Monday, March 31, 2014
Heel pain is a common condition that podiatrists treat each day. There are a variety of causes of heel pain, but the most common cause is plantar fasciitis. This involves the band that runs along the bottom of the foot, and it can become irritated where it originates on the bottom of the heel. This condition usually causes the most significant pain after rest (first thing in the morning or after sitting and then getting up). It is important to make an appointment with a podiatrist to get this condition checked out, especially if it is swollen (a break in the heel bone can also cause heel pain and swelling). It is essential to wear supportive shoes (gym shoes) and avoid barefoot walking with heel pain. At your podiatry appointment, you will learn about stretching, icing, and other treatments that will help your pain. Dr. Bender, 708-763-0580
Wednesday, March 26, 2014
March Madness is an exciting time of year where basketball excitement flourishes. Sadly, Friday evening, and Iowa State basketball player, Georges Niang, broke his right foot. Typically, foot fractures take 6-8 weeks to heal, so this means that Niang will be out for the remainder of the 2014 season (and March Madness). A fracture or break in a bone of the foot can be diagnosed with an x-ray, but occasionally, MRI or CT scans may be needed to visualize the injury. Immobilization or surgery are the two forms of treatment for foot fractures. Additionally, bone stimulators may be needed to assist with healing, and physical therapy may be needed after the area is healed to reduce pain, swelling, and improve function. If you have a foot injury, it is important to get it checked out. Call us for an exam, 708-763-0580.
Monday, March 17, 2014
Often, patients tell me they have put off getting their feet checked. Some say they figured the problem would go away. Some say they didn't think it was a big deal. Finally, some say that they were scared what I (the foot doctor) would say! I always tell people that coming into the office and getting an exam (and possibly x-rays) is the best way to get good information about their feet. Most conditions have a variety of conservative, nonsurgical treatment options. Better yet, patients often have many choices about what treatment plans work into their schedules or with their lives. For example, plantar fasciitis, a common cause of heel pain, can be treated with ice, stretching, medication, physical therapy, a night splint, strapping, orthotic devices, and walking boots. These are all good, conservative and non-painful options to get the heel feeling better! Greater than ninety percent of people with heel pain get better through conservative care. Obviously, there are situations where injections or surgery may be indicated. There are also situations where immobilization is required: fractures, tendon or ligament tears, and post operative patients. The good news is that seeing a foot doctor will give you good information about your feet! You can get recommendations about what will help with healing, and YOU (the patient) will have many good options for getting better! The foot is a complicated structure, with 28 bones, and numerous muscles, ligaments, tendons, nerves, and blood vessels. Make your appointment today to start feeling better TODAY! Dr. Bender, 708-763-0580, 6931 W. North Ave., Oak Park, IL, 60302.
Tuesday, March 11, 2014
Recently, you noticed a soft bump on the top of your foot. It bothers you when a shoe rubs on it but maybe not the rest of the time. You do not know what caused this condition. One possible diagnosis is a ganglion cyst. This is a soft tissue mass that forms from a joint or tendon that is in an area of friction, repetitive motion, or was mildly injured. Additionally, some people with a history of these may be more likely to form more of them. The cyst is typically filled with fluid or gelatinous material, and it is soft. It may get smaller and then refill with fluid if pressure is applied to it. MRI and diagnostic ultrasound tests are the best ways (other than surgical excision) to identify what type of cells are in the cyst. Treatments can include any of the following: watching the mass for any changes, padding, different shoes, and surgical excision. There is a high recurrence rate with surgical excision. Ganglion cysts are benign lesions. If you have a bump on your foot, get it diagnosed at Advanced Physical Medicine. Call for your appointment with Dr. Bender, 708-763-0580.
Tuesday, March 4, 2014
Each toe on the foot has a corresponding metatarsal bone, which is a longer bone that attaches the toes to the foot (along with various muscles, ligaments, and tendons). The second metatarsal bone is typically the longest metatarsal bone and also the one that moves the least with standing and walking. This predisposes it to some problems, and one of these issues is Freiberg's disease. The blood supply to the top or head of this bone can be disrupted, causing pain, bone changes, stiffness, and swelling. Patients may have the symptoms at rest or with activity, and teenage girls are the most common group to develop this condition. A combination of the length of this metatarsal, its lack of mobility, and persistent and repetitive microtrauma (running, marching, jumping are good examples) are the common causes. Conventional x-rays are taken to look at the contour of the bone, but MRI or CT scans may be necessary for an accurate diagnosis of this condition. Treatments typically include rest, immobilization, orthotics, shoegear changes, and on occasion, surgery. If you have foot pain, give us a call at 708-763-0580.