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Posts for: December, 2012

 

It’s that time of year again, the holidays! We all know this means work parties, family parties, New Years Eve parties and so on; and every woman knows that it is essential to find the perfect shoes to match the perfect dress for each party. However, these perfect shoes come at a risky price with their 4 inch heels.  If you take one wrong step you can end up on the ground with a sore foot and ankle.  One of the most common injuries from wearing heels is a sprained ankle.

A sprained ankle results from twisting your ankle in a way that causes the ligaments to stretch or even tear. The most common way for this to happen is for your foot to turn inward and your ankle rolls outward, which results in the ligaments on the outside of your ankle being affected. The opposite can also happen, your foot can turn outward and your ankle can roll inward, but this is less common when it comes to high heels. Some of the most common symptoms are swelling, tenderness, and possibly bruising. If the damage is worse you could hear a popping noise and not be able to place weight on your foot.

If you take one wrong step in your heels and recognize these symptoms you should go see your podiatrist to get the proper care for your ankle! Some of the steps of treatment include rest, ice, Tylenol, compression wraps and a protective brace. It is important to follow the instructions your podiatrist gives you to allow your ankle to heal. If your ankle doesn’t heal properly you can get long term pain and instability.

The easiest way to deal with this injury is to prevent it! So ladies while you are out shopping for the perfect shoes for whatever party you have to go to consider a cute pair of flats! They are far more comfortable than heels and look just as good!

 

By Nrupa Shah


 

What exactly is a stress fracture of the foot? This injury is tiny cracks in the weight bearing bones of your foot, which result from overuse due to running, basketball, gymnastics or other high demand sports. Football is another sport where this injury is very common and likely, Mohamed Sanu, a wide receiver for the Cincinnati Bengals was placed on the injured reserve list on December 4thfrom this injury.

These sports cause the muscles in your foot to become tired and less able to absorb the shock from the impact being placed on them, so the shock is displaced to the bones of your feet creating tiny cracks. The most common place in the foot for this to occur is on the second and third metatarsals and the calcaneus bone. Wait what…? These are the bones of your second and third toes and your heel!

Some common symptoms of foot stress fractures include pain that gets worse while bearing weight on your foot and goes away with rest, swelling on the top of foot or ankle, tenderness and bruising on the top of the foot or ankle.

Diagnosis and treatment of this injury is very important so that worse problems do not develop. Your podiatrist can diagnose the injury with a simple x-ray and examination of the foot. After the diagnosis has been made rest is very important! If you do not rest you can cause the bone to break completely and surgery will be required. Along with rest keeping weight off your foot is essential; your podiatrist will recommend either protective footwear or a cast until the cracks heal completely. In some cases surgery in required to stabilize the bones, but in a majority of cases rest and casting will heal the bones.

However after the bones heal it is important to not jump back into your normal activity level, you need to ease yourself back into the activities you did before the injury. If you jump right back into the high stress activity you were doing before you could injure yourself again and it could be worse this time.

But if you want to avoid the chance of this injury all together here are a few tips for prevention! Always gradually ease yourself into any new activity, use strength training to keep your muscles able to handle the stress you’re putting on them and also alternate your activities, repetitive motion can be stressful to your bones.

By: Varun Gujral


 

Ankle sprains and fractures are common foot and ankle problems that occur while playing any sports. Fractures are usually defined as breaking one or more bone. Sprains are usually defined as damage to ligaments.  A ligament sprain can range from microscopic tears to a complete tear or rupture.  It is very essential to take care of ankle fracture and sprain in proper way by going to your podiatrist and getting treated properly.

When talking about ankle injury during sports, it reminds me of New York Yankees captain, Derek Jeter, who broke his left ankle while trying to catch the field ball against the Detroit Tigers on October 13, 2012. Jeter went under ankle surgery on October 20, 2012. The Yankees estimated that recovery time for Jeter is about four to five months.

Ankle fractures and Sprains are treated differently depending on their severity. Ankle sprains are often treated with pneumatic boot and brace to immobilize and physical therapy to strengthen the ligament. Fractures are treated with cast. Non- displaced fractures are treated with cast to heal properly for several weeks then physical therapy to gain the strength and function of the ankle ligaments. Displaced ankle fractures often require surgery. After the surgery, the ankle is immobilized in the cast for six to eight weeks to heal then physical therapy to recover and gain the strength and function of the ankle.

If you suffer from any foot and ankle injuries, please be sure to contact Affiliated Foot and Ankle Care located in Edison and Monroe, NJ to see our podiatrists. 

By Nupra Shah