Posts for tag: Ankle Sprains
Injuries from falls in the elderly population are unfortunately extremely common and often result in debilitating and life changing injuries. Nearly three million senior citizens are treated in emergency rooms for falls every year, with over 300,000 of those being for hip fractures. But injuries to the feet and ankles are also very common. These can range from minor ankle sprains and strains and muscle pulls, to more severe injuries including fractures, a torn Achilles tendon, and ligament damage.
Why do older folks fall so much?
A variety of factors including balance issues, poor vision, and lower body weakness can contribute to the risk of falls. Older individuals also are more prone to developing systemic diseases like diabetes that can cause nerve damage in the extremities resulting in numbness and loss of feeling which can make it more difficult to walk without risking a fall. Balance problems are also often a side effect of many of the medications taken by elderly patients. Consuming too much alcohol can also increase the risk of falling.
How to reduce falling risk
Some steps you can take to reduce falling risk include staying in good shape through exercising to help increase your strength and balance. Getting regular eye exams, new glasses, and wearing supportive shoes with extra ankle support are essential to mitigating the risk. Small, slippery throw rugs should be donated or tossed. Installing grab bars in bathrooms and showers can greatly decrease bathroom fall accidents. Make sure you have good lighting in hallways and stairwells, where many falls occur. Keep wires and extension cords tied up and out of the way of walking areas.
If you have experienced a foot or ankle injury from falling, consult with our board certified podiatrists at Foot and Ankle Center of Fort Lee, LLC. The center offers convenient locations in Fort Lee NJ, Ringwood NJ, Flushing Queens NY, Woodhaven NY, Brooklyn NY, and Forest Hills NY. Contact us at (201) 363-9844 and schedule an appointment today!
Gymnastics is a very demanding sport that requires considerable dedication and strenuous preparation in order to compete at the highest levels of international competition. Injuries to young gymnasts occur at an alarming rate, with many thousands of doctor visits necessitated each year. While many of these injuries are the result of accidents, a large number of them can likely be prevented with some common sense approaches.
Young gymnasts are particularly prone to these types of injuries:
- Fractures—Too much sudden pressure can cause a bone to crack or completely break. Another type of fracture caused by repetitive motion is the stress fracture, which occurs over time and frequently affects the metatarsal bones in the toes.
- Ankle sprains and strains—An inward or outward rolling of the ankle is a frequent occurrence in gymnastic training and competition. If the ligaments and tendons are stressed excessively, a painful injury can result with a concomitant increase in swelling and bruising.
- Strained muscles—While stressed out ligaments and tendons can cause a variety of complications, muscle strain is also a major cause of debilitation among gymnasts.
Preventing these types of injuries involves:
- Safety measures—Special footwear, harnesses, and various orthotic and padding devices may be used. Spotters should be on duty for difficult maneuvers. Protected floors are also a huge benefit.
- Warm ups—Stretching and warming up before training and competitions are essential to avoiding injury.
- Regular checkups—Seeing a podiatrist for treatment before symptoms become worse is an excellent proactive measure.
Many of these common injuries can be avoided with care and diligence, but having an experienced podiatrist in your corner is invaluable when injuries do occur. For more expert advice on treatment for gymnastics injuries, consult with our board certified podiatrists at Foot and Ankle Center of Fort Lee, LLC. The center offers convenient locations in Fort Lee NJ, Ringwood NJ, Flushing Queens NY, Woodhaven NY, Brooklyn NY, and Forest Hills NY. Contact us at (201) 363-9844 and schedule an appointment today!
The Board Certified Podiatrists at The Foot and Ankle Centers of Fort Lee are conveniently located in 6 offices spanning the state of New York and New Jersey.
The Foot and Ankle Centers get calls and inquiries every day from people who are affected by ankle related injuries. The same people are almost always trying to figure out a way to enjoy the physical activities they love without damaging their awesome bones. This is the reading material you should start with, when you are concerned about your glorious ankle joints. So read on to avoid ankle issues such as ankle sprains or ankle breaks.
The Amazing Ankle
An ankle is a fascinating conjunction that brings together 3 bones called tibia, fibula and talus. The simple, three-bone structure is connected by flexible cartilage, stretchy ligaments and thin delicate connective tissues. The amazing trifecta of bones is the very same structure that enabled humans to stand erect, which also means that ankles are at least partly responsible for our status on the food chain, which is of course the top position.
Being number one is a beautiful thing.
Thank your ankles for all their hard work by taking good care of them. Read on, for a few suggestions to keep your ankles at their best.
- Hydrate from within. Drink at least 3 medium sized bottles of water a day. Just do it! Your ankles need moisture to prevent arthritic progress, to sooth cramps and to keep your blood actively coursing through.
- Use caution when running, jumping or any other high-impact physical activity. Bend your knees with every jump, every landing and every step you take when walking, jogging or sprinting. Think of your knees as a suspension system with action similar to a spring. Bend with the down motion, and bounce like a spring, back up. This movement softens the trauma that our ankles would otherwise have to suffer through. If you stiffen up at the knee your ankle grows weak and deteriorates quickly. Springy motion is an ankles best friend.
- Rotate, point, flex, relax. Gently engage your foot and lower calf muscles. Switch! Repeat!
- Stretch slowly while you rotate your foot in circular motion for 5-10 rotations, and repeat this at least twice, daily. Point your toes, flex the foot, then relax all the muscles for a moment and repeat. Ankles are perfect, pivoting, power-parts, and moving your joints is the best way to warm up for a vigorous day, and it is a great way to strengthen your ankles, and tops of feet.
- Wear shoes that offer strong support to the bottom of your ankle joint. Most lace up tennis shoes have another, unused shoelace hole, and that is how high you should tie your shoes to truly protect the ankle from sprain or worse.
- Visually inspect your ankles every day at morning and again at night to compare the
- size and shape of the skin and veins, to monitor for changes in color, to check for
- swelling and to simply admire the awesome ankle, for what a great ankle it is.
- Regularly Scheduled visits with your Favorite Podiatrist will help you maintain great foot and ankle health. Our Board Certified Podiatrists make house calls too- so if you cannot travel easily, we will come to you!
- Dr. Greg Khaimov, Dr. Daniel Pollack, Dr. Yakov Haimof and Dr. Walter Majdanski will improve the way you view modern medicine, because The Foot and Ankle Center of Fort Lee provides a level of care that surpasses all others in their specialty.
- Schedule an Appointment!
Our Podiatrists look forward to meeting your needs and wish to remind the residents of New Jersey and New York that we offer ankle and foot care from the simple stuff all the way to the most complex topics in Podiatry.
Candace Bure, one of this year’s contestants on Dancing with the Stars, posted a photo of her leg wrapped in ice and a bandage on Twitter with the caption “Great way to start off my day!! Don’t worry, it looks worse than it is… Unless it’s not. X-ray tomorrow!”
The Full House star incurred a leg injury last week that she believes might be tendonitis. She won’t know for sure until she gets an MRI scan, but if it turns out to be a fracture, then she may not be able to keep competing on the show.
Dealing with an Achilles tendon injury can be an extremely unpleasant experience. If you think your Achilles might be damaged, call podiatrist Dr. Greg Khaimov, DPM of Foot and Ankle Center of Fort Lee, LLC. Dr. Khaimov can examine your lower extremities and provide you with an appropriate form of care.
What is the Achilles Tendon?
The Achilles tendon is a tendon that connects the lower leg muscles and calf to the heel of the foot. It is the strongest tendon in the human body, and is essential for making movement possible. Because this tendon is such an integral part of the body, any injuries to it can cause severe difficulties and should immediately be presented to a doctor.
What are the symptoms of an Achilles Tendon Injury?
There are various types of injuries that can affect the Achilles tendon. The two most common are Achilles tendinitis and ruptures of the tendon.
Achilles Tendinitis Symptoms
- Dull to Severe Pain
- Increased blood flow to the tendon
- Thickening of the tendon
- Extreme pain and swelling in the foot
- Total immobility
Treatment and Prevention
Achilles tendon injuries are diagnosed by a thorough physical evaluation. Often the doctor will order an MRI to confirm the diagnosis. Treatment will involve rest, physical therapy, and in some cases, surgery. However, various preventative measures can be taken to avoid these injuries, such as:
- Thorough stretching of the tendon before and after exercise
- Strengthening exercises like calf raises, squats, leg curls, leg extensions, leg raises, lunges, and leg presses
Read more about Achilles Tendon Injuries.
Beauty queen Kiaraliz Medina fainted from pain after twisting her ankle backstage during the competition’s question and answer segment of Miss America. Medina later introduced herself to the audience with “I’m here to make the crutches look good”. No further injuries or conditions were reported.
If you are suffering from ankle pain, seek the care of a podiatrist such as Dr. Greg Khaimov of Foot and Ankle Center of Fort Lee, LLC. Dr. Khaimov can determine the cause of your pain as well as provide you with treatment options.
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 the ankle 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. However, if the sprain is very severe, surgery may be required.
If you have suffered a previous sprain, you 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 one of our two offices, which are located in Fort Lee, NJ or Flushing, NY. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.
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