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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.