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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 & Ankle Specialists
February 26, 2014
Category: Injury
Tags: fracture   broken   foot  

We have all heard about the dangers of texting while walking. Tripping and bumping into obstacles are common injuries. However most don’t suffer like Texas Rangers’ pitcher Joseph Ortiz. He was texting on his phone while walking across a street when a motorcyclist ran over his left foot, fracturing it.

Once x-rays are taken to insure that bones are in their proper place, foot fractures are immobilized with a cast, splint, or walking boot to reduce pain and promote healing. If there was a simultaneous opening in the skin, called an open fracture, antibiotics are administered to prevent infection. If these principles are not followed, the risk of long-term sequelae increases.

If you are suffering with a nonhealing fracture or other foot ailment, schedule an appointment with Dr. Miller so you can get back to the activities you enjoy. Our office can be reached by calling (847) 675-3400 or online at