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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

 

It’s that time of year again! Our favorite baseball players have started reporting for spring training and it is a little over a month until opening day! While they are back in action, these players need to take care of themselves and their feet so they are not benched for the season.  A very common injury for baseball players is Achilles Tendonitis.  Although tendonitis is commonly thought of as a “minor injury”; this injury can bench professional ball players for weeks.

So what exactly is this injury? On the back of your ankle there is a tendon connecting the muscles of the back of your leg to your heel bone, this is the Achilles tendon. Tendonitis is when this tendon becomes inflamed and irritated. If the inflammation goes on long enough the tendon can begin to degenerate or wear away, this is called tendonosis. This is also why it is so imperative to treat the tendonitis right away before the tendon can start to degrade.

The common causes of this injury are overuse and increase in repetitive activities. This results in tiny fibers of the tendon being damaged and painful because the body cannot heal them quickly enough! Players like Miguel Cabrera and Joey Votto need to make sure to properly warm up and cool down after each practice to ensure that their Achilles tendon doesn’t become too stressed so they can play this season.

The symptoms to watch for include pain on the back of the leg, ankle and heel, along with tenderness when the sides of the tendon are squeezed, and increased pain with continued activity. If any of these symptoms appear, it is important make an appointment with one of our podiatrists at Affiliated Foot and Ankle Care to get proper treatment so the injury doesn’t progress to tendonosis. We are located in Edison and in Monroe, NJ. The usual treatment for this is rest and ice, sometimes your podiatrist will recommend a cast or walking boot to relieve stress from the tendon, and a night splint may also be recommended.  Preventing this injury is always the best option! By wearing proper fitting shoes and stretching before and after exercising, it will greatly reduce the risk of developing this injury!

By Nrupa Shah