Many of our patients seek our help in the treatment of various infections of the foot. And that’s because we do more than merely treat the infection. If you’re looking for a Chicago podiatrist with a treatment approach that revolves around paying attention to all the details of the body, not to just the problematic or infected part, then it’s time you visit the office of Robert L. Potempa, DPM.
Foot pain can be caused by many different things, and at times that cause may be due to an infection. Athlete’s Foot, for example, is a common infection of the foot. It causes red, cracked skin and water filled blisters on the soles of the feet or between the toes that may itch or burn. Athlete’s Foot is contagious, and left untreated it can lead to secondary bacterial infection, especially in diabetics and patients with circulatory problems. Therefore, prompt treatment from your Chicago podiatrist, Dr. Potempa, is recommended to cure this disease and prevent re-infection of the patient or family members. Treatment consists of identifying and removing the offending material and medicating the skin and toenails to alleviate the inflammation, reduce the rash, blisters, and affected toenails. Fungal infections, which can be caused by Athlete’s Foot or manifest on their own, may start out as a white or yellow spot under the tip of your toenail. As the nail fungus spreads deeper into your nail, your nail may discolor, thicken, and develop crumbling edges, causing an unsightly and potentially painful problem. These infections are usually more resistant and more difficult to treat than Athlete’s Foot, so topical or oral antifungal medications may be prescribed. If left untreated, they can lead to dangerous blood infections.
At Body & Feet, we view the person as a sum of all the body parts. For example, we will not treat just the foot as a foot problem but we will address other aspects of the body which have a correlation. This allows us to treat the whole body, not just the infected foot. We can treat the problem at the core, not just take away the symptoms of it. By making Dr. Potempa your Chicago podiatrist, you’ll be one step closer to having healthy and happy feet. Call our office today to learn more about our treatment options.