DVT Awareness Month

March Is DVT Awareness Month!

Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) is often an underdiagnosed and serious, but preventable medical condition.

DVT occurs when a blood clot forms in a deep vein. These clots usually develop in the lower leg, thigh, or pelvis, but they can also occur in the arm. Another type of blood clot, called Pulmonary Embolism (PE), can form when part of a blood clot breaks off and travels to the lungs.

It is important to know about DVT and PE because they can happen to anybody and can cause serious illness, disability, and in some cases, death. The good news is that blood clots are preventable and treatable if discovered early.

You can take steps to improve your health and prevent DVT's & PE's. Some simple steps include regular exercise, eating healthy, and wearing compression garments.

2015 Chicago Marathon

Now that the training for the Chicago Marathon is over, it’s time to get those feet checked! With the start of the 2015 Bank of America Chicago Marathon less than 5 days away, consider making an appointment with a podiatrist. Dr. Richard Bennett, D.P.M. is conveniently located in downtown Chicago at Water Tower Place on the 9th floor.

Training for the Chicago Marathon can take a toll on your body. Not surprisingly, the most common injuries training for the marathon are to the feet.

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Britney Spears Sprains Ankle during Vegas Show

While wearing high heels during a performance, Britney Spears twisted her ankle and fell to the stage Wednesday night. Her doctor has advised her to not perform Friday and Saturday evening so that she may heal, according to her press release.

Dancing in high heels is tricky, and has often led to many inversion type sprains of the ankle. When the heel is higher than the toes, the ankle joint is more prone to twisting or torque injuries due to that position. Another mechanism for this type of sprain is stepping off of a curb or going downstairs, which sets up the ankle for the same injury. The pain from an injury like this can be severe, often ending whatever activity the patient was engaged in. Immediate rest, elevation, and icing to the area is recommended, followed by a good oral anti inflammatory and pain medication. Work up by a podiatrist including x-rays to rule out a fracture, and a pneumatic cast boot are usually prescribed.

If you have twisted your ankle, call this Chicago Podiatrist for an an evaluation today.

2015 NFL Draft

Chicago to host the NFL Draft this week.

The National Football League (NFL) will present the 2015 draft at the Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University. Chicago last hosted the draft fifty-one years ago. There were about 20 rounds back then, and the whole process was wrapped up in less than a day.

Round 1 will take place on Thursday, April 30 while Rounds 2-3 will be held on Friday, May 1. The Draft will conclude on Saturday, May 2 with Rounds 4-7. Round 1 will include incoming prospects walking the red carpet on Michigan Avenue, while 32 former players who are members of the NFL Legends community, one representing each team, will be on hand for Round 2 to announce selections. Football players have a high rate of foot and ankle injuries. If you or someone you know injures their foot, call this Chicago podiatrist in convenient nearby Water Tower Place in Streeterville to get checked out.

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