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Warning Signs: Sciatic Pain

Sciatica, or sciatic pain, is a condition that affects the sciatic nerve, which is the largest nerve in the body, extending from the lower back down the legs. This condition is generally associated with lower body pain and weakness, and it is caused by irritation of the nerve roots in the lower spine. This irritation may originate from spinal stenosis, disc herniation, or spinal tumors among a number of other spine problems.

Sciatica is more than just back pain. It might cause shooting pain in the buttocks and lower body, which will tend to be worse when sitting down. Tingling, weakness, numbness, and difficulty standing up are all other common symptoms of sciatica to watch out for. The treatment for sciatic pain will vary, depending on the cause, so it is important to see a spine care specialist when you are experiencing the symptoms discussed above.

When you need care for sciatic pain in Joliet, you can count on Dr. Rebecca Kuo at MK Orthopaedics. Not only can you expect a wide range of treatment options, but you will have dedicated patient education to help you live free of back pain.

4 Tips to a Good Shoe Fit

Foot pain is a common problem with many potential causes. Wearing poorly fitted shoes is a leading cause for a number of painful foot and ankle conditions—including hammertoes, plantar fasciitis, bunions, corns, calluses, and stress fractures—so learning to find well-fitting shoes is important for managing foot pain. Below, you will find several tips to help you select shoes with the right fit to avoid added stress.

Know how to measure your feet

The size of your feet can change throughout adulthood, so you should measure your feet rather than using guesswork to select the right shoe size. Feet swell during the day so measure your foot and shop for shoes at the end of the day. Most people's feet are not the same size. Fit your shoes to the larger foot. Measure your correct shoe length and width of your foot to ensure the best fit. Don’t be afraid to deviate from the size you normally wear when choosing different styles. Wearing shoes that are too narrow can restrict blood flow and compress structures in the foot and lead to orthopedic issues.

Use your foot shape as a guideline

Wearing shoes that are shaped like your foot can eliminate any blisters, bunions, or corns that might result in serious injuries that could require surgical care later on.

Select shoes that stay in place on your foot

Shoes should not slide around your heels when you walk, and the ball of your foot should fit comfortably inside the widest part of the shoe. Shoes that slide around as you walk can lack proper support and cause you to trip and fall. You should also never expect shoes to stretch out if they are too tight initially.

Stand up and walk around when trying on shoes

Regardless of what type of shoes you are purchasing, you will want to give them a thorough test run when trying them on. In order to assure a proper fit, you should stand up and walk around in a pair of shoes before buying them and be sure that the soles provide solid footing to avoid slipping. Make sure there is 3/8" or 1/2" (about the width of your finger) between your longest toe (usually the second toe) and the end of the shoe.

In addition to wearing the right shoes, you will want to address foot pain with the right podiatric care from MK Orthopaedics. Our podiatric surgeons, Dr. Aaron Kim and Dr. Joe George can identify the cause of your foot pain and explore treatment options, including arthroscopic surgery, ankle joint reconstruction, and peripheral nerve decompression. At MK Orthopaedics, you can find relief from foot pain in Joliet under the care of our podiatric surgeons, Dr. Joe George and Dr. Aaron Kim. To schedule a consultation with our team for an evaluation of your foot and ankle pain, give us a call at (815) 741-6900.

The Connection Between Ankle Pain and Winter Sports

Skiing, skating, and snowboarding are all popular winter sports that can be fairly rough on the body when it comes to orthopaedic injuries. Head protection is often emphasized with winter sports, but foot and ankle injuries are also likely. While ankle sprains and minor fractures are not typically serious injuries, they can result in long-term instability and recurring injuries if they are not met with proper care. Under the care of Dr. Aaron Kim and Dr. Joe George at MK Orthopaedics, you can find the right treatment for ankle pain that arises during winter sports so that you are not left suffering from chronic pain later on.

Common winter sports injuries

The two most common injuries seen among winter athletes and weekend warriors alike are ankle sprains and talus fractures. Ankle sprains are soft-tissue injuries, though their symptoms can be the same as ankle fractures, so you should have any ankle injury evaluated by an orthopaedic physician. Talus fractures affect the bone in the back of the foot, and they are caused by rolling of the ankle under the foot or bending of the foot toward the leg.

Winter sport injury prevention

As you gear up for a ski trip, you should make sure that you have well-fitted boots designed for the sport. Snowboarders should wear stiff boots that reduce ankle motion, because rolling of the ankle is likely to occur during a fall.

Treatment for ankle injuries

If you are struggling with ankle pain after hitting the slopes, you should not hesitate to see a doctor to assess your injury. You will want to keep weight off the affected ankle, and you might need to wear a boot to stabilize a severe sprain. Fractures might require surgical care and casting to promote proper healing without long-term side effects.

To explore the rehabilitative foot and ankle care offered at MK Orthopaedics in Joliet, call us at (815) 741-6900. Our podiatric surgeons specialize in ankle joint replacement and reconstruction as well as sports medicine to ensure comprehensive care for any winter injuries.

Four Reasons to Get a Second Medical Opinion

As the term suggests, a second medical opinion refers to additional medical advice following the initial diagnosis. For example, after receiving a diagnosis from the first doctor you visit, you may wish to get a second medical opinion from an orthopaedic surgeon. Getting a second medical opinion is particularly important if your condition is serious and may require invasive treatment, such as orthopaedic surgery. Another reason to consult a second doctor is to confirm the initial diagnosis or find out if there are additional diagnostic tests, or a different interpretations of the previous tests. The second doctor may help you explore alternative treatments. Your insurance may require a second or even third medical opinion so make sure you read and understand your insurance coverage before accepting your initial diagnosis and treatment plan. Lastly, getting a second medical opinion helps you become more familiar with your condition and treatment options, which can allow you to make informed decisions and feel more confident and in control of your health.

If you’re looking for a second medical opinion, you can contact MK Orthopaedics to schedule an appointment with Dr. Komanduri, Dr. Rebecca Kuo, Dr. Aaron Kim, Dr. Joe George or Dr. Ryan Pizinger in Joliet or Shorewood. Call (815) 741-6900 or visit our website to learn more about our sports medicine services, including hip treatment, podiatric treatment and knee treatment.

Relief for Spine Pain & Suffering

A discectomy is a surgical procedure performed on the spine. This surgery may be appropriate for some patients who visit an orthopaedic surgeon because of symptoms such as pain, numbness, and weakness in the buttocks, legs, shoulders, or arms. These symptoms may be caused by a herniated disc. Most patients with disc herniation do not require a discectomy; conservative treatments may be enough to relieve pain. However, sometimes complications can occur if a herniated disc is left untreated. These risks can include saddle anaesthesia, bladder dysfunction, or bowel incontinence.

A discectomy may be appropriate for patients with severe symptoms or complications. After creating an incision over the herniated disc, the orthopaedic surgeon may remove part or all of the lamina, which is the back section of the vertebra. Then, the surgeon can remove the herniated material that is pressing against nearby nerves.

If you have been suffering from back pain, consider talking to a spinal specialist, orthopaedic surgeon, Dr. Rebecca Kuo in Bolingbrook about whether a procedure such as discectomy could be right for you. Call MK Orthopaedics at (815) 741-6900 to schedule a consultation.

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