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By Dr. Steven Miller
December 02, 2018
Category: Swelling

Standing deskYou'd better taking this news sitting down: Standing desks are not as beneficial to health as some thought.

Workers have hoped standing would lead to weight loss, better heart health and better productivity because they are more alert.

Studies, however, contradict that expectation and suggest only a slightly higher calorie burn rate for standing. Standing for too long also compresses the spine and can cause swelling of the ankles, which can lead to varicose veins and greater strain on the heart.

If you use a standing desk, please adhere to the following advice:
  -  Set the desk at the correct height (read the instruction manual)
  -  When you stand, don’t stand still 
  -  Use an anti-fatigue mat 
  -  Don’t stand for too long, and gradually build up your endurance

Compared to using a standing desk, walking during the day is likely to provide greater benefits with less risk.

For a painful foot or ankle, you can schedule an appointment by calling (847) 675-3400 or clicking here.

By Dr. Steven Miller
June 30, 2016
Category: Swelling
Tags: ganglion   cyst   pain   bible  

New bump on your foot?

If it is a ganglion cyst, it is not cancerous.  The cyst is composed of a sac that contains a clear, jelly-like substance.

This bulge usually develops from a joint or tendon.  It can cause pain if it presses the surrounding structures.

It used to be called a "bible cyst" since smashing it with a bible or another large book can flatten it. This is not recommended.  You can hurt yourself and the cyst often returns in a short time.

A podiatrist can puncture the cyst with a needle and withdraw the fluid to be analyzed to make sure no cancer cells are found.  Surgery is often needed to remove the entire cyst.

If you have a lump, have it examined soon. You can schedule an appointment today by calling (847) 675-3400 or clicking:


By Skokie Foot & Ankle Specialists, Ltd.
May 30, 2016
Category: Swelling
Tags: swelling   airplane   stockings   circulation  

Feet in AirplaneFlying can take its toll on one’s legs. Long lines in the airport has been trending in the news recently. Wear your most comfortable and supportive shoes.  Flip-flops may be easy but inadequate for long airport corridors.

Swelling can develop in the legs during flight, which often results in achy feet, cramping of the muscles, and general discomfort.  Make a concerted effort to get up and move around, thus enhancing the circulation in your legs. Even try moving your feet while seated by acting as if you are pumping on the brakes of a car.

Ask your doctor if you are more susceptible to dangerous blood clots in the leg. Compression stockings are excellent for preventing blood clots that can occur on a long flight. These stockings have advanced so that they are both fashionable and comfortable. (Dr. Steven Miller can provide you with specific information about proper sizing and design.)

These simple precautions can keep high flying foot woes from ruining your trip.


By Dr. Steven Miller
August 03, 2012
Category: Swelling
Tags: bump   ganglion   cyst   MRI  

A young woman recently came in with a pain on the top of her foot. She was told by another physician that she had a painful bone spur, and he recommended shaving the bone. She asked for my opinion. Her problem was actually a ganglion cyst, confirmed by MRI.

Ganglion cysts develop as an out-pocket from tendons and joints. They contain a clear jelly-like fluid and can be found in any age group. Some people only have pain when the ganglion cyst starts pressing on a nerve. Others have pain from shoes pressing on this bump. Thankfully they are local problems that do not metastasize.

If you are suffering from foot pain or suspect you may have a cyst, call our office at 847-675-3400 for an evaluation or schedule your appointment online at