Heel Pain and Plantar Fasciitis

The heel of your foot accepts and transfers an enormous amount of force over a relatively small surface area with each normal step. Now think about how much more force is borne when you are landing from a jump or when running. The tissues in the human heel and foot (the tendons, ligaments, muscle, fascia and bone) are designed for the repetitive stress and strain from normal and even some abnormal activities of daily life, whether wearing a shoe or not. But all it takes is one day where you are more active than usual, are on a hard surface for a prolonged time, or are wearing the wrong shoes for the activity you are involved in, and the result can be heel pain.

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Chicago Bears Jay Cutler Out of Play Due to Ankle Sprain

With the Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler still out with a high ankle sprain he sustained in the game against the Detrot Lions, this would be a good time to review foot and ankle sprains along with treatment.

The human ankle is one of the most common places in the body for a sprain. Think about the surfaces we walk on, are they always smooth and uniform? Consider walking or running on sand, on a forest trail, or traversing up and down a hill or mountain. If the only motion available to you where your foot meets your leg is an up and down motion, you would lose balance very quickly. The up and down motion of the talus bone with the leg is ideal for propulsion while walking or running, and for deceleration while landing from a jump.

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Fall 2013

As the colder weather returns and we start to slip our feet back into warmer and more fashionable shoes, you may experience pain or discomfort caused by any one of a number of foot ailments. For example, if you suffer from bunions, squeezing your foot back into a winter shoe or boot can be a painful experience. The same holds true for corns, hammertoes, nerve pain and ingrown toenails. Fortunately, there are ways to reduce or alleviate these problems. Dr. Richard Bennett treats patients for a variety of foot ailments. He says many foot or ankle problems are caused by improper footwear, overuse or under conditioning, or small mechanical changes within the foot. Many of these can be avoided by following a few simple guidelines.

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Chicago Marathon Announcement!

CONGRATS – you accomplished a life goal of finishing the Chicago Marathon! But how are your feet? Now that the training for the Chicago Marathon is over, it’s time to reward your feet for getting you through it! If your dogs are barking, make an appointment right now with Dr. Rick Bennett, DPM, conveniently located in downtown Chicago at Water Tower Place. It would be a little surprising if you didn’t have some heel pain, a sprain, some blisters, or a few bloody toenails. If you plan on doing the next marathon, it’s important to address these normal runner injuries now, to keep feet in their best running shape.

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