Monday, May 28, 2012

Memorial Day 2012

Wishing a happy and healthy Memorial Day 2012 to All! Thank you to all of our servicemen and women for the sacrifices you have made for our FREEDOM! Dr. Bender, 708-763-0580

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Hakeem Nicks of the NY Giants Breaks Fifth Metatarsal Bone of the Foot

During voluntary workouts, Hakeem Nicks of the NY Giants suddenly felt extreme pain in his foot. He broke his fifth metatarsal bone of the foot and will have surgery to place a screw in this bone. He will not return to the field for at least 12 weeks. Fractures of the fifth metatarsal bone, especially close to the base of the bone, are very serious injuries. The blood supply to this portion of the bone is not very strong, and this usually results in slow healing. In my experience, many patients do well with immobilization and rest if the bone is properly approximated (not dislocated and out of position). Some people, especially athletes, respond better and faster with the placement of a screw into the bone to stabilize the fracture. A device called a bone stimulator is often employed for this type of fracture to assist with proper healing. Normal bone healing takes 6-8 weeks, and after surgery and/or immobilization, patients often need a course of physical therapy to get them back to their normal activity level. If you have questions about this condition or any other foot issue, please schedule your appointment! Dr. Mary Ann Bender, 708-763-0580

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

RICE and Ankle Injuries

Danny Granger of the Indiana Pacers injured his ankle last night in an important playoff game against the Heat. Ankle injuries can be very complex, as there are several bones, tendons, and ligaments that can be injured when abnormal pressure is placed on the ankle. Simpler injuries like mild ankle sprains can improve much more quickly than breaks or fractures, tendon or ligament tears, or more severe ankle sprains. However, if you do injure your ankle while playing your favorite sport during these great Spring days, it is essential to start RICE immediately after the injury to speed healing, control swelling and pain, and to make yourself more comfortable. Also, schedule an appointment with your foot doctor for assessment. R-rest I-ice C-compress (ace wraps, air casts, cam walkers, walking boots, splints, braces) E-elevate Dr. Bender, 708-763-0580, 6931 W. North, Oak Park, IL 60302

Friday, May 11, 2012

Happy Mother's Day 2012!

We hope all of the wonderful Mom's out there have a great weekend! Dr. Bender, 708-763-0580