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By Dr. Steven Miller
August 30, 2018
Category: Injury

Tom Cruise stuntThere may be a misconception that (except for stunt performers) employment in the film and motion picture industry is safe. Two recent high-profile ankle fractures call attention to the risks that even lead actors face.

In April 2017, Nicolas Cage was injured on the set of “211” in Bulgaria. Four months later, Tom Cruise broke his ankle while performing a stunt for "Mission: Impossible - Fallout".

The five most common types of injury are strains, sprains, fractures (broken bones), contusions, and lacerations, based on an analysis of workers' compensation claims.

One reason for lower injury rates during the last decade is that some risky stunts have been replaced with digital effects. However, unscripted action adventure shows (reality TV) reversed this trend, for obvious reasons.

The Producers Guild of America has a collection of websites as part of its Safety Initiative, to recognize and implement safe practices on film & television productions.

By Dr. Steven Miller
July 29, 2018
Category: Skin

Toe painA 45-year-old woman in England developed inflammation and painful blisters on her great toe after applying freshly sliced raw garlic to treat a fungal nail infection. This incident was reported in BMJ Case Reports, and is similar to garlic burns reported in other medical journals.

Garlic has been used as a medical treatment for generations. It is said to have antimicrobial properties. However, raw garlic on skin can cause a chemical burn and/or contact dermatitis.

The sulfur-containing compounds in garlic are believed to be the cause. The severity of the injury depends on the freshness of garlic, duration of exposure, and presence of pre-existing skin conditions and sensitivity.

Please use caution with herbal products and home remedies. If you have toenail fungus or any other foot problem, please contact our office for medical expertise.

By Dr. Steven Miller
June 14, 2018
Category: MRI

Open and closed MRI machineMetallic fibers are sometimes incorporated in clothing to keep odor and bacteria from building up. Examples include socks and athleisure (yoga) clothing. However, these fibers can burn the skin if worn in an MRI scanner.

Metal produces heat in a magnetic field.  Unfortunately, one 11-year-old girl found out the hard way. She was sedated during an MRI for scoliosis, but when she woke up, she felt burning on her skin. She received a second-degree burn from silver microfibers in her undershirt.

Clothing that says “anti-microbial” or “anti-bacterial” in the label should be avoided in an MRI scanner.

By Skokie Foot & Ankle
May 22, 2018
Category: Tumor

PLANTAR FIBROMATOSIS is a disease in which nodules form in the bottom of the foot.

Here are six things to know.

1.  It was first described by Georg Ledderhose in 1897, and is therefore referred to as Ledderhose disease.

2.  The exact cause for fibrous nodules (thickening) forming along the plantar fascia ligament is unknown.

3.  Nodules can occur in one or both feet.

4.  Walking can be painful when these slow-growing lumps increase in size.

5.  Biopsy is used to confirm that these are not cancerous growths. 

6.  If pads and inserts do not provide sufficient relief, procedures such as intralesional injections, surgical excision, or radiation (radiotherapy) should be considered.

If you feel a bump on the bottom of your foot, schedule an evaluation with Dr. Steven Miller by calling (847) 675-3400 or clicking here.

By Dr. Steven Miller
April 02, 2018
Category: Shoes

Dad shoesFor the last many years, stylish sneakers had a low-key, clean cut, almost plain profile. Now bigger, sturdier sneakers are making a strange resurgence in the fashion world. Pop culture calls them “dad shoes”.

When I was a teenager, I remember my father in white and navy Nike Air Monarchs. Some credit the recent comeback of chunky sneakers to Balenciaga Triple S (=Triple Sole).

Brands such as New Balance have been creating heavily cushioned and supportive sneakers for years. Steve Jobs, the late Apple co-founder, was an avid New Balance wearer.

Dad taught us to work hard and be courteous, honest, and straightforward. Now we can also credit him for shoes that are "good for your feet".





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