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Instead of a flat sole, rocker bottom shoes are curved and have been shown to substantially relieve pain associated with a variety of foot problems.
For a painful heel or arch, a full heel-to-toe rocker may be needed. Examples include MBT, Ryn, Skechers Shape-ups 2.0, and Abeo ROCS.
If you need assistance with choosing the correct shoes for your feet, schedule an appointment by calling (847) 675-3400 or go to www.skokiepodiatry.com/appointment.html
The most common cause of black toenails among runners is bruising (bleeding) under the nail. Repetitive trauma of the shoe bumping the toenail can also cause the nail to thicken.
If the nail became suddenly painful, a podiatrist may need to puncture the nail to release the blood and ease the pressure. This is often the result of trauma, such as being stepped on or dropping a heavy object on the toe.
A fungal infection can discolor and thicken toenails. Treatment options include oral and topical medication. The two newest topical prescription medications are Jublia and Kerydin. Testing the nail can often identify the causative organism.
Most concerning, a black spot under or in a nail that does not go away can be a melanoma (skin cancer). Please have a podiatrist check it. A biopsy may be needed. The famous reggae singer and musician Bob Marley died from melanoma that started in a toenail.
At Skokie Foot and Ankle Specialists we provide attentive care and are trained to perform these tests, usually in our office. If you have any concerns regarding the appearance of your nails, we urge you to call us at (847) 675-3400 or click here for an appointment.
As medical students, we spent many hours learning various techniques to tie suture knots (stitches). I pass these skills on to the medical residents that assist me. Thus, this video given at a TED conference has special meaning to me both as a podiatrist and as a foot surgeon: tying your shoes so they won't slip open. Go ahead and try it out: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zAFcV7zuUDA
On the subject of tying shoes, you may want to check this website with 18 different methods for tying your shoes: http://www.fieggen.com/shoelace/knots.htm