Dr. Lamont Tyler is an experienced family and urgent care physician holding a DO from the Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine. He oversees the specialty physician services as a medical director for the OSF Medical Group's Eastern Region in Bloomington and Pontiac, Illinois.
Plantar fasciitis is a fairly common condition affecting the ligament structure that supports the arch of the foot, called the plantar fascia. It is marked by pain in the heel and bottom of the foot caused by small tears in the plantar fascia, which typically result from repeated stress placed on the ligament.
While pain from plantar fasciitis is often very noticeable during exercise, most people notice discomfort right after waking up. The condition is most common in people who pronate, or turn their feet inward while walking, and is also associated with being overweight. Sometimes, individuals develop plantar fasciitis by consistently failing to stretch before exercising, which leads to tightness in the calf muscles and tendons in the leg and foot. The condition also frequently affects individuals whose jobs require a lot of walking or standing on hard surfaces, especially when they wear shoes without sufficient arch support. For this reason, women who often wear high-heeled shoes may be at a heightened risk for developing plantar fasciitis.
Physicians can confirm a diagnosis of plantar fasciitis with a simple X-ray. Fortunately, patients can manage the condition with simple strategies and lifestyle changes, such as managing their weight and wearing properly fitting shoes with sufficient arch support. Doctors often also prescribe steroids or anti-inflammatory medications to address the issue. Regular stretching and exercise aimed at increasing the flexibility of the calf and foot can also be effective, as can the use of a Strassburg sock, which is worn while sleeping to gradually increase the plantar fascia’s range of motion.
A graduate of the Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine, Dr. Lamont Tyler serves as medical director at OSF St. Joseph Medical Center in Bloomington, Illinois. Dr. Lamont Tyler has dedicated over three decades to the practice of osteopathic and family medicine and draws on this experience to treat patients in the hospital’s urgent and acute care practices.
OSF St. Joseph Medical Center recently received recognition as one of the top 50 locations for cardiovascular care in the United States, appearing on Truven Health Analytics’ list of the 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals. This marked the 17th edition of Truven’s annual ranking, which is the result of an extensive study assessing hospitals’ performance in several key areas. These include rates of patient mortality, readmission, and surgical complications, as well as average surgery cost and length of stay.
To demonstrate the level of excellence embodied by its top-ranking hospitals, Truven outlined how the health care sector would differ if all cardiovascular providers matched the quality of its top-50 cardiovascular centers. According to its estimates, this would result in 3,500 more complication-free surgeries and 8,000 more saved lives. Additionally, hospitals would achieve over $1.3 billion in savings.
Speaking on behalf of OSF St. Joseph, cardiothoracic surgeon Dr. G. Bradley Smith commended the combined efforts of the hospital’s surgeons, cardiologists, hospitalists, and other staff members. He praised the department’s teamwork, stating, “This truly demonstrates the outstanding quality of care that can be achieved through an integrated team approach to each patient.”
The host of the weekly radio show Doc Talk on Cities 92.9 FM in Bloomington, Illinois, Dr. Lamont Tyler enjoys sharing his knowledge on health matters with the community. The director of OSF St. Joseph Medical Facility, Dr. Lamont Tyler is a member of the American Academy of Family Medicine (AAFP).
The AAFP advocates for the continued encouragement of mothers to breastfeed their children. This is because many mothers do not breastfeed their newborn babies as required.
The World Health Organization (WHO) urges mothers to breastfeed their babies for a minimum of two years. The AAFP recommends that babies should be breastfed exclusively for six months, before combining breastfeeding with artificial foods for a full year.
Data from the Center for Disease Control in 2011 revealed that 79% of mothers initiated breastfeeding, 49.9% breastfed, and only 18.8% exclusively breastfed six months into childbirth. Only 26.7% breastfed one year after childbirth.
According to AAFP, not breastfeeding has been linked to acute otitis media, atopic dermatitis, necrotizing enterocolitis, and respiratory infections. According to WHO, not breastfeeding increases the risk of obesity, type 2 diabetes, asthma, and leukemia.
As Medical Director of OSF St. Joseph Medical Center’s PromptCare, Dr. Lamont Tyler takes pride in the diverse array of services offered to all individuals on a walk-in basis.