Sports Related Injuries

Ankle Pain? Heel Pain? Itching or Burning Sensation? Feet Hurt? We can Help!!

Our Medical Director Dr. Dennis Kern is a nationally recognized track star. He anchored the national record setting 1974 mile relay team as well as being Illinois’s premier high school half miler in the same year. Although he hung up his track shoes years ago, his passion for exercising and maintaining physical fitness has remained. So as your podiatrist he has both the medical and personal experience to address your sports injuries.

Common sports injuries treated at Kern Podiatric Group:

    Foot and Ankle Fractures

    Athlete's Foot is an infection of the feet caused by fungus. It may last for a short or long time. The most common symptom is cracked, flaking, peeling skin between toes accompanied by redness and itching in the affected area. Infection can spread to the nails. If your infection doesn’t respond to proper self-care after 2 to 4 weeks or frequently recurs you should see the professionals at KPG.

    Blisters typically develop due to friction on the skin. Over time, continued friction can cause the top layer of skin to separate from the second layer of skin and eventually fill with fluid. One way to prevent or reduce the chance of blister is through appropriate footwear that fits or proper socks. Schedule your appointment with our KPG C-Ped to check your fit.

    Ankle Sprain occurs when there is a stretching and tearing of ligaments surrounding the ankle joint. For immediate relief follow the R.I.C.E (Rest, Ice, Compression, and Elevation) plan. Consult your KPG podiatrist for a thorough evaluation and diagnosis.

    Achilles Tendonitis is a chronic injury that occurs primarily from overuse. It tends to come over time. Don’t ignore Achilles tendon pain, cut back and reduce your training and seek professional advice at Kern Podiatric Group.

    Plantar fasciitis(Heel Spur) is the most common cause of pain on the bottom of the heel. It is a common injury for runners. About half of patients with plantar fasciitis have spurs. Your KPG professional will evaluate and recommend a personalized plan of treatment for you. Treatment plans may include anti-inflammatory drugs, stretching, taping, massaging, orthotics, exercises, and shoe gear.

    Achilles Tendon Rupture is likely when the force on the tendon is greater than the strength of the tendon. A classic sign of a rupture is the feeling of being hit in the Achilles or a “pop” sound. Typically you can’t lift your toes while weight bearing. Complete ruptures require surgery.

Visit our Shoe Boutique for information on socks, insoles, and your feet. Socks and insoles have been recognized as an essential component of footwear and can determine the difference between success or failure in your respective sport. The proper footwear play a role in preventing injury and enhancing performance.