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Tuesday, 23 July 2024 00:00

Understanding Ankle Arthritis

Ankle arthritis can significantly impact daily life, causing pain, stiffness, and swelling surrounding the ankle joint. Symptoms often worsen with activity and can limit mobility. Individuals may notice a reduced range of motion and find it difficult to walk or climb stairs without discomfort. Lifestyle modifications, such as maintaining a healthy weight and choosing appropriate footwear, can help manage symptoms. For more severe cases, surgical interventions like ankle fusion or ankle replacement may be help restore function and reduce pain. Podiatrists can provide a tailored treatment plan to manage symptoms effectively and enhance your overall mobility and comfort. If you are experiencing persistent ankle pain or suspect arthritis, it is suggested you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist.

Ankle pain can have many different causes and the pain may potentially be serious. If you have ankle pain, 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.

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
  • 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 office located in Montgomery, AL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

 

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Plantar fasciitis, or inflammation of the plantar fascia, often leads to heel pain. This condition affects approximately 10 percent of the population at some point, with a higher prevalence in women and individuals between 40 and 60 years old. The plantar fascia is a thick band of tissue that runs from the heel to the toes. It supports the foot's arch and absorbs shock. Plantar fasciitis is considered an overuse injury. It is caused by standing for long periods, engaging in high-impact sports, or wearing poorly supportive shoes. These actions can cause microtears in the tissue, resulting in inflammation and pain. Key treatment strategies include resting the feet, avoiding activities that contribute to the pain, and taking pain relievers. Stretching exercises for the calf muscles and plantar fascia, often recommended by a podiatrist, can enhance recovery by improving strength and flexibility. Custom orthotic inserts may also provide additional support and comfort. If you are experiencing heel pain, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist for an exam and treatment options.

Plantar fasciitis can be very painful and inconvenient. If you are experiencing heel pain or symptoms of plantar fasciitis, contact one of our podiatrists  from Montgomery Foot Care Specialists. our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

What Is Plantar Fasciitis?

Plantar fasciitis is the inflammation of the thick band of tissue that runs along the bottom of your foot, known as the plantar fascia, and causes mild to severe heel pain.

What Causes Plantar Fasciitis?

  • Excessive running
  • Non-supportive shoes
  • Overpronation
  • Repeated stretching and tearing of the plantar fascia

How Can It Be Treated?

  • Conservative measures – anti-inflammatories, ice packs, stretching exercises, physical therapy, orthotic devices
  • Shockwave therapy – sound waves are sent to the affected area to facilitate healing and are usually used for chronic cases of plantar fasciitis
  • Surgery – usually only used as a last resort when all else fails. The plantar fascia can be surgically detached from the heel

While very treatable, plantar fasciitis is definitely not something that should be ignored. Especially in severe cases, speaking to your doctor right away is highly recommended to avoid complications and severe heel pain. Your podiatrist can work with you to provide the appropriate treatment options tailored to your condition.

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 and ankle needs.

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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

Understanding Toenail Fungus

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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