• Get Help with Tracking Your Health

    When you’re dealing with pain from an orthopaedic condition, the information you provide your doctor about your symptoms is critical to making an accurate diagnosis and treatment plan. However, it can be difficult to remember all of the details about your symptoms at your orthopaedic doctor appointment. Fortunately, the PainScale Google app can help.

    With the PainScale app, you can track your pain symptoms and generate reports that can help your orthopaedic doctor in making care decisions. The app also offers tips to help with a range of common complaints, such as neck pain, back pain, and sports injuries.

    Use PainScale to in your appointment with your orthopaedic doctor in Joliet at MK Orthopaedic . If you’re dealing with orthopaedic pain, make an appointment today by calling (815) 741-6900.

  • Quick Tips for Coping with Bursitis

    Bursae are fluid-filled sacs that protect bones, joints, tendons, and muscle from damage caused by friction where they connect. If a bursa becomes inflamed because of chronic or acute injury, you could develop bursitis. Bursitis can be extremely painful and interfere with your regular activities. If you have it, in addition to feeling pain, you may also notice a bump on the affected joint. If your orthopaedic doctor has diagnosed you with bursitis, these tips can help to reduce your discomfort.

    Decrease Your Activity

    If you have bursitis, it can’t get better if you don’t reduce the activity that has caused it. Your orthopaedic doctor will recommend ways to modify your activity, but in some cases, small changes can make a big difference. For instance, changing the way you sit or using a mat to kneel on when you do yard work can dramatically reduce the amount of pressure on the affected bursa so you can recover.

    Consider Anti-Inflammatory Medicines

    Anti-inflammatory medications can help to reduce the swelling associated with bursitis. If your condition is mild, your orthopaedic doctor may recommend taking over-the-counter anti-inflammatories, such as aspirin or ibuprofen. Note that acetaminophen is not an anti-inflammatory, so it won’t help with bursitis symptoms. For more severe pain, your doctor may prescribe a stronger anti-inflammatory drug. However, keep in mind that even over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medicines should not be taken for extended periods of time, and they are not safe for everyone. Talk to your orthopaedic doctor before starting a regime of anti-inflammatory medicines.

    Mix Heat and Ice

    Both ice and heating pads can help to reduce the pain of bursitis. Ice helps to reduce the swelling and is especially helpful in the early stages of inflammation. Heat helps to increase circulation, which rushes healing nutrients to the affected area.

    Don’t let the pain of bursitis keep you from living your life. Let a specialist at MK Orthopaedics help you get out of pain and back to your normal activities . You can make an appointment with an orthopaedic doctor in Joliet by calling (815) 741-6900.

  • Advanced Treatments for Diabetic Foot

    Diabetes can impact the body in countless ways, but the feet are particularly vulnerable. People with diabetes often develop a condition called diabetic foot, which can manifest in several different ways, from ulcers to Charcot foot, in which the joint becomes damaged due to nerve issues. If you have diabetic foot , an orthopaedic doctor may be an important part of your treatment team. Here are some of the ways that diabetic foot can be treated.

    Blood Sugar Control

    The most significant thing anyone with diabetes can do to reduce the impact of diabetic foot or to prevent foot problems from developing is to carefully manage blood sugar. Keeping blood sugar levels in a healthy range dramatically reduces the chance of complications and helps to reduce the severity of diabetes-related conditions when they do occur. Work closely with your endocrinologist to find a blood sugar control plan that will be effective for you.

    Orthopaedic Surgery

    In severe cases of Charcot foot—also called Charcot arthropathy or Charcot foot and ankle—surgery may be necessary. Someone with Charcot foot may break a bone in part of the foot without realizing it, because of reduced sensation caused by neuropathy. Unaware of the break, a person with Charcot foot may walk on the damaged bone, causing severe damage. Calcium loss also occurs with this condition, making the bones more vulnerable. Your orthopaedic surgeon may repair or remove damaged bones associated with Charcot foot.

    Custom Shoes

    Foot deformities associated with diabetic foot can make custom shoes necessary. Orthopaedic shoes can take pressure off of ulcers and other areas of damage, preventing further injury, allowing healing to occur, and improving mobility.

    Diabetic foot gets worse over time, so seek treatment as soon as you start to experience symptoms. At MK Orthopaedic, our orthopaedic doctors in Joliet can provide both non-invasive and surgical solutions for foot problems associated with diabetes, so you get out of pain and reduce the risk of further damage. Make an appointment today by calling (815) 741-6900.

  • How to Help Prevent Neck Pain at Work

    Although injuries from auto accidents and sports can cause neck pain, work is one of the most common causes of this nagging symptom. People who work at desks are especially prone to neck pain, but fortunately, there are things you can do to prevent it from starting. Follow these strategies to reduce the risk of experiencing neck pain at work.

    Start by adjusting your workstation. Your computer should be set up so that you’re looking at the center of the screen when your head is in a neutral position, so you don’t have to move your head up or down to see your work. You should be able to reach your keyboard and mouse with your elbows at 90 degrees, so you don’t have to hunch your shoulders to work. Try to avoid using your cellphone to write emails so you reduce the amount of time your head is tipped downward to look at it.

    If neck pain is interfering with your day, the orthopaedic doctors in Joliet at MK Orthopaedics are here to help. Schedule your appointment today by calling (815) 741-6900.

  • Why Is My Pinkie Going Numb When I Lay Down?

    Have you noticed that your pinkie gets numb every time you lay down? If so, you may need to make an appointment with an orthopaedic doctor to treat your discomfort and restore feeling in your finger.

    Watch this video to find out more about this puzzling symptom. Often, numbness in the pinkie is caused by compression of the ulnar nerve, which runs through the elbow. After a few weeks of trying to avoid laying on your elbow and treating the numbness with over-the-counter medicine, see an orthopaedic doctor if symptoms persist.

    Get the treatment you need for persistent orthopaedic pain from the team at MK Orthopaedics . To make an appointment with an orthopaedic doctor in Joliet, please call (815) 741-6900.