• Get That Bunion Fixed—NOW!

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    Removing a bunion is a simple procedure that can significantly enhance a person’s quality of life. If you’ve been putting off dealing with your bunion, fall is a great time to end your procrastination and call an orthopaedic surgeon to schedule a bunionectomy. Here is a quick introduction to what a bunionectomy entails and what you can expect from the recovery period.

    How a bunionectomy works. A bunion is simply an unwanted bone growth on your big toe that causes it to become deformed, usually by pushing it toward the other toes. Surgical removal of a bunion is known as a bunionectomy . The procedure is usually straightforward: Your orthopedic surgeon will simply make an incision in your large toe, remove the enlarged bone piece and rearrange the rest of the toe bones as needed, then close the incision and apply a bandage. In some cases, the surgeon will add a joint replacement or a pin or screw to keep the bones from drifting out of place. Regional anesthesia is used for the patient’s comfort.

    Recovery from a bunionectomy. Patients can go home the same day that they have the procedure, but they will need to wear a cast, splint, or surgical shoe while their foot heals. It is important to closely follow your doctor’s instructions in order to ensure a healthy and timely recovery. You should keep your foot elevated above your chest for the first three days following surgery, and elevated above your waist afterwards. To help reduce swelling, apply ice in 15-minute intervals. You can use pain medication as needed. If you experience any unexpected symptoms, contact your physician at once. After six to eight weeks, the patient should be fully recovered.

    If you have any questions about bunion removal surgery, contact MK Orthopaedics Surgery & Rehabilitation . Our capable orthopaedic doctors can provide treatment for a variety of orthopaedic issues, from knee replacement to spine conditions. For more information about our orthopaedic services, call us today at (815) 741-6900.

  • What to Expect from Foot Surgery Recovery

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    Foot surgery can be a life-changing event, but the surgery itself is just the beginning of the treatment. The recovery process will ensure that the work done during surgery will be effective in the long term. Keep reading to find out what to expect from foot surgery recovery.

    There are several instructions you will have to follow after your foot surgery. The first is to attend your follow-up appointment after the initial procedure. If the surgery repaired soft tissue, you will be given a fiberglass cast to wear for three weeks, during which time you cannot put weight on your foot. Throughout the following three weeks, you will use a different cast with which you can bear weight. Finally, you will spend three weeks with a removable cast. For bone procedures, each of these casts will be worn for four weeks. 

    The entire team at MK Orthopaedics Surgery & Rehabilitation will help you get active again. Our healthcare professionals specialize in the latest treatment techniques for injuries of the foot, hand, hip, knee shoulder and back. Our healthcare professionals are specially trained in sports medicine as well as occupational and degenerative related injuries and conditions. To learn more about foot surgery recovery, visit www.mkortho.com or call MK Orthopaedics at (815) 741-6900.  

  • Taking a Look at Common Hip Injuries

    Your hips, which are the largest joints in your body, must support your entire weight while being able to pivot in any direction. Individuals who play contact sports and elderly individuals are particularly susceptible to hip injuries. Watch this video to take a look at common hip injuries.

    Tennis players who spring into action after standing still are very vulnerable to hip injuries. This type of injury may impair a player’s ability to walk and cause bruising on the backs of the thighs. Martial artists and cyclists may also injure their hips due to overuse or hyperextension. A slip and fall accident may lead to hip bursitis, which can cause aches, pains, and limited mobility.

    The entire team at MK Orthopaedics Surgery & Rehabilitation will help you get active again. Our healthcare professionals specialize in the latest treatment techniques for injuries of the foot, hand, hip, knee shoulder and back. Our healthcare professionals are specially trained in sports medicine as well as occupational and degenerative related injuries and conditions. To learn more about common hip injuries, visit www.mkortho.com or call MK Orthopaedics at (815) 741-6900.  

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