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.”
- 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
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 provide 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!
Understanding Heel Pain with Help from Your Podiatrist
- 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
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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