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My husband has started having pain in both knees after he plays basketball and also when he drives for more than an hour. He also has some chronic pain along one side of his body (back, neck, entire leg) and some foot issues as well.  

He is 44 years and has a long history of ankle sprains and knee pain.  He had terrible knee pain in his 20's but started lifting weights and "willed" the pain away?!  He is about 6 ft tall in the 170's and plays basketball 2 times per week and is active around the house and with the kids but hasn't lifted weights etc. in many years now.

He went to the podiatrist more than a year ago because of a toe injury. The doctor said his feet and ankles were a mess and that he could need 5 different surgeries.  The doctor also mentioned that one of Tod's legs seemed shorter than the other. Tod had an orthotic made and wears it some but not sure how much good it does. The orthotic is for the toe alignment not to address the leg length.  He hasn't persued any surgery partially because we don't have great insurance and also the doctor couldn't promise great results with the toe??  

I am afraid for the future - i want to be hiking the grand canyon when we are 60 but don't know how likely that is...

It seems that he probably has more than one problem but then again, I wonder what is related to what. If you were him (or me) what would you do in this situation?  What type of doctors/tests etc. would you persue?  Also, I am wondering if getting a heel lift for the shorter leg might be one part of the solution.  If so, what kind of a doctor do you see for that.  Thanks for your consideration. Laure

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Dear Laure,
This Chicago Podiatrist located in West Loop 60661,Roscoe Village 60618,Elmhurst 60126 & Bartlett 60103 says...
For your ankle & knee pain.....
Try to avoid the surgeries-unless they problem is progressive. The heel lift may improve some of the symptoms. You should ask the podiatrist on a follow-up visit. Perhaps a Chiropractic College might help with the back & not be too costly. The best doctor for limb-length is the doctor with the most training. The podiatrists at Anklenfootcenters.com are well trained in this aspect of orthopedics. An orthopedist who specializes in backs should also be good-but expensive without insurance. Whomever gives the best advice/diagnosis should probably prescribe physical therapy. If not covered by insurance-see if you can see the therapist on a negotiated rate to do and learn therapy exercises-hopefully in 2-3 visits. These exercises should be considered lifelong.

Hope This Helps!
and
Good Luck!
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All questions & injuries relating to the lower extremities. Runner's injuries, skier's foot problems,skaters' foot problems, etc All questions related to surgery, orthopedics and medicine of the foot and ankle-Adults and Children. Second Opinion specialist in Foot and Ankle problems including fractures and revision surgery. All questions relating. to foot and ankle problems in children Sports medicine of the foot and ankle Runner's and walking problems

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PRIVATE PRACTICES: Ankle N Foot Center.com, 2220 W Belmont Ave., Chgo., IL 60618 since 1979 Ankle & Foot Center of Elmhurst, 401 N.York Rd., Elmhurst, IL, 60126, since 1989. Physicians Suites, Bethany Hospital, 3435 W. Van Buren, Chgo., Il, 60624, 1980-201. HOSPITAL & SURGICAL AFFILIATIONS: Bethany Hospital, 3435 W. Van Buren, Chgo., Il.- Podiatry staff since 1979-2010 Glen Oaks Medical Center, 701 Winthrop, Glen Dale Hts, IL – Podiatry staff since 1997. Elmhurst Medsurge, 401 N. York Rd., Elmhurst, IL, 60126, since 1999 Resurrection Health Care Surgery Center, 3101 N. Harlem Ave., Chicago, IL, since 1999 Chicago Neurologic & Orthopedic Hospital, 4501 N. Winchester Ave., Chicago, IL, 2008-2010

Organizations
Fellow-American College of Foot & Ankle Orthopedists, since 1991. Fellow-Academy of Ambulatory Foot Surgery, since 1980. Fellow- American Institute of Foot Medicine , since 1987. Fellow-American College of Foot & Ankle Pediatrics, since 1998. Certified in Laser Surgery- by Wenske Laser Center, Ravenswood Hospital, 1991. Certified in Foot and Ankle Arthroscopy – by Doctor’s Hospital, 1991. Certified Preceptorship Director-Scholl College of Podiatry 1993-2006 Board Certified in Foot & Ankle Surgery-A.B.M.S.P., since 1987. Recertified 8/08 till 3/31/2012 Board Certified in Podiatric Foot & Ankle Orthopedics-A.B.P.O.P.P.M., 1991. Recertified 10/2003 till 12/2013 Board Certified in Pain Management-A.A.P.M., since 1990.-retired Clinical Instructor – Department of Medicine at Rosalind Franklin University 10/2007 until present

Publications
Prolotherapy in the Treatment of Foot Problems Clinical Correspondence, June 2002. Vol 92- no. 6 Journal of the American Podiatric Medical Association. Paper on Treatment of Delta-Phalanx of the Foot – submitted for publication to Journal of Foot and Ankle Surgery & for Fellowship of ACPPS., September, 1998 Sports Medicine Consultant for the book-Triathlon 101 Essentials for Multisport Success by John Mora – 1999 ISBN 0-88011-811-3 Windy City Sports – October 1996 Marathon Issue “Keeping Your Feet Happy” American Running & Fitness Association, Clinic Advisor & Lifetime Member – Editorial Staff since 1990.

Education/Credentials
PRIVATE PRACTICES: Ankle N Foot Center.com, 2220 W Belmont Ave., Chgo., IL 60618 since 1979 Ankle & Foot Center of Elmhurst, 401 N.York Rd., Elmhurst, IL, 60126, since 1989. Physicians Suites, Bethany Hospital, 3435 W. Van Buren, Chgo., Il, 60624, 1980-201. HOSPITAL & SURGICAL AFFILIATIONS: Bethany Hospital, 3435 W. Van Buren, Chgo., Il.- Podiatry staff since 1979-2010 Glen Oaks Medical Center, 701 Winthrop, Glen Dale Hts, IL – Podiatry staff since 1997. Elmhurst Medsurge, 401 N. York Rd., Elmhurst, IL, 60126, since 1999 Resurrection Health Care Surgery Center, 3101 N. Harlem Ave., Chicago, IL, since 1999 Chicago Neurologic & Orthopedic Hospital, 4501 N. Winchester Ave., Chicago, IL, 2008-2010

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Very much into Sports Medicine Over 30 years experience with sports & martial arts Black Belt in Tae Kwon Do Red Belt in Shidokan Karate Expert Skier-37 years experience

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