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Picture of vitaminsIf you sustained a broken bone, stress fracture, or are at higher risk for these, look at your VITAMIN D and CALCIUM consumption.

Examples of people at higher risk for broken bone / fracture:
  ◦  Increased exercise, especially during winter or spring months.
  ◦  Diabetes (type 1 and type 2)
  ◦  Older adults
  ◦  Obesity and some weight-loss procedures

Vitamin D and calcium are naturally present in some foods, but most people in Illinois need a supplement to reach recommended levels due to the lack of exposure to sunlight. Between 600 - 2,000 IU of vitamin D3 and 1,000 mg of calcium a day are typical. Blood tests can help decide whether supplementation is appropriate.

To achieve maximum absorption of vitamin D and calcium, they should be taken with a meal containing fat, such as meat, chicken, avocados, cheese and nuts.

Healthy feet need strong bones. If your bones need an expert’s assessment, contact Skokie Foot & Ankle Specialists today at (847) 675-3400 or by clicking here.

By Skokie Foot & Ankle Specialists
January 21, 2018
Category: Orthotics

ORTHOTICS are shoe inserts designed to support the feet and are used to treat a wide variety of problems, including heel pain, plantar fasciitis, arthritis and flat feet.

Picture of orthoticPrescription custom foot orthotics match the contours of your feet precisely and can be divided into two categories:

   ○   FUNCTIONAL orthotics are designed to control abnormal motion and in the treatment of injuries. They are usually crafted of a rigid or semi-rigid material such as plastic, fiberglass, or graphite.

   ○   ACCOMMODATIVE orthotics are softer and provide additional cushioning and shock-absorption. They can be used to prevent and cure diabetic foot ulcers and painful calluses on the bottom of the foot.

Many prescription custom orthotics incorporate both soft (cushion) and firm (supportive) components, support the foot better and last long than less expensive off-the-shelf inserts, and are often reimbursed by health insurance. A three-dimensional mold of each foot plus biomechanical measurements are used to create these custom foot supports.

If the deformity is severe, an ANKLE-FOOT ORTHOTIC (AFO) may be needed. These braces are also available in custom and noncustom versions.

Podiatrists are able to assess which orthotic is best for you and advise which shoe type will work properly with the orthotic, to improve foot function and provide greater comfort.

Orthotics should be professionally inspected periodically to verify that they are still appropriate and effective. For specific questions related to your feet or those of a loved one, please schedule an appointment with Dr. Steven Miller by calling (847) 675-3400 or clicking here.


By Dr. Steven Miller
December 25, 2017
Category: Injury
Tags: feet   fracture   car   dash  

Picture of feet on dashboardEven low-speed collisions can create severe injuries. If you ride with your feet on the dash and you're involved in an accident, the airbag (which deploys around 200 MPH) can propel your knees into your face.

Example #1: "The airbag went off…I was looking at the bottom of my foot facing up at me." Her ankle, thigh, arm and nose were all broken by the impact. "I can't do my career…I can't stand more than 4 hours at a time."

Example #2: Her knees smashed into her face. Her left eye socket and cheekbone were broken, as was her nose. Her jaw was dislocated, a tooth cut through her lower lip and she would lose her spleen. Both feet were broken and compressed, and would eventually end up nearly 2 sizes smaller than they were before the crash. Her left pupil would remain dilated, her hearing permanently altered, and her memory impaired.

Example #3: Passenger suffered multiple facial injuries, lost two teeth, and a ceramic forehead was implanted. “I kneed myself in the face and it was like an explosion.”

Kick up your feet and relax…as long as you are not in the front seat of a vehicle.

By Skokie Foot & Ankle Specialists, Ltd.
November 24, 2017
Category: Shoes

Forced to wear high heels by your employer?

Flight attendants wearing high heel shoesA female temporary worker in England was sent home after she refused to wear high heels on the job. 

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, which enforces employment discrimination in the United States, states that “an employer may establish a dress code which applies to all employees or employees within certain job categories,” with exceptions made for a person’s ethnicity, religion or disability. Dress code restrictions can’t burden one gender more than the other.

This year the province of British Columbia passed a law (amendment to the Workers Compensation Act) banning mandatory high heels in the workplace. Besides discrimination, wearers of high heels are at higher risk of injury and the damage that comes from prolonged wear.

Surprisingly, many airlines prohibit female flight attendants from wearing flat shoes when walking through the airport. For example, American Airlines requires at least a half-inch heel on their commute to and from the plane. United Airlines requires at least an inch. Male flight crew, however, may wear flat shoes at all times.

If you are injured from high heels and need an evaluation or treatment, call (847) 675-3400 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Steven Miller as soon as possible.

By Dr. Steven Miller
October 19, 2017
Category: Socks


The ankles of men and women have become something of an art show. Unique novelty socks with loud, attention-grabbing patterns are a way to show personality. Even former US Presidents enjoy the fashion.



Professionals insist on synthetic materials, such as CoolMax® polyester. They pull moisture away from the skin, which increases comfort and reduces the likelihood of blisters.  There's no denying the big improvement over all-cotton socks. (Remember not to change to a new sock type on a race day.)



Thermal socks containing merino wool are popular due to its natural odor-resistant properties while keeping you warm. And it doesn’t itch like traditional wool. Merino wool is always blended with other materials to improve durability and stretch. (These socks are also appropriate for individuals with cold toes.)


For additional guidance, schedule a visit at Skokie Foot & Ankle Specialists by calling (847) 675-3400 or click here.

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