Posts for: January, 2019
Find out what might be causing your ankle problems and when to seek help.
From arthritis to ankle sprains, there are many issues and conditions that can arise that can affect the health of your ankle. Find out more about the most common ankle injuries, how to protect your ankles and when you should turn to our Boise, Nampa/Caldwell, and Meridan, ID, podiatrists for care.
What are the most common ankle injuries?
If you are dealing with ankle pain you’ll want to get to the bottom of what’s causing your symptoms. The most common ankle problems our Boise, Nampa/Caldwell, and Meridan, ID, foot doctors see are:
- Sprains and strains
- Stress fractures
- Ankle instability
- Achilles bursitis
- Broken ankles
- Biomechanical issues (e.g. flat feet; tarsal tunnel syndrome)
How do you prevent ankle injuries?
No matter whether you are going to begin running as your New Year’s resolution or you are planning to hit the slopes during the winter months, it’s important to provide your ankles with the care and support they need to prevent injury. Here are some ways to prevent ankle problems from happening to you.
Wear the Appropriate Shoes
The shoes you wear need to be appropriate for your activity level. For example, runners will need sneakers that will provide proper cushioning, support and shock absorption for this high-impact activity. If you aren’t wearing the right shoes then you may end up facing ankle problems. Also, remember that your shoes won’t last forever. Runners, in particular, should replace their shoes at least every six months, if not every 3-4 months.
Stretch and Warm-Up Before Exercise
No matter if you are about to enjoy a little winter ski session, go ice-skating or tackle that HIIT treadmill workout, it’s important that you prep your body beforehand. As you know, cold muscles can leave you prone to injuries, so it’s necessary to first perform some light dynamic stretches and calisthenics to get the blood flow to the ankles and feet before exercising.
Consider Taping or Bracing Your Ankle
No matter whether you’ve had ankle injuries in the past or not, bracing or taping your ankle before activity can help many athletes prevent injuries to their ankles. If you aren’t sure how to properly tape your ankle, our foot specialist can show you how.
If you are dealing with ankle pain or other issues in Boise, Nampa/Caldwell, and Meridan, ID, it’s important to play it safe and schedule a consultation with a foot and ankle specialist who can provide you with a proper diagnosis and treatment plan. Call Idaho Foot & Ankle Associates today.
Athlete's foot is one of the most common fungal infections of the skin and is frequently seen in our office. Whether you've had it or not, it's important to understand how you can avoid and treat this highly contagious infection if you do contract it.
The fungus that causes athlete's foot thrives in damp, moist environments and often grows in warm, humid climates, such as locker rooms, showers and public pools; hence the name "athlete's foot. " This infection can itch and burn causing the skin on your feet and between your toes to crack and peel.
Tips For avoiding Athlete's Foot:
- Keep your feet dry, allowing them to air out as much as possible
- Wear socks that draw moisture away from your feet and change them frequently if you perspire heavily
- Wear light, well-ventilated shoes
- Alternate pairs of shoes, allowing time for your shoes to dry each day
- Always wear waterproof shoes in public areas, such as pools, locker rooms, or communal showers
- Never borrow shoes due to the risk of spreading a fungal infection
A mild case of athlete's foot will generally clear up on its own with over-the-counter antifungal creams and sprays. But since re-infection is common due to its contagious nature, many people require prescribed anti-fungal medication to effectively treat the infection. Generally, it's always best to consult with your podiatrist before choosing a treatment.
Mild cases of athlete's foot can turn severe and even cause a serious bacterial infection. If you notice your rash has become increasingly red, swollen and painful or you develop blisters and sores, call our office right away. Athlete's foot left untreated could eventually spread to other body parts and infect other people around you.
With the right treatment, you'll be cured of your athlete's foot in no time, which means the sooner you can enjoy the activities you love without pain and irritation!
What is a Crush Injury?
Have a foot crush injury? A crush injury occurs when pressure or force is put on a body part. A foot crush injury may cause pain, swelling, and sometimes bruising. A foot crush injury may take from a few days to a few weeks to heal. If you have a foot crush injury, you should see a podiatrist. Podiatrists diagnose and treat foot and ankle conditions and injuries. Read on to learn more about foot crush injuries.
Overview- A crush injury is an injury that occurs when a body part sustains intense pressure. Minor crush injuries can be caused by dropping a heavy object on a foot. However, major crush injuries, such as those sustained in vehicle accidents, can cause serious problems. Such an injury can cause a number of issues, including pain, swelling, bruising, bleeding, laceration, fracture, and nerve injury. A crush injury can also cause compartment syndrome, which is a dangerous condition caused by pressure buildup from swelling of tissues or internal bleeding.
Causes- The primary causes of foot crush injuries include heavy falling objects, vehicles rolling over the foot, and injuries from industrial manufacturing equipment. Crush injuries are common on farms. The most serious cases occur in agriculture where heavy machinery is used and people become trapped in them or under them. This form of injury is common after some form of trauma from a deliberate attack or following a natural disaster.
Diagnosis- A proper diagnosis is key to treating a foot crush injury. Your podiatrist can accurately assess your situation and help you make the right treatment decisions for the best possible outcome. Your doctor will start with a physical exam, with attention given to the areas of complaint. Your podiatrist may take X-rays and other forms of imaging, such as magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) or computerized tomography (CT).
Treatment- Firstly, any wounds that are present will need to be cleaned and bandaged to prevent infection. Treatments for a foot crush injury may also include medication, casting, kinesiology taping, ice and heat, physical therapy, or surgery. Often more than one of these treatments are used. Crush injuries of the foot are very serious. Potentially devastating complications can occur if these injuries are underestimated or mismanaged.
A foot crush injury can affect your day-to-day activities and make your life miserable. Whether your goal is getting back to the work, the gym, hobbies, or just enjoying life, a podiatrist can help. If you want to feel better and live well, find a podiatrist near you and schedule an appointment.