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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!

By Foot First Podiatry
February 28, 2018
Category: Foot Conditions
Tags: Stress Fractures   breaks   sesamoditis  

A sesamoid bone is one that floats freely without being attached to any other bones and helps tendons and ligaments move more smoothly. Your kneecap is the largest sesamoid bone in the body, but there are two much smaller sesamoid bones in your foot between the first metatarsal bone and the large toe. These help your foot to move and absorb some of the impacts of weight bearing.

When the sesamoid bones in the foot become damaged or irritated, they can create unbearable pain and discomfort. Some of the common conditions that may impact the sesamoid bones of the foot include the following:

●      Turf toe—This condition is so named because it often occurs when you stub your toe while playing on fields made of artificial turf, but this type of injury can happen on any athletic surface. Jamming your toe can cause soft tissue and tendon damage that can involve the sesamoid bones, causing severe pain and inflammation.

●      Breaks or stress fracturesThe repeated pressure from sporting or other aggressive physical activity can cause a sesamoid bone to break or result in a more gradually induced stress fracture.

●      SesamoiditisThis is a type of tendonitis in which the tendons surrounding the sesamoid bone can become chronically irritated and inflamed, especially when associated with stressful activities such as ballet and rigorous sports like tennis and football.

How are injured sesamoid bones and tendons treated?

Firstly, your foot doctor will check the range of motion of your large toe, and determine where the pain is centralized. Imagining studies such as X Rays of the foot will be made. Since individual cases vary considerably, your podiatrist will then devise an appropriate treatment plan.

If you are experiencing sesamoid bone problems, schedule an appointment with the Foot First Podiatry in New Albany, IN. Our highly qualified podiatrist Dr. Zahid Ladha is committed to providing diagnostic care and individualized medical treatment for your feet. Contact us at (812) 945-9221 and schedule an appointment today!