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Wednesday, 29 August 2018 02:08

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According to the National University of Health Sciences (NUHS), an ankle sprain is one of the most common causes of ankle pain — making up 85 percent of all ankle injuries. A sprain occurs when your ligaments (the tissues that connect bones) tear or get overstretched.

Ankle pain can often be accompanied by symptoms such as redness, swelling, stiffness and warm in the affected area. Pain can be described differently depending on the condition; short, stabbing pain and a dull ache are some examples. If such symptoms are persistent and do not improve after time, be sure to schedule an appointment.

Pain experienced in the ankle can be caused by a multitude of conditions. While the most common cause is an ankle sprain, other possible problems can include arthritis, gout, ankle instability, ankle fracture, nerve compression, or tendinitis. In more serious cases, ankle pain can be a sign of improper alignment of the foot or an infection.

If you have any questions or concerns about your ankle pain, or any other foot and ankle issues, please don’t hesitate to give us a call!

Wednesday, 29 August 2018 02:03

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Diabetes may cause nerve damage that takes away the feeling in your feet. Diabetes may also reduce blood flow to the feet, making it harder to heal an injury or resist infection. Because of these problems, you may not notice a foreign object in your shoe. As a result, you could develop a blister or a sore. This could lead to an infection or a non-healing wound that could put you at risk for an amputation.

Here are some ways to avoid such serious foot problems:

          • Inspect your feet daily. Check for cuts, blisters, redness, swelling or nail problems.
          • Bathe feet in lukewarm, never hot, water. Keep your feet clean by washing them daily.
          • Moisturize your feet but not between your toes. 
          • Cut nails carefully. 
          • Wear clean, dry socks. 
          • Shake out your shoes and feel the inside before wearing. 
          • Never walk barefoot. Not even at home! Always wear shoes or slippers.
          • Take care of your diabetes. 

Make sure to get periodic foot exams. Seeing your foot and ankle surgeon on a regular basis can help prevent the foot complications of diabetes.

Thursday, 02 August 2018 01:34

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As the summer comes to an end, that means it’s time to start shopping for the kids’ back to school supplies. One item many parents tend to look over is footwear. Not every shoe is made the same when it comes to its purpose, structure, and comfort level. Here are two tips to follow when you are looking for the right pair of shoes for your kids for the new school year.

MATERIAL: The first criteria, right off the bat, is the shoe material. The child’s age can definitely play a factor in this. Toddlers need shoes to be lightweight and flexible; more comfortable walkers can have shoes with grip. Preschoolers need shoes that are sturdy, but still flexible. You should easily be able to “fold” the shoe in half or twist the toe. Older kids need shoes that are sturdy and supportive with grip.

SIZING: “They seem to grow so fast, doesn’t it seem like a good idea to buy their shoes a little big? They’ll grow into them right?” There’s nothing wrong with not overspending on shoes, but too big of shoes makes walking and running that much harder. 

If you have any questions or concerns about Morton’s Neuroma, or any other foot and ankle issues, please don’t hesitate to give us a call!

Thursday, 02 August 2018 01:31

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Believe it or not, exercise is extremely beneficial for your ankles and feet. Exercising your feet on a regular basis not only improves overall foot health, but may also reduce your risk for injury. When you walk, you put your foot through its full range of motion, from the time your heel hits the ground until you lift off with your toes. Here are some benefits of exercise related to your feet and ankles…

HEEL SPURS: Exercise is a powerful tool to help alleviate pain from heel spurs and can help in dealing with some of the symptoms. When exercising to alleviate heel spurs, exercising strengthens muscles around the surrounding tissue around the ankle. Stretching will also keep the tendons around the ankle flexible. It is important to keep in mind that exercising incorrectly and forgetting to protect your feet can lead to further pain.

ARTHRITIS: Exercise is a key aspect of arthritic foot care, as it not only strengthens the muscles and joints but helps prevent further injury and pain as well. Stretching the Achilles tendon, the tendon located in the back of your heel, will give you added mobility and reduce pain due to stress. 

PLANTAR FASCIITIS: Slowly stretching and exercising your feet to re-strengthen the tissue to overcome issues such as over-pronation are all ways to help manage your plantar fasciitis.

If you have any question or concern about how exercise affects your feet and/or ankles, please don’t hesitate to reach out! 

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