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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

The summer season is a time of year when everyone seems to want to get into shape and your local podiatrists at Affiliated Foot and Ankle Care located in Edison and Monroe, NJ encourage our patients to eat healthy and try to maintain an active lifestyle. A lot of people, however, can’t seem to find a “style” of workout that suits them the best. There are many different types of fitness styles out there today from yoga and Pilates to P90x and CrossFit. Many of the different types of workouts may be too upbeat for the average person or not as upbeat as one actually wants. There is another kind of workout that has recently starting hitting the mainstream...Trampoline Fitness.

 There are numerous health benefits to this exercise, and what’s more fun than bouncing on a trampoline? This type of exercise would definitely bring out the inner-child in all of us and we need that from time-to-time. According to a post on Yahoo Health, after just a 45-minute session at a trampoline facility you can burn up to 650 calories! Among the great benefit of burning calories, trampoline fitness also helps strengthen your bones. NASA conducted a study and found that jumping is more beneficial in maintaining bone and muscle mass than jogging. Having strong bones is extremely important for proper foot health. If you have weak bones in your feet then the bones in your leg and thigh have to compensate, and that’s what accounts for the hip and low-back aches and pains. Moreover, this type of exercise will allow you to workout out in the comfort of your own home!

 Eating healthy and daily exercise is extremely important in today’s society. Doing each of these helps combat numerous diseases such as: hypertension, diabetes, and even certain bone and joint conditions. You are what you eat and you performance is a reflection of that so we encourage you to strive to eat healthier and stay active!

 By Nrupa Shah

 

I’m sure all of you baseball fans know who Tim Hudson is; and for those of you who don’t he is the star pitcher for the Atlanta Braves. An ankle fracture seems weird for a pitcher; most of us would expect a hand, arm or shoulder injury for them. But as Hudson was covering first base the runner stepped on the back of his right leg, resulting in the fracture which will end the season for him.

There are three bones that make up the ankle joint, the two leg bones, tibia and fibula, and another bone called the talus. Ankle fractures can result from many different things, in Hudson’s case it was by getting stepped on the back of his foot. A break in any of these three bones around the ankle joint is considered an ankle fracture. The severity of the fracture depends on the number of breaks in each bone. The least severe injuries are a break in one, whereas the most severe injuries are multiple breaks in multiple bones. Some common ways ankles are fractured are by weird, forced twisting movements, rolling your ankle, or falling and landing on it in a strange position.

The common signs of a fracture are immediate extreme pain, immediate swelling and bruising in the area, no weight can be placed on the foot and very tender to touch. Hudson went to go see a doctor right away to get his ankle treated; if you ever experience any of these symptoms it is important to go see your local podiatrist at Affiliated Foot and Ankle Care located in Edison and Monroe NJ right away! Your podiatrist will take x-rays to determine how exactly the ankle has been fractured and how to go about surgery. A majority of ankle fractures will require surgery to fix, with casting and physical therapy after to restore normal function.

By Nrupa Shah