Sunday, January 22, 2012

Ouch-Swollen Feet when Pregnant

A common complaint during pregnancy is swelling or edema. This tends to get worse as the pregnancy advances, and although the bones of the feet are not growing, the increased fluid accumulation may make the feet feel bigger. The increased size of the uterus, along with the release of the hormones relaxin and progesterone (in preparation of delivery), makes it harder for the veins of the lower extremities to pump the fluid out of the area.

How do I relieve this discomfort? Elevation, rest, properly fitting shoes and socks, and compression stockings can help with swelling and discomfort.

It is important to know that the swelling associated with pregnancy is often symmetrical and equal on both sides. If one leg is significantly more swollen than the other, this could be a life threatening emergency known as a deep vein thrombosis or a blood clot. It is essential to go to the nearest emergency room if you have this condition.

Dr. Mary Ann Bender, 6931 W. North, Oak Park, IL 60302

Friday, January 13, 2012

Dwayne Wade and Heel Pain

Miami Heat player Dwayne Wade inured his heel in late December and is still suffering this week. Reports state that he may have a contusion or "bone bruise" or plantar fasciitis. Heel pain can be caused by a variety of conditions: inflammation or tears in the plantar fascia, bone contusions, broken or fractured bones, arthritis, nerve entrapments, decreased fat on the bottom of the heel, back injuries, and other less common causes. X-Rays, CT scans, and MRIs are helpful in determining what is causing of the pain. Initial treatments can include rest, ice, immobilization, antiiflammatory medication, physical therapy, and occasionally stretching or injections depending of what the primary cause is of the condition.

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

Monday, January 2, 2012

Happy New Year

Hope everyone has had a wonderful holiday season! Advanced Physical Medicine Podiatry is back to our normal hours!

Dr. Bender