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Is a Stress Fracture Serious? Aug 9th, 2022

When your bones undergo stress, you run a risk of stress fractures, tiny cracks that can form in your bones. Stress fractures may not seem like a serious sports injury, unlike a blown-out knee or a broken arm. However, you should still take stress fractures seriously, and get checked out by...

At-Home Solutions for Heel Pain Jul 3rd, 2022

From feet sore from overuse to foot pain related to plantar fasciitis, heel pain can seriously cramp your style, your plans, and your whole-body health. Board-certified podiatrist Dr. Steve Sharlin and the team at The Foot Care Group of Hinsdale, Libertyville, and the Streeterville community of Chicago know the ins and outs of treating...

4 Ways Your Doctor May Treat Your Hammertoe Jun 1st, 2022

When issues start to arise with your feet, it’s a good idea to take them seriously. After all, you depend on your feet almost every minute of every day, from the first time you get out of bed to your last late-night run to the bathroom. Without foot health and...

Do Ingrown Toenails Go Away on Their Own? May 3rd, 2022

When your toenail starts to grow sideways into your skin, instead of covering your nail bed the way it should, you can end up with symptoms like redness, swelling, tenderness, pain, and even infection. The sharp edge of an ingrown toenail constantly irritates the skin by your nail bed. How...

What to Expect When Returning to Sports After an ACL Injury Apr 7th, 2022

Jumping, twisting, and changing direction rapidly can put a lot of pressure on your knees, especially when you’re operating with the speed and intensity used by competitive athletes. The ACL (anterior cruciate ligament) in the front of your knee is particularly vulnerable to sports injuries. Sports like basketball and soccer are...

Can a Stress Fracture Cause Heel Pain? Mar 6th, 2022

Pain in your heel can come from a variety of factors, but the end result is discomfort and loss of mobility for you. If heel pain is keeping you from getting active or getting out, talk to Dr. Steve Sharlin and the podiatry experts at The Foot Care Group. With...

5 Reasons to Consider Bunion Surgery Feb 1st, 2022

Bunions on your feet cause deformity at the base of your big toe. Without treatment, severe bunions can make wearing shoes or even walking around uncomfortable or outright painful, limiting your mobility and reducing your quality of life. At The Foot Care Group, board-certified podiatrist Dr. Steve Sharlin uses the...

Common Foot Problems That Can Occur if You Have Diabetes Jan 13th, 2022

Living with diabetes affects your body from head to toe – literally. Your feet are actually at a higher risk of damage and even amputation if you have diabetes. With physician-supervised diabetic foot care, people living with type 1 or type 2 diabetes can protect their feet from injury and...

What Every Athlete Should Know About Their Achilles Tendon Dec 13th, 2021

The Achilles tendon is a band of tissue that connects the calf muscle to the heel bone. Also known as the “heel cord,” the tendon allows you to walk by helping lift your heel off the ground. The largest tendon in the human body, the Achilles tendon is also the...

5 Symptoms of Hammertoe Nov 8th, 2021

If you have hammertoe issues, one or more of your toes becomes locked in a bent position. A toe affected in this way looks a little like the top of a hammer, hence the name of this common podiatry problem. Expert podiatrist Dr. Steve Sharlin treats male and female patients...

Help for Your Bunions Oct 6th, 2021

Your foot’s shape distributes the pressure of the weight of your body and the forces of motions like walking and running. When some aspects of your feet shift out of alignment, distorting the shape of your foot, motion becomes limited, and you may end up suffering from symptoms of pain...

Are You a Candidate for Custom Orthotics? Sep 9th, 2021

You try to go for a long walk, or stand for a long time at an exhibit or event – but your feet start aching almost right away, or you develop a painful blister that sends you to the sidelines. What can you do to better support your feet? At...

Help for Your Ingrown Toenail Aug 10th, 2021

Your toenails protect the tender skin underneath the hard nail, but if a toenail starts to cut into your nail bed, you may end up feeling a lot of pain and discomfort. Ingrown toenails don’t always improve on their own, and you might need the care of a podiatrist to...

What Can I Do About My Plantar Warts? Jul 15th, 2021

Plantar warts on your toes or feet can be unsightly and uncomfortable, causing pain and even bleeding. It’s easy to catch warts in public or shared spaces, and most at-home treatments won’t be effective at permanently removing warts from your hands and fingers, or from your feet or toes. Don’t...

The Importance of Foot Care if You're a Diabetic Jun 17th, 2021

In patients living with chronic diabetes, care of the legs and feet can be a very important part of daily routines. That’s because living with chronic diabetes can cause nerve damage, resulting in the loss of sensation in the legs and feet.  Without the right diabetic foot care, and regular...

Could My Heel Pain Be Plantar Fasciitis? May 21st, 2021

Heel pain can keep you off your feet, preventing you from getting out and enjoying the springtime weather and your favorite activities. Did you know that the most common cause of heel pain in adults in the United States is plantar fasciitis? At The Foot Care Group, our team of...

Do I Need Bunion Surgery? Apr 15th, 2021

Bunions on your feet can cause pain and discomfort, limiting your choice in footwear and aesthetically disfiguring your feet. Take control of your bunions this spring with the help of Dr. Steve Sharlin and his team of podiatry experts at The Foot Care Group. We offer a full range of...

5 Tips for Strengthening Your Ankle After a Sprain Mar 16th, 2021

When you sprain your ankle, the pain lets you know! Sprained ankles, some of the most common types of sports injuries, can be both uncomfortable and restrictive. A sprained ankle can keep you from enjoying free and easy motion for days or weeks while your injured joint recovers from a...

Telehealth: The Advantages of Telemedicine Feb 4th, 2021

The COVID-19 pandemic has triggered dramatic changes throughout everyday life — and in the medical community as well. Not only are providers across the country postponing elective procedures, but many are also encouraging people to avoid in-office appointments to reduce their risk of exposure to this highly contagious coronavirus.But what...

Here’s How Custom Orthotics Can Help Flat Feet Feb 1st, 2021

Each person’s feet are unique. And while that’s part of what makes you special, certain traits can stand in the way of your well-being. Flat feet are one such example. If you have flat feet, it means that your arches fall, allowing the full soles of your feet to touch...