Posts for tag: Fracture
An ankle sprain can occur when you least expect it, such as from that missed step at the curb while looking at your phone. Or perhaps you landed wrong after making an awesome football grab. Whatever the cause, the pain, swelling, bruising, and difficulty walking experienced immediately afterward are sure signs that you need to take a break immediately and get an evaluation.
Trying to treat an ankle injury on your own can be a risky practice since the severity of the injury can vary considerably. Prompt evaluation and treatment are essential to avoid additional complications.
Reasons to seek your podiatrist’s assistance for ankle injuries and sprains include:
- Permanent ankle instability—An ankle injury that is incorrectly treated and rehabilitated will progress to a loosening of ligaments and other components that hold the ankle together, increasing the chances that a future injury will occur.
- Concurrent bone fracture—When you made that amazing football catch and came down hard on your ankle, you need to make sure you didn’t break anything. A hairline or other type of fracture can occur and the only way to confirm or rule this out is with a complete exam from your foot care professional.
- Inadequate healing—Unless a comprehensive rehabilitation program is followed to slowly strengthen the foot and ankle and increase joint flexibility, a re-injury is more likely to occur.
An ankle sprain or strain can be initially treated using the RICE method (Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation) to take the pressure off the injured foot and decrease swelling. Over-the-counter pain relievers such as Advil can be taken for pain. In the more complicated cases, your foot doctor may need to perform a surgical procedure to repair the damage.
If you have a severely strained or sprained ankle, 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 University of Pittsburgh has recently conducted research that proves some scary statistics for older women. According to the study osteoporosis is a dangerous factor for foot fractures. Older women are said to be at a greater risk for a fracture.
A group of 10,000 women aged 65 and older were surveyed and tested by walking a certain distance. The team then focused on those who went on to have a foot or ankle fracture. Those who were more likely to have a foot fracture had osteoporosis, over 50, and were older and less physically active. Younger, overweight, and more physically active were to have ankle fractures.
If you are suffering from any podiatric complaints that may be related to age you should seek out the care of a podiatrist such as Dr. Greg Khaimov of Foot and Ankle Center of Fort Lee, LLC. Dr. Khaimov can evaluate your problem as well as provide you with treatment options.
Geriatrics and Podiatry
When people age, some common issues that may occur are bone density loss, dry skin, poor circulation, and even rough brittle nails. These issues may also affect your foot health without care.
It is important to take care of your feet because feet that are injured or diseases can affect your overall health and having painful feet hinders your ability to do daily activities.
As we age, health problems become more likely, so it is essential to visit your doctor for check-ups. It is recommended to check your feet frequently for any possible cuts, bruises, swelling, corns, etc.
Cracked or dry feet can be treated by applying moisturizer. It is also important not to wear old socks because the older the sock, the higher the chance of exposure to bacteria.
Lastly, good foot health means you can have a more active lifestyle.
Read the Full Article on Geriatric Foot Care.