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Posts for category: Ankle Sprain

By Affiliated Foot & Ankle Care
January 24, 2018
Category: Ankle Sprain
Tags: Ankle Sprains   Shoes  

What’s the connection between your eyes and your lower extremities? Quite simply, not being able to see properly is one of the major reasons for ankles sprains, falls, and trauma to the feet. In honor of Glaucoma Awareness Month, all of us at Affiliated Foot & Ankle Care want to encourage our patients to have an eye exam and check for glaucoma.

Glaucoma is known as the “sneak thief of sight” because it could cause you to lose up to 40% of your vision without even noticing. Once it’s gone, the vision loss is usually permanent. In fact, glaucoma is the second leading cause of blindness in the world. Although people over 60 have the highest risk of getting glaucoma, it can affect people at any age.

The good news is that a comprehensive eye exam can detect glaucoma. If you do get glaucoma and have regular eye exams, it will be caught in the early stages when treatment can halt the progression of the disease.

Fall Protection

In addition to regular eye exams, podiatric exams also play a key role in preventing falls and foot injuries. Patients who put off getting foot pain evaluated tend to alter their walk and throw off their balance which greatly increases the chance of a stumble or fall. Our podiatrists, Dr. Varun Gujral and Dr. Nrupa Shah, will examine your feet and ankles and get a complete medical history as well. The correct treatment for your foot disorder will relieve pain and discomfort and help you get back to walking normally.

Other ways to prevent falls include:

  • Ensuring that there is adequate lighting inside and outside your home, particularly on stairs and pathways.
  • Don’t allow clutter to accumulate on the floor. Clear away stacks of magazines, empty water bottles and multiple pairs of shoes daily to prevent tripping.
  • Throw out your throw rugs.
  • Be sure electrical cords are safely tucked behind furniture and not in your path.
  • Wear shoes that fit properly and are not stretched or worn out.

To schedule your foot health check-up, contact our Edison, Monroe or Monmouth Junction office for an appointment today by calling: 732-662-3050.

The 17 year old daughter of Steve Irwin, Bindi Irwin, recently took home the mirror ball trophy after winning “Dancing With The Stars”. The win didn’t come easy for her though, she had several emotional struggles after dances dedicated to her late father Steve Irwin “The Crocodile Hunter” who passed away in 2006.  Furthermore, she sustained an ankle injury in the early weeks of the show but with proper treatment and a strong will, she managed to come back for the win. Sprained ankles are common injuries among dancers and other athletes as well as among everyday people too. A sprained ankle occurs when one or more of the ligaments supporting the ankle are either completely or partially torn.

Sprained ankles occur when you twist or roll your foot in a motion it isn’t intended too with a great force. This is very common among dancers as they leap during their dance routines. If they land on their feet the wrong way or push off wrong, the force can tear those supporting ligaments. This can also happen during everyday tasks such as walking around. If you happen to step on an object you don’t see and slip or step off a sidewalk wrong you can easily sprain your ankle. The first symptom you will probably notice following an ankle sprain is pain around your ankle. It will be a sharp pain at first that turns into a throbbing pain. There will also be some swelling, warmth, and redness in the area as well.

Ankle sprains are commonly diagnosed based on patient history and a physical exam. X-rays will be taken to rule out fractures or any other possible problems. Ankle sprains are commonly treated following the acronym RICE which stands for rest, ice, compression, and elevation. By doing this, it will reduce the swelling and promote healing which will get you back on your feet as quickly as possible. In order to prevent future injuries, ankle strengthening exercises can be performed such as moving your ankles in a circle in the air or writing the alphabet with your toes in the air. Once you are sure your ankle injury is healed, you can do more resistance type exercises such as step ups or walking on your toes as well as stretching your ankle with a towel.

With proper treatment and rehabilitation, you too can come back from an ankle injury like Bindi did to win “Dancing With The Stars”. We here at Affiliated Foot and Ankle Care located in Edison and Monroe, NJ congratulate Bindi Irwin on her recent victory of dancing with the stars. If you think you are suffering from an ankle sprain or would like more information about ankle sprains, please make an appointment with one of our podiatrists at Affiliated Foot and Ankle Care.

By Nrupa Shah

By Nrupa Shah
May 13, 2015
Category: Ankle Sprain

Prior to musicians performing a concert they must go through hours of practice making sure everything from the sound to the lights is perfect. Along with practicing, however, comes the chance of injuring themselves. Britney Spears unfortunately had that happen to her. She apparently jumped up and landed wrong on her foot and it twisted, potentially spraining or fracturing her ankle. This has caused her to cancel some of her ‘Piece of Me’ concert dates.

It’s not surprising that performers sprain their ankles and I’m not sure why it doesn’t happen more often. Reason being, most of them—women being more common—wear high heels. If you have read any of our past blogs it’s evident that we don’t condone wearing high heels because it increases the chance of foot and ankle injury. Now dancing and spinning on stage while in high heels is a whole other ball game and we at Affiliated Foot and Ankle Care located  in Monroe and Edison, NJ surely don’t tell our patients to do that either. Britney was said to have finished her practice session after injuring her foot which means she probably did not break any bones. This means she will have to be off her foot for at least a week while icing and elevating it and allowing the swelling to subside. The last thing she wants to do is continue twisting on it and potentially tearing some major ligaments or even fracturing part of her foot.

Performers put in a lot more effort than we all think in order to put on the best show possible. A lot of work goes into lighting, sound, and especially the choreography and that is obviously what causes the most damage. It is the repetitive jumping and twisting they do whilst in high heels. If there is any advice I can give to any women out there it would be: do not wear high heels, especially while dancing! We hope Britney has a speedy recovery and gets back on stage as soon as possible.

By Nrupa Shah

Dancing is an extremely challenging workout. Now-a-days, many of the more popular workouts involve some sort of dance or up-beat style movements, Zumba being the most popular. The hit television show, “Dancing with the Stars”, is one of the most popular shows to date. It involves a duet between a celebrity and professional dancer in which they compete in different style dances throughout the season. But whether you are a professional dancer or not, anyone is prone to an injury. Unfortunately, professional dancer Derek Hough sustained an injury during a practice run last week. It was reported that Hough broke a toe on his right foot and sprained both sides of his left ankle with a subsequent bone bruise to that same foot. It does not say how he injured himself, but from the sound of it he had to have taken a pretty nasty fall or a spin gone badly.

A broken toe to a dancer is like a torn rotator cuff for a pitcher. Dancers are constantly on their toes or balls of their feet and without a healthy toe they cannot perform the way want. Sadly, broken toes are treated very conservatively because there is really no other treatment because of how small the bones are. So treatment usually consists of rest, ice, compression, and elevation (RICE) for approximately four to six weeks or until you see healing on x-ray. Likewise, ankle sprains are treated pretty much the same way with RICE for the same amount of time. However, prior to administering that treatment, x-rays will be taken to rule out any fractures that may have occurred. Your local podiatrists at Affiliated Foot and Ankle Care located in Monroe and Edison, NJ know exactly what to do when it comes to proper treatment of broken toes and sprains. So if you or someone you know has experienced an injury like this, please do not hesitate to call our office and make an appointment.

 We hope Mr. Hough has a speedy recovery and gets back to doing what he loves most as soon as he can (pending doctor’s orders)!

 By Nrupa Shah

 

Not only is walking in high heels difficult, but walking in stilettos is even worse. Why? Stilettos, by definition, are thin, high, tapering heels on a woman’s shoe. The keyword is tapering, meaning the tip gets smaller as you travel down the heel itself. Now, it’s not abnormal to see celebrities flaunting these types of shoes and it’s definitely not abnormal to see Kim Kardashian (West) wearing them. In fact, Kim is known to wear high-heeled sandals! A Few days back Kim was seen wearing stilettos—probably 6-7 inches high. As I’ve stated before, these shoes can cause havoc to those with history of lateral ankle sprains or in those patients who have yet to find out what one feels like. I assure you, you do not want to find out wearing these shoes.

 Lateral ankle sprains are among one of the commonest foot problems that your local podiatrists at Affiliated Foot and Ankle Care in Monroe and Edison, NJ deal with throughout the practice. They seem to occur more often in women than men and I think a lot has to do with wearing of high heels. It’s also known that women tend to have more mobile joints than many again, owing to increase incidence of ankle sprains. Aside from ankle sprains, wearing high heels increases the chance of bunion formation, metatarsalgia—or generalized pain in the balls of your feet, and even hammer toes. Many of these disorders can be avoided or at least controlled by either limiting the wearing of high heels or decreasing the height of the heel. Obviously, if you just quit wearing high heels altogether that would be ideal. However, as foot and ankle surgeons we know that that’s not possible since high heels are part of a women’s wardrobe for work.

In summary, limiting the amount of time one wears high heels, wearing high heels with a shorter heel, or even cutting out high heels will drastically decrease your chances of suffering an ankle sprain, or forming hammertoes and bunions. We know it’s not the easiest thing to do but it’s definitely something we stress to our patients.

 By Varun Gujral