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Posts for tag: Foot Fractures

Tuomo Ruutu a winger for the New Jersey Devils ice hockey team fractured his right foot and will not be able to play again for approximately 4-6 weeks. John Hynes, the head coach for the New Jersey Devils initially thought that Ruttu’s injury was just a bruise but x-rays revealed a far more serious fracture. Fractures of the feet are fairly common, a simple misstep or a fall can lead to a fracture in the foot. The severity of fractures can very quite significantly from minor cracks in the bones to full breaks that poke through the skin. The signs and symptoms of a fracture in the foot are going to vary from person to person and depend on what caused the injury. Common symptoms include pain and tenderness at the fracture site, swelling, deformity, pain that worsens with activity, and difficulty bearing weight on the affected foot. Many often report hearing a loud snapping or popping sound at the time the injury occurs. Often, a fracture in the foot often first shows up as and is mistaken for a bruise as in Ruutu’s case.

 Fractures in the foot need to be taken very serious because early diagnosis and treatment can prevent the development of more serious complications. Complications that can result from stress fractures include arthritis, bone infections, or damage to the nerves and blood vessels in the area of the fracture. In order to diagnose a fracture in the foot your doctor will first check for points of tenderness in your foot and depending on what they find, imaging tests may be needed. Usually an x-ray will confirm the presence or absence of a fracture but other tests could include a bone scan, a CT scan or an MRI. Treatment for fractures in the foot is going to vary depending on the severity of the fracture. If you have a small stress fracture, it can heal on its own with rest. More serious fractures are going to require surgery to realign the bones and immobilize them to prevent them from moving. In all cases, adequate rest and therapy will help the injury to heal faster.

Foot fractures are fairly common especially among people who play sports like hockey but they are serious and require immediate attention. We here at Affiliated Foot and Ankle Care in Edison and Monroe, NJ wish Tuomo Ruutu of the New Jersey Devils a speedy recovery and hope to see him back on the ice soon. If you think you are suffering from a foot fracture or would like more information about foot fractures please make an appointment with one of our podiatrists at Affiliated Foot and Ankle Care located in Edison and Monroe, NJ.

By Nrupa Shah

I don’t know about you, but I always enjoy watching the NBC family friendly show “America’s Got Talent (AGT.)” The variation of acts and talent America brings to the AGT stage keeps the show fresh and audience wanting more.  Being the first all-male season finale, Americas Got Talent crowned Ventriloquist Paul Zerdin of London, England winner of season 10 and 1 million dollars.  While Paul is preparing for his new show in Vegas, AGT was sad to say good bye to judge Howard Stern after 4 seasons with the show.

Becoming familiar with the emotional ride this show has you experience, we were shocked to see ladder stunt performer Uzeyer Novruzov from Russia, fall from a 15 foot ladder during his performance in week two of the semifinals. His fall occurred while performing an act that he had tried 10 years previous that left him injured and in a coma for three days. Surprisingly Uzeyer was voted through to the finale despite his fall. During the finale he was unable to maintain the previous week’s performance level due to fall and chances of further injury. Uzeyer’s 20 years’ of ladder stunts proved to be a dangerous yet exciting act but his injuries kept him from winning 1,000,000 dollars!

Traumatic events like these can also keep you from performing at your best. It is important not to ignore foot and ankle injury and to seek proper medical attention. Here at Affiliated Foot and Ankle Care we treat anything from calcaneal fractures to planter fasciitis. Not seeking proper care for the lower extremity can cause serious long term damage. Let us help you to improve your performance and health at one of offices located in Edison, and Monroe.

By Varun Gujral