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Springfield’s Larry Austin Jr. Competes in NCAA 3-on-3 U National Championship Tournament in Minneapolis!


The Foot &Ankle Center of Illinois salutes Larry Austin Jr. as he competes in the NCAA 3X3 U National Championship Basketball Tournament taking place during the Final Four weekend April 4-7, at the Mall of America in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Larry was selected along with three other players to represent the Mid-American Conference (MAC). Each NCAA Division I basketball conference selected their top four seniors or players who exhausted their eligibility to play. 128 players will play non-stop on 3-on-3 action during a three day competition. Pool play runs on Friday and Saturday. Sunday’s Round of 16 and the Quarterfinals will air on Twitter from 9:30 AM–1:30 PM. Sunday’s Semifinal Consolation and Championship games will air from 2:10- 4 PM on ESPN2. The winning team earns a $150,000 prize.

Many basketball fans and enthusiasts in Central Illinois remember the outstanding career Larry Austin Jr. had when he played for Lanphier High School in Springfield, IL from 2010-2014. During high school he received numerous All Conference, All-Tournament, and MVP awards. He was a two time All-State Class 3A Team selection and played on the USA U16 National Team. He was a highly ranked prospect by ESPN.com, Scout.com, and Rivals.com.

Austin played two seasons at Xavier University, one season for the Vanderbilt University, and a final season at Central Michigan University. 

This past year was Austin’s banner year. He was the Chippewa’s single season assists leader and holds the single season steals record. Austin was the MAC West Player of the Week and All-MAC Defensive Team. He was selected on the 1st Team NABC All-District, 2nd Team All-MAC, and Member of the 3X3 U MAC Team.

Austin graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree from Vanderbilt University and is completing his Master’s degree at Central Michigan. 

Larry has been Dr. Sigle’s patient at the Foot & Ankle Center of Illinois and Illinois Laser Center for several years. According to Dr. Sigle, “Larry is a premiere athlete with exceptional ability; and we are fortunate to be a part of his medical team. He’s in great condition and very resilient. We have had an opportunity to know Larry as a person and observe his quiet and humble manner. He is a wonderful young man who loves his family and hometown. He’s really well grounded. We wish him the very best in this upcoming tournament and future pursuits. We are pretty confident Larry will take his game to the next level.”

 

 

    

By FOOT & ANKLE CENTER OF ILLINOIS
April 03, 2019
Category: Foot Care
The human foot and ankle contain 33 joints, 26 bones and over 100 tendons, ligaments and muscles. While all of these parts of the foot should work together, there are certain conditions, injuries and diseases that can affect the health and functioning of your foot or ankle. There are many instances in which you should turn to a podiatrist for individualized care that you can trust time and time again.
 
From routine visits to managing long-term conditions to surgery, a podiatrist is equipped to treat just about everything. Here are some foot issues that could benefit from coming in for specialized care:
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Achilles tendinitis
  • Heel pain
  • Ankle sprains and fractures
  • Foot fractures
  • Sports-related injuries
  • Bunions and hammertoes
  • Corns and calluses
  • Diabetic foot care
  • Fungal infections
  • Ingrown toenails
  • Heel spurs
Our number one goal is to provide you with the relief that you need. Whether you are suffering from heel pain or you think your feet could benefit from prescription orthotics, a podiatrist can help determine the best course of action for treating your issues. When you come into our office we will always have a listening ear, so that we understand your questions and concerns. 
 
We also like to provide our patients with the very latest and greatest technologies and techniques. We understand the importance of options and being able to provide laser treatments and other non-surgical therapies to treat conditions is important to our patients. Whether you are an athlete or 9-5er, we treat clients with a host of different needs, lifestyles and issues. Everyone from children to senior citizens can benefit from the unique and customized foot care a podiatrist offers.
 
We are here to help diagnose, treat or manage your foot condition. If you are dealing with foot or ankle problems contact your podiatrist for help.
By FOOT & ANKLE CENTER OF ILLINOIS
April 02, 2019
Category: Foot Health
Tags: Plantar Fasciitis  

Have Plantar Fasciitis? We Can Help!

Plantar fasciitis occurs when the thick tissue on the bottom of the foot becomes inflamed and irritated. Podiatrists offer treatments that can heel painprovide relief from plantar fasciitis. Dr. John Sigle and Dr. Grant Gonzalez at Foot and Ankle Center of Illinois, which has offices in Springfield, Decatur, Carlinville, Shelbyville, Taylorville and Sullivan, IL, offer a complete range of podiatric services. Read on to find out how we can help with plantar fasciitis.

#1- Orthotic Devices. Your healthcare provider may recommend custom orthotic devices to manage your condition. Orthotics are specially-made devices designed to comfort and support your feet. Research has shown that these devices improve function and reduce foot pain.

#2- Medications. Plantar fasciitis is often treated with medications such as ibuprofen (Advil), acetaminophen (Tylenol), or naproxen (Aleve). You can also get pain relief with targeted topical pain medications from your doctor. Be sure to follow your podiatrist's directions when taking medicine.

#3- Cortisone Shots. If your pain is severe or doesn't respond to oral medications, you might want to think about getting a cortisone injection. The injections usually comprise a local anesthetic and corticosteroid medication. Cortisone injections offer quick relief for foot pain and inflammation. Cortisone injections allow your doctor to deliver a high dose of medication directly to the problem area.

#4- Stretches. Your podiatrist may prescribe stretching exercises to treat your condition. You'll learn exercises to stretch and strengthen your Achilles tendon, plantar fascia, and lower leg muscles. Stretching exercises are an effective way to manage and prevent foot pain. Stretching exercises are easy to do and should be done when you wake in the morning.

#5- Night Splints. To treat plantar fasciitis, your podiatrist may recommend a night splint. Night splints hold your foot in a certain position during sleep, thereby helping to reduce morning pain. It gently stretches the Achilles tendon and plantar fascia and keeps them from getting tight during the night.

#6- ESWT. Extracorporeal Shock Wave Therapy is an effective treatment for persistent plantar fasciitis. Extracorporeal Shock Wave Therapy utilizes the application of high-intensity radiation. It stimulates blood flow in the foot and promotes healing.

Whether your goal is getting back to work, sports, or just enjoying life, our talented podiatrists Dr. John Sigle and Dr. Grant Gonzalez can help. Call Foot and Ankle Center of Illinois at 217-787-2700 today to schedule a consultation in Springfield, Decatur, Carlinville, Shelbyville, Taylorville and Sullivan, IL. We want you to have a wonderful life!

By FOOT & ANKLE CENTER OF ILLINOIS
March 06, 2019
Category: Foot Condition
Is heel pain keeping you down? Pain that occurs following an injury or early in an illness may play a protective role, warning us about the damage we have suffered. SoYour Heel Pain Could Be Plantar Fasciitis what causes heel pain?
 
Plantar fasciitis is a foot condition in which a band of tissue in the sole of the foot becomes inflamed, leading to severe heel pain. The pain can be so bad that it hurts to walk, much less exercise or perform daily activities. If one step causes shooting pain in your heel—especially when you first get out of bed in the morning or stand up after sitting for a long period of time—plantar fasciitis may be to blame. Contact your podiatrist immediately for proper diagnosis and treatment of your pain. 
 

Understanding Heel Pain with Help from Your Podiatrist

Plantar fasciitis, or heel pain, occurs when the plantar fascia is strained over time beyond its normal extension. This causes the soft tissue fibers of the fascia to tear or stretch at points along its length, leading to inflammation, pain and possibly the growth of a bone spur where it attaches to the heel bone.
 
Inflammation may become irritated by shoes that lack appropriate support, mainly in the arch area and by the constant irritation associated with an athletic lifestyle. Resting may provide temporary relief, but when you resume walking you may experience a sudden elongation of the fascia band, which stretches and pulls on the heel. As you walk the pain may lessen or even disappear, but that may just be a false sense of relief, as the pain will often return after prolonged rest or extensive walking.  
 
You can take steps now to avoid heel pain, including:
  • Wear shoes that fit well
  • Wear proper shoes for each activity
  • Do not wear shoes with excessive wear on heels or soles
  • Prepare properly before exercising by stretching and warming up
  • Pace yourself when you participate in athletic activities
  • Don’t underestimate your body’s need for rest and good nutrition
  • Lose excess weight
If pain and other symptoms of inflammation persist, you should limit your normal daily activities and contact your podiatrist immediately.  
By FOOT & ANKLE CENTER OF ILLINOIS
February 05, 2019
Category: Foot Care

Heel pain is one of the most common complaints a podiatrist hears about from patients. If you are dealing with heel pain above the heel bone then you could be dealing with Achilles Tendonitis, a result of overuse. The Achilles tendon is the longest tendon in the body and it serves to connect the muscles of the calf with the lower leg and heel bone.

While Achilles Tendonitis tends to occur most often in runners, this condition can still occur in athletes that play certain sports such as soccer or tennis. Unfortunately, this tendon does weaken as we get older, which makes at an increased risk for developing this overuse injury as we age.

 

What are the symptoms of Achilles Tendonitis?

The most obvious symptom of Achilles Tendonitis is pain above the heel bone. When the pain first appears it’s usually pretty mild and you may only notice it after running; however, over time you may notice that the pain gets worse after certain exercises. Along with pain you may also experience stiffness or tenderness in the heel, especially in the morning or after long periods of sitting.

 

When should I see a podiatrist?

If this is the first time that you’ve ever experienced heel pain then it’s a good idea to turn to a foot doctor who can determine whether Achilles Tendonitis is causing your symptoms or whether it’s something else. If you’re experiencing chronic heel pain around the Achilles tendon it’s also a good time to see a doctor. If the pain is severe or you are unable to put weight on your foot it’s possible that you might be dealing with a ruptured tendon, which requires immediate attention.

 

How do you treat Achilles Tendonitis?

In most cases, Achilles Tendonitis can be treated with simple self-care options. Unless symptoms are severe you may be able to treat your heel pain by:

  • Taking over-the-counter pain medications
  • Avoiding high-impact activities or activities that exacerbate symptoms
  • Elevating the foot to reduce swelling
  • Performing stretching exercises or undergoing physical therapy
  • Icing the heel
  • Wearing custom orthotics
  • Replacing worn-out shoes, especially running shoes

Surgery is only necessary if your symptoms aren’t responding to any other nonsurgical treatment options after several months or if the tendon is torn.

 

If you think your heel pain could be the result of Achilles Tendonitis then it’s time to turn to a podiatrist as soon as possible. A podiatrist can provide you with a variety of treatment options, from simple lifestyle modifications to custom orthotics.





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