Posts for: January, 2013

By Ann M
January 16, 2013
Category: Uncategorized
Tags: DVT   pulmonary embolism  

Dr. Bishop and Dr. Rappette are members of the American College of Foot & Ankle Surgeons, where research indicates that each year in the United States, pulmonary embolisms (PE) kill more people than AIDS, breast cancer and motor vehicle crashes combined.  This little known condition occurs when a blood clot in the leg travels to the lungs, blocking one or more arteries.  You may recall tennis star Serena Williams in the news after suffering from a PE following surgery.  This raised awareness about the condition, its risk factors and how to prevent this potentially deadly condition from occurring. 

The blood clots that cause PE often originate in the deep veins of the leg, a condition called deep vein thrombosis or DVT.  At highest risk are women, overweight men and women, smokers and those taking oral contraceptives.  Surgery is also one of the leading causes of blood clots, so it is important to speak to your surgeon about elevated risks so that preventative measures can be taken.  But just how common are blood clots in the leg following foot and ankle surgery?  According to the American College of Foot & Ankle Surgeons, they are relatively rare, and the clots can be prevented with anti-clotting medication and exercise.  DVT is diagnosed with an ultrasound, and depending on a patient's risk factors, confirmed cases can be treated with anti-clotting medications for six months to a year to prevent new clots from forming.  Surgeons have also learned that an important preventative is getting up and moving around after surgery, even if you are wearing a cast or using crutches. 

Symptoms of pulmonary embolisms vary and can mimic those of other conditions such as a heart attack. The most common signs include sudden, unexplained shortness of breath, chest pain and a cough that produces blood-tinged mucus. Other symptoms may include wheezing, leg swelling, excessive sweating, rapid heartbeat and fainting.  Pulmonary embolisms can occur quickly, and prompt medical attention is vital for recovery, so patients need to seek care if they are suffering from any of the symptoms associated with the condition.

If you are suffering from foot or lower leg pain or have concerns about your foot health, contact Dr. Bishop or Dr. Rappette at the Foot & Ankle Centers nearest you, where we put your feet first. 

Yorkville ~ 630-553-9300     Morris ~ 815-942-9050     Sandwich ~ 815-786-9451

By Ann M
January 07, 2013
Category: Back Pain
Tags: Back Pain  

According to the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons, "If your lower back has been hurting, and you don’t remember doing anything to injure it, the source of your pain could be your feet! Foot pain is something that many people try to ignore. After all, doesn’t everyone’s feet hurt now and then? But if foot pain is something that has been with you for quite awhile, it could be causing problems in your ankles, knees, hips and even your back.

That old song, “The leg bone’s connected to the thigh bone...The thigh bone’s connected to the hip bone…,” tells the whole story. Our bodies are like a chain, with one link–or bone–connecting at the joint to another link. Think about what would happen if the first link in the chain was out of position. The point at which it meets the next link would eventually overstress that link and adversely affect the entire chain.

That’s what happens when we have foot pain. If the normal way of walking is painful, we instinctively change our walking pattern. Say you have arthritis, and your big toe joint hurts, so you change our gait to avoid bending the joint when you walk. Changing your gait changes the mechanics of your ankle joint, eventually causing ankle pain. This change in your walking pattern can also affect the whole chain of your lower body... from the ankle, to the knee, to the hip, and then to the lower back.

When foot pain or a foot deformity causes you to change the way you walk, it changes the way the bones of all those other joints move with each other. Cartilage in the joints can wear down, ligaments and tendons can be stressed beyond their normal range, and arthritis can set in.

If your feet or ankles aren’t working right, don’t ignore them! Contact a foot and ankle surgeon for an evaluation. Your back (and knees and hips) will thank you!" "

Come and visit our location nearest you:

Yorkville ~ 630-553-9300    Morris ~ 815-942-9050    Sandwich ~ 815-786-9451

By Ann M
January 02, 2013
Category: Laser Treatment
Tags: Nail Fungus   Warts   Laser Treatment  

Laser treatment of nail fungus and warts is now available here at the Foot & Ankle Centers.  Many people suffer from unsightly toenails caused by a fungus.  Unlike oral medications that can affect liver and/or kidney function, laser treatment offers a safe and effective way to treat these nails.  This simple and pain-free procedure is FDA approved and done conveniently in our office.  A consultation with the doctor will tell you if this treatment option is right for you.  Make your appointment now, and get your feet in shape in time for Spring!

Call the Foot & Ankle Centers today to schedule your appointment at one of our three locations:

  Yorkville – 630-553-9300, Morris – 815-942-9050 or Sandwich – 815-786-9451