Patient Education



Q: How do I access the new Patient Portal site?

You can click here to visit the patient portal site: West Suburban Podiatry Patient Portal

Q: Why does my heel hurt when I wake up in the morning?

Answer: You may be suffering from plantar fasciitis, a common inflammatory condition involving the heel and the arch of the foot. However, evaluation by a podiatrist is needed to determine if a stress fracture or bone injury has occurred.

Q: Why do I experience pain at my great toe with activity and specific types of shoes?

Answer: You may have a bunion or arthritic condition causing your pain. Podiatric consultation and X-rays are needed for appropriate diagnosis and treatment recommendations.

Q: My Child has warts on his/her foot. What should I do?

Answer: Plantar warts are caused by a virus and can be very frustrating and painful. There are many types of treatments for warts, including topical, oral, freezing, lasers and surgical removal. The key component is to target the appropriate therapy to trigger your body's immune response to assist in the eradication of the warts. Evaluation by a podiatrist is needed to determine the appropriate course of action.

Q: What do I need to know about foot problems and diabetes?

Answer: Diabetes can have profound effects on the foot. Particularly, damage to nerve endings (peripheral neuropathy) in the foot can lead to dry skin, loss of sensation, ulcerations and, in severe cases, more critical complications. Preventative care and maintenance of your feet is crucial. Consultation with a podiatrist and regular visits are necessary.

Q: Why are my nails thick and yellow?

Answer: Fungal nails (onychomycosis) is a very common problem that occurs in people of all ages. The nails become thick, yellow and brittle with dry, flaky skin. The nails can be very difficult to trim. There are topical and oral therapies available. A podiatrist will be able to assess your nails and provide you with treatment guidance.

Q: What is a stress fracture?

Answer: There are 26 bones in the human foot. While fractures can occur through sudden traumatic injury, often stress fractures will occur as a result of overuse. Stress fractures often occur when muscles are over-worked and are no longer able to lessen the shock of impact. This shock is transferred to the bones in the foot. High-impact sports, like basketball or distance running can often lead to stress fractures.



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West Suburban Podiatry
915 West 55th Street, Suite 200
Western Springs, IL 60558
Phone: 708-352-5652
Fax: 877-592-0813

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