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Posts for: November, 2013

November 27, 2013
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Dr. Sigle talks with WSOY radio talk show host Lindsay Romano about new cutting edge foot care services coming to St. Mary's Hospital in Decatur.

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November 21, 2013
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Dr. Sigle Article, "Springfield's Foot and Ankle Specialist,"
SJ-R Behealthy Springfield, November 2013

Dr. John Sigle's visit with Jonathan Cain from JOURNEY. Cain calls Dr. Sigle a rock star of podiatry.                                 

Did you ever wonder what the day and a life of a foot and ankle surgeon is like? Every day, Dr. Sigle is “up and at ‘em” at six o’clock in the morning and he’s ready for long demanding day. He has a glass of juice, does a half hour workout, kisses his kids and wife goodbye, grabs a coffee to go, and is off to the hospital for surgery or to the clinic he founded in 2011. Although his weekly schedule is fairly standard, there are times when something out of the ordinary happens, and something did happen this past month. Dr. Sigle had to pay a special visit to the legendary keyboardist from Journey, Jonathan Cain. 

Dr. Sigle’s credentials are impressive, but what is so noteworthy is that he has gone beyond the mainstream to refine his craft. During his three-year residency at Botsford General in Farmington Hills, Mich., he participated in the Baja Project to provide surgical treatment for children with disabilities at the Mexicali Red Cross Hospital. Then we went on pediatric surgical missions to Tegucigalpa, Honduras, Central America and the San Felipe Hospital. He also did a Pediatric Orthopedic Surgery rotation at Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, D.C. 

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By Foot & Ankle Center Of Illinois
November 18, 2013
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Shin Splints  

Shin SplintsAlthough a shin splint is commonly used to describe various pains between the ankle and the knee, it actually refers to a specific inflammatory condition of the tibia -- a condition called medial tibial stress syndrome.

A type of "overuse injury" to the legs, the most common causes of shin splints include excessive running, poor conditioning and over-pronation (flattening of the arch). The result is pain in the front or inside of the lower leg that usually gets worse with a sudden increase in distance or intensity of training. Shin splints are a common problem for many runners and athletes. Muscle weakness, non-supportive shoes and overtraining are also contributing factors.

To prevent shin splints, warm up and stretch muscles before starting any work out activity and choose supportive footwear. Begin work outs gradually and avoid over-training. All of these methods will go a long way in helping to prevent many lower leg problems. Conservative treatment for most shin splint pain includes rest, ice, compression and elevation. Strengthening exercises, anti-inflammatory agents and custom foot orthotics may also be recommended to reduce symptoms.

Shin pain isn't always indicative of a shin splint. Lower leg pain may actually signal a more serious problem, including a stress fracture, partial muscle tear and tendonitis, all of which require special treatment. Always seek the professional care of a podiatrist if:

  • Severe pain in your shin follows an injury
  • Your shin is hot and inflamed
  • Swelling in your shin increases
  • Shin pain persists during rest

Proper diagnosis of the cause of pain is necessary in order to administer the most appropriate treatment. If you suffer from shin pain, visit Foot & Ankle Center Of Illinois for an evaluation and proper treatment.

November 12, 2013
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Medicaid  

Illinois’ Medicaid program has been criticized for its low and slow payments to doctors and other health-care providers. But for uninsured people such as Patricia Jannesse, Gail Knox, John Meyer and Curtis Campbell, the prospect of receiving Medicaid coverage brings a sense of relief.