MidAmerica Orthopaedics Blog

Risk Factors, Symptoms, and Treatment Options for Bunions.

Author: Phil Ghuneim – Workers’ Compensation Coordinator/ Corporate Communication Manager

Another of the most common conditions which Dr. Svetlana Zats treats, is Hallux Valgus- or more commonly known as, Bunions. A Bunion refers to a deformity of the Metatarsophalangeal joint (MTP) that causes a visible protuberance to develop where the big toe meets the foot. This bump, in turn, forces the big toe to deviate inward toward the other toes. When the condition is on the side of the little toe, it’s referred to as Bunionette Deformity (or “Tailor’s Bunion”).

Risk Factors, Symptoms, and Treatment Options for Plantar Fasciitis

Plantar Fasciitis

Author: Phil Ghuneim – Workers’ Compensation Coordinator/ Corporate Communication Manager

In Honor of Dr. Svetlana Zats joining the MidAmerica team, let’s take a look at one of the most common conditions that a Foot and Ankle Specialist, like herself, is able to treat.

Plantar Fasciitis

Colloquially known as ‘Policeman’s Heel,’ plantar fasciitis refers to an inflammation of the thick tissues extending from your heel to your toes. These tissues, known as the plantar fascia, play a crucial role in supporting the arc and extension of the foot. If the condition becomes chronic, fibers of the plantar fascia can start to degenerate. This can lead to partial or complete plantar fascia ruptures.

Why Pro-Athletes Receive Definitive Medical Care Quicker Than Your Injured Employees

Pro-Athletes Playing Basketball

Author: Phil Ghuneim – Workers’ Compensation Coordinator/ Corporate Communication Manager

In 2015, Los Angeles Lakers star, Kobe Bryant, suffered an acute full-thickness rotator cuff tear in a game against the New Orleans Pelicans. From the moment he approached the bench, Bryant was immediately tended to by the team’s head physician and orthopedic specialist. Just 7 days after he was definitively diagnosed, Bryant underwent surgery to repair the torn cuff.

Compare Bryant’s treatment to the timeline of one of our patients who sustained the same injury- we’ll call them “Patient X” for confidentiality’s sake. Patient X suffered an acute full-thickness rotator cuff tear while at work. After filing a claim, Patient X was sent to a series of healthcare providers over the course of 4 months before seeing a specialist (all while a definitive diagnosis had yet to be made). Finally, the patient was seen by an orthopedic specialist, who was able to definitively diagnose the injury and requested authorization for surgery.