Monday, December 12, 2011

Dallas Cowboys Player, Demarco Murray, has broken ankle

Many Dallas Cowboys football fans watched yesterday as player, DeMarco Murray, had to be helped off the field with an injury to his lower extremity. It was later determined that he had a broken ankle. Ankle breaks (also known as fractures) can be very serious injuries that may heal with immobilization or surgery. Often X-rays and more advanced modalities, such as CT scans and MRIs, are used to determine the severity of the injury and to determine what treatment plan is best.

If you have an injury to your foot or ankle, please contact Advanced Physical Medicine to make your appointment for a check up! 708-763-0580

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Why are my toenails thick, discolored, and loose?

There are several reasons why you have a loose or discolored toenail. This week, we will again discuss the most common cause-fungus.

You may have a condition called ONYCHOMYCOSIS or fungal toenails. There are a variety of causes of this condition: athlete’s foot, pedicures, trauma, or chronic conditions (diabetes, cancer, lupus, etc.). There are both topical and oral treatment options, and there are even over the counter medications that have good success rates. A toenail takes 9-12 months to grow out, even with treatment. None of the medications are 100 percent successful, but if no treatment is started, the condition can get worse. Unfortunately, the fungal toenails will not improve if left untreated.

It is important to see a podiatrist to assess whether you actually have a fungus in your toenail. Sometimes a biopsy of the nails needs to be taken to determine if there is actually fungus in the nail.

Next week, we will discuss other causes of loose and discolored nails.

Happy Holidays!

Dr. Bender, 708-763-0580

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Ben Roethlisberger Injures Ankle on Thursday Night Football

Many NFL fans watching in shock tonight as Ben Roethlisberger limped off the field this evening with an injury to his ankle. Although, preliminary X-Ray results show no broken bone, the ankle is a very complicated structure. The ankle is made up of the fibula, tibia, and talus bones, several ligaments that support both sides of the ankle, and several tendons that pass on all sides of the ankle. Thus, a bad fall or twist, as suffered tonight by the Steeler's quarterback, can injure any of these structures.

If you have an injury to your ankle while playing the sport of your choice, it is important to immediately incorporate RICE (rest, ice, compression/ace wrap, and elevation). Please see or for more information on ankle injuries.

Dr. Mary Ann Bender, 6931 W. North Ave., Oak Park, IL 60302, 708-763-0580

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Second Annual Sock Collection for the Homeless

Hi Friends- I am having my second annual sock collection for homeless patients in Chicago!

These patients visit the free foot clinics that are sponsored by Scholl College of Podiatric Medicine.

If you are able to donate new socks, you can either drop them by my office in Oak Park or I can come

pick them up! Thanks so much for your continued support of the homeless population in Chicago!

Mary Ann

Second Annual Sock Drive for the Homeless

As the cold weather approaches, more individuals visit local homeless shelters for healthcare services, meals, and lodging. Dr. Mary Ann Bender is collecting new socks to distribute at her podiatry clinics at Pacific Garden Mission, Interfaith House, and Uptown Mission.

Needed: NEW Adult Men’s Socks

Collection site: Dr. Mary Ann Bender

Advanced Physical Medicine

6931 W. North Ave.

Oak Park, IL 60302

Dates: November 28-December 23



Sunday, November 27, 2011

Diabetes Awareness Month Wrap Up

As Diabetes Awareness Month wraps up, it is important to remember several important things throughout the year to keep your feet healthy.

1. Control your blood sugar by maintaining a healthy diet and exercising regularly.

2. Check your feet daily. If you see any color changes or any abnormalities, see your foot doctor immediately.

3. Wear supportive, cushioned, properly fitting shoe gear.

4. Stop smoking!

5. Wash your feet daily and apply lotion or cream to the tops and bottoms but not between the toes.

6. Keep your doctors appointments. This includes seeing a foot doctor regularly for your long nails, corns, and callouses.

This information is only a basic outline of reminders about diabetic foot care. If you have this condition, please schedule an appointment with Dr. Bender for a more comprehensive discussion about your particular foot care needs. 708-763-0580.

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Baltimore Ravens Player Ray Lewis Unable to Play Today due to Toe Injury

NFL Player Ray Lewis, of the Baltimore Ravens, was unable to play today due to a toe injury. There are a variety of ways we can injure our toes while playing sports. If you do injure your toe while playing a sport, it is essential to get it checked by a podiatrist right away, so you can get back to your sport or exercise routine as quickly as possible!

Dr. Bender, Advanced Physical Medicine, 708-763-0580

Tip 2-Diabetic Foot Care, Controlling your blood sugar

Tip 2- Control your blood sugar to keep your feet healthy! Your fasting blood sugar should be between 80-120 mg/dL for optimal health of your feet. It is important that you check your blood sugar at least once per day and that you keep a record of the readings.

You can control your sugar by eating a healthy, balanced diet and getting exercise (5 days per week for 30 minutes). Talk to your doctor about what type of exercise is best for you. Swimming, walking, dancing, and biking are often good choices but depend on your individual health. Your diet should consist of properly portioned lean meats, vegetables, and whole grains. Speak to your doctor about what fruits will be best for you and help you to maintain your blood sugar at the appropriate level. Be careful of white bread, white rice, tortillas, and potatoes, as these can elevate your blood sugar. Also, cake, ice cream, pie, muffins, cookies, and other sweets will elevate your blood sugar. If you need help with your diet, ask your medical doctor to refer you to a dietician or diabetes education class.

Elevated blood sugar for prolonged periods can cause bad things to happen to the feet: nerve damage (diabetic neuropathy), delayed healing, infections, and sores on the feet. Additionally, it can have devastating effects on other systems of the body.

Presented by Dr. Bender, 6931 W. North Ave., Oak Park, IL, 708-763-0580

Saturday, November 12, 2011

November 2011 is National Diabetes Month! Tip One for Diabetic Foot Care, from Dr. Bender, Oak Park, IL

Why is this important? Diabetes is a serious disease that can affect all parts of the body. As a foot doctor, I am very concerned about keeping the feet of diabetics as healthy as possible to prevent amputation, ulcers or sores on the feet, infections, delayed healing, circulation problems, and nerve damage. Watch this blog or my facebook page for the rest of the month for tips on maintaining healthy feet!

1. Tip one- Check your feet everyday (including the bottoms) to make sure there are not any openings in the skin, color changes, areas of drainage, or any other abnormalities. If you notice something is not quite right, contact my office right away for an appointment. 708-763-0580

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

DVT-What is it?

A deep vein thrombosis is a blood clot that occurs in a vein. It can occur throughout the body, but today we will discuss the DVT that occurs in the leg. This is a condition that can occur with foot injuries and surgeries, so it is important to understand. The leg may appear as red, hot, swollen, and painful, especially in the back. This is typically associated with the following causes: trauma, surgery, smoking, varicose veins, pregnancy, birth control pills, inherited conditions, long periods of inactivity, long plane or car rides, certain diseases (inflammatory bowel disease, heart disease, cancer, and others), and a history of DVT or pulmonary embolism.

This is a dangerous condition because the clot can travel to the lungs and become a pulmonary embolism. A pulmonary embolism can cause death if not treated properly. Signs of a pulmonary embolism can include shortness of breath, palpitations, deep cough, blood coming up after coughing, fainting, anxiety, sharp chest pain, sweating, and rapid breathing or pulse. These are signs of a medical emergency! You must report to the nearest ER or call 911 if you have these symptoms.

If you think you have a DVT, you should report to the nearest Emergency Room for diagnosis (through a special ultrasound that measures the blood flow in veins) and treatment (with blood thinners). If you think you have a pulmonary embolism, you should immediately report to the nearest ER or call 911, as this is a life threatening condition.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Advanced Physical Medicine at Frank Lloyd Wright Races 2011, Oak Park,IL

Come visit the Advanced Physical Medicine team at the 2011 Frank Lloyd Wright Races, this Sunday, Oct. 23, in Oak Park, IL. Massages will be provided for participants, and we will be passing out information and answering questions about our services. Dr. Bender will be available to answer any foot questions you may have. Make sure you get your free reusable bag from Dr. Bender at the event!

Thursday, October 6, 2011

My big toe hurts!? What is bunion pain? Presented by Dr. Bender, Oak Park, IL

What is that big bump on the side of your big toe and how did it get there? Often, it is a bunion, and this occurs when the big toe joint moves out of alignment. This causes the head of the first metatarsal to become very prominent and form a bump. Sometimes, this bump is not painful and does not impact walking or standing. However, when the bump becomes red, inflamed, and irritated, it is a problem that requires treatment.

What are the causes of bunions? Common causes include the following: flat feet, genetics, arthritis, trauma, certain diseases, and improper shoegear.

How are they treated? Bunions can be treated conservatively with medication, padding, changes in shoegear, orthotics, or injections. These conservative treatments do not remove the bunion but can ease the pain. The only way to permanently remove a bunion is through surgery. If you have significant pain, this may be the answer for you. However, initial healing from bunion surgery takes 6-8 weeks, so it is important that you discuss the details of the surgery with your doctor to make sure surgery is right for you.

If you have this or another foot condition, please contact Dr. Bender, Advanced Physical Medicine, for an appointment.

Oak Park 708-763-0580
Chicago 63rd 773-776-3166
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Thursday, September 29, 2011

What is a Neuroma? Presented by Dr. Bender, Oak Park, IL

A neuroma is a condition that involves inflammation around one of the digital nerves of the foot. Usually, this occurs between the second and third toes. Patients complain of several different sensations when this condition occurs: sharp pains radiating to the toes, burning pain in the area, the feeling of walking on a pebble or marble, and/or the feeling that the sock is bunched up when it is not. This condition is aggravated by high heeled shoes, tight shoes, any pressure on the forefoot (such as standing on the toes), walking barefoot, and prolonged standing or walking.

There are many causes of neuromas, but the most common is foot structure. Some people have metatarsal bones that are too close together, and this applies pressure to the digital nerve as it passes between the metatarsal bones. Trauma, incorrect shoegear, certain activities, arthritis, and the way we walk can also cause neuromas.

Common treatments for neuromas include the following: medication, injections, physical therapy, padding, custom molded orthotics, and surgery.

If you feel like you have this condition, please make an appointment with Dr. Bender. 708-763-0580 Oak Park, IL

Friday, September 16, 2011

Heel Pain Education Video

Each month, we will feature a new educational video at This month's feature is focused on heel pain. You can view the video by clicking on Educational Videos on the main pain of

Have a wonderful weekend!

Dr. Bender
6891 W North
Oak Park, IL

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Night Splints- A treatment for Plantar Fasciitis. Presented by Dr. Bender, Advanced Physical Medicine

Previous blogs have discussed plantar fasciitis, an inflammation of the band on the bottom of the foot. The purpose of today's post is to discuss night splints. A night splint is a common treatment for plantar fasciitis. It is a device that is worn at night or when resting for a prolonged period. It holds the foot and ankle in place at a 90 degree angle, and this employes a constant stretch on the plantar fascia and achilles tendon while worn. Many people that have plantar fasciitis already know that stretching is an important part of the treatment of this inflammation. Incorporating the night splint into the treatment protocol allows for stretching to occur even when at rest for prolonged periods. This eliminates the pain most people with this condition suffer when first stepping down in the morning.

If you have questions about night splints, please contact Dr. Bender at 708-763-0580 or

Friday, September 9, 2011

Have a nice and safe weekend!

As I remember the day 9/11/01, I think about the losses and heroes of that tragic day. I think of those who sacrificed to help those in need, sometimes giving their own lives to come to the aid of others. I look forward to a bright future for our country, and I wish all of you a safe and peaceful weekend as we all reflect on a day that changed our country and our lives.

Dr. Bender

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Thick, discolored toenails? Treat your fungal nails now!

Presented by Dr. Bender, Oak Park Podiatry and Advanced Physical Medicine

Fungal toenails appear thick, yellow/brown/black, and are often abnormally shaped. It typically takes 9 months for a toenail to grow out,so Fall is a great time to start treatment on your toenails so that they are clear for Spring.

There are a variety of treatment options for fungal toenails, and they fall into two categories: oral and topical. There are advantages and disadvantages to both, and I will be happy to go over this with you to decide what treatment plan is best for you!

For more information: or

For appointments: 708-763-0580

Friday, August 26, 2011

Oak Park Podiatry-Footcare for Construction Workers

This post came up today from Gilden Tree, the makers of fabulous foot cream. Check out the article for some great tips on protecting your feet if you are a construction worker. There are great ideas about socks, boots, blister prevention, and exercises.

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Why does Gout affect the Big Toe Joint the Most?

Gout can affect any joint and can also affect more than one joint at a time. However, it most commonly affects the big toe joint. Why?

The blood supply to the toes is much less than to other parts of the body due to the decreased size of the blood vessels. There are two theories about how this can lead to gout at the joint. 1. Periods of inactivity can lead to pooling of the blood (not pumped out of the area as efficiently), and this can cause gout crystals to form in the joint. 2. Due to decreased blood flow in the area, there may be a lower temperature at the joint, which can also cause crystals to form.

For more information on gout, please stay tuned for future updates on this blog or visit my website: For an appointment, please contact my office at 708-763-0580.

Clinic Closure

Hope everyone is having a nice week! The Advanced Physical Medicine Clinic will be closed for the rest of the week because Dr. Bender is at a conference. We will reopen on Monday, August 15!

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Diabetes and Fungal Nails

It has long been know that diabetics have a higher rate of fungal toenails (onychomycosis) than non-diabetic individuals. A study in the Jan/Feb. edition of the Journal of the American Podiatric Medical Association by Gulcan et al found that the longer a person is diabetic, the higher incidence of fungal nails. Additionally, diabetics with complications such as neuropathy (nerve damage) and retinopahy (eye damage) had a higher rate of fungal toenail growth. Poor sugar control was not found to cause an increase in fungal nails.

Interestingly, the study also found an increase incidence of fungal nails in obese patients and those with a family history of fungal nails.

If your nails are thick, yellow, brown, black, loose, or distorted in shape, you may have fungal toenails. The nails do not improve without treatment and may get worse. Call 708-763-0580 to see what treatment is best for you.

Dr. Bender

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Prostate Cancer Run/Walk 9/18/11-Good for your FEET and for a good cause!

Exercise is good for your health and your feet! It strengthens your muscles and tendons, helps with blood circulation to the legs and feet, and keeps our joints mobile. Not to mention all of the benefits for the whole body-heart health, weight reduction, stress relief, blood sugar and blood pressure regulation.

Support a good cause and stay fit! Chicago Prostate Cancer Run/Walk in Lincoln Park on 9/18/11 is looking for runners and walkers. Register at

Friday, July 15, 2011

Skin Cancer and Your Feet

Skin Cancer Awareness
Ninety percent of skin cancer is caused by exposure to the sun’s UV rays. Skin cancer has become increasingly more common and deadly. The three types of skin cancer include the following: Malignant Melanoma, Basal Cell Carcinoma, and Squamous Cell Carcinoma. The most serious and dangerous form is malignant melanoma.
Skin cancer can affect all races of people and may present in surprising places, such as under toenails or on the bottoms of the feet. Any form of skin cancer can occur on the feet, so it is essential to check your feet regularly. If you notice any changes or warning signs, please call 708-763-0580 for your foot check up!
It is essential to pay attention to the ABCs when monitoring changes on your skin. These are warning signs for skin cancer. If any of the following abnormalities are present on a mole or spot on the skin, it is essential to have it checked out by a doctor.
The spot is cannot be divided equally into halves.
B- Border/Bleeding:
The edges are irregular or bleeding.
C- Color:
Spots that have color changes within them need to be checked by a doctor.
D- Diameter:
If it is larger than a pencil eraser, it should be checked by a doctor.
The lesion is raised above the rest of the skin.
How to prevent skin cancer?
1. Avoid outdoor activities when possible between 10 am- 4 pm, when the sun rays are most intense.
2. Wear sunscreen all year (not just in the summer) and use at lease SPF 15. It does not protect against all the UV rays, but it certainly helps to protect you.
3. Wear protective clothing to cover the skin when outside, and wear sunglasses that protect against UVA and UVB rays.
4. Be aware that certain medications can cause your skin to be more sensitive to the sun’s rays. Consult your pharmacist about any medications you are taking to see if they make the skin more sensitive to the sun’s rays.
5. Check your skin regularly for any abnormal or new changes.
6. Avoid tanning beds.

This information is presented by Dr. Mary Ann Bender, Advanced Physical Medicine. 708-763-0580. If you have any concerns about skin changes on your feet, please call for an appointment.

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Happy 4th of July Week!

Hope everyone had a safe and happy holiday over the weekend. The podiatry portion of Advanced Physical Medicine is closed this week. We will reopen on Monday, July 11. Hope everyone enjoys the rest of the week! 708-763-0580

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Heel Pain-Icing and Stretching with a frozen water bottle

Often, people complain about pain in the heel when they get up in the morning. This condition is typically called plantar fasciitis. This is an inflammation of the band on the bottom of the foot (the plantar fascia). This condition can be aggravated by weight changes (especially weight gain) and activity changes.

Plantar fasciitis requires icing and stretching (usually three times per day). Without this, it often does not improve. A good way of stretching and icing together is to freeze a water bottle and roll it along the bottom of the foot. If you are diabetic or have other serious health issues like peripheral vascular disease, you can only ice for 5-10 minutes at a time.

Happy Walking!
Dr. Bender

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Diabetes-Portion Control with your diet

It is important as a diabetic to keep your blood sugar under good control: 80-120 mg/dL. If your blood sugar is elevated for prolonged periods, it can cause problems with your feet (numbness, burning, pain, sores).

Here are some good tips for portion control:
Meat-Size of deck of cards
Fruit-Size of a tennis ball
Potato-Size of an adult fist
Rice-Size of a teacup

It is important to reduce your intake of salad dressing, gravy, and butter. Also, when eatting out, the portions are often very large, so taking half of the meal home will allow you to avoid overeatting.

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Skin Cancer Awareness Month-May

May is National Skin Care Awareness Month, and this is a good time to check your skin for any abnormal areas or changes in areas. Important things to look for include the following: moles which have uneven borders or color changes inside of them; raised areas on the skin; painful, sore or bleeding moles; moles that are growing in size; or any new color changes to the skin.

Skin cancer can affect the feet! It is important to check them regularly and carefully. The bottoms of the feet and underneath toenails are both areas where skin cancers can develop.

It is important to protect your skin from the sun by using sunblock of SPF 15 or higher, wearing hats or sunglasses, seeking shade from the sun, wearing clothes that protect sun exposed areas of the skin, and avoiding tanning beds.

If you have an area of concern on your feet, please make an appointment today!

Mary Ann Bender, DPM

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Ankle Injuries, like Bull's player Derrick Rose

The ankle is a complicated structure, with three bones and several ligaments holding it together. Each side of the ankle has several major tendons that move across it to allow it to move in the direction needed for walking, running, jumping, etc. Although, the X-Rays for Derrick Rose (of the Chicago Bulls) are negative for a fracture or break in his bone, the soft tissue injuries to the ligaments of the ankle can also cause significant pain, swelling, and reduced ability to function.

If you injure your ankle, it is important to ice it, wrap it with an ace wrap, elevate it, and rest. It is essential to make an appointment with a foot and ankle specialist to get X-Rays and develop a plan for healing. Often, braces, soft casts, walking boots, physical therapy, and medication are incorporated into the initial treatment. MRI and Ultrasound may also be used to look at the integrity of the soft tissue structures.

Please call for your appointment today if you have this problem. 708-763-0580

Sunday, April 17, 2011

2011 Dr. William Fitzsimmons Award, Oak Park, IL

Dr. Bender has been awarded a 2011 Dr. William Fitzsimmons Award for provding volunteer footcare for homeless individuals at West Suburban PADS in Oak Park, IL. Dr. Bender is thrilled about this award, as she has been providing footcare to the homeless community in Chicagoland for the last six years!

Dr. Mary Ann Bender, 6931 W. North Ave., Oak Park, IL 60302 708-763-0580

Saturday, March 19, 2011

March Madness, Warm Weather-Time to Get More Active!

March Madness is in full swing with exciting basketball matchups! Warm weather and sunny skies are brightening Chicagoland! Now is the time to get more active. Advanced Physical Medicine and Dr. Bender are here for all of your footcare needs. We have Oak Park and Chicago locations to serve you. Please call 708-763-0580 for an appointment,or learn more about us at and Happy March!

Friday, March 4, 2011

Calf Pain When you Walk-Peripheral Arterial Disease

Often, people feel pain in their calves after they walk a few blocks. This pain gets better after rest. This is typically a sign of peripheral vascular disease or poor circulation. Smokers, diabetics, people with high cholesterol or kidney disease may have poor circulation at a higher than the general population. It is important to get an examination with a podiatrist to see if you have this condition. Please call 708-763-0580 for your appointment.

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Office Closure March 3

The Podiatry Clinic at Advanced Physical Medicine will be closed on March 3, 2011, as Dr. Bender attends the Midwest Podiatry Conference. This conference highlights the latest advancements in podiatric medicine and provides invaluable information about new techniques and procedures. If you have an emergency foot condition during this time, please contact my office at 708-763-0580.

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Callouses and corns-Why do I get them?

Corns and callouses are made up of a thick layer of dry tissue that builds up over pressure points. Bunions, hammer toes, or arthtritic bones can have a different shape, and the callouses build up to protect the skin from this abnormal bone formation. Also, flat feet and locations of previous injuries or surgeries can cause corns and callouses to develop.

Typically, a podiatrist will remove these and provide padding, cushions, or orthotic devices to relieve the pressure. However, this is only a temporary solutions because the abnormal pressure will usually cause the callouses or corns to form again. Occasionally, the abnormal bone formation that may be causing the callous or corn can be removed surigically to alleviate the problem.

If you have this problem, it is important to avoid over the counter corn removal pads, which contain an acid in most cases and can burn the skin.

For questions or to schedule an appointment, please call my office at 708-763-0580.

Monday, February 14, 2011

Happy Valentine's Day!

Hope everyone has a fun and happy Valentine's Day! The Advanced Physical Medicine Foot Clinic is open on Valentine's Day!

Friday, February 11, 2011

Falls on the Ice

During these cold, ice filled days, it is important to be very careful when walking outside. Falls on the ice can cause ankle sprains and foot and ankle fractures. If you do fall on the ice, it is important to get your foot checked with a podiatrist or local ER. Immediately after the injury, it is important to wrap the ankle and foot in an ace wrap, ice the area,elevate, and use crutches if needed. If you do have an injury to your foot or ankle, please call 708-763-0580 to have it examined. Wishing you a safe and happy weekend!

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Snow and Clinic Hours

The Advanced Physical Medicine Foot Clinic will be closed 2/2/11 due to the snow. The Oak Park office will reopen on Thursday morning, 2/3/11 for all of your foot and ankle concerns. Please call 708-763-0580 for your appointment.

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Snow Boots and your FEET

As the snow continues to fall in Chicagoland, it is important to look for snow boots that are supportive, warm, and have good traction on the bottom (to prevent falls). When inspecting the heel of the boot, you should not be able to compress it inward with your hands. The arch should have some built in support and not be completely flat. Additionally, you should not be able to twist the part of the boot where the foot belongs.

Further, you need a boot which is made of warm materials that will help insulate your foot. Cold, wet weather can lead to cold injuries, such as frostbite. Frostbite can cause numbness, tingling, blisters, open sores, and gangrene (brown or black areas). If you have any of these symptoms, you need to report to the nearest Emergency Room.

Finally, you need boots that have good traction on the bottom, so that you will not fall on ice or wet surfaces.

Happy Winter!!

If you need to have your feet checked, please call 708-763-0580 for a podiatry exam.

Dr. Bender

Sunday, January 2, 2011

Achilles Tendonitis

The Achilles tendon is the thick structure on the back of your heel and ankle. It connects the heel to the back of the knee, so it is an important structure. In many people, the Achilles tendon is tight, and this can cause problems over time, such as tendonitis or tears. Additionally, overuse or a twist/fall/abrupt turn of the foot or ankle can cause injury to the tendon.

If you have soreness to this area of your ankle, it is important to get it checked out by a podiatrist. Easy treatments can occur ice, stretching, physical therapy, rest, strapping, heel lifts, walking boots, ankle braces, or antiinflammatory medications. If the condition is not improving, an ultrasound or MRI may be ordered to determine if there are tears within the tendon. If there is a tear, immobilization or repair (surgery) are the treatments typically rendered.

If you think you have this problem, please contact my office at 708-763-0580. 11:39:00 AM by Dr. Mary Ann Bender, Advanced Physical Medicine, 6931 W. North Ave, Oak Park, IL 60302, 708-763-0580