MK Orthopaedics
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Solutions for Foot Pronation

As your foot strikes the ground, it moves inward to distribute your weight. This is known as pronation and it is not in itself a sports injury. In fact, pronation is essential for shock absorption. However, depending on the size of your foot arch, the pronation of your foot may be negatively affected. If you have very low arches, you’ll likely overpronate and you’ll likely need to see an orthopaedic doctor at some point. Overpronation can lead to problems such as shin splints, plantar fasciitis, and Achilles tendonitis. If you have very high arches, you likely have underpronation. Underpronation also requires the expertise of an orthopaedic doctor, as it can cause injuries such as iliotibial band syndrome.

There are ways of correcting under- and overpronation. Individuals may wish to obtain a gait analysis to evaluate their specific problem with pronation. Often, the problem can be corrected with a change of shoes and the use of orthotic insoles. Athletes should always stretch before and after their training sessions. Additionally, it’s essential to replace athletic shoes when they no longer offer as much cushioning.

You can consult a sports medicine specialist in Joliet to learn how you can correct your pronation problems. Call MK Orthopaedics at (815) 741-6900 and let us know how we can help you get back on your feet.

Help My Trigger Finger

A trigger finger release is a procedure that an orthopaedic surgeon can perform to correct a condition known as trigger finger, or stenosing tenosynovitis. With trigger finger, a finger or thumb pops or “catches” when a person tries to extend it. With severe cases of trigger finger, it may remain locked in a bent position and it can be difficult to straighten. Typically, trigger finger is caused by repetitive movements such as gripping and grasping.

If left untreated, trigger finger can cause difficulty with everyday life, such as when a person tries to handle objects. A trigger finger release isn’t likely the first treatment option an orthopaedic doctor may recommend. Generally, patients may try resting, stretching, or splinting the finger, along with taking nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs. Other patients may need a steroid injection. If these treatments are ineffective, the patient might undergo a trigger finger release, which involves cutting the sheath surrounding the tendon. This enables the tendon to move more freely.

An orthopaedic surgeon at MK Orthopaedics can improve your quality of life with a trigger finger release, knee replacement surgery, or other procedure. To reach an orthopaedic doctor in Joliet, call (815) 741-6900.

Work-Related Foot Injuries

Work-related foot injuries are often chronic orthopaedic problems caused by repetitive use. Some examples of common foot problems include bunions and plantar fasciitis. If you’ve developed foot problems and you suspect they may be related to your occupation, you can consult an orthopaedic doctor for help. Inform your orthopaedic doctor of the symptoms you’ve experienced and whether you’ve injured your foot recently. Your orthopaedic doctor can advise you of your treatment options and discuss what complications may develop without treatment.

Possible Symptoms and Causes

The symptoms of a work-related foot injury can vary, depending on the exact injury. A bunion, which is a bump on the big toe joint, can cause symptoms such as corns or calluses, swelling, redness, pain, and limited movement of the big toe. Bunions can develop with uneven pressure on the feet. If your occupation exerts excess stress on your feet, you may be at a higher risk of bunions. Another common work-related foot injury is plantar fasciitis, which involves heel pain that can be quite severe. The pain may feel like a stabbing sensation in the heel and it is often worse in the morning. Plantar fasciitis is a repetitive strain injury caused by repeated stretching and tearing of the plantar fascia. The plantar fascia is a thick band of tissue. Plantar fasciitis is common among those whose jobs require long periods of standing or walking.

Complications and Treatment Options

If left untreated, bunions can lead to additional foot problems, such as bursitis, hammertoe, and metatarsalgia. Untreated plantar fasciitis can lead to chronic heel pain. Often, individuals alter their walking patterns because of the pain, which can lead to additional orthopaedic problems like knee pain. Conservative treatment measures are available for bunions; however, a surgical procedure can remove the swollen tissue and realign the bone. If physical therapy and orthotics aren’t enough to relieve plantar fasciitis pain, an orthopaedic surgeon may detach the plantar fascia.

At MK Orthopaedics, you’ll find the treatment options you need to live life pain-free. We offer a range of advanced treatments for your work-related injury or sports injury. To obtain an appointment with our orthopaedic doctor in Joliet, call our office at (815) 741-6900.

Shoulder Problems?

The repair of a detached labrum is a type of orthopaedic surgery used to correct a shoulder or hip instability. The labrum is a type of cartilage within the shoulder joint and hip joint. It is a particularly rigid type of cartilage that is located around the socket. Generally, before an orthopaedic surgeon recommends a surgical repair of a detached labrum, patients are advised to rest the joint, take anti-inflammatory medications, and try physical therapy. If symptoms are still bothersome, the orthopaedic surgeon may recommend surgical repair.

Identifying a Detached Labrum

There are many orthopaedic problems that can involve the shoulder. To identify whether a detached labrum may be the cause, an orthopaedic doctor may consider symptoms such as pain with overhead activities, popping or grinding noises, decreased range of motion, and loss of strength. Additionally, many patients report that the shoulder feels unstable. These symptoms can occur when the shoulder joint is subjected to physical trauma, such as dislocation.


There are a few surgical approaches available to the orthopaedic surgeon, depending on the specific nature of the injury. First, the doctor may request imaging tests such as a computed tomography (CT) scan or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scan. However, evaluating the true extent of the damage usually requires arthroscopic surgery. The surgeon will evaluate whether the injury is a SLAP lesion, which is a tear on the rim just above the middle part of the socket. This tear may also involve the biceps tendon. Other types of tears include tears of the glenoid rim and Bankart lesions.

Repair the Damage

If the injury does not involve the biceps tendon and the shoulder is still stable, the orthopaedic surgeon can remove the flap that has been torn. If the tendon is detached or torn, the surgeon will have to repair the tendon and reattach it. To accomplish this, he or she may use absorbable sutures or wires.

At MK Orthopaedics, our highly trained team regularly performs complex procedures such as detached labrum repair, SLAP lesion repair, and Bankart repair. Patients also consult our orthopaedic surgeon regarding procedures such as hip replacement surgery. You can schedule a consultation with our orthopaedic doctor in Joliet by calling (815) 741-6900.

Taking a Look at Stress Fractures of the Foot

When you participate in high-impact activities like running, tennis, or basketball, your feet are under significant stress from repetitive foot strikes and significant weight-bearing. If you take on these activities without proper training or breaks during your activity, you may sustain injuries in the foot. Stress fractures of the foot are a common injury associated with high-impact sports, and they can require a long period for complete healing. A stress fracture is a small crack in the bone, not a complete break, but the injury can become much worse if it is not met with the right care.

Common Causes

A stress fracture will take place when the muscles surrounding the bones of the foot are tired and no longer sustain impact from repetitive motions. This means that overuse, improper footwear, and a change of environment—changing from trail running to running on pavement for example—may all contribute to the risk for stress fractures. The metatarsal bones in the center of the foot are the most common site of stress fractures, which may be even more likely in individuals with osteoporosis.

Signs and Symptoms

Because stress fractures result from repetitive movement and not sudden impact, they may be a little harder to identify than other types of fractures. If you have pain that gradually develops during activity but subsides with rest, there may be a stress fracture to blame. Swelling may also occur along with possible bruising on the top of the foot and outer ankle. The site of the fracture will be tender to the touch. If you suspect that you have sustained a stress fracture while playing sports or running, you should immediately stop the activity and seek medical attention.

First Aid and Long-Term Treatment

When treated with immediate first aid and appropriate orthopaedic care, stress fractures are fairly minor injuries that simply require time to heal. If you continue activity when a stress fracture occurs and try to ignore the pain, however, the bone may break completely and lead to a more extensive recovery. Typically, stress fractures are addressed with a cast or protective footwear in addition to plenty of rest over 6-8 weeks. Once pain from the injury subsides, a gradual reintroduction of more strenuous activity may take place.

If you have suffered a stress fracture or other repetitive stress injuries of the foot or ankle, MK Orthopaedics can get you on the right path to recovery with a wide range of treatments in our Joliet office. You can schedule a consultation with one of our skilled orthopaedic specialists by requesting an appointment online or calling us at (815) 741-6900.

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