Foot Pain Specialist

Chicago Surgical Clinic -  - Surgery Center

Chicago Surgical Clinic

Surgery Center located in Arlington Heights, IL

Numerous conditions can lead to debilitating foot pain. The expert surgical team at Chicago Surgical Clinic in Arlington Heights, Illinois, includes podiatrist and foot and ankle doctor John F. Kane, DPM. He is highly regarded by both colleagues and patients for his skill and patient-first approach to medical care. Whether your foot pain is due to an acute injury or you have persistent pain due to a chronic condition, you can rely on Dr. Kane’s medical expertise. Call the office or use online booking to schedule an appointment today.

Foot Pain Q & A

What are acute foot and ankle injuries?

Foot pain is often a result of a traumatic injury that may occur at home, work, or even while running errands. Injuries are also commonly sustained during activities that involve sports and exercise.

These issues have one thing in common — they’re of sudden onset and considered “acute” in the medical world. Acute injuries to the foot and ankle may include:

  • Muscle strains
  • Injuries to the tendons and ligaments that support your ankles, feet, and toes
  • Puncture wounds, lacerations, and traumatic/accidental amputations
  • Injury to soft tissues, often causing significant bruising and pain
  • Joint sprains and dislocations
  • Crush injuries
  • Fractures or breaks in the bones of the ankle and foot

Dr. Kane’s medical training and skill as a surgeon equips him to manage both simple and complex foot and ankle injuries, for which Chicago Surgical Clinic also provides emergency services.

What causes chronic foot and ankle pain?

Conditions that cause chronic foot pain include:

  • Bone spurs
  • Hammertoe deformity
  • Nerve damage (peripheral neuropathy) that’s often associated with diabetes
  • Flatfeet or fallen arches
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Arthritis
  • Bunions, corns, and calluses
  • Achilles tendonitis
  • Stress fractures
  • Ingrown toenails
  • Ulcers or slow-healing wounds, often due to diabetes

Some of these conditions are due to inappropriate or ill-fitting shoes and/or the wear and tear that occurs with aging. Repetitive use injuries sustained at work or during sports and exercise activities can also create chronic foot conditions. Obesity can be another factor as it places an extra burden on your feet.

What treatments are there for foot and ankle pain?

Your treatment at Chicago Surgical begins with a thorough exam, detailed discussion of your injury or symptoms, and diagnostic studies such as X-rays to further identify the cause of your pain.

Depending on the underlying issue, Dr. Kane may recommend:

  • Splinting, bracing, or casting for sprains, strains, and breaks
  • Customized shoe inserts to supply support and relieve discomfort
  • Change in footwear
  • Medication to relieve inflammation and pain, including joint injections
  • Specialized wound care
  • Surgical treatment for repetitive ingrown toenails
  • Guided physical therapy to improve flexibility, strength, and balance
  • Surgery when necessary for an acute injury or chronic conditions such as hammertoe

Dr. Kane also provides routine foot care and exams for diabetics and others at high risk for developing chronic foot issues.

Schedule an appointment at Chicago Surgical Clinic today by calling the office or booking your visit online.