Chicago – United State: A 34-year-old Margie Naatz at her home in New Lenox on Wednesday was helping her boyfriend make a TikTok video when she fell and hurt the heel of her foot.

Margie Naatz who lives in south suburban New Lenox injured her heel trying to execute a difficult gymnastics routine with her boyfriend for a TikTok social media video.

She realized immediately that she had hurt her right foot after jumping off her boyfriend’s shoulders. She visited Midwest orthopedic consultants in oak lawn for an examination and now she uses a knee walker to get around.

Typically around this time of year he’s treating gunshot victims and runners who try to do too much too fast when it gets warm outside. Now he’s seeing an uptick in people injured while fixing up their homes or trying new activities out of boredom during the pandemic.

Dr. David Garras

The silver lining in all this is she don’t have to take any extra time off work as hair stylist Naatz salon has been closed since mid-March because of the coronavirus.

A foot and ankle surgeon Dr. David Garras who counts Naatz among his patients describe his observations.

I’ve had about four Achilles ruptures in the last two weeks. I would probably get maybe two a month before this, and I’ve had four in the last two weeks, and its people that are either trying to play basketball with their kids outside or they’re trying to do something new that they’re watching on social media. There’s nothing extremely different from what I would normally see. It’s just the mechanisms have all shifted toward these, basically, weekend warriors trying to do something new and hurting themselves.

Dr. David Garras – Midwest Orthopaedic Consultant

Dr. John Fernandez, who treats hands, wrists and elbows added I’ve seen three flexor tendon injuries in the last two days, all from people who cut themselves with a knife because they’re cooking more. They’re jokingly saying that, but it’s probably true.

Doctors are shifting their priorities as well. The Illinois Department of Public Health recommended surgeons cancel non-urgent surgeries and procedures to lower the risk of coronavirus exposure and to free up medical workers so they can provide care for coronavirus patients when hospitals become overwhelmed.

Source: Chicago Tribune

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