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For all of you horse racing fans out there, you are all familiar with trainer Bob Baffert and his Kentucky Derby winning horse Orb. You are probably aware that his preferred jockey, Joel Rosario, fractured his left foot and wasn’t able to ride Orb in the Travers competition or Game on Dude in the Pacific Classic. Each race would have paid the winner of the race 1 million dollars!

Rosario broke his foot when he fell off Casual Elegance in the 7thrace at Saratoga a few weeks ago. No reports indicate exactly which bone/bones he broke in his foot, but Rosario will not be able to compete for at least 6 weeks!

Podiatrists are very concerned with fall prevention, this is because when you fall and land on your feet it puts so much stress on the foot and ankle bones, and usually leads to fractures of one or more bones. When it comes to doing any activity whether it’s a sport, work around the house, or just walking down some stairs it is always important to be very careful and mindful of your balance and keeping yourself from falling. This probably isn’t something many of us are worried about while playing sports or doing a basic activity, but it is so simple to take a wrong step or jump and fall on our feet.

Our feet are designed to handle a lot of shock and stress, but they can only handle so much. When we do something that pushes our feet past their limit the bones will break, and can take a good amount of time to heal. In any event that you have fallen and hurt your foot or ankle it is best to go see your local podiatrist at Affiliated Foot and Ankle Care located in Edison and Monroe NJ to get your injury looked at!

Your podiatrist will most likely x-ray the injured area to look for fractures and if one if seen, depending on the severity, immobilization or surgery may be required. For stress or simple fractures immobilization is the best thing for the bones to heal. For more complicated breaks involving multiple bones, surgery is usually required to get the bones back to their normal position.

To prevent any likelihood of a fracture be mindful with what you are doing and take precautions to prevent falls!

By Nrupa Shah

  

I’m pretty sure that it is safe to say that unless you have this syndrome, you have no idea what this is! Well don’t worry, by the end of this blog you will know exactly what this is and how to recognize it if you or someone you know should ever develop it. So what exactly is Haglunds Deformity? It is when you get a bony growth on the back of your heel that sticks out. This bone grows due to constant rubbing and friction on the bone. After time this new bone can cause something called bursitis, which adds to the bump forming! A bursa is a sac of fluid that prevents rubbing between things like skin and bone, but sometimes they can get inflamed, which is called bursitis. A nickname for this syndrome is “pump bump”, because women tend to get this from wearing high heels! Some of our favorite actresses like Kaley Cuoco and Jessica Simpson are prone to developing this because they were high heels so frequently.

The symptoms of this syndrome include an abnormal bump on the back of the heel, it is very painful and if the bursa becomes inflamed the bump will increase in size and usually turns red. Needless to say, it’s pretty obvious when someone has this syndrome!

So what should you do if you have this bump on your heel? The first thing you should do is make an appointment with your local podiatrist at Affiliated Foot and Ankle Care in Edison and Monroe NJ!  Depending on the severity of the deformity there are 4 different treatment options. For a syndrome that isn’t too severe and is relatively new, the RICE idea will work, rest, ice, compression and elevation. Also getting shoes that aren’t tight fitting is important! Sometimes orthotics are prescribed to help avoid pressure on the heel. In the most severe cases surgery and injections are required to reduce the inflammation and to get rid of the growing bone bump.

By  Varun Gujral

 

Spring is finally here! But for most of the country we haven’t seen any signs of spring-like weather yet! (I know I’m disappointed too.) Along with this extended cold weather comes the increased likelihood of something called Raynaud’s disease. Have you ever been outside in the cold for a long period of time and when you came in your toes were purple or blue?! This is Raynaud’s Disease! The cold causes the small arteries in your toes to constrict and get smaller, which limits the blood flow to the toes and causes them to become discolored. This is not the same thing as frost bite, the symptoms are different. Cold feeling toes, color changes, numb feeling and a pricking or stinging feeling as the toes warm up are the symptoms of Raynaud’s.

Most of the time this is just annoying to deal with it, but it will go away on its own. But in recurring, severe cases or cases that are secondary to another disease, it is necessary to see a podiatrist for treatment.

Some diseases that increase the likelihood of Raynaud’s Disease and would require medical attention include Lupus, Scleroderma, Carpal Tunnel, Rheumatoid Arthritis and Sjorgens Syndrome to name a few.  If Raynauds develops and you have any of these conditions it is important to go see your local podiatrist at Affiliated Foot and Ankle Care to get the proper treatment. We have offices conveniently located in Edison and Monroe, NJ. Severe cases of Raynaud’s Disease are rare but do need to be treated!

Treatment for mild Raynaud’s is to warm up the affected areas, usually heating pads work great! In more severe cases or cases with underlying conditions medications may be prescribed. These medications include calcium channel blockers which will relax the small arteries in your feet so they stay open; alpha blockers are also used, which counteract the normal hormones in your body that constrict blood vessels, so they in turn will relax the arteries.

The most important thing after treatment that your doctor will discuss with you will be how to prevent future attacks! The common recommendations are to dress in layers and make sure skin is fully covered and kept warm and dry. So for this extended winter make sure to stay warm and covered up when going outdoors!

by Varun Gujral

 

Have you ever heard of something called Hallux Rigidus? No?  Although I am sure you have had or known someone who has the symptoms of this condition. Hallux Rigidus is the fancy medical name for a stiff big toe!  The common symptoms of this are pain and stiffness of the big toe when taking a step. Swelling may also be present at the base of the big toe. There is usually a loss of motion in the big toe, pain even while not walking, tender to touch and a limp when walking.

There are many causes to this condition which include rheumatoid arthritis, gout, stubbing your big toe or rolling your foot. This is commonly seen in athletes who roll their foot or stub their toe while running and don’t seek proper treatment. Soccer is a very common sport to see this injury in, for all you soccer fans I’m sure you’re familiar with Thierry Henry, imagine if he was dribbling the ball down the field and accidently stubbed his toe on the ground when trying to kick the ball; something this simple could cause this injury and bench him for weeks while it healed!

The treatment for this injury includes rest, ice and Tylenol, but an x-ray is needed to diagnose this condition. Your local podiatrists at Affiliated Foot and Ankle Care located in Edison and Monroe, NJ can diagnose and treat this condition if you are experiencing these symptoms! After an x-ray has confirmed “stiff big toe” as the condition causing your pain, your doctor will prescribe the proper treatment depending on how bad it is. In mild to moderate cases a steroid injection may be given to help with pain and in severe cases surgery may be required.

by Varun Gujral