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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.

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
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


March 12, 2013
Category: Running
Tags: metatarsal   stress   fracture  

March is typically the month when runners in colder climates (like ours) begin training outdoors. This can bring about another famous “March” – the dreaded march fracture. Historically, a metatarsal stress fracture has been called a march fracture because it was seen in soldiers who were marching for long periods of time. The International Association of Athletics Federations has been quoted as describing stress fractures as “the curse of athletes.”

Here are some important facts:

  •     Cause: Repetitive microtrauma to a bone, which develops over a period of days, weeks or months.
  •     Symptoms: Pain, especially with activity; sometimes swelling develops.
  •     Tests to confirm diagnosis: X-rays if problem is at least 3 weeks old; MRI; bone scan.
  •     Treatment: Rest; trauma shoe or brace; rarely is a cast needed.

So how can one try to prevent stress fractures? Changes in frequency or intensity of training should be gradual. Supportive footwear with shock-absorbing inserts are helpful. Supplemental calcium and vitamin D may help improve bone density for individuals at risk for low bone mineral density.

If you suspect a stress fracture, please call our office at 847-675-3400 for an evaluation or schedule your appointment online at