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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Oakland Player Sprains Ankle During Game

webassets/dustin-long.jpgThe Oakland Athletics’ Brandon Moss sprained his ankle while running to first base during a recent game. Moss had just hit a ground ball and had only taken a few steps out of the batter’s box before he lost his balance and fell down. He had to be helped off the field by his teammates, and the Athletics’ manager later confirmed that his ankle had been twisted.

Moss isn’t sure how bad the injury is yet, but he seems to feel that he won’t be out for very long. He claims he had a similar ankle problem a few years ago and that it only took him a few days to recover from it.

Ankle sprains aren’t as easy to recover from as Moss seems to think they are. If you think your ankle might be sprained, contact Dr. Karin Johansson, DPM of New York. Dr. Johansson will go over all of your treatment options with you and help you pick the one that fits your situation the best.

Ankle Sprains

How Does an Ankle Sprain Happen?

This type of injury takes place when the ligaments are torn or stretched beyond their limits. There are multiple ways that the ankle can become injured; however, even the simple act of walking may cause a sprain. If footing is lost or you are walking on uneven terrain, ankle damage may occur.

What are the Symptoms?

  • Mild to moderate bruising
  • Limited mobility
  • Swelling
  • Discoloration of the skin, depending on severity

Is there a Way to Care for my Ankle at Home?

Self-care for ankle sprains includes propping the ankle up and keeping it elevated, applying ice packs as needed, and remaining off your feet. Some may also find that wrapping the ankle with an ACE bandage and taking over-the-counter pain relievers are helpful. One of the most important things is to avoid further stress to the affected area.

Preventing a Sprain

  • Wearing appropriate shoes for the occasion
  • Stretching before exercises and sports
  • Knowing your limits can aid in prevention

Treatment of a Sprain

Treatment of a sprain depends on the severity.  Many times, people are told to rest and remain off their feet completely.

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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 care needs.

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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Stress Fracture Forces Australian Triathlete to Pull Out of Race

webassets/foot-skeleton.jpgTriathlete Tamsyn Moana-Veale arrived in Morocco last month with the intention of being one of the first competitors to finish the 2014 Larache ATU Sprint Triathlon. But before she started the race, she received the results of an MRI she had had done before she left that revealed that she had a stress fracture in one of her feet.

Her doctors told her she could compete in the swimming and cycling portions of the race, but there was no way she’d be able to run without sustaining further bone damage. It hurt Moana-Veale to have to pull out of the race before the last segment, but she made up for it by pushing herself as hard as she could during the first two.

It was smart of Moana-Veale to listen to her doctor’s advice about the dangers of exercising with a stress fracture. If you’re dealing with a stress fracture in your foot or ankle, pay a visit to Dr. Karin Johansson, DPM of New York. Dr. Johansson can determine the severity of your injury and help you decide on a comprehensive treatment plan.

Dealing with Stress Fractures of the Foot and Ankle

The Stress Fractures occur on the foot and ankle when muscles in these areas weaken from too much or too little use.  Then the feet and ankles 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. The stress on the feet causes cracks to form in the bones, thus called 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
-play tennis or basketball
-gymnastics
-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 in high impact will aggravate pain.

For more information about Stress Fractures of the Foot and Ankle, follow the link below.

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 care needs.

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Monday, July 14, 2014

Julius Randle Claims That He Doesn’t Need Foot Surgery

webassets/julius-randall.jpgUp-and-coming NBA player Julius Randle took part in a pre-draft workout for the Boston Celtics recently, during which he spoke to the press and attempted to quiet the rumors that he needs an operation on his right foot. “My foot is fine,” Randle said. “Everybody has their opinion on what they should do. But I’m pain-free. No pain before, during, or after. I’m fine.”

 The worries shared by some NBA fans and analysts involve a screw that was placed in the 19-year-old’s foot after he broke it last year to help it recover. Some say that the screw will eventually need to be replaced, although Randle himself seems intent on avoiding surgery.

Getting back into sports can be a hard thing to do after you’ve suffered a serious foot or ankle injury. If you’re an athlete recovering from a problem with your lower extremities, consider talking to Dr. Karin Johansson, DPM of New York. Dr. Johansson will assess the progress you’ve made and help you make a gradual, healthy transition back into playing the sport you love.

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, please contact our office located in New York, NY. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Dancers Receive Custom Shoes at Festival

webassets/old-sneakers.jpgAnnual performing arts festival Stratford Festival recieves approximately one thousand pairs of shoes that are created by various shoemakers. These custom made shoes are given to performers who star in the multiple theatre productions held at the festival. Performers often request custom specifications since professional dancing often taxes the feet. 

Several performers in the production Crazy for You needed an alteration in shoe size in order to allow for more toe room. “It makes a difference as to how you perform, especially with tap dancing,” associate choreographer Kerry Gage says, “Everybody’s feet are entirely different.”

It is important for all people, especially dancers, to wear the proper shoe size. If you require professional assistance in finding your size, see Dr. Karin Johansson, DPM of New York. Dr. Johansson can treat your foot and ankle needs.  

Getting the Right Shoe Size

Sometimes it may be difficult finding the right shoe size especially because shoe sizes tend to vary depending on the brand and company you are looking for. A size 6 for one brand may be a size 7 in another. Although many people know their exact shoe size, it can range within 2 sizes depending on where they shop.

So it is important not to always go for a size 7 just because you think you might be a size 7 universally. It is best to try on the shoe and walk around for a bit to see how it fits and how it feels. Comfort is essential and the fitting has to be well otherwise it can lead to blisters, bruises at the back of the ankle and it can also hurt your toes if the shoe is too tight for example.

People walk a lot, so it is important for you to find what is comfortable when it is possible.

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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 care needs.

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Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Ancient Foot Binding Custom Subject of Photographer’s Documentary

webassets/foot-binding.jpgUp until its ban in 1911, foot binding was practiced in China until the 10th century. In ancient times, having small feet was a symbol of status and beauty in women. This status signified a wife who was submissive and did not complain. Performed by mothers-in-law and matchmakers, foot binding was a process that ensured that the woman’s feet did not grow.  

Hong Kong photographer Jo Farrell documented the last remaining survivors, who are well into their eighties and older. Farrell describes these women as ‘some of the most amazing, kind, compassionate, and generous women I have ever met’, even in spite of the intense pain involved.

Thankfully, foot binding has no place in any kind of everyday foot care. If you are contending with foot or ankle pain, see podiatrist Dr. Karin Johansson, DPM of New York. Dr. Johansson can treat your foot and ankle needs.

Every Day Foot Care

Often, people take care of their bodies, face and hair more so than they do for their feet. But the feet are a very important aspect of our bodies, and one that we should pay more attention to. After all, without our feet, we would not be able to perform most daily tasks. It is best to check your feet regularly to make sure there are no new bruises or cuts that you may not have noticed before, for example.

For dry feet, moisturizer can easily be a remedy and can be applied as often as necessary to the affected areas. Wearing shoes that fit well can also help you maintain good foot health, as well as making it easier to walk and do daily activities without the stress or pain of ill-fitting shoes, high heels, or even flip flops.

Also, wearing clean socks with closed shoes is important to ensure that sweat and bacteria do not accumulate within the shoe. Clean socks help to prevent athlete’s foot, fungi problems, bad odors, and can absorb sweat. Also make sure that the socks fit properly and are not uncomfortably tight.

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 care needs.

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