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Dr. James Dukelow

Podiatry
Sterling, IL
32 years experience male

Locations

Dukelow Foot Clinic

Sterling, IL

Address

1840 1st Ave, Sterling, IL
Directions

My office hours

Wednesday: 9:00am - 5:00pm
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Insurances accepted

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois

About

Bio

I have been in podiatrist for 23 years. 12 of those years in the Chicago area. I have been a solo practitioner in Dixon, Illinois for 11 years now. When I am not working on feet, I work part-time as a professional recording artist (Le Mystique) writing and recording indie rock for film and TV.

Specialties
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Podiatry

Licenses

United States: Illinois

Languages spoken

English

Doctor Q&A

201 Answers
49 Agrees
The number of answers this doctor has agreed with.
A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Dukelow
Podiatry 32 years experience
Tight muscles: These muscle groups in the leg are attached to the tibia and fibula and actually pull on the bone when they are tight. Stretching these muscles passi... Read More
A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Dukelow
Podiatry 32 years experience
Skin infection: Athlete's feet can have quite a few different presentations. Whatever the case this actually is it is causing a type of dermatitis. There are over t... Read More
A 37-year-old male asked:
Dr. James Dukelow
Podiatry 32 years experience
Ignore: Don't wear tight shoes. Wear shoe sizes and styles that fit you comfortably.
A 43-year-old male asked:
Dr. James Dukelow
Podiatry 32 years experience
Soft tissue stretch: Tight muscles and tendons can be sore when they are all bound up. When you begin to walk, these muscles and tendons stretch relieving the pain and d... Read More
A 37-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Dukelow
Podiatry 32 years experience
RA, Osteoarthritis: When you have symptoms on both sides, it can open up the possibility of ra. Joints in RA or any other inflammatory arthritis, usually present with sw... Read More
A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Dukelow
Podiatry 32 years experience
Achilles heel pain: The achilles tendon runs up the back of the leg. If this tendon is tight or strained it becomes sore. This tendon is formed from three muscles that ... Read More
A 64-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Dukelow
Podiatry 32 years experience
Dry patches: This could be a fungus causing this. In such cases lotions by themselves will not work. Over the counter anti fungal creams might help. Using su... Read More
A 44-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Dukelow
Podiatry 32 years experience
Maybe not just dry: I encounter something, especially ton the winter months. I call it the winter fungus. It lingers in the skin and lives in the dry layers of your ski... Read More
A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Dukelow
Podiatry 32 years experience
Tendons do this: Tendon strains can do this. When you get up after rest they stretch. You may have some pain going on somewhere else that is causing you use these te... Read More
A 17-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Dukelow
Podiatry 32 years experience
Still healing: After an ankle sprain the ligaments are still healing. They lose their ability to support the ankle after such an injury. Braces (even elastic type)... Read More
A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Dukelow
Podiatry 32 years experience
Plantar fasciitis: Most heel pain is the result of a condition called plantar fasciitis. A band of soft tissue, connects the heel bone with the forefoot. The area tha... Read More
A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Dukelow
Podiatry 32 years experience
Injury to tendons: Many times we strain ligaments and tendons, without realizing or remembering. When you injure an extensor tendon(function in raising the toes and foo... Read More
A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Dukelow
Podiatry 32 years experience
Neuropathy can do it: Overall, it sounds like your circulation is good. But it may be involved indirectly. Nerves control the opening and clamping of arteries. Nerves a... Read More
A 66-year-old male asked:
Dr. James Dukelow
Podiatry 32 years experience
Infection and sharks: Wounds can be infected in water, but one should be aware that organisms from bacteria can cause infections. Also consider sharks are drawn to open wo... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. James Dukelow
Podiatry 32 years experience
Soak it!: A couple of tablespoons of epsom salts into a bowl of lukewarm water is a nice little soaking recipe for infected toenails. Soaking for 10 minutes he... Read More
A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Dukelow
Podiatry 32 years experience
Nerves=numbness: First consider if there is any swelling present. When someone presents with calf pain, it is important to be aware of the risks of blood clots in thi... Read More
A 22-year-old male asked:
Dr. James Dukelow
Podiatry 32 years experience
No itch is good: Just something to keep an eye on. The biggest problem with poison ivy is the painful itch. There are many plants can leave a resin on your skin caus... Read More
A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Dukelow
Podiatry 32 years experience
Maybe a fracture: The 5th metatarsal bone is vulnerable to certain types of fractures. One area in particular is at the base of the bone. There are tendons that inser... Read More
A 55-year-old male asked:
Dr. James Dukelow
Podiatry 32 years experience
Tight and strained: The calf muscles become quite sore when they are tight. Dorsiflexion at the ankle should be 5-10 degrees. Passive stretching is advised for such a c... Read More
A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Dukelow
Podiatry 32 years experience
Foot wear Irritation: Sounds like you have this in both feet. It is worse in the summer and this would correlate with increased perspiration. Your shoe gear is quite impo... Read More
A 16-year-old male asked:
Dr. James Dukelow
Podiatry 32 years experience
A well balanced core: I am an avid runner and I find it important to use a variety of Core strengthening work outs. Planks are excellent at this. Be sure to hit the lower... Read More
A 35-year-old male asked:
Dr. James Dukelow
Podiatry 32 years experience
Ultimately an x-ray: The bruising we see after an injury is from bleeding of something under the skin. It could be soft tissue or bone. The bruising in itself is not a ... Read More
A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Dukelow
Podiatry 32 years experience
Healing takes time: I don't know exactly what had or had not been performed, but it sounds like it was quite an injury. Subchondral fractures in themselves are plenty to... Read More
A 22-year-old male asked:
Dr. James Dukelow
Podiatry 32 years experience
Can take time: After a couple of months and your ankle still hurts, there are some things to consider: how long was it immobilized, what kind of x-rays have been tak... Read More
A 39-year-old male asked:
Dr. James Dukelow
Podiatry 32 years experience
Tingling=Nerve: The first thing to take note of is that you have this in both feet. This does suggest that it could be coming from nerve impingement in the back. O... Read More
A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Dukelow
Podiatry 32 years experience
A gait problem: It sounds like you might be in-toeing/and or pronating. It has nothing to do with the width of your foot, but the angle of your gait. You might als... Read More
A 50-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Dukelow
Podiatry 32 years experience
Night cramps: Cramps in muscles of the lower extremity while sleeping (or trying to) are called night cramps. These are a result of muscle metabolism and the accum... Read More
A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Dukelow
Podiatry 32 years experience
Conservative: It is great that you are not having symptoms most of the time. Ballet is extremely rough on the feet. The problem comes from the tendons and ligamen... Read More
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Dukelow
Podiatry 32 years experience
Bone healing swells: When an injury involves bone, it can take months. The older we get, the longer it lasts. It generally takes a bone 6 weeks to heal. This is the mai... Read More
A 46-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Dukelow
Podiatry 32 years experience
Not feeling it: If you do not have any feeling in both of your feet, this could mean that you have a nerve condition that leads back to the spine. If your can only ... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Dukelow
Podiatry 32 years experience
Treatment is needed: Any time you have any sort of infection you should have treatments. Infections can be treated by antibiotics and surgical care as needed. Infection... Read More
A 18-year-old male asked:
Dr. James Dukelow
Podiatry 32 years experience
Bruising=bleeding: Black and blue usually indicate that some bleeding took place. This is very common under the toe nail. Rubbing and irritation can cause a blister t... Read More
A 22-year-old male asked:
Dr. James Dukelow
Podiatry 32 years experience
Time since injury!: In the acute stage of an ankle sprain, you experience pain, swelling and bruising. It is a matter of calming things down with rest, ice, etc.. After... Read More
A 41-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Dukelow
Podiatry 32 years experience
Inflammed veins?: Usually the superficial veins in the foot are not a major concern. Such veins can become inflamed and feel painful. Such a condition is called sup... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. James Dukelow
Podiatry 32 years experience
Need diagnostic aids: Swelling and pain in this area are my criteria of ordering a venous doppler exam to make sure there is not a blood clot. Once this is established and... Read More
A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Dukelow
Podiatry 32 years experience
Breaks in the skin?: If you contact blood that is not directly from body, but sits on a surface and penetrates your skin, you are susceptible to one virus of concern, hep... Read More
A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Dukelow
Podiatry 32 years experience
Pain=Help!: If you are having pain, your body needs help. If you are having plantar fascitis pain, the diagnosis tells you that the tissue under foot is inflamed... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Dukelow
Podiatry 32 years experience
Via diagnosis: If it was truly a sprain and x-rays taken and treatment was rendered, gradual return to activity is the norm. The old school way of treating these in... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. James Dukelow
Podiatry 32 years experience
Compression hose: Veins have nerves that sense pain and pressure. The veins on the dorsum (top ) of the foot are particularly vulnerable. There is not a lot of soft t... Read More
A 39-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Dukelow
Podiatry 32 years experience
Need more info: Loss of cartilage in front of the ankle bone may in itself be arthritic in the sense that it will limit range of motion here. This can cause pain els... Read More
A 21-year-old male asked:
Dr. James Dukelow
Podiatry 32 years experience
Many causes of this: The most common cause of such pain is heel spur syndrome/plantar fasciitis. But there are other possibilities as to what is going on, such as a bone ... Read More
A 27-year-old male asked:
Dr. James Dukelow
Podiatry 32 years experience
Tight achilles!: You most likely have a tight achilles/triceps surae complex. Stretching exercises and proper shoes are important here!
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Dukelow
Podiatry 32 years experience
Grindin's never good: If there is actual grinding of the foot and ankle, that sounds like extreme arthritis. This condition is treated via some options. This should defin... Read More
A 40-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Dukelow
Podiatry 32 years experience
Get it checked: Please have this checked out. A number of causes. Could be a medication, such as used for high blood pressure. Seems like your arteries are opening... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Dukelow
Podiatry 32 years experience
Exact location: There are some various possibilities. This could be related to a tendon injury or the ligament damage. The exact location of this swelling will give... Read More
A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Dukelow
Podiatry 32 years experience
Irritation/Bone: There are some reasons why people still have pain after the nail surgery. If there is a callus in the area, this would imply mechanical irritation... Read More
A 22-year-old male asked:
Dr. James Dukelow
Podiatry 32 years experience
Some various causes: With cold feet, we usually think of circulation as being a problem. But in most case i've seen that is not the case. If you have any swelling in y... Read More
A 31-year-old male asked:
Dr. James Dukelow
Podiatry 32 years experience
Check your blend: Various materials can cause irritation to your skin. Wool will keep your feet warm, but they are quite itchy. Cotton indeed, would be a good choice... Read More
A 21-year-old male asked:
Dr. James Dukelow
Podiatry 32 years experience
If on pain meds: No: The main consideration here is if you are on any pain meds or not. If you are on a pain medication it can potentiate cardiovascular effects, such as ... Read More
A 21-year-old male asked:
Dr. James Dukelow
Podiatry 32 years experience
Sounds like a tendon: The Peroneus Brevis and Longus insert into the base of the 5th metatarsal. If there is injury or tightness to these tendons, this can bring about pai... Read More

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Offers simple, practical, effective solutions to various foot problem questions
Apr 20, 2015
Great doctor. Consistently gives thoughtful, insightful and expert advice.
Jun 30, 2014
I recommend Dr. Dukelow. Very knowledgeable.
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Thank you, your answer was very helpful! I appreciate your taking time to answer! Much more informative than the last two. (And it makes much more sense!) thanks a million!
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Thanks for your quick reply! Dr said its not the same as on feet said the lumps are a normal part of getting older I Don't believe that they are painful but not likefeet
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Thank you! It's pain all over left side that came first. I'm worried it might be attacking his nervous system cause of the symptoms?

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

Dr. William M. Scholl College of Podiatric Medicine at Rosalind Franklin University,
Graduated 1990MD

Residency

Harvard Hospital/St. Anthony Medical Center
Completed 1991

Awards

Top Doctor, Third Place, Rockford Region, IL - Summer
2013
Most Influential, Second Place, Rockford Region, IL - Summer
2013
Thought Leader, Third Place, Rockford Region, IL - Summer
2013
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