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By Skokie Foot & Ankle Specialists, Ltd.
February 05, 2017
Category: Sports
Tags: injury   turf   grass   performance  

This year’s Super Bowl in Houston was played on synthetic turf. Does the field's surface type — grass or turf — affect players' performance or injury?

Interestingly, artificial turf was first used next-door at the Astrodome a few months before the first Super Bowl. Nowadays, the top layer contains blades of plastic that are manufactured to look, feel, and function like blades of grass.

One major benefit of artificial turf is that the surface is more uniform — free of things like potholes.  However, turf is stiffer than grass, which can increase force and friction sustained during an injury.  On a sunny day, surface temperature on an artificial turf field is appreciably hotter than grass and may increase the incidence of athlete fatigue.

Most studies of current third-generation artificial turf have concluded that it does not lead to significantly more injuries than grass.  Ongoing research will help develop modifications of existing products and determine which fields are the safest.

In case you were wondering, during the past NFL season, 18 stadiums had natural grass and 13 contained artificial turf.

If you are worried about your performance or injury, you can schedule an appointment with Dr. Miller by calling (847) 675-3400 or clicking here.


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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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.


May 05, 2013
Category: Tendon
Tags: Achilles   rupture   injury  

Kobe Bryant suffered a season-ending Achilles tendon rupture last month. While there is no surefire prevention against this dreadful injury, eccentric strengthening is one of the keys. Bodybuilders refer to this as negative training. (We have a handout demonstrating how to accomplish this maneuver.)

There's debate about the role of increased minutes during the Lakers' playoff push in contributing to Kobe’s injury. Other factors that have been found to be associated with Achilles ruptures include diabetes, steroid use, use of quinolone antibiotics, certain blood types, and prior injury. These have not been implicated in his injury.

If you feel pain in the back of your heel or ankle, this can be a warning sign. For a comprehensive evaluation, call (847) 675-3400 to schedule an appointment.