Monday, August 26, 2013

Back to School 2013!

As the kids go to school today (for most of you!), it is important to make sure they are wearing supportive shoes. There should be some room at the end of the shoe (one thumb length) so that the toes are not bumping the tip of the shoe. Additionally, the shoes should have laces or velcro to ensure proper closure and that they are not too loose. It is important that you cannot twist or bend the shoes in order to achieve proper support. Happy Monday! Dr. Bender, 6931 W. North Ave, Oak Park, IL 60302, 708-763-0580

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

What is a LisFranc Injury? Colts player, Justin Hickman, likely out for season with this injury.

We have been hearing more about LisFranc Injuries to the foot during recent years, especially with elite athletes. Justin Hickman of the Indianapolis Colts is the latest NFL player to sustain one of these injuries. This injury takes place at the part of the foot where the metatarsal bones articulate or join with the tarsal bones (cuboid, three cuneiforms, and navicular). The injury may involve dislocation, fractures (breaks), or both. There are a variety of classifications for this injury, as it can present in a variety of ways. The injury can occur in a variety of ways: car accidents, heavy objects dropping on the foot, crush injuries, and rotational force on a plantarflexed (foot pointed downward) foot. There is pain and swelling with this injury, but there can also be bruising, skin irritation or openings, and stress on the blood supply or circulation. X-Rays are always ordered for this injury, and more advanced imaging modalities like MRI and CT may also be needed. Depending on the severity of the injury and the activity level of the patient, it can be treated conservatively with casting or with surgery. This injury can result in arthritis, pain, and swelling even after healing. If you have a foot problem, contact Dr. Bender for an appointment. 708-763-0580 (Oak Park) and 773-776-3166 (63rd/Chicago).

Friday, August 2, 2013

Pujols on the DL with another Foot Injury

Albert Pujols, now a member of the Angels, was placed on the disabled list with a tear of the plantar fascia of his foot. The plantar fascia is a band that runs along the bottom of the foot and frequently causes heel pain. In some cases, the plantar fascia can develop tears in it, resulting in significant pain that does not respond to traditional conservative treatment modalities. Plantar fascial tears are best diagnosed with diagnostic ultrasound or MRI. The best treatment for these injuries is rest and immobilization. Physical therapy is instituted after the area has healed, and patients typically use custom molded orthotic devices into the future. If you have a foot or ankle injury, call Dr. Bender at her Oak Park or Chicago offices for an appointment. 708-763-0580 or 773-776-3166