Whether you have a sudden foot or ankle problem or one that has been plaguing you for some time, our office has the expertise and a wide variety of tools to help.
Below are some examples of the procedures and technologies we employ to help patients on a daily basis. Whether your problem is fungal nails, an ankle sprain, or something you really don’t know how to describe, give us a call. We can help.
Surgery is only performed when other conservative treatments do not or would not provide the help you need. When we do recommend surgery, our goal is to provide as little additional trauma to the patient as possible.
Minimally-invasive surgery (MIS) uses very small incisions that involve less bleeding, less pain, and less downtime for recovery. It is often performed under a local anesthesia and within our modern office facility. The results are often the same (or better!) than other rivaling surgical procedures.
Counted among our minimally-invasive procedures, HyProCure corrects flat feet and the pain they cause by installing a small, titanium stent in the natural space between the ankle bone and heel bone. This prevents the foot from rolling inward too far while walking and relieves pain from misalignment.
No screwing or drilling is involved in this procedure, and patients are able to return to normal activities in a very short time. Dr. Spitz is one of only two HyProCure-certified podiatrists in the state of Illinois.
Cold Laser Therapy for Pain
For certain causes of foot and ankle pain, especially those caused by soft tissue injuries, laser therapy can be an effective tool at relieving pain, reducing inflammation, and accelerating recovery time. It can be highly recommended for those who have suffered from sports injuries, but other forms of pain are addressable, too.
This type of laser therapy works by stimulating blood flow to damaged cells, as well as the natural repairing processes of the cells themselves. It is virtually painless, and the effects tend to increase over consecutive treatment sessions.
Laser Therapy for Fungal Toenails
A different kind of laser treatment is also available for treating fungal nail infections. This laser uses specific frequencies of light energy to penetrate a nail and attack the fungus directly, eradicating it over time.
The sooner treatment begins on a fungal infection, the more quickly and effectively it can be removed. Do not hesitate on addressing fungal nails as soon as possible
Ingrown Toenail Treatment
While most ingrown toenails are mild enough to treat at home, there are certain cases when an ingrown nail should have professional treatment. These include cases that are especially painful, may be infected, or continue to come back even after preventative adjustments are made.
In some situations, partial or full removal of the nail may be considered the best option for optimal healing or for preventing an ingrown nail from returning. This procedure can be performed under local anesthetic directly in our office, and patients can continue with their day afterward.
Orthotics are lightweight, flexible devices (often taking the form of a shoe insert) that help correct an irregular or abnormal walking pattern and properly distribute weight across the feet.
Custom orthotics are prescribed exactly to the size and shape of each patient’s foot, making every pair unique. A pair of custom orthotics we prescribe will ideally help you only, and to a much greater extent than pre-fabricated orthotics available at stores.
Diabetic Foot Care
If you live with diabetes, proper preventative foot care is essential. Dr. Spitz specializes in regular preventative check-ups, identifying potential problems before they have a chance to become something dangerous. We recommend daily personal foot inspections, as well as coming in for a professional evaluation several times per year.
If the need arises for treatment of wounds or other issues that arise, these should always be treated professionally for quick healing, reduced chances of infection, and prevention of further complications.
We Are Here to Help
These are only a few of the ways we help patients all the time with their foot and ankle issues. There are plenty more, and we are happy to help you as well.
505 N. Wolf Rd
Wheeling, IL 60090
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