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By Foot Health Podiatry, PLLC
November 30, 2017
Tags: ankle sprain  

While your feet and ankles are robust and can usually take all the pressure and weight of your body day in and day out, something as unplanned as a simple miscalculation while negotiating a curb can result in an ankle sprain. A sprain occurs when the ligaments that hold your ankle bones together become excessively stretched or even torn, often causing severe pain.

The severity of ankle sprains can vary widely, and oftentimes people don’t take the injury as seriously as they should. Getting back into regular activities before the ankle has had enough time to heal can cause another injury that further weakens the tissues and ligaments. If this is repeated several times, a chronic condition of ankle instability can result that may be difficult or impossible to reverse. Always see your foot care professional for what may even feel like a minor sprain to be certain you aren’t creating future chronic problems for your feet and ankles.

Tips to avoid ankle sprains:

Avoiding ankle sprains in the first place is the best way to avoid chronic complications:

  • The right footwear—Wearing shoes that are appropriate for the activity is essential to avoiding ankle stress. For example, you wouldn’t do your ankles any favors by wearing running shoes on the tennis court.
  • Strengthening and flexing exercises—As part of your rehabilitation and recovery from a sprain, it is important to slowly increase strength and flexibility with a carefully planned physical therapy program.
  • Balance training—Avoiding tripping and falling by improving your balance is a great way to be proactive. Try standing on one foot with your eyes closed and hold for 20 seconds. Repeat with the other foot.

If you have sprained your ankle, seek help from your foot doctor right away. The podiatrists at Foot Health Podiatry, PLLC, in New York City, NY, are experts in providing the best care for any problems you may be experiencing with your feet and ankles. Sorelis Jimenez, DPM, John W. Fletcher, DPM, and Kamilla Danilova, DPM and the rest of the staff at Foot Health Podiatry, PLLC, are happy to help with any questions or concerns you may have. Check out our Ask The Doctor page for answers to frequently asked questions, and never hesitate to give us a call to talk or make an appointment at 212-845-9991.

By Foot Health Podiatry, PLLC
November 15, 2017
Category: Foot Care
Tags: ankle sprain  

Not sure if that pain in your ankle is caused by a sprain? Amsterdam and Manhattan, NY, podiatrists Dr. Sorelis Jimenez, Dr. John Fletcher ankle sprainand Dr. Kamilla Danilova of Foot Health Podiatry describe a few things you may notice if you have a sprained ankle and share treatment information.

Pain

Sprained ankles don't always cause constant pain. Sprains occur when the ligaments that hold the bones together in joints stretch or tear. Depending on the severity of the damage to the ligament, you may experience pain all of the time or may only feel it when you walk or stand.

A disconcerting sound

A loud popping sound can sometimes occur at the moment you sprain your ankle. The noise you hear is actually the sound of your ligaments tearing.

Bruising and swelling

After any injury, blood flow increases temporarily as your body rushes white blood cells to the area in an attempt to repair the damage. Increased blood flow is the reason why your ankle swells and bruising occurs.

Trouble getting around

Walking may not be so easy if you have a sprained ankle. In addition to pain, your ankle might also become stiff and difficult to move due to the swelling. If you've severely sprained your ankle, it may be impossible to put any weight on it at all.

Relieving pain and swelling

In many cases, your sprained ankle will soon start to feel much better if you stay off your feet and take a few steps to address swelling. Applying ice packs, elevating your foot, taking anti-inflammatory medication and wrapping your ankle with a compression bandage can be very effective in reducing swelling and pain.

If your symptoms continue longer than two weeks, call our Manhattan, NY or Amsterdam, NY offices to meet with a podiatrist. It's also important to call if it hasn't been two weeks, but you have severe pain or can't put any weight at all on your ankle. You may need a walking boot and crutches to reduce pressure on your injured joint. Physical therapy sessions may be recommended to strengthen surrounding muscles and improve the stability of the joint. In particularly severe cases, surgery may be needed.

Don't ignore ankle pain. Call Amsterdam and Manhattan, NY, podiatrists Dr. Sorelis Jimenez, Dr. John Fletcher and Dr. Kamilla Danilova of Foot Health Podiatry at (212) 845-9991 to schedule an appointment.

Justin Bieber, who has been on his Purpose World Tour, recently sparked media attention after falling off stage during a performance. Although he was able to come back from the fall injury free, he then suffered a sprained ankle from a game of basketball between friends. While the pop star is recovering, he plans on continuing his world tour. “Gonna be taking it easy tonight on stage, sprained my ankle playing ball,” he stated before his Ohio concert.

Ankle sprains are very pain and inconvenient. If you require medical assistance, see one of our podiatrists from Foot Health Podiatry. Our doctors will provide you with the foot and ankle information you seek.

How Does an Ankle Sprain Occur?

Ankle sprains take place when the ligaments in your ankle are torn or stretched beyond their limits. There are multiple ways that the ankle can become injured, including twisting or rolling over onto your ankle, putting undue stress on it, or causing trauma to the ankle itself.

What are the Symptoms?

  • Mild to moderate bruising
  • Limited mobility
  • Swelling
  • Discoloration of the skin (depending on severity)

Preventing a Sprain

  • Wearing appropriate shoes for the occasion
  • Stretching before exercises and sports
  • Knowing your limits can aid in prevention

Treatment of a Sprain

Treatment of a sprain depends on the severity.  Many times, people are told to rest and remain off their feet completely, while others are given an air cast. If the sprain is very severe, surgery may be required.

If you have suffered an ankle sprain previously, you may want to consider additional support such as a brace and regular exercises to strengthen the ankle.

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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The Netherlands based Delft University of Technology and the Erasmus Medical Centre have developed a new 3D printed ankle device that will reportedly prevent ankle sprains. The EXO-L (short for External Ankle Ligament) is a patented, 3D printed external ligament that replicates the natural motion and anatomy of the ankle to keep it from twisting. The EXO-L seeks to support the ankle when there is a possibility it may be sprained while simultaneously providing freedom of movement. The device is positioned just above the ankle, over the Achilles tendon, and is kept in place by strapping into a special patch on the outside of the shoe. The EXO-L remains inactivated for as long as the ankle’s ligaments remain within the normal range for the sport or activity being played.  

Sometimes the opinion of a healthcare professional is required to ensure a sprained ankle is properly healed. If your ankle is sprained, consult with one of our podiatrists from Foot Health Podiatry. Our doctors will attend to all of your foot and ankle needs and answer all of your related questions.

How Does an Ankle Sprain Happen?

This type of injury takes place when the ligaments are torn or stretched beyond their limits. There are multiple ways that the ankle can become injured; however, even the simple act of walking may cause a sprain. If footing is lost or you are walking on uneven terrain, ankle damage may occur.

What are the Symptoms?

  • Mild to moderate bruising
  • Limited mobility
  • Swelling
  • Discoloration of the skin, depending on severity

Is there a Way to Care for my Ankle at Home?

Self-care for ankle sprains includes propping the ankle up and keeping it elevated, applying ice packs as needed, and remaining off your feet. Some may also find that wrapping the ankle with an ACE bandage and taking over-the-counter pain relievers are helpful. One of the most important things is to avoid further stress to the affected area.

Preventing a Sprain

  • Wearing appropriate shoes for the occasion
  • Stretching before exercises and sports
  • Knowing your limits can aid in prevention

Treatment of a Sprain

Treatment of a sprain depends on the severity.  Many times, people are told to rest and remain off their feet completely, while others are given an air cast, which will allow you to walk while stabilizing the ankle. 

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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By gary @foothealthpodiatry.com
March 25, 2014

Angie EverhartActress Angie Everhart was seen at a health care center recently after sustaining an ankle injury. The former fiancée of Joe Pesci battled thyroid cancer last year and now was seen by doctors after sustaining an unexpected foot injury. Everhart Tweeted:  

"I had a crazy experience this past weekend. Injured my ankle by crossing my legs too long...Wtf!?! "The crossing of my leg on my perineal nerve cause (sic) it to go to sleep, can't move my foot. No joke. Was in hospital for 3 days. I'm in a leg brace and all. Doc (sic) says it will come back but will take a few weeks. Very scary."

Ankle injuries can place a burden on the ability to walk properly and manage day to day activities. For expert assistance in foot and ankle care, speak to a podiatrist like Dr. Sorelis Jimenez of Foot Health Podiatry. Dr. Jimenez can help you identify your foot condition and provide a solution to your ankle injury.

What to Know About Ankle Injuries

It is very common to incur an injury to the ankle. As the point of connection from the leg and the foot, the ankle is susceptible to sprains and fractures due to its location. Ankle sprains, the most common ankle injury, occurs when the foot is twisted in an unnatural way. This unnatural twisting results in severe pain as a result of inflammation and swelling. This inflammation and swelling comes from fluid leakage into the tissues, which sensitize and place additional pressure on the nerves. Heavy blood flow also occurs, which is why swollen ankles are warm to the touch. Ankle sprains can occur by the following means:

· Sports injuries
· Slipping on stairs
· Walking on uneven ground

While ankle sprains can be minor, if you are experiencing severe pain, bone deformity, loss of sensation or even an inability to walk, it is a sure sign that you require immediate medical attention. X-rays could determine potential fractures. The ankle can experience injury in the joint, tendons, and ligaments. Anytime there is an ankle injury ice should be applied to the injured area in order to reduce inflammation. To reduce pressure, elevate the ankle above the level of the heart and apply an elastic bandage as needed.

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

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