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Posts for category: Ankle Injury

By Affiliated Foot & Ankle Care
August 15, 2018
Category: Ankle Injury

An inflammation or injury to the Achilles tendon can severely limit your ability to walk, run and participate in daily activities for work and play. This large tendon connects your heel bone and your calf muscle and aids in lifting your heel off the ground. At Affiliated Foot & Ankle Care, we’d like to offer the following do’s and don’ts to help patients protect the Achilles tendon:

Don’t: overdo it--the most common cause of inflammation of the tendon is overuse. A sudden increase in the duration and/or intensity of a repetitive activity involving the tendon can lead to pain, soreness and tenderness in the tendon. These would include running, stair climbing and running hills as well as doing sprints which require you to push off with force.

Do: stretch and warm up—taking the time to stretch your calf muscles before and after working out or playing a sport can greatly reduce the risk of injury to the Achilles tendon.

Do: check the condition of your sports shoes. If your shoes are worn out they may no longer be providing the support necessary to your arch and heel which can cause inflammation of the tendon.

Don’t: ignore Achilles symptoms—pain first thing in the morning, pain and tenderness that increases with activity, sluggishness or a feeling of tiredness in your lower leg, difficulty stretching the Achilles tendon or walking and extreme pain when the sides of the tendon is squeezed are all signs of Achilles overuse and micro tears that are causing damage to the tissue. In more advanced cases of Achilles tendinosis, nodules may form as well. At the first sign of Achilles discomfort, you should contact us at 732-662-3050 and make an appointment at our offices in Edison, Monroe or Monmouth Junction, NJ. Our podiatrists, Dr. Ben (Varun) Gujral and Dr. Nrupa Shah, will examine your feet and lower legs and determine the best course of treatment to repair tendon damage and prevent future injury.

Do: talk to the foot doctor about Achilles injury risk if you have flat feet. Being flat footed puts additional strain on your Achilles tendon. Patients with this condition may need shoes with additional arch support or a custom orthotic device to wear in the shoes to counteract the effects of a low or non-existent arch.

To learn more about Achilles tendon issues and treatment options, contact us today. 

By Affiliated Foot & Ankle Care
April 25, 2018
Category: Ankle Injury
Tags: ankle injury  

When you suffer a serious injury or trauma to your foot or ankle, you head for the emergency room. But what about injuries that don’t seem to warrant a hospital visit but are still painful and somewhat debilitating? At Affiliated Foot & Ankle Care, we recommend that patients always get a foot or ankle injury checked, even if you don’t think it is serious. Determining how serious an injury is can be tricky—pain and swelling can flare up and then go down, but that doesn’t necessarily mean the condition is improving. In other instances, patients mistakenly believe that if they can walk on the affected foot or ankle, it can’t be sprained or fractured. Your best bet is to contact our podiatry office in Monmouth Junction, Edison or Monroe, New Jersey for an appointment as soon as possible. Our podiatrists, Dr. Varun (Ben) Gujral and Dr. Nrupa Shah will examine the foot or ankle and possibly order x-rays or other tests to determine the type and extent of your injury. Once a diagnosis is made, the best treatment plan can be formulated to suit your individual needs.

 In the meantime, you can relieve uncomfortable symptoms and help reduce pain using the RICE method:

REST—get off the injured foot. Bearing weight on a hurt foot almost always increases the severity of the issue. In some cases, it can even lead to a fall or a secondary injury.

ICE—icing the affected area several times a day for 15-20 minutes at a time can bring down the swelling and reduce pain. Do not put ice or an ice pack directly on the skin. Wrap it in a thin towel or put the towel on your foot and then apply ice to avoid damaging the skin.

COMPRESSION—by wrapping the ankle or the part of your foot that has been hurt with an elastic bandage, you can keep the swelling down and also provide a little stability to the foot while you wait for your podiatrist appointment. Don’t wrap too tightly, however, or you will actually increase swelling below the injured area. Signs of a wrap that’s too tight include numbness, tingling, coolness to the touch, and increased pain.

ELEVATE—try to keep your foot raised up on a few pillows when you are sitting or lying down. The goal is to get the injured part of your foot above the level of the heart. This will help reduce the amount of swelling and allow fluids to be reabsorbed naturally by the body.

If you injure your foot or ankle, don’t delay. Contact us by calling: 732-662-3050 immediately.