Tuesday, 27 February 2024 00:00

Managing chronic ankle pain after spraining an ankle can be frustrating, but there are effective treatments that can help alleviate discomfort and enhance recovery. A podiatrist will typically conduct a thorough assessment to understand the specific issues contributing to the chronic pain. Treatment may involve targeted exercises to strengthen the ankle, improve flexibility, and enhance overall stability. Supportive interventions, like ankle braces or orthotic inserts, can provide additional support, promoting proper alignment and reducing strain on the affected area. Podiatrists may also recommend anti-inflammatory medications to manage pain. Rehabilitation plans are tailored toward the individual and their unique injury, addressing the root cause of the ankle pain. If you are experiencing pain after an ankle sprain, it is suggested you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist who can examine your ankle and create the right treatment plan for you. 

Ankle pain can be caused by a number of problems and may be potentially serious. If you have ankle pain, consult with one of our podiatrists from Romeo Foot & Ankle Clinic. Our doctors will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.

Ankle pain is any condition that causes pain in the ankle. Due to the fact that the ankle consists of tendons, muscles, bones, and ligaments, ankle pain can come from a number of different conditions.

Causes

The most common causes of ankle pain include:

  • Types of arthritis (rheumatoid, osteoarthritis, and gout)
  • Ankle sprains
  • Broken ankles
  • Achilles tendinitis
  • Achilles tendon rupture
  • Stress fractures
  • Bursitis
  • Tarsal tunnel syndrome
  • Plantar fasciitis

Symptoms

Symptoms of ankle injury vary based upon the condition. Pain may include general pain and discomfort, swelling, aching, redness, bruising, burning or stabbing sensations, and/or loss of sensation.

Diagnosis

Due to the wide variety of potential causes of ankle pain, podiatrists will utilize a number of different methods to properly diagnose ankle pain. This can include asking for personal and family medical histories and of any recent injuries. Further diagnosis may include sensation tests, a physical examination, and potentially x-rays or other imaging tests.

Treatment

Just as the range of causes varies widely, so do treatments. Some more common treatments are rest, ice packs, keeping pressure off the foot, orthotics and braces, medication for inflammation and pain, and surgery.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our offices located in Washington and Shelby Townships, MI . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

 

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Tuesday, 20 February 2024 00:00

The selection of appropriate footwear plays a pivotal role in maintaining foot health and comfort, yet certain shoe types can inadvertently contribute to the formation of painful blisters. Wearing ill-fitting shoes, characterized by tightness or inadequate space for the toes to move freely, often creates friction and pressure points against the skin, leading to blister formation. High heels, particularly those with a narrow toe box and stiff materials, force the feet into unnatural positions, increasing the risk of blisters on the toes and heels due to constant rubbing and pressure. Similarly, shoes with rough seams, abrasive materials, or poorly cushioned interiors can result in friction and irritation, promoting blister development. Additionally, shoes made from non-breathable materials trap moisture and heat, creating a conducive environment for blister-causing friction and skin irritation. If you are seeking more information about what to look for in shoes that can prevent blisters, it is suggested that you consult a podiatrist who can provide you with useful tips.

Blisters may appear as a single bubble or in a cluster. They can cause a lot of pain and may be filled with pus, blood, or watery serum. If your feet are hurting, contact one of our podiatrists of Romeo Foot & Ankle Clinic. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Foot Blisters

Foot blisters are often the result of friction. This happens due to the constant rubbing from shoes, which can lead to pain.

What Are Foot Blisters?

A foot blister is a small fluid-filled pocket that forms on the upper-most layer of the skin. Blisters are filled with clear fluid and can lead to blood drainage or pus if the area becomes infected.

Symptoms

(Blister symptoms may vary depending on what is causing them)

  • Bubble of skin filled with fluid
  • Redness
  • Moderate to severe pain
  • Itching

Prevention & Treatment

In order to prevent blisters, you should be sure to wear comfortable shoes with socks that cushion your feet and absorb sweat. Breaking a blister open may increase your chances of developing an infection. However, if your blister breaks, you should wash the area with soap and water immediately and then apply a bandage to the affected area. If your blisters cause severe pain it is important that you call your podiatrist right away.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our offices located in Washington and Shelby Townships, MI . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Tuesday, 13 February 2024 00:00

Recovering from a torn Achilles tendon necessitates a strategic approach, wherein the guidance of a podiatrist can prove invaluable. Whether opting for surgical intervention or a non-surgical route, the journey entails careful progression and diligent rehabilitation. Following initial immobilization, facilitated by a plaster cast, the rehabilitation plan, overseen by a podiatrist, emphasizes gradual reintroduction of movement, range of motion exercises, and flexibility work. Surgical interventions similarly involve a period of postoperative immobilization, followed by structured rehabilitation under the supervision of a podiatrist. The anticipated timeline for recovery spans approximately six to nine months. Close monitoring by a podiatrist ensures proper loading of the healing tendon while mitigating the risk of reinjury. Heat therapy, ice application, and flexibility training, all incorporated into the rehabilitation regimen, play pivotal roles in fostering optimal healing. Patience, adherence to the prescribed plan, and collaboration with a podiatrist are needed for achieving successful outcomes and restoring function and strength to the injured tendon. If you have injured your Achilles tendon, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist for an exam and treatment options.

Achilles tendon injuries need immediate attention to avoid future complications. If you have any concerns, contact one of our podiatrists of Romeo Foot & Ankle Clinic. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

What Is the Achilles Tendon?

The Achilles tendon is a tendon that connects the lower leg muscles and calf to the heel of the foot. It is the strongest tendon in the human body and is essential for making movement possible. Because this tendon is such an integral part of the body, any injuries to it can create immense difficulties and should immediately be presented to a doctor.

What Are the Symptoms of an Achilles Tendon Injury?

There are various types of injuries that can affect the Achilles tendon. The two most common injuries are Achilles tendinitis and ruptures of the tendon.

Achilles Tendinitis Symptoms

  • Inflammation
  • Dull to severe pain
  • Increased blood flow to the tendon
  • Thickening of the tendon

Rupture Symptoms

  • Extreme pain and swelling in the foot
  • Total immobility

Treatment and Prevention

Achilles tendon injuries are diagnosed by a thorough physical evaluation, which can include an MRI. Treatment involves rest, physical therapy, and in some cases, surgery. However, various preventative measures can be taken to avoid these injuries, such as:

  • Thorough stretching of the tendon before and after exercise
  • Strengthening exercises like calf raises, squats, leg curls, leg extensions, leg raises, lunges, and leg presses

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our offices located in Washington and Shelby Townships, MI . We offer the newest diagnostic tools and technology to treat your foot and ankle needs.

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Tuesday, 06 February 2024 00:00

Foot ulcers are sores on the feet that are often found in patients with diabetes. Since diabetic patients may have nerve and blood vessel damage in the feet, it is extremely important to provide proper wound care for foot ulcers. Diabetic foot ulcers can be slow to heal and are more prone to infection. Adequate wound care involves cleaning the wound gently, applying appropriate dressings, and keeping pressure off the affected foot. If you have foot ulcers, it is suggested you seek the help of a podiatrist, who may also perform a debridement to remove dead tissue surrounding the ulcer. A podiatrist may also use techniques such as whirlpool foot baths, tubes to wash dead skin away, wound dressings, chemical enzyme peels, or hyperbaric oxygen therapy. By prioritizing diligent wound care, you can significantly improve the chances of successful healing, minimize pain, and maintain overall foot health with diabetes. If you have ulcers on your feet, it is suggested that you schedule regular appointments with a podiatrist to monitor the healing progress of foot ulcers, and address any signs of infection quickly.

Wound care is an important part in dealing with diabetes. If you have diabetes and a foot wound or would like more information about wound care for diabetics, consult with one of our podiatrists from Romeo Foot & Ankle Clinic. Our doctors will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.

What Is Wound Care?

Wound care is the practice of taking proper care of a wound. This can range from the smallest to the largest of wounds. While everyone can benefit from proper wound care, it is much more important for diabetics. Diabetics often suffer from poor blood circulation which causes wounds to heal much slower than they would in a non-diabetic. 

What Is the Importance of Wound Care?

While it may not seem apparent with small ulcers on the foot, for diabetics, any size ulcer can become infected. Diabetics often also suffer from neuropathy, or nerve loss. This means they might not even feel when they have an ulcer on their foot. If the wound becomes severely infected, amputation may be necessary. Therefore, it is of the upmost importance to properly care for any and all foot wounds.

How to Care for Wounds

The best way to care for foot wounds is to prevent them. For diabetics, this means daily inspections of the feet for any signs of abnormalities or ulcers. It is also recommended to see a podiatrist several times a year for a foot inspection. If you do have an ulcer, run the wound under water to clear dirt from the wound; then apply antibiotic ointment to the wound and cover with a bandage. Bandages should be changed daily and keeping pressure off the wound is smart. It is advised to see a podiatrist, who can keep an eye on it.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our offices located in Washington and Shelby Townships, MI . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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