Tuesday, 18 June 2024 00:00

Broken ankles, or ankle fractures, occur when one or more bones in the ankle joint break due to trauma. This injury can result from falls, sports activities, car accidents, or any situation where the ankle twists or experiences a heavy impact. Symptoms can include severe pain, swelling, bruising, and an inability to bear weight on the affected foot. Treatment depends on the severity of the fracture. Minor fractures may only require immobilization with a cast or brace to allow the bones to heal naturally. More severe fractures, where bones are displaced, might need surgical intervention to realign and stabilize the bones with pins, plates, or screws. Rehabilitation focuses on restoring strength, flexibility, and function through exercises. These exercises might include range-of-motion activities, balance training, and gradual weight-bearing exercises. Prompt and effective treatment is important for optimal recovery. If you suspect a broken ankle, it is suggested that you visit a podiatrist for a proper diagnosis and a tailored treatment plan. 

Broken ankles need immediate treatment. If you are seeking treatment, contact Thomas Bobrowski, DPM from InStride Crystal Coast Podiatry. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet. 

Broken Ankles
A broken ankle is experienced when a person fractures their tibia or fibula in the lower leg and ankle area. Both of 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.

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

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Tuesday, 11 June 2024 00:00

Foot stress fractures are small cracks in the bones of the foot that result from repetitive force or overuse. Unlike acute fractures caused by a sudden impact, stress fractures develop gradually, often due to the cumulative effect of repeated stress. Sports that frequently lead to foot stress fractures include running, basketball, and dance. In running, the constant pounding on hard surfaces places significant stress on the foot bones. Basketball involves frequent jumping and quick direction changes, which can strain the foot. Dance, particularly styles like ballet, requires repetitive movements and weight-bearing on the toes, increasing the risk of fractures. Athletes in these sports should be vigilant about wearing proper footwear, getting adequate rest, and gradually increasing training intensity to prevent stress fractures. Recognizing early signs, such as pain and swelling, is essential for prompt treatment and recovery. If you have a foot stress fracture, it is suggested that you consult a podiatrist who can effectively treat this condition.

Activities where too much pressure is put on the feet can cause stress fractures. To learn more, contact Thomas Bobrowski, DPM from InStride Crystal Coast Podiatry. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep your pain free and on your feet.

Dealing with Stress Fractures of the Foot and Ankle

Stress fractures occur in the foot and ankle when muscles in these areas weaken from too much or too little use.  The feet and ankles then lose support when walking or running from the impact of the ground. Since there is no protection, the bones receive the full impact of each step. Stress on the feet can cause cracks to form in the bones, thus creating stress fractures.

What Are Stress Fractures?

Stress fractures occur frequently in individuals whose daily activities cause great impact on the feet and ankles. Stress factors are most common among:

  • Runners                                  
  • People affected with Osteoporosis
  • Tennis or basketball players
  • Gymnasts
  • High impact workouts

Symptoms

Pain from the fractures occur in the area of the fractures and can be constant or intermittent. It will often cause sharp or dull pain with swelling and tenderness. Engaging in any kind of activity which involves high impact will aggravate pain.

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

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Tuesday, 04 June 2024 00:00

Osteoarthritis is a degenerative joint disease caused when the protective cartilage that cushions the ends of the bones wears down over time. Osteoarthritis often impacts the feet and may target any of their 30 joints. However, it most commonly impacts the big toe, midfoot, and ankle. Symptoms of osteoarthritis in the foot include persistent pain during or after movement, stiffness after periods of inactivity, and swelling in one or more joints. As the condition progresses, the range of motion in the foot may decrease, making it difficult to perform activities like walking or climbing stairs. The pain might also become more constant, even occurring while at rest. Managing these symptoms involves a variety of treatments, for which podiatrists, or foot doctors, are specially trained. Suggested professional treatment may include supportive footwear, low-impact exercises to maintain joint function and mobility, and orthotic devices to relieve pressure on the affected joints. In more severe cases, medication or surgery may be necessary to relieve pain and improve joint function. If you have symptoms of osteoarthritis in the feet, it is suggested that you consult a podiatrist for proper and complete care. 

Arthritis can be a difficult condition to live with. If you are seeking treatment, contact Thomas Bobrowski, DPM from InStride Crystal Coast Podiatry. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Arthritic Foot Care  

Arthritis is a joint disorder that involves the inflammation of different joints in your body, such as those in your feet. Arthritis is often caused by a degenerative joint disease and causes mild to severe pain in all affected areas. In addition to this, swelling and stiffness in the affected joints can also be a common symptom of arthritis.

In many cases, wearing ill-fitting shoes can worsen the effects and pain of arthritis. Wearing shoes that have a lower heel and extra room can help your feet feel more comfortable. In cases of rheumatoid arthritis, the arch in your foot may become problematic. Buying shoes with proper arch support that contour to your feet can help immensely.

Alleviating Arthritic Pain

  • Exercises that stretch the foot can prevent further pain and injury and increase mobility
  • Most of the pain can be alleviated with anti-inflammatory drugs, heat, and topical medications
  • Massages can help temporarily alleviate pain.

It is best to see your doctor for the treatment that is right for your needs and symptoms. Conditions vary, and a podiatrist can help you determine the right method of care for your feet.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in New Bern, NC . We offer the newest diagnostic tools and technology to treat your foot and ankle needs.

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Sunday, 02 June 2024 00:00

Diabetic patients often have decreased sensitivity in their feet, which makes a visual inspection of the feet even more important. If you're diabetic, having periodic screenings is extremely important for maintaining the overall health of your feet. 

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