Elipas
October 26, 2012
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Untagged


With fall officially here, there is no better time of the year to take advantage of hiking trails near your home.  Whether you are traveling or at home, now is the time to take in the vibrant colors without the summer haze and crowds.  Mornings typically are chilly, but most days bring perfect hiking weather during the fall season in the Chicago area.

Dr. Elipas, a Chicago podiatrist, understands that many of his patients enjoy hiking or even taking a leisurely stroll through the park during the upcoming fall months, but he urges you to take proper care of your feet through proper footwear.  While hiking your feet may get wet, leading to cold feet, which can lead to foot complications.  By keeping your feet dry, you can protect your feet from damage and injury.  

Wear Proper Fitting Boots this Season

With so many stylish boots this season, how can you choose the perfect pair?  The American Podiatric Medical Association has tips to help make your boot buying and wearing experience pain-free and comfortable.  Some foot friendly boot tips include:

  • Have feet measured.  Your size can change throughout your life.  Keep in mind that your boot size may not fit the same in all styles and brands.
  • Try boots on in the afternoon because feet tend to swell during the day.
  • Buy for the larger foot – most feet are not exactly the same size.
  • Carry an insole when boot shopping in case a pair lacks the proper arch support.
  • Boots should feel comfortable when tried on in the store.  There should be no “break-in” period.
  • A boot constructed of natural materials, like leather, will keep feet dry and comfortable during the winter months.
  • Choose a boot with plenty of toe room, a firm heel counter, and traction to ensure stability.

Understanding the components of proper fit can help your make sensible shoe purchases for yourself and your family.  Whether you are going hiking or for a walk around your neighborhood, fall is a beautiful time to enjoy the outdoors.  Contact Dr. James Elipas, your podiatrist in Chicago, before you go hiking or purchase a pair of boots.  Your podiatrist will be able to help you determine an appropriate fit for your feet that will provide comfort and protection this fall season.

By Dr. Elipas
September 04, 2012
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Toenail Fungus  


Happy Podiatry PatientsWith school back in session and fall just around the corner, you may want to bring out the boots and jackets.  However, don’t bring fall clothes out just yet.  With the summer months we all have probably shown off our toes and feet, but come fall we begin to hide our toes and push them into hibernation until summer comes back around.  This fall, take the next step toward happy feet by treating toenail fungus before you put your feet into hiding.   

Sometimes, you may not even realize you have a fungal nail problem until it gets worse.  For this reason, it is important to practice preventive measures so that you can stop toenail fungus in its tracks.  Toenail fungus is characterized by a change in your toenail’s color, and is often considered nothing more than a mere blemish.  However, if you leave it untreated, your fungus can persist into more serious problems.   

Toenail fungus is found underneath the surface of the nail, which may also penetrate the nail.  Symptoms of toenail fungus often include:

  • Discoloration of the nail
     
  • Brittleness of the nail
     
  • Loosening of the nail
     
  • Thickening of the nail
     
  • Crumbling of the nail
     

You can successfully prevent toenail fungus from developing if you take the following precautions all year long:

  • Practice proper hygiene
     
  • Inspect your feet and toes regularly
     
  • Wear shower shoes in public facilities whenever possible
     
  • Clip nails straight across
     
  • Use quality foot powder
     
  • Wear shoes that fit properly
     
  • Avoid wearing excessively tight hosiery
     
  • Disinfect home pedicure tools

With proper treatment and preventive measures, you can keep your toes happy until summer—eliminating the need to frantically treat your toenail fungus next summer. Talk to Dr. James Elipas, your podiatrist in Chicago and Lincolnwood, IL about how to treat your toenail fungus before it ruins your next vacation. 





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