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By Skokie Foot & Ankle Specialists, Ltd.
December 20, 2015
Category: Women
Tags: ballet   foot   stretchers   dancer  

Are Ballet Foot Stretchers Safe?

Ballet feetFoot stretchers for ballet dancers promise to improve flexibility by holding the top of the foot in an extreme pointe (downward flexed position).

Be careful with any device that is used to stretch the feet.  Too much pressure could overstretch and weaken the foot.  If the dancer has suffered a foot or ankle injury, a foot stretcher can cause additional damage.

Gentle stretching of the ligaments over time is preferred. Increasing the motion should be accompanied by strengthening and proprioception exercises to allow the dancer to use the new range of motion and reduce the risk of future injury.

To monitor the safety and health of your dancer’s foot, please consult Dr. Steven Miller.  Appointments can be scheduled by calling (847) 675-3400 or by clicking


By Skokie Foot and Ankle Specialists, Ltd.
May 03, 2015
Category: Women
Tags: fungus   discoloration   nail polish  

Nail polishNail polish can cause discoloration.

Some colors (pigments) can penetrate the nail, especially darker polishes. Also, “nail hardeners” such as formalin and dimethyl urea can cause yellowing when it reacts with the keratin protein in your nails.

A base coat may help. The primary reason to apply a clear base coat first is to form an even surface for applying the color polish. It may also serve as a barrier to reduce the likelihood of nail discoloration.

So what should a person do? Let your nails “breathe” for a few weeks without polish. This may help them return to a normal hue.

Take heed. Sometimes injury or fungus that was covered becomes apparent when the polish is removed.

If you are concerned about the health of your toenails, please schedule an appointment with Dr. Miller by calling (847) 675-3400 or CLICKING HERE.

By Skokie Foot & Ankle Specialists
April 19, 2015
Category: Women
Tags: women   stiletto   heel   style  

"People say they're bad for the feet but they're good for the mind.
What's more important?"

To give the optical illusion of a longer and slimmer leg, the stiletto heel was created. Like other high-heeled shoes, they also increase the wearer's height and alter her posture.

The stiletto heel has a thin metal shaft instead of weaker materials that require a wider heel. The word stiletto originates from the word stylus (or stilus), a thin pointed instrument used on touchscreen-enabled devices or to engrave wax.

Stiletto heels concentrate a large amount of force into a small area and can damage linoleum and varnished wooden floors. Such damage can be prevented by heel protectors (also called covers and guards) which fit over the stiletto tips to keep them from direct contact with delicate surfaces.

The narrow base of a stiletto heel the makes the wearer more vulnerable to falling and ankle sprains. High heels are also a common cause of foot pain and leg fatigue.

Your health is a precious commodity. Schedule an appointment with Dr. Steven Miller to address any foot or ankle concern by calling (847) 675-3400 or clicking here.