A recent study that focused on professional soccer players in Greece, from the online medical journal Medical News Today, found that players who had one ankle that was significantly stronger than the other were more prone to non-contact ankle sprains. The risk of injury is increased because the ankles do not absorb shock evenly.
Dealing with ankle sprains can be made easier with the help of a podiatrist. Dr. Hyman of The Podiatry Center treats many patients with ankle sprains and with his help, you’ll be back on your feet in no time.
How Does an Ankle Sprain Happen?
This type of injury takes place when the ligaments are torn or stretched beyond their limits. There are multiple ways that the ankle can become injured; however, even the simple act of walking may cause a sprain. If footing is lost or you are walking on uneven terrain, ankle damage may occur.
What are the Symptoms?
- Mild to moderate bruising
- Limited mobility
- Discoloration of the skin, depending on severity
Is there a Way to Care for my Ankle at Home?
Self-care for ankle sprains includes propping the ankle up and keeping it elevated, applying ice packs as needed, and remaining off your feet. Some may also find that wrapping with an ACE bandage and taking over-the-counter pain relievers are helpful. One of the most important things is to avoid further stress to the affected area.
Preventing a Sprain
- Wearing appropriate shoes for the occasion
- Stretching before exercises and sports,
- Knowing your limits can aid in prevention.
Treatment of a Sprain
Treatment of a sprain depends on the severity. Many times, people are told to rest and remain off their feet completely, while others are given an air cast, which will allow you to walk while stabilizing the ankle. If the sprain is very severe, surgery may be required.
If you have suffered a previous sprain may want to consider additional support, such as a brace and regular exercises to strengthen the ankle.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office in Milburn NJ. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot ankle injuries.
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Surgery to correct flat feet is not new, however, advances in medical technology are becoming available that gives patients the option of an outpatient procedure to correct flat feet. Vanessa Wanshop, of Mount Penn, Pennsylvania, benefitted from this outpatient procedure, where a titanium implant is inserted into the tarsal tunnel of the ankle to help form an arch.
Even without surgery, taking care of flat feet can become easier with the help of a podiatrist. Dr. Hyman of The Podiatry Center treats many patients with flat feet on a daily basis and can recommend the best course of action to help take care of your feet.
What are Flat Feet?
Flat feet are a condition in which the arch of the foot is depressed and the sole of the foot is almost completely in contact with the ground. Standing about 20-30% of the population generally has flat feet because their arch never formed during growth.
Conditions & Problems:
Having flat feet makes it difficult to run or walk because of the stress placed on the ankles.
Alignment – The general alignment of your legs can be disrupted, because the ankles move inward which can cause major discomfort.
Knees – if you have complications with your knees, flat feet can be a contributor to arthritis in that area.
- Pain around the heel or arch area
- Trouble standing on the tips of your toes
- Swelling around the inside of the ankle
- Flat look to one or both feet
- Having your shoes feel uneven when worn
If you are experiencing pain and stress on the foot you may weaken the posterior tibial tendon, which runs around the inside of the ankle. There are several ways to help treat this pain and help flat feet.
Barefoot- studies show that those who grew up going barefoot, wearing less closed-toe shoes have more of an arch. This so happens because the strength and fullness of the arch increased.
Exercise- the will strengthen and stretch the area, helping with the Achilles tendon.
Shoe Inserts – orthopedists will often recommended patients with ankle supports. This reduces pain especially those who suffer from flat feet.
Surgery – tendon surgery is an option that can help with any posterior tears. As with any surgery, it is important to speak with your doctor for professional advice.
If you have any questions or experience pain from flat feet, please feel free to contact our office in Milburn NJ. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot ankle injuries.
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Cleveland Clinic podiatrists stress the importance of proper footwear to avoid stress fractures. When people start taking up exercise, it is not uncommon for them to choose the wrong footwear. Unfortunately, the wrong footwear can cause stress fractures of the foot because they are ill-fitting, allow the foot to move too much, and don’t support the foot and ankle.
Dealing with Stress Fractures of the Foot and Ankle
The Stress Fractures occur on the foot and ankle when muscles in these areas weaken from too much or too little use. Because of this, the feet and ankles lose support when walking or running from the impact of the ground. Since there is no protection, the bones receive the full impact of each step. The stress on the feet causes cracks to form in the bones, thus causing stress fractures.
What are Stress Fractures?
They are cracks in the foot bones common among individuals whose daily activities cause great impact on the feet and ankles. Stress factors are most common among:
-People affected with Osteoporosis
-Play tennis or basketball
-High impact workouts
Pain from the fractures occur in the area of the fractures, and can be constant or intermittent. It will often cause sharp or dull pain with swelling and tenderness. Engaging in any kind of activity which involves high impact movement will aggravate pain.
The individual and the degree of injury depend on the fracture of the foot. Some fractures heal very fast while others take a long times and one would need crutches.
- Surgery with support pins around the fracture helps
- A great intake of Calcium and Vitamin-D helps for strong bones
- Set a regimen for running or other activity
- Wear supportive shoes
If you experience any discomfort or stress stop what you are doing and get rest. If symptoms persist see an orthopedic specialist right away.
If you have any questions or think you may have a stress fracture, please feel free to contact our office in Milburn NJ. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot ankle injuries.
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Many women go to extremes to wear high heeled shoes; recently, it has become more popular for women to inject Botox into their feet in order to make wearing high-heels more comfortable. It is not the best way for women or anyone to take care of their feet by injecting fillers, as there are other ways to make walking more comfortable. Dr. Howard Hyman of The Podiatry Center sees many patients with every day foot care needs.
It is important to know how to take care of your feet with the following tips:
Often, people take care of their bodies, faces and hair than they do for their feet. But the feet are a very important aspect of ourselves that we should pay more attention to. After all, without our feet, we would not be able to perform most daily tasks. It is best to check your feet regularly to make sure there are no suspicious bruises that we may not have noticed before.
For dry feet, moisturizer can easily be a remedy and can be applied as often as necessary to the affected areas. Wearing shoes that fit well can also help you maintain good foot health as well as make it easier to walk and do daily activities without the stress or pain of ill-fitting shoes, high heels, or even flip flops.
Also, wearing clean socks with closed shoes may be important to ensure that sweat and bacteria do not accumulate within the show. Clean socks and a foot powder can help prevent athlete’s foot fungi, foot odor and can absorb sweat. Also make sure that the socks fit properly and are not uncomfortably tight.
The little things you do to take care of your feet can yield you good results as well as better health in the long term.
If you have any questions about foot care, please feel free to contact our office in Milburn NJ. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot ankle injuries.
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New York Giants' star wide receiver Hakeem Nicks fractured his foot during the Giants’ training and recently received surgery on his right foot. Nicks and the Giant’s medical staff already have a timetable worked out for his return to the field thanks to the quick and successful surgery on his fifth metatarsal bone. When it comes to foot surgery, Dr. Howard Hyman sees many patients with foot injuries at his practice.
Foot surgery is usually the last option that would be necessary when it comes to healing an injury. Usually, rehabilitation is meant to help and aid your healing process, but when this process does not show to be effective or if the damage is too severe for regular rehabilitation, surgery may become necessary.
Foot surgery may be useful for those afflicted with severe bone issues within the foot and may be healed with surgery that leads to reconstruction of the foot. Sometimes surgery is necessary when there has been a serious injury as a result of an accident, birth defect, congenital malformation, and many other possible issues. It is said that every year there are new advancements to foot surgery techniques. This is a good thing for those who need help overcoming their foot problems. The feet are a very important part of the body as it allows us to move about and complete everyday tasks as well as enjoy life. It is important to always take the best care of your feet. Often times, the feet are the most overlooked part of our bodies when clearly we should be doing more to maintain their health as well.
Finding the right podiatrist can help you learn more about the issues of your feet if any and they can help you get on the right track to literally get back onto your feet again. If you have any questions or think you might have an Achilles tendon injury, please feel free to contact our office in Millburn, NJ. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot ankle injuries.