Posts for: January, 2018
The bones in the foot tend to get broken more frequently than other bones, with some estimates indicating that more than 15% of all broken bones occur in the foot or ankle. In many foot injuries, there is usually a relationship between the location of a fracture or break and how the injury occurred. Some examples include a broken heel that is often the result of landing badly after a jump, and toes that fracture after kicking something hard.
A fracture in the foot or ankle often happens without warning, and when you are not expecting it to happen. Stress fractures, on the other hand, can take time to develop, and frequently occur in athletes, gymnasts, and dancers due to all the repeated stress that their bodies endure.
The symptoms of a broken foot will usually include the following:
- Intense pain—The onset of immediate, severe pain and a sudden inability to put weight on your foot
- Swelling and bruising—Blueness, numbness, tenderness, and severe swelling may be evident.
- Deformities—A protruding bone, with cuts and bleeding
- Shoe removal problems—Can’t get your shoe on or off easily due to pain and swelling
While the symptoms of something small like a broken toe may not be extremely painful, a broken heel bone can be very painful and put you on the sidelines immediately. If you are experiencing severe pain that makes it difficult or impossible to walk, you should see a foot care professional immediately and have the injury evaluated with an x-ray or other diagnostic scans to determine the extent of the damage.
Before making an appointment with your foot doctor, you should do everything possible to decrease pain and swelling and also to immobilize the foot with a splint if necessary. Keep the foot elevated and stabilized, and apply ice to reduce pain and swelling. Ibuprofen or other over the counter pain reliever can be taken to reduce inflammation and discomfort.
If you are concerned about a possible broken bone, or other foot or ankle problem, 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!
The Achilles tendon is by far the largest tendon in your body. You will recognize it as the very thick, cord-like tendon that connects the muscles in the back of your calf to your heel bone. Overstretching your Achilles tendon frequently occurs while one is participating in high-stress sports such as lacrosse, tennis, basketball, and soccer. Stretching the tendon past normal range can cause it to tear or even completely break, which is often accompanied with a cringe-inducing snap, and the maddening inability to walk normally. With the severe pain and swelling you are experiencing around your heel, it can be hard to concentrate on anything else.
A severe injury to your Achilles tendon will usually have the following symptoms:
● A loud popping sound of the tendon breaking or tearing that foretells the pain to follow
● Inability to walk normally or bend your foot properly
● Intense pain and swelling in your heel area
● Difficulty standing on your toes
Should you experience the onset of these sudden symptoms, it is important to seek the care of a foot care professional right away to avoid creating more damage and to get on the best path to healing your heel injury. Conservative measures involving the RICE method of rest, icing, compression, and elevation will provide relief for a minor injury to the tendon. For major injuries, or if the tendon is actually torn, it will be necessary to reattach it to the heel using a surgical procedure.
If you are concerned about an Achilles tendon injury, or other foot or ankle problem, schedule an appointment with the Foot First Podiatry in New Albany, IN. Our highly qualified podiatrist Dr. Zahid Ladha is dedicated to providing the best diagnostic care and individualized medical treatment for you and your feet. Contact us at (812) 945-9221 and schedule an appointment today!
Your ankle is made up of many ligaments, tendons, muscles and bones. While your ankle is very strong and supports your weight, it is very easy to injure it. A sprained ankle is among the most common of injuries, and actually affects women more frequently than men. Upwards of 23,000 ankle sprains occur in the US on a daily basis. An ankle sprain occurs when the supporting ligaments of the ankle are excessively stretched or even torn. Sprained ankles can be caused by stepping awkwardly on a curb, slipping, or if you put your weight down on your foot awkwardly.
A mild ankle injury can often be treated at home with rest and ice, but if you are experiencing severe, persistent ankle pain, redness, and bruising, it is important to see a foot doctor immediately. Sprains need to be properly evaluated and treated to avoid repeat injuries and chronic ankle instability.
Some of the other injuries or conditions that can cause ankle pain include:
- Achilles tendinitis
- A broken ankle or foot
- Plantar fasciitis
- Hairline fractures
Even a minor injury to the ankle can be extremely painful. Home treatment for ankle injuries may include ibuprofen for pain and the RICE method:
- Rest—Take the weight off your ankle.
- Ice—15 minutes, 3 times a day.
- Compression—Wrap the ankle with a compression bandage.
- Elevation—Raise your foot above the level of your heart.
If the swelling doesn’t decrease after several days, or if you have pain that doesn’t improve within a few days, it is time to schedule a visit with a doctor who specializes in foot pain. If you are concerned about a foot or ankle problem, contact the Foot First Podiatry at (812) 945-9221 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.
Tarsal tunnel syndrome is a foot condition that is similar to a common wrist condition called carpal tunnel syndrome. Nerve compression causes both conditions, and in the case of tarsal tunnel syndrome, the compression occurs on the posterior tibial nerve, located inside the tarsal tunnel near the ankle bones. This tunnel is formed by thick ligaments and encloses some of the major tendons, nerves, veins, and arteries of the foot.
The squeezing of the posterior tibial nerve can cause a sudden burning and tingling sensation or a numbness on the inside of the ankle or on the bottom of the foot.
Causes of tarsal tunnel syndrome include:
- Injury—Severely straining or spraining your ankle can cause swelling near the tarsal tunnel that compresses the nerve.
- Flat feet—Individuals with untreated flat feet may experience added stress to the tarsal tunnel area due to the outward tilting of the heel and associated pressure imbalance.
- Systemic diseases—Arthritis and diabetes are two of the many inflammatory conditions that can contribute to nerve compression due to the swelling of tissues near the nerves.
- Physical blockage—A ganglion cyst, varicose vein, enlarged tendon, or a bone spur are some of the things that can take up space in the tarsal tunnel and cause compression of the nerve. Treatment may involve removal of the offending blockage.
Treatment for tarsal tunnel syndrome
Tarsal tunnel syndrome may respond well to conservative treatments involving resting, icing, immobilization, and possible steroid injections. Ultrasound and physical therapy can also relieve symptoms. Custom fitted orthotic inserts can correct arch and abnormal movements that contribute to the nerve compression and pain. A foot brace may be needed to reduce pressure, and in severe cases, surgery may be necessary.
If you are experiencing symptoms of tarsal tunnel syndrome, or have some other foot or ankle problem, schedule an appointment with the Foot First Podiatry in New Albany, IN. Our highly qualified podiatrist Dr. Zahid Ladha 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!