• The Female Athletes’ Guide to Knee Injuries

    Running in a marathon with injured knee

    Knee injuries are common among people who play sports, especially female athletes. But why are women more susceptible to knee injuries than men? Recent studies are shedding new light on the causes of common sports injuries and how women can adapt their training regimens to lower their risk.

    Muscular and Skeletal Structure

    There are obvious musculoskeletal differences between the sexes, and it’s estimated that women are two to eight times more likely to injure their ACL (anterior cruciate ligament) than men. The ACL is one of four major ligaments in the knee and is susceptible to tearing even during non-contact activity. Studies designed to analyze how men and women jump and land revealed differences in the position of the athletes’ knees, which partially explains the divergence in knee injury rates between genders. These studies showed that women tend to land with the knees pointed inward—this puts the knee in a poor position to absorb shock and increases tension on the ACL. Many sports medicine specialists recommend that women adapt their technique and strengthen muscles that surround and stabilize the knee.

    Hormones

    A possible connection between women’s hormones and risk of knee injury may exist. Some studies have shown that female athletes are more likely to sustain a knee injury during ovulation, when estrogen levels are highest. Though there is a correlation, doctors are unsure of the exact cause.

    Nervous System

    According to new research by Oregon State University , female athletes’ high risk of knee injury may be attributed to gender differences in the nervous system. This research suggests that women and men transmit nerve impulses to control muscle force differently. All movement begins with a motor command sent from the central nervous system, and then the spinal cord regulates how the command is transmitted. In general, men’s nervous impulses tend toward explosive muscle movement, like sprinting, while women’s impulses tend toward endurance, like cross-country running.

    If you have suffered an ACL tear or other sports injury, an orthopaedic doctor can help you get back on your feet through surgery, physical therapy, and rehabilitative care. To schedule an appointment with the skilled orthopaedic surgeons at MK Orthopaedics, call (815) 741-6900. We happily serve patients in Joliet, Bolingbrook, and surrounding areas.

  • Exploring the Potential Causes of Your Foot Pain

    man checks his aching foot

    If you typically end your day with severe foot pain , it may be time to see an orthopaedic physician to find the source of this problem. While some soreness after a long day on your feet is nothing to worry about, recurring foot pain can be caused by a number of conditions that may require physical therapy or surgery to remedy.

    Heel spurs

    A heel spur occurs when the bone of the heel starts to jut outward due to calcium deposits that harden on the heel bone. This additional bone growth can be highly painful, and it is often the result of excessive stress on the heel related to obesity, poor footwear choices, or intense physical activity.

    Plantar fasciitis

    Ligament injuries can be a source of foot pain, and the one of the most common is plantar fasciitis , or the inflammation of the ligament that connects the heel to the toes. Plantar fasciitis is more common in women than in men, as it is often related to habits such as wearing high heels.

    Bursitis

    Bursitis is a condition that can affect any of your joints, and it may be the source of your foot pain if it occurs in the big toe. The big toe joint contains a fluid-filled pad called a bursa, which can become inflamed due to repetitive motion, leading to bursitis.

    Flatfeet

    Flatfeet, as the name indicates, is a condition in which the inner arches of your feet are flattened or too low. This can cause irritation to the ligaments in the foot and prevent your ankles from being in proper alignment. Some cases of flatfeet are genetic, but flatfeet can also result from wear and tear of the feet over time.

    If you do have foot pain that is disrupting your routine, the specialists at MK Orthopaedics in Bolingbrook can help you find the best solution to fit your lifestyle. Schedule a consultation with us today by visiting our website or calling (815) 741-6900.

  • Total Ankle Reconstruction with Dr. George

    Judy talks about her experience with her hip replacement with Dr. Komanduri and her total ankle reconstruction with Dr. George. Judy we are so happy you are feeling better.

    To schedule an appointment with one of our orthopaedic surgeons call MK Orthopaedics today at (815) 741-6900.

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