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Tuesday, 28 February 2023 00:00

Moles That Burrow on the Bottom of the Feet

Moles typically appear as small, dark brown spots on the skin due to clusters of pigmented cells. They can be anywhere, including the soles of the feet. Moles can change over time or can vanish completely. While moles on the bottom of the feet can be uncomfortable, they are seldom serious, especially if they are small, one color, and are painless. If the mole becomes large, bumpy or has uneven edges, and is various shades of brown, medical attention should be sought. It is possible that a simple mole on the sole of the foot could be a melanoma. Signs that such a mole could be more serious is when it is of asymmetrical shape, has irregular borders, and varies in color.  If you have a mole on the bottom of your foot, even if you think it is non-cancerous, it is suggested that you see a podiatrist for an examination. It is always better to be safe than sorry.

Foot Pain

Foot pain can be extremely painful and debilitating. If you have a foot pain, consult with Alex Yanovskiy, DPM from Illinois Foot & Ankle Clinic. Our doctor will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.


Foot pain is a very broad condition that could be caused by one or more ailments. The most common include:

  • Bunions
  • Hammertoes
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Bone Spurs
  • Corns
  • Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Ingrown Toenails
  • Arthritis (such as Gout, Rheumatoid, and Osteoarthritis)
  • Flat Feet
  • Injury (from stress fractures, broken toe, foot, ankle, Achilles tendon ruptures, and sprains)
  • And more


To figure out the cause of foot pain, podiatrists utilize several different methods. This can range from simple visual inspections and sensation tests to X-rays and MRI scans. Prior medical history, family medical history, and any recent physical traumatic events will all be taken into consideration for a proper diagnosis.


Treatment depends upon the cause of the foot pain. Whether it is resting, staying off the foot, or having surgery; podiatrists have a number of treatment options available for foot pain.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in Des Plaines , IL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Tuesday, 21 February 2023 00:00

Ways Foot Blisters Form While Golfing

Blisters can form on different parts of the human body, such as the hands, and the feet are certainly no exception. Sometimes, certain activities that individuals engage in can potentially contribute to the development of blisters on the feet. For example, some golf players can develop blisters from their sport, which can be an annoyance. The reason for this is that golf shoes can sometimes create blisters when the heel rubs repeatedly up against the back of the heel of the shoe. The toes, in addition to the sides of the feet, are also susceptible to the development of blisters from golf shoes. If an individual is wearing a brand-new pair of golf shoes for the first time, it is also more likely that blisters will form. Since the formation of blisters on the feet can potentially make it more uncomfortable to engage in golf, many patients will seek out ways to remedy the situation. If you are a golf player with blisters, it is suggested to schedule an appointment with a podiatrist today who will help you treat your problem.

Blisters are prone to making everyday activities extremely uncomfortable. If your feet are hurting, contact Alex Yanovskiy, DPM of Illinois Foot & Ankle Clinic. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Foot Blisters

Foot blisters develop as a result of constantly wearing tight or ill-fitting footwear. This happens due to the constant rubbing from the shoe, which can often lead to pain.

What Are Foot Blisters?

A foot blister is a small fluid-filled pocket that forms on the upper-most layer of the skin. Blisters are filled with clear fluid and can lead to blood drainage or pus if the area becomes infected.

How Do Blisters Form?

Blisters on the feet are often the result of constant friction of skin and material, usually by shoe rubbing. Walking in sandals, boots, or shoes that don’t fit properly for long periods of time can result in a blister. Having consistent foot moisture and humidity can easily lead to blister formation.

Prevention & Treatment

It is important to properly care for the affected area in order to prevent infection and ease the pain. Do not lance the blister and use a Band-Aid to provide pain relief. Also, be sure to keep your feet dry and wear proper fitting shoes. If you see blood or pus in a blister, seek assistance from a podiatrist.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in Des Plaines , IL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Tuesday, 14 February 2023 00:00

What Is a Sprained Ankle and a Broken Ankle?

Ankle injuries are certainly no fun for anybody who develops them. Whether it is a sprained ankle, a broken ankle, or a stress fracture, ankle injuries can significantly reduce mobility and cause the patient discomfort. However, many patients are interested in knowing the difference between a sprained ankle and a broken ankle. The answer is complicated. If the pain from the injury gets worse as time goes on, it is possible that you have a sprained ankle. Broken ankle pain is typically felt immediately. Additionally, if the pain is felt most seriously over a bone, then this might be a sign that what you are experiencing is a broken ankle and not a sprained ankle. If you have pain of any kind in the ankle area, please consider contacting a podiatrist for treatment today. 

Broken ankles need immediate treatment. If you are seeking treatment, contact Alex Yanovskiy, DPM from Illinois Foot & Ankle Clinic. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet. 

Broken Ankles
A broken ankle is experienced when a person fractures their tibia or fibula in the lower leg and ankle area. Both of these bones are attached at the bottom of the leg and combine to form what we know to be our ankle.

When a physician is referring to a break of the ankle, he or she is usually referring to a break in the area where the tibia and fibula are joined to create our ankle joint. Ankles are more prone to fractures because the ankle is an area that suffers a lot of pressure and stress. There are some obvious signs when a person experiences a fractured ankle, and the following symptoms may be present.

Symptoms of a Fractured Ankle

  • Excessive pain when the area is touched or when any pressure is placed on the ankle
  •  Swelling around the area
  •  Bruising of the area
  • Area appears to be deformed

If you suspect an ankle fracture, it is recommended to seek treatment as soon as possible. The sooner you have your podiatrist diagnose the fracture, the quicker you’ll be on the way towards recovery.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in Des Plaines , IL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Tuesday, 07 February 2023 00:00

Clubfoot Develops During Pregnancy

Research has shown the foot condition that is known as clubfoot affects approximately one in 1,000 babies. Clubfoot develops in the womb, and it is speculated that the bones and ligaments develop improperly in utero. Additionally, studies have indicated that smoking while pregnant may increase the chances of delivering a baby who has clubfoot. This foot condition will force the infant’s foot to turn in at the ankle while pointing downward. An X-ray may be taken soon after birth to determine its severity, and it is generally followed by starting an effective treatment technique. The Ponseti method uses several plastic casts that can gently stretch and gradually turn the foot. The casts are replaced weekly, and are worn for approximately 12 weeks. This is followed by wearing a brace for several hours each day, which is done for approximately four years. When proper treatment is started as early as possible, the chances of walking and running normally may increase, and the child may lead a healthy life. If your child has clubfoot, it is strongly urged that you consult with a podiatrist who can guide you toward the correct treatment method for it.

Congenital foot problems require immediate attention to avoid future complications. If you have any concerns, contact Alex Yanovskiy, DPM of Illinois Foot & Ankle Clinic. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Congenital foot problems are deformities affecting the feet, toes, and/or ankles that children are born with. Some of these conditions have a genetic cause while others just happen. Some specific foot ailments that children may be born with include clubfeet, polydactyly/macrodactyly, and cleft foot. There are several other foot anomalies that can occur congenitally. What all of these conditions have in common is that a child may experience difficulty walking or performing everyday activities, as well as trouble finding footwear that fits their foot deformity. Some of these conditions are more serious than others. Consulting with a podiatrist as early as possible will help in properly diagnosing a child’s foot condition while getting the necessary treatment underway.

What are Causes of Congenital Foot Problem?

A congenital foot problem is one that happens to a child at birth. These conditions can be caused by a genetic predisposition, developmental or positional abnormalities during gestation, or with no known cause.

What are Symptoms of Congenital Foot Problems?

Symptoms vary by the congenital condition. Symptoms may consist of the following:

  • Clubfoot, where tendons are shortened, bones are shaped differently, and the Achilles tendon is tight, causing the foot to point in and down. It is also possible for the soles of the feet to face each other.
  • Polydactyly, which usually consists of a nubbin or small lump of tissue without a bone, a toe that is partially formed but has no joints, or an extra toe.
  • Vertical talus, where the talus bone forms in the wrong position causing other bones in the foot to line up improperly, the front of the foot to point up, and the bottom of the foot to stiffen, with no arch, and to curve out.
  • Tarsal coalition, when there is an abnormal connection of two or more bones in the foot leading to severe, rigid flatfoot.
  • Cleft foot, where there are missing toes, a V-shaped cleft, and other anatomical differences.
  • Macrodactyly, when the toes are abnormally large due to overgrowth of the underlying bone or soft tissue.

Treatment and Prevention

While there is nothing one can do to prevent congenital foot problems, raising awareness and receiving neonatal screenings are important. Early detection by taking your child to a podiatrist leads to the best outcome possible.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office located in Des Plaines , IL . We offer the newest diagnostic tools and technology to treat your foot and ankle needs.

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Saturday, 04 February 2023 00:00

Arthritis Can Cause Pain in the Feet and Ankles

If you are suffering from tenderness, pain, or stiffness in the joints of your feet or ankles, call us to schedule an appointment.

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