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Friday, 20 September 2019 14:24

ankle sprainWhen your ankle rolls to one side after unexpectedly stepping off of a curb, the pain and discomfort that often accompanies this type of injury can be intense. Many patients have difficulty walking after incurring an ankle injury, and running activities are temporarily impossible to partake in. An ankle sprain typically consists of damaged ligaments that comes from being stretched too far. Common symptoms of an ankle injury often include swelling and throbbing on and around the affected area, severe pain and discomfort while attempting to move it, and it is often tender when touched. Moderate relief can be obtained while elevating the ankle. This may help in diminishing a portion of the swelling. After a proper diagnosis is performed, which typically consists of having an X-ray taken, the ankle will generally be wrapped in an elastic bandage that can provide adequate support. It is strongly advised that you seek the counsel of a podiatrist who can properly treat ankle injuries.

Foot and ankle trauma are common among athletes and the elderly. If you have concerns that you may have experienced trauma to the foot and ankle, consult with Dr. Danita Reese of Family Foot Clinic, PC. Dr. Reese will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.

Foot and ankle trauma cover a range of injuries all over the foot; common injuries include:

  • Broken bones
  • Muscle strains
  • Injuries to the tendons and ligaments
  • Stress fractures

Symptoms

Symptoms of foot and ankle injuries vary depending on the injury, but more common ones include:

  • Bruising
  • Inflammation/ Swelling
  • Pain

Diagnosis

To properly diagnose the exact type of injury, podiatrists will conduct a number of different tests. Some of these include sensation and visual tests, X-rays, and MRIs. Medical and family histories will also be taken into account.

Treatment

Once the injury has been diagnosed, the podiatrist can than offer the best treatment options for you. In less severe cases, rest and keeping pressure off the foot may be all that’s necessary. Orthotics, such as a specially made shoes, or immobilization devices, like splints or casts, may be deemed necessary. Finally, if the injury is severe enough, surgery may be necessary.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in South Hill, VA. We offer the newest diagnostic tools and technologies to treat your foot and ankle needs.

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Thursday, 05 September 2019 19:18

feet 4Many people will experience various conditions that can result in discomfort in their feet at some point in their lives. There are several types of foot pain that exist, and each can originate from a variety of reasons. If a ligament in the ankle becomes stretched or torn, it may be the result of a sprain that occurred. Patients who have diabetes can have diminished nerve function, and this can lead to a painful condition known as neuropathy. If a fall has happened, it may precede a fracture which can impact the foot and lower leg. Additionally, foot pain can come from having gout, and this can happen when there is excess uric acid in the blood. If you are having any type of foot pain, it is advised that you seek the counsel of a podiatrist who can properly treat your specific foot condition.

Foot Pain

Foot pain can be extremely painful and debilitating. If you have a foot pain, consult with Dr. Danita Reese of Family Foot Clinic, PC. Dr. Reese will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.

Causes

Foot pain is a very broad condition that could be caused by one or more ailments. The most common include:

  • Bunions
  • Hammertoes
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Bone Spurs
  • Corns
  • Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Ingrown Toenails
  • Arthritis (such as Gout, Rheumatoid, and Osteoarthritis)
  • Flat Feet
  • Injury (from stress fractures, broken toe, foot, ankle, Achilles tendon ruptures, and sprains)
  • And more

Diagnosis

To figure out the cause of foot pain, podiatrists utilize several different methods. This can range from simple visual inspections and sensation tests to X-rays and MRI scans. Prior medical history, family medical history, and any recent physical traumatic events will all be taken into consideration for a proper diagnosis.

Treatment

Treatment depends upon the cause of the foot pain. Whether it is resting, staying off the foot, or having surgery; podiatrists have a number of treatment options available for foot pain.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in South Hill, VA. We offer the newest diagnostic tools and technologies to treat your foot and ankle needs.

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Friday, 30 August 2019 14:18

shutterstock 1044425011A common symptom of neuropathy is numbing and tingling sensations in the hands and feet. It may occur as a result of nerve damage that can come from having diabetes and can cause severe pain and discomfort. Additional symptoms often include cramps that are felt in the calf muscles, loss of balance, and weakness in the feet. It may be difficult to walk alone and performing daily activities may be hard to accomplish. It can be beneficial to add safety measures in your home which include installing grab bars in the shower and bathroom areas, and it may also help to increase lighting. Effective treatment options can include incorporating nutritional supplements as part of a healthy eating pattern and performing light exercise routines. If you have any symptoms of neuropathy, it is strongly suggested that you consult with a podiatrist who can guide you toward the correct treatment.

Neuropathy

Neuropathy can be a potentially serious condition, especially if it is left undiagnosed. If you have any concerns that you may be experiencing nerve loss in your feet, consult with Dr. Danita Reese of Family Foot Clinic, PC. Dr. Reese will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment for neuropathy.

What is Neuropathy?

Neuropathy is a condition that leads to damage to the nerves in the body. Peripheral neuropathy, or neuropathy that affects your peripheral nervous system, usually occurs in the feet. Neuropathy can be triggered by a number of different causes. Such causes include diabetes, infections, cancers, disorders, and toxic substances.

Symptoms of Neuropathy Include:

  • Numbness
  • Sensation loss
  • Prickling and tingling sensations
  • Throbbing, freezing, burning pains
  • Muscle weakness

Those with diabetes are at serious risk due to being unable to feel an ulcer on their feet. Diabetics usually also suffer from poor blood circulation. This can lead to the wound not healing, infections occurring, and the limb may have to be amputated.

Treatment

To treat neuropathy in the foot, podiatrists will first diagnose the cause of the neuropathy. Figuring out the underlying cause of the neuropathy will allow the podiatrist to prescribe the best treatment, whether it be caused by diabetes, toxic substance exposure, infection, etc. If the nerve has not died, then it’s possible that sensation may be able to return to the foot.

Pain medication may be issued for pain. Electrical nerve stimulation can be used to stimulate nerves. If the neuropathy is caused from pressure on the nerves, then surgery may be necessary.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in South Hill, VA. We offer the newest diagnostic tools and technologies to treat your foot and ankle needs.

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Thursday, 22 August 2019 19:56

foot stretch 4When stretching the feet, it is important to pay close attention to the toes. There are several toes stretches that are beneficial in maintaining foot strength. Flexibility can be improved when toe lifts are practiced. This can be accomplished by lifting your toes while in a seated position and bringing them to the same height. The big toe can increase its range of motion when it is pulled toward you using a towel or belt. Additionally, this stretch may be beneficial if there is an existing bunion and may help to relieve pain and discomfort. The toes may become stronger when they are spread out as much as possible, which may help to improve the grasping motion in the foot. If you would like additional information about the benefits of stretching the feet and toes, it is suggested to consult with a podiatrist.

Stretching the feet is a great way to prevent injuries. If you have any concerns with your feet consult with Dr. Danita Reese of Family Foot Clinic, PC. Dr. Reese will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.

Stretching the Feet

Stretching the muscles in the foot is an important part in any physical activity. Feet that are tight can lead to less flexibility and make you more prone to injury. One of the most common forms of foot pain, plantar fasciitis, can be stretched out to help ease the pain. Stretching can not only ease pain from plantar fasciitis but also prevent it as well. However, it is important to see a podiatrist first if stretching is right for you. Podiatrists can also recommend other ways to stretch your feet. Once you know whether stretching is right for you, here are some excellent stretches you can do.

  • Using a foam roller or any cylindrical object (a water bottle or soda can will do), roll the object under your foot back and forth. You should also exert pressure on the object. Be sure to do this to both feet for a minute. Do this exercise three times each.
  • Similar to the previous one, take a ball, such as a tennis ball, and roll it under your foot while seated and exert pressure on it.
  • Grab a resistance band or towel and take a seat. If you are using a towel, fold it length wise. Next put either one between the ball of your foot and heel and pull with both hands on each side towards you. Hold this for 15 seconds and then switch feet. Do this three times for each foot.
  • Finally hold your big toe while crossing one leg over the other. Pull the toe towards you and hold for 15 seconds. Once again do this three times per foot.

It is best to go easy when first stretching your foot and work your way up. If your foot starts hurting, stop exercising and ice and rest the foot. It is advised to then see a podiatrist for help.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in South Hill, VA. We offer the newest diagnostic tools and technologies to treat your foot and ankle needs.

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