Posts for tag: Ankle Sprains
Gymnastics is certainly one of the most demanding of sports that requires discipline, dedication and meticulous preparation to be ready for intense competition. Ankle sprains and other foot injuries strike young gymnasts often. While many of these injuries are due to accidents and stress that come with the territory, many injuries can be avoided with proper training and regular visits to your foot doctor.
Common injuries that affect gymnasts include the following:
- Bone fractures—Acute stress and pressure can cause a bone to crack or completely break. Stress fractures can occur over a long time and may be difficult to trace without imaging studies.
- Ankle strains and sprains—Rolling over the ankle happens quite often in gymnastic training and competition. When the ligaments and tendons that surround the ankle joint are stressed too severely, they can stretch or even break causing severe pain, swelling and bruising.
- Muscle injury—When ligaments and tendons are weakened it, can cause additional strain on the muscles. Strains and pulls are very common in gymnasts.
Many gymnastics injuries can be avoided by practicing the following tips:
- Follow all safety procedures—Be sure to use the correct footwear, safety harnesses, and custom orthotic inserts to prevent and treat injuries.
- Do proper warm ups and cool downs—Comprehensive stretching and warming up is critical to preventing injury.
- Have regular visits with your podiatrist—Regular examinations (at least twice a year) with your podiatrist will help to catch problems before they get worse and help prevent many issues from happening at all.
While common gymnastic injuries can often be avoided with due diligence and proper warming up, be sure to seek the care of your foot doctor when the inevitable foot injuries and deformities occur. If you have suffered a foot or ankle injury doing gymnastics, 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!
Participating in ballet or modern dance puts an enormous amount of pressure and stress on the feet and ankles to produce all that graceful, fluid motion. So it is not very surprising that dancers are frequently seen in the podiatrist’s office for treatment of skin conditions and a variety of foot and ankle injuries and deformities.
Some of the injuries and problems often experienced by dancers include the following:
- Fractures and other injuries—All the leaping and twirling often leads to falls and accidents which can cause sudden injuries like ankle sprains and bone fractures. Stress fractures can develop over time from all the continuous pounding. These can be very painful and difficult to treat. Plantar fasciitis, shin splints, and tendonitis are also very common in dancers.
- Blisters and other skin conditions—The ballet slippers, dance heels, and pointe shoes that dancers wear can cause continuous irritation. This can result in blisters, corns, and calluses on the ankles, feet and toes. Care and isolation of these injuries with padding and orthotic inserts can help avoid complications such as bacterial or fungal nail infections.
- A high prevalence of toe deformities—Deformed toenails, hammertoes, and bunions are a frequent occurrence in dancers. These occur because of the concentrated weight and pressure that pushes on their feet in tightly-fitting footwear.
To decrease the dangers of foot injuries while dancing and to help prevent future foot and ankle problems, it is essential for dancers to work closely with their foot care professional for the proper diagnoses and for ongoing preventive treatment. 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!
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.
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