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Jodie Meeks of the Orlando Magic recently underwent surgery to stabilize the fifth metatarsal in his right foot. Meeks was originally acquired through a trade with the Detroit Pistons on June 29th. He will be out indefinitely, and his return will depend on his response to rehabilitation. The surgery was done on the broken bone that caused him to miss all but three games last season with the Pistons. Last season he averaged 7.3 points and 1.7 rebounds.
When is Surgery Necessary?
Foot and ankle surgery is generally reserved for cases where less invasive procedures have been unsuccessful. Conditions that often require surgery are listed below:
- Removing foot deformities like bone spurs and bunions
- Severe arthritis that has caused bone issues
- Reconstruction for injuries caused by accidents or malformations
Types of Surgeries
The type of surgery you receive depends on the nature of the problem. Possible surgeries include the following:
- Bunionectomy for painful bunions
- Surgical fusion for realignment of bones
- Nerve removal for painful nerve endings
Benefits of Surgery
Surgery can provide more complete pain relief than other options and may allow you to finally resume full activity. Surgical techniques have also become increasingly sophisticated. Techniques like endoscopic surgery allow for smaller incisions and faster recovery times.
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 and ankle needs.
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Monmouth junior guard Justin Robinson suffered a broken ankle at a young age, but that didn’t stop him from going on to become one of the nation’s top 30 in scoring. Considered 26th in the nation, Robinson “set a school record for victories,” but he says he is “just focused on winning basketball games, and making sure the Monmouth University basketball team stays in the right direction.”
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.
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.
Carolina Panthers Jared Allen broke his foot in the game against the Seattle Seahawks but was able to play through the injury. Panthers coach Ron Rivera does not yet know the severity of the injury, but believes that Allen will not be able to play and may possibly miss the NFC championship game. “For right now, we don’t expect him to be on the practice field on Wednesday. He’s treating it and doing everything he can, and we’ll see how he is on Thursday morning,” said Rivera.
A broken foot requires immediate medical attention and treatment to prevent exacerbation. If you are seeking treatment for a broken foot, visit one of our podiatrists from Foot Health Podiatry. Our doctors will assess your injury and provide you with quality treatment.
Broken Foot Causes, Symptoms, and Treatment
A broken foot is caused by one of the bones in the foot typically breaking when bended, crushed, or stretched beyond its natural capabilities. Usually the location of the fracture indicates how the break occurred, whether it was through an object, fall, or any other type of injury.
Common Symptoms of Broken Feet:
- Blue (foot)
Those that suspect they have a broken foot shoot seek urgent medical attention where a medical professional could diagnose the severity.
Treatment for broken bones varies depending on the cause, severity and location. Some will require the use of splints, casts or crutches while others could even involve surgery to repair the broken bones. Personal care includes the use of ice and keeping the foot stabilized and elevated.
This week, MMA fighter Uriah Hall defeated opponent Thiago Santos at UFC 175, but not without a price. Hall suffered a broken toe during the middle of the opening round. Due to being injured during the fight, Hall’s performance suffered during the fight itself.
Hall was clearly contending with a lot of pain for most of the fight, even having to briefly consult with a UFC physician during the third round. But in the end he ignored the discomfort and defeated Santos. A later medical examination eventually revealed that one of the bones in the second toe of his right foot was horrifically dislocated.
What to Know About a Broken Toe
Although most people try to avoid foot trauma such as banging, stubbing, or dropping heavy objects on their feet, the unfortunate fact is that it is a common occurrence. Given the fact that toes are positioned in front of the feet, they typically sustain the brunt of such trauma. When trauma occurs to a toe, the result can be a painful break (fracture). Another type of trauma that can break a toe is repeated activity that places stress on the toe for prolonged periods of time.
Symptoms of a Broken Toe
- throbbing pain
- bruising on the skin and toenail
- the inability to move the toe with ease.
- toe appears crooked or disfigured
- tingling or numbness in the toe
- injured person experiences fever or chills throughout their body, and when there is an open, bleeding wound present on the toe.
Generally, a minor toe break will heal without long-term complications, but it is important to discontinue activities that put pressure on the toe.
If you have any questions, please contact our office located in New York, NY. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.
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Devin Harris, an NBA All-Star and former player for the Mavericks, was being courted by Dallas last year for the second time in his career, this time with a deal that included a $9 million paycheck. But unfortunately for Harris, the teams’ doctor found out that he had a damaged metatarsal in his left foot that would require surgery to correct.
Harris had the surgery done, and was in the process of recovering when another injury, a stress fracture, cropped up. These made his rehabilitation take even longer, but by the next summer he was finally healthy again. Harris was given another contract by the Mavericks, though at a lower salary, and now returned onto the court with his old team.
If you have incurred a serious foot or ankle injury, getting back into sports can be a daunting prospect. For assistance with returning to your active lifestyle, contact podiatrist Dr. Sorelis Jiménez, DPM of Foot Health Podiatry. Dr. Jimenez can assess how much progress you’ve made with your recovery and provide you with the foot and ankle care you need.
Getting Back into Sports after Foot and Ankle Injuries
While one of the most common injuries among athletes may be a sprained ankle, there are still many other types of injuries that plague athletes in any sport. But for less severe foot and ankle injuries, it is recommended by physical therapists and sports medicine doctors that athletes use the R.I.C.E. method to help alleviate pain and to speed up the healing process.
The acronym R.I.C.E. stands for rest, ice, compression, and elevation. These four steps help in the healing process, not only to reduce pain, swelling, and inflammation, but also to improve overall health of the affected area, allowing you to get back on to your feet again. Although resting is usually the key to all healing, it is necessary to see a doctor to ensure treatment for any other problems that may not be obvious to you right away.
It is best for injured athletes to allow themselves time to heal. Some athletes need hours of re-training, exercise, check-ups with their physical therapist, and other remedies.
If you have any questions feel free to contact our office in New York, NY. We offer all the latest in diagnostic and treatment technologies to meet your needs.
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