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By Foot First Podiatry Center
March 27, 2019
Category: Ankle Injuries
Tags: sprained ankle  

A sprained ankle often occurs without warning as the ankle rolls outwards while your foot is still trying to remain firmly planted. This intense pressure on the ligaments, tendons, bones and other tissues that hold the ankle joint together can cause them to stretch or break. The result is often extreme pain, bruising, redness, swelling, and an inability to walk on the affected foot without help.

Treatments for an ankle sprain should promptly include the following:

  1. RICE (Rest, ice, compression, and elevation)— Prevent further damage to the ankle and keep your weight off until you can lie down. Raise the ankle joint on a pillow above your heart. This should be followed by application of ice and a compression bandage. Ibuprofen can help reduce pain and inflammation. As soon as possible, see your foot doctor to make sure you are treating the ankle correctly.
  2. Immobilization and stress relief—The use of crutches or a rigid walking boot will keep weight off the ankle joint during the healing process.
  3. Strength and flexibility exercises—After the swelling and pain have subsided and the initial healing period has occurred, it is very important to slowly strengthen the ankle and improve flexibility in the ankle joint. This should be done slowly with the help of your podiatrist so you can safely do so without causing another injury.

A severe ankle injury will need a complete evaluation by your foot doctor involving a physical exam and imaging studies. Reconstructive surgery may be necessary to repair damaged bones, muscles, and ligaments.

If you are experiencing complications with an ankle sprain, enlisting the services of a skilled podiatrist will help you find the best solution. Schedule an appointment with the Foot First Podiatry Center in New Albany, IN. Our highly-qualified podiatrist, Dr. Zahid Ladha, D.P.M. is dedicated to providing the best diagnostic care and medical treatment for you and your feet. Contact us at (812) 945-9221 and schedule an appointment today!

By Foot First Podiatry Center
February 06, 2019
Category: Ankle Injuries

The damaging stress of repetitive exercise encountered in sports such as tennis, football, and basketball often cause aggravation to the Achilles tendon. Achilles tendonitis can become extremely painful and in severe cases, surgery may be required by your foot doctor to repair the damage.

Depending upon which part of the tendon is affected, there are two types of Achilles tendonitis:

  1. Insertional Achilles tendonitis—This type involves the lower heel area right at the point where the tendon “inserts” to the heel bone, hence the name. While tendonitis that affects the insertion of the tendon can occur even in people who are not very active, it usually is associated with years of stress and overuse from running and sports participation.
  2. Non-insertional Achilles tendonitis—Non-insertional Achilles tendonitis is indicated by a severe degeneration and tearing of the fibers in the middle of the tendon that causes it to swell. This type of tendonitis usually affects younger people who are very active.

In each type of Achilles tendonitis, the damaged tendons may also develop calcite deposits. Growths called heel spurs are more likely to appear in patients with the insertional type of Achilles tendinitis.

A great way to prevent a major injury to your Achilles tendon is to notice any emerging pain developing in your heel while working or exercising and stop what you are doing to check on the extent of the injury. If you give yourself some time to heal when you first notice the symptoms of a tendon strain, you can avoid further, even more debilitating damage.

If you are experiencing the painful symptoms of Achilles tendonitis, see your podiatrist for the proper diagnosis and treatment. Schedule an appointment with the Foot First Podiatry Center in New Albany, IN. Our highly qualified podiatrist Dr. Zahid Ladha, D.P.M. is dedicated to providing the best diagnostic care and medical treatment for you and your feet. Contact us at (812) 945-9221 and schedule an appointment today!

By Foot First Podiatry
March 28, 2018
Category: Ankle Injuries
Tags: ankle sprains   breaks  

Ankle sprains often happen suddenly and unexpectedly when you’re just out walking, maybe going for an early spring run, or playing other sports. All it takes is one wrong step or foot roll, and you have overstressed the ligaments and tissues. Depending on the force being applied at the time of the injury, an ankle sprain can be relatively mild or very severe. Minor sprains can often be treated at home but a severe ankle sprain can be disabling and extremely painful and will require more immobilization for a longer period of time for proper healing to occur.

Ankle sprain symptoms

The ligaments and tendons that wrap around the ankle bones are susceptible to being stretched or torn due to excessive stress and twisting, causing a sprain. The symptoms of an ankle sprain include severe swelling, pain, and bruising around the ankle area and the inability to carry weight on your foot. This injury most often affects the outside of the ankle, but an opposite roll can cause a sprain of the inside of the ankle area. Sometimes a sprain occurs with an actual break, making an accurate diagnosis more complex, and requiring the intervention of your foot care professional.

Ankle sprain treatments

A minor ankle sprain can be treated with Rest, Ice, Compression, and Elevation (the RICE method). If symptoms don’t begin to subside during the first 3 or 4 days, you may have a more severe injury requiring a cast boot to supply the necessary immobilization. Imaging studies such as x-ray and MRI need to be performed to rule out a stress fracture or soft tissue injury.

Slowly increasing the strength and flexibility of your foot muscles, ligaments, and tendons over time are essential to proper ankle rehabilitation, making a comprehensive physical therapy recovery plan with your foot doctor a high priority. If you are concerned about ankle pain, schedule an appointment with the Foot First Podiatry in New Albany, IN. Our highly qualified podiatrist Zahid Ladha, D.P.M. is dedicated to providing the best diagnostic care and medical treatment for you and your feet. Contact us at (812) 945-9221 and schedule an appointment today!