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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
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 Dr. Steven Miller
April 25, 2016
Category: Injury
Tags: injury   ankle   child   trampoline  

Trampoline“Trampoline ankle” most often occurs when two or more people are jumping on a trampoline together.

When two people are bouncing out of sync, such that one person is falling while the trampoline bed is ascending, the forces on the body are dramatically increased.  It is worse if the two individuals are different sizes. The impact can equal falling from a window onto solid ground.

This high-impact effect has caused serious growth plate injuries in children.  More than a quarter of trampoline injuries resulting in broken bones.

This injury can occur on any type of trampoline: round backyard trampolines with safety netting and protective padding, competition-grade equipment, and the wall-to-wall kind found at trampoline parks.

If you or a loved one suffered a foot or ankle injury, please see us quickly at by scheduling an appointment today. Call (847) 675-3400 or go to

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March 19, 2015
Category: Injury
Tags: fracture   broken   toe  

Broken toe fractureAccidents happen...and even small toes can hurt a lot. Bumping a toe against a bedpost, leg of a table, or luggage left in the middle of the floor are probably the most common reasons for a broken toe (toe fracture).

Periodic aching and throbbing are common as a broken toe heals. Without adequate care, walking can be painful and post-traumatic arthritis can develop.

X-rays are needed to differentiate a toe sprain from a broken toe, and to determine if a bone segment is out of alignment. Splinting it with medical tape provides greater stability and usually feels better. Sometimes a special shoe or surgery is needed.

If you have sustained a toe injury, please call for an appointment with Dr. Miller by calling (847) 675-3400 or clicking here.

By Skokie Foot & Ankle Specialists, Ltd.
February 02, 2015
Category: Injury
Tags: injury   ice   cold   heat  

This is a common question from patients trying to recover from an injury. 

Ice vs HeatIce packs constrict blood vessels to reduce bleeding and swelling. Cold also reduces the nerve responses of pain. Use cold for acute pain or a new injury.

Heat packs allow muscles to relax and reduces stiffness in joints.  Heat also opens blood vessels to hasten healing. Use heat for chronic pain or to loosen up before exercise.

Whether using cold or heat, avoid extreme temperatures by protecting your skin from direct contact and limit exposure (no more than 20 minutes at a time).

Only use cold or heat therapy if you’re certain it’s appropriate for you. They should not be used over an open wound or area with decreased sensation. Elderly, immune-compromised, and those with circulatory problems should check with their physician first.

For more guidance on a specific injury, you can reach our office by calling (847) 675-3400.  Let Dr. Miller evaluate your pain and find a treatment plan that will work for you.