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Among all types of injuries related to our feet, ankle injuries are the most common and bothersome. However, contrary to popular opinion, foot injuries or more specifically ankle injuries don’t usually happen only to active, athletic people. They can happen to anyone and everyone, even encountering minor pressure over time can add up to major ankle injuries. To put this in perspective, a person can suffer an ankle injury even by walking on a rough, uneven road or surface. Yes, it is that common.
So, what defines an ankle injury? An ankle injury is most commonly defined as the twisting and stretching of the ankle in an incorrect position resulting in the twisting, stretching and tearing of the ligaments present in the ankle.
Severe ankle injuries can happen if the ligaments stretch to an extreme, which leads to their tear, which results in the breaking of the bone that is joined together by the ligaments... causing fracture.
Ankle sprains occur when the ligaments of the ankles tear due to sports activities or during regular walking/running regime. It is also commonly known as twisted ankles. Based on the severity, nature and type of injury, an ankle sprain is categorized into mainly three grades. Grade 1 being the lowest and grade 3 denoting the highest intensity of sprain based on severity.
Symptoms of ankle sprain usually includes severe pain on the site of injury and in some cases, the entire ankle along with swelling. The rule of thumb is, the more swelling and pain in the ankles, the more severe the nature of the sprain. And, it is needless to say that, the more severe the sprain, the longer the recovery time. An ankle sprain is usually diagnosed through an X-ray and the typical ankle sprain treatment plan includes:
Adequate rest (Complete leg rest and bed rest in severe cases)
Medication (Usually painkillers, like Ibuprofen.)
Icing and compression therapy
Crutches / other support.
Complete recovery may take anywhere between a week to 3 months depending on the nature and severity of the sprain. If you are dealing with an ankle sprain, please contact us today.
It is becoming extremely common for humans to form bunions in their lifespan. Bunions are typically a very uncomfortable bump, forming over the bottom (or base) of the large toe on a human foot. Doctors are seeing a rise in the number of adults coming forward with foot pain, leading to the diagnosis of a bunion. While humans have experienced bunion pain for quite some time, with the advancement of medical knowledge and technology there are a continual increase of strategies to reduce bunion pain or remove the bunion all together.
What causes bunions?
While we, as humans, don’t realize the amount of work our bodies actually do for us to function on a daily basis, our feet literally carry our entire body weight each and every day. Most adults typically form problems with their feet early on in adulthood. Bunions are typically more common with women, simply because of the fit and wear of many women’s shoes (high heels definitely contribute to potential bunion problems). However, men are definitely still susceptible to forming bunions. In general, the shoes created for the human foot pushes the toes together in an unnatural way, causing the bones in the foot to alter in shape. This can often result in forming a bunion. Along with all of these factors, bunions can also simply be programed into your genes. Yes, bunions have been found to be a characteristic passed down to you in your genetics.
What does a bunion feel like?
For most people, bunions are not typically classified as comfortable. In fact, most people with bunions would tell you they can be extremely painful. Bunions will often swell and hurt when touched. The color of a bunion is commonly red, but this is not always the case. You may find certain circumstances will cause your bunion to hurt more than others.
Are there treatment options for bunions?
When meeting with a doctor to talk about options for your bunion pain treatment, they will typically initially advise a different environment for your feet; wearing shoes that will work around your bunion. This generally means finding shoes that are a wider fit, or even sandals (exposing the feet) while still providing the arch of your foot with support. Along with changes to your daily shoe choices, an over the counter anti-inflammatory medication may also be a suggestion to help you manage your bunion pain. You can also find some padding specifically designed to place over bunions while wearing shoes in an attempt to lower your bunion pain level.
If your bunion pain continues to persist, go back to your doctor to talk about additional options such as a bunionectomy to get bunion relief. This procedure is done to correct the bunion that has formed on your foot. While this surgery is usually successful, make sure you talk to your doctor about what the right bunion treatment option for you.
If you struggle with bunion pain, do your research and find options that are going to work best for you, your lifestyle and your bunion.
Please see pictures below of a recent patient's successful bunion procedure:
We have about 50 days left until spring! February break is rapidly approaching. After being in boots and shoes all winter, then suddenly transitioning to flip flops and sandals for their vacations many people have foot problems! Here are the most common problems our patients encounter while away.
Many patients question if pedicures are “podiatrist approved” - the answer is simple - yes, but with precautions to keep you safe and healthy. Read our tips below regarding safety issues and if you're using a commercial salon to perform your pedicure, do a little research before booking an appointment. Getting a pedicure today can involve much more than just painting your toenails - paraffin wax, massage, callus removal, masks and ingrown toenail removal.
What should you know:
First, verify that the nail technicians at the salon you use are certified by the state (licenses and photographs should be visible upon entering establishment.) Also, make sure the instruments the technicians are using and the foot bath you place your feet in are appropriately sterilized to kill germs. An autoclave is the only true way instruments are sterile. Instruments should be sealed in individual packs with an indicator strip and disposed of after using. UV lights and bins with solution do not properly clean instruments and rid them of bacteria from other individuals. We recommend finding a salon with an autoclave or bringing your own instruments.
Second, it is illegal for razors or blades of any sort to be used toe cut calluses or thickened, dry skin. Unfortunately, many places today continue to do so. If you have painful corns, calluses or wounds of any sort a medical professional should evaluate and care for. You should also never get a pedicure with an open wound of any sort.
Third, you might be tempted to shave your legs before getting a pedicure - don't. If you scrape or nick the skin prior to a pedicure, it provides an entry point for bacteria. This places you at higher risk for a foot infection.
Fourth, cuticles should not be cut as they protect the inside of the body from the outside world. Instead, technicians should push back cuticles and scrape away excess buildup. The use of a cuticle oil on a weekly basis will also decrease the buildup noted.
Fifth, nail technicians are not equipped nor properly trained to manage ingrown toenails. Seek professional care if you are having any pain before or as the result of a pedicure to prevent an infection.
Sixth, paraffin wax can harbor bacteria and fungus if hands and feet are being dipped into the basin. If you have circulatory or sensation issues such a neuropathy you are also at risk for sustaining a burn.
Lastly, gel manicures and pedicures are quite popular - make sure your nail salon has proper protective gloves and socks to protect your skin from the UV light. If you notice any suspicious freckles or moles seek the evaluation of a professional.
Our office in Manhasset offers a Medi-Spa to provide our patients safe manicures and pedicures. For more information on pedicure precautions and to schedule your appointment contact our office today.