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Posts for tag: Podiatry

Skinny jeans are definitely becoming a fashion statement in today’s generation. They can be worn with virtually anything and from what I hear they are extremely comfortable. But, based on a story out of Australia, I would recommend wearing them while you’re doing any kind of strenuous activity—stick with some sort of lose clothing for that. A 35-year old woman was helping her friend move and she was doing a lot of bending and squatting throughout the day. Your legs and feet naturally get more swollen than any other part of your body because of gravity and they are part of the body that’s furthest from the heart. With that said, the woman started getting more uncomfortable as the day progressed when she eventually had to go to the emergency room and have her pants cut off from her. The doctors said she developed a mild case of compartment syndrome by compressing her peroneal and tibial nerves.

Compartment syndrome is extremely rare. The leg and foot are divided into different compartments; the leg having 4 compartments and the foot having 9 (depending on what source you read). These compartments can become inflamed and fill with fluid and compress on nerves and vessels within the compartment causing lack of oxygen to any part further down from it and numbness and tingling in that leg or foot. The only feasible treatment for compartment syndrome is a fasciotomy. That involves relieving the pressure in that area by making an incision to release any fluid or swelling. Compartment syndrome is most commonly seen in the lower extremity so your local podiatrists at Affiliated Foot and Ankle Care of Monroe and Edison, NJ know exactly what it takes to treat and care for patients who have experienced this rare phenomenon.

Again, compartment syndrome is extremely rare but if you or someone you know have any symptoms of suddenly swollen legs/feet, numbness and tingling, and extreme pain please go to the emergency room as soon as possible. This syndrome can cause loss of limb if not treated in a timely manner.

By Varun Gujral

 

 

One of the most popular shows on TV today is “Dancing with the Stars”, and I know that we are all envious of how everyone on the show can move and ‘shake it’. And I guarantee we all wish we could look that good when we dance instead of looking silly! But the dancers and stars are putting a lot of stress on their feet, and are at risk for multiple different injuries. One major injury these dancers are at risk for is a ruptured Achilles tendon.  I’m sure everyone has heard of that, but where and what exactly is an Achilles tendon? Feel the back of your ankle, that hard thing that is going down to the back of your heel, that is your Achilles tendon. It attaches your calf muscles to your heel and is very important is helping stabilize and move your foot; so you can imagine that rupturing this tendon would be devastating.

How exactly does a rupture occur? A common way for the stars to get this by starting strenuous activity after a period of inactivity; another common way to injury this tendon is by suddenly flexing your foot upward or downward when landing on it. Dancing is a very common place to see this injury, along with other sports such as football and basketball.

The symptoms common with this injury include hearing and feeling a pop or snap at the back of the heel followed by an intense, sharp pain going up the back of the leg. There will be an inability to flex the foot downward, so there will be an inability to walk properly on the foot.

If you have any of these symptoms seek medical attention immediately! An injury like this is very serious and will require surgery and a period of rehabilitation.  Fortunately your local podiatrists at Affiliated Foot and Ankle Care located in Monroe and Edison are here to help!

 

By Nrupa Shah

 

In your second, third and fourth toes there are three “toe joints” along the bones that make up each toe; sometimes this third joint or the joint farthest from the tip of your toe can become irritated and become very painful. This injury is known as metatarsalgia,or more commonly forefoot pain. (That’s so much easier to say!) Activities such as running or jumping can cause this, along with wearing shoes that are too small. This injury isn’t very serious; however it can be very painful and can put many athletes on the bench due to the pain. This injury is common to basketball players, like Lebron James or Mason Plumlee, due to the amount of running and jumping they do every day.

Some common signs of this injury are gradual pain in the forefoot, pain when bending the toes downward and sometimes excessive buildup of skin on the bottom of the foot due to the extra pressure. The common causes of this are running and jumping, but other causes can include a high arched foot, having a shortened toe bone and stress fractures of this toe bone.

Since this injury isn’t too serious the steps to relieve the symptoms can be done at home! Rest, ice and anti-inflammatory medications will help relieve the pain and tenderness of the joint within a week or two. Custom gel cushion shoe inserts can also be very helpful to absorb shock while walking or running to prevent pain and future injury. When the pain is very severe, steroid injections can be used to relieve the symptoms.  Always remember that an injury should never be taken lightly, if you are experiencing any of these symptoms go talk to your local podiatrist at Affiliate Foot and Ankle Care in Edison and Monroe NJ, to get proper treatment for your feet!

by  Varun Gujral