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Those who have taken a leave from a particular sport but decide to resume are reported by the CDC to at a higher risk of sports-related injuries. Adolescents are especially prone to injury--“collision or contact sports have higher injury rates--football, basketball, baseball, and soccer account for about 80% of all sports-related emergency room visits for children between 5 and 14 years of age.” It’s important that you address any sudden pain symptoms in your legs or feet. Different treatment options for addressing pain symptoms include ice or heat therapy and anti-inflammatory drugs.

A sports related foot or ankle injurycan become troublesome if left untreated, especially for athletes. If your feet are hurting,see one of our podiatrists from Foot Health Podiatry. Our doctors will attend to your foot and ankle needs.

Sport Related Foot and Ankle Injuries 

Foot and ankle injuries are a common occurrence when it comes to athletes of any sport. While many athletes dismiss the initial aches and pains, the truth is that ignoring potential foot and ankle injuries can lead to serious problems. As athletes continue to place pressure and strain the area further, a mild injury can turn into something as serious as a rupture and may lead to a permanent disability. There are many factors that contribute to sports related foot and ankle injuries, which include failure to warm up properly, not providing support or wearing bad footwear. Common injuries and conditions athletes face, including:

•           Plantar Fasciitis

•           Plantar Fasciosis

•           Achilles Tendinitis

•           Achilles Tendon Rupture

•           Ankle Sprains

Sports-related injuries are commonly treated using the RICE method. This includes rest, applying ice to the injured area, compression and elevating the ankle. More serious sprains and injuries may require surgery, which could include arthroscopic and reconstructive surgery. Rehabilitation and therapy may also be required in order to get any recovering athlete to become fully functional again. Any unusual aches and pains an athlete sustains must be evaluated by a licensed, reputable medical professional.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in New York, NY. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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As bunions are “one of the more common foot deformities, with as many as one-quarter to one-third of adult Americans suffering from bunions,” they are characterized as deformities that develop on the side of the big toe bone. Also known as hallux valgus, bunions are a result of the metatarsal foot bones shifting inward toward the other toes, which can lead to irritation and discomfort in the feet. Research in a 2011 study published by the Foot Journal suggests that using manipulative therapy helped improve bunions at an early stage.

Bunions can be very troublesome if they are not treated correctly. If you are having problems with your bunions see one of our podiatrists from Foot Health Podiatry. Our doctors will attend to your foot and ankle needs.

What is a Bunion?

A bunion is formed of swollen tissue or an enlargement of boney growth, usually located at the base joint of the toe that connects to the foot. The swelling occurs by the bones in the big toe shifting inward, which impacts the other toes of the foot. This causes the area around the base of the big toe to become inflamed and painful.

Why do Bunions Form?

  • Genetics – susceptibility to bunions are often hereditary
  • Stress on the feet – poorly fitted and uncomfortable footwear that places stress on feet, such as heels, can cause bunions to form

How are Bunions Diagnosed?

Doctors often perform two tests – blood tests and x-rays – when trying to diagnose bunions, especially in the early stages of development. Blood tests help determine if the foot pain is being caused by something else, such as arthritis, while x-rays provide a clear picture of your bone structure to your doctor.

How are Bunions Treated?

  • Refrain from wearing heels or similar shoes that cause discomfort
  • Select wider shoes that can provide more comfort and reduce pain
  • Anti-inflammatory and pain management drugs
  • Orthotics or foot inserts
  • Surgery

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in New York, NY. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Fidel Edwards, paceman for Hampshire, suffered a broken ankle injury during warm-ups while preparing for his Specsavers County Championship Division One match against Yorkshire. He sustained the injury when his foot became stuck in the turf and he fell onto the ground. The extent of Edwards’s injury was at the time unknown, but he saw a specialist in late April for further consultation.

Broken ankles require immediate treatment. If you have any concerns about your feet and ankles see one of our podiatrists from Foot Health Podiatry. Our doctors will attend to your foot and ankle needs.

Broken Ankles
A broken ankle is experienced when a person fractures their tibia or fibula in the lower leg and ankle area. Both these bones are attached at the bottom of the leg and combine to form what we know to be our ankle.

When a physician is referring to a break of the ankle, he or she is usually referring to a break in the area where the tibia and fibula are joined to create our ankle joint. Ankles are more prone to fractures because the ankle is an area that suffers a lot of pressure and stress. There are some obvious signs when a person experiences a fractured ankle and the following symptoms may be present.

Symptoms of a Fractured Ankle

  • Excessive pain when the area is touched or when any pressure is placed on the ankle
  • Swelling around the area
  • Bruising of the area
  • Area appears to be deformed

If you suspect an ankle fracture, it is recommended to seek treatment as soon as possible. The sooner you have your podiatrist diagnose the fracture, the quicker you’ll be on the way towards recovery.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in New York, NY. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Athlete’s foot, otherwise known as tinea pedia, is a common foot fungal infection in the U.S. “Approximately 1 in 5 adults will experience athlete’s foot,” which can be contracted in public areas that have open bodies of water, allowing bacteria to thrive. Athlete’s foot typically begins in between the toes and leads to burning and itching symptoms. Over-the-counter antifungal ointments are popular for treating athlete’s foot. Additionally, keeping your feet clean and dry are important in preventing further onset of your athlete’s foot symptoms.

For more information about how to treat and prevent Athlete’s foot, see one of our podiatrists from Foot Health Podiatry. Our doctors will attend to your foot and ankle needs.

Athlete’s Foot: The Sole Story

Athlete's foot, also known as tinea pedis, can be an extremely contagious foot infection. It is commonly contracted in public changing areas and bathrooms, dormitory style living quarters, around locker rooms and public swimming pools, or anywhere your feet often come into contact with other people.

Solutions to Combat Athlete’s Foot

  • Hydrate your feet by using lotion
  • Exfoliate
  • Buff off nails
  • Use of anti-fungal products
  • Examine your feet and visit your doctor if any suspicious blisters or cuts develop

Athlete’s foot can cause many irritating symptoms such as dry and flaking skin, itching, and redness. Some more severe symptoms can include bleeding and cracked skin, intense itching and burning and even pain when walking. In the worst cases, athlete’s foot can cause blistering as well. Speaking to your podiatrist will give you a better understanding of the different causes of athlete’s foot, as well as helping you figure out which treatment options are best for you.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in New York, NY. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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