Tuesday, 09 July 2024 00:00

Dancers are prone to foot and ankle injuries due to the physical demands of their art. Risk factors can include inadequate warm-up, improper technique, and wearing unsuitable footwear. Overuse injuries, such as tendinitis and stress fractures, result from repetitive movements and intense training schedules. Acute injuries often occur from sudden movements or missteps, leading to sprains or fractures. Additionally, common ankle injuries in dancers include lateral ankle sprains, where the ligaments on the outside of the ankle are stretched or torn, and Achilles tendinitis, which causes pain and inflammation in the tendon connecting the calf muscle to the heel. Ensuring proper warm-up routines, using supportive footwear, and focusing on technique can help prevent these injuries. Regular strength and flexibility training also play a critical role in maintaining foot and ankle health for dancers. If you are engaged in any type of dance and have endured a foot or ankle injury, it is suggested that you visit a podiatrist who can offer effective treatment methods.

Ankle and foot injuries are common among athletes and in many sports. They can be caused by several problems and may be potentially serious. If you are feeling pain or think you were injured in a sporting event or when exercising, consult with one of our podiatrists from Montgomery Foot Care Specialists. our doctors will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.

Common Injuries

The most common injuries that occur in sporting activities include:

  • Achilles Tendonitis
  • Achilles Tendon Rupture
  • Ankle Sprains
  • Broken Foot
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Stress Fractures
  • Turf Toe

Symptoms

Symptoms vary depending upon the injury and in some cases, there may be no symptoms at all. However, in most cases, some form of symptom is experienced. Pain, aching, burning, bruising, tenderness, tightness or stiffness, sensation loss, difficulty moving, and swelling are the most common symptoms.

Treatment

Just as symptoms vary depending upon the injury, so do treatment options. A common treatment method is known as the RICE method. This method involves rest, applying ice, compression and elevating the afflicted foot or ankle. If the injury appears to be more serious, surgery might be required, such as arthroscopic or reconstructive surgery. Lastly, rehabilitation or therapy might be needed to gain full functionality in the afflicted area. Any discomfort experienced by an athlete must be evaluated by a licensed, reputable medical professional.  

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

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Tuesday, 02 July 2024 00:00

Toenail fungus, or onychomycosis, is a common condition where a fungal infection affects the toenails, causing them to become discolored, thickened, and brittle. This happens when fungi, including dermatophytes, yeasts, or molds, infiltrate the nail bed through cracks or cuts. Warm, moist environments, such as sweaty shoes or public showers, are ideal for fungal growth, making these areas common sources of infection. Poor foot hygiene, compromised immune systems, and conditions like diabetes can increase the risk. Preventing toenail fungus involves keeping feet clean and dry, wearing breathable footwear, and avoiding walking barefoot in communal areas. Regularly trimming nails and avoiding shared nail care tools can also help to reduce the risk of infection. Toenail fungus can be uncomfortable and unsightly. If you have developed this condition, it is suggested that you visit a podiatrist who can offer you prescribed medication for a full recovery.

For more information about treatment, contact one of our podiatrists of Montgomery Foot Care Specialists. our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Toenail Fungus Treatment

Toenail fungus is a condition that affects many people and can be especially hard to get rid of. Fortunately, there are several methods to go about treating and avoiding it.

Antifungals & Deterrence

Oral antifungal medicine has been shown to be effective in many cases. It is important to consult with a podiatrist to determine the proper regiment for you, or potentially explore other options.

Applying foot powder on the feet and shoes helps keep the feet free of moisture and sweat.

Sandals or open toed shoes – Wearing these will allow air movement and help keep feet dry. They also expose your feet to light, which fungus cannot tolerate. Socks with moisture wicking material also help as well.

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

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Friday, 28 June 2024 00:00

Constant care and regular evaluation are important for a foot or ankle fracture. If left untreated, foot or ankle fractures can worsen over time and create more serious problems.

Don't wait to be examined if you believe you've experienced a foot or ankle fracture.

Tuesday, 25 June 2024 00:00

Swollen feet can be uncomfortable and concerning, often signaling an underlying issue. One common cause is prolonged standing or sitting, which leads to fluid accumulation in the feet due to gravity. This is often seen in people with sedentary jobs or those who travel long distances. Another possibility is injury. Sprains, fractures, or other injuries to the foot or ankle can cause swelling as the body responds with inflammation to protect the area. This type of swelling is usually accompanied by pain and bruising. Additionally, medical conditions such as heart disease, kidney disease, or venous insufficiency can lead to swollen feet. These issues affect the body's ability to circulate and balance fluids properly, resulting in fluid retention in the lower extremities. If your feet are persistently swollen or if swelling is accompanied by other symptoms, it is suggested that you visit a podiatrist for a proper diagnosis and treatment plan as quickly as possible.

Swollen feet can be a sign of an underlying condition. If you have any concerns, contact one of our podiatrists of Montgomery Foot Care Specialists. our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Swollen feet are a common ailment among pregnant women and people who stand or sit for extended periods. Aging may increase the possibility of swollen feet and patients who are obese often notice when their feet are swelling too. There may be medical reasons why swollen feet occur:

  • Phlebitis - A condition that causes the veins to become inflamed and can also cause leg pain.
  • Liver disease - This may lead to low blood levels of albumin which is a protein. This can cause fluid in the blood to pass into the tissues and several areas of the body can become swollen.
  • Heart failure - When the heart doesn’t pump properly the blood that is normally pumped back to the heart can pool in the veins of the legs causing swollen feet.
  • Kidney disease - One of the main functions of the kidneys is releasing excess fluid in the body. This type of condition can make it difficult for the kidneys to function properly, and as a result the feet may become swollen.
  • Deep-vein thrombosis (DVT)- This is a serious condition where blood clots form in the veins of the legs. They can block the return of blood from the legs to the heart which may cause the feet to swell. It is important to be treated by a podiatrist if this condition is present.

Swollen feet can also be caused by bone and tendon conditions, including fractures, arthritis, and tendinitis. Additionally, there may be skin and toenail conditions and an infection may cause the feet to swell. Patients who take medicine to treat high blood pressure may be prone to getting swollen feet. 

Many patients elevate their feet to help relieve the swelling and this is generally a temporary remedy. When a podiatrist is consulted the reason behind the swelling can be uncovered and subsequently treated.

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


 

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