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Monday, 18 May 2020 00:00

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Monday, 18 May 2020 00:00

The most common form of ankle pain is known as an ankle sprain. It can happen from suddenly stepping off of a curb, which may result in the ankle rolling to one side. When this occurs, the ligaments may stretch beyond their normal limitations, and this may cause severe pain and discomfort. The recovery time generally depends on how extreme the sprain is. A mild injury can take up to three weeks to completely heal, and most daily activities can be completed. A moderate sprain can take approximately six weeks to heal, and activities may have to be limited. A severe injury can take several months to heal, and many activities may have to be avoided. If you have symptoms of an ankle sprain, please consult with a podiatrist who can diagnose and treat this condition.

Ankle pain can be caused by a number of problems and may be potentially serious. If you have ankle pain, consult with Dr. Bruce Smit from Frankfort Foot & Ankle Clinic. Our doctor 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 one of our offices located in Frankfort, and Crete, IL. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

 

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Monday, 11 May 2020 00:00

Many people enjoy the feeling of stretching their feet. Stretching helps the overall foot to feel good, in addition to improving mobility and flexibility. There are specific stretches that are suggested for certain foot conditions such as bunions and plantar fasciitis. The plantar fascia is the portion of tissue which connects the heel to the toes, and it is located on the bottom of the foot. It may become stronger when the toes are pointed and flexed, or when the sole of the foot is rolled on a bottle. Bunions may be caused by wearing shoes that do not have adequate room for the toes to move freely in. It is beneficial to place the ankle across the opposite thigh, and gently rotate the toes to each side. When patients stand for the majority of the day, the toes may become cramped and stiff, and existing discomfort may be relieved when the toes are stretched. For additional information about how to properly perform foot stretches, please consult with a podiatrist.

Stretching the feet is a great way to prevent injuries. If you have any concerns with your feet consult with Dr. Bruce Smit from Frankfort Foot & Ankle Clinic. Our doctor will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.

Stretching the Feet

Being the backbone of the body, the feet carry your entire weight and can easily become overexerted, causing cramps and pain. As with any body part, stretching your feet can serve many benefits. From increasing flexibility to even providing some pain relief, be sure to give your feet a stretch from time to time. This is especially important for athletes or anyone performing aerobic exercises, but anyone experiencing foot pain or is on their feet constantly should also engage in this practice.

Great ways to stretch your feet:

  • Crossing one leg over the others and carefully pull your toes back. Do 10-20 repetitions and repeat the process for each foot
  • Face a wall with your arms out and hands flat against the wall. Step back with one foot and keep it flat on the floor while moving the other leg forward. Lean towards the wall until you feel a stretch. Hold for 30 seconds and perform 10 repetitions for each foot
  • Be sure not to overextend or push your limbs too hard or you could risk pulling or straining your muscle

Individuals who tend to their feet by regular stretching every day should be able to minimize foot pain and prevent new problems from arising.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Frankfort, and Crete, IL. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Monday, 04 May 2020 00:00

A broken toe is considered to be one of the most common types of fractures. The toes consist of several small bones, which can easily become broken. It can happen from dropping a heavy object on your toe, or from possibly stubbing it against a piece of furniture. A broken toe generally causes difficulty walking, and can take between four to six weeks to completely heal. Many patients choose to use a treatment method that is referred to as buddy taping, which may be effective for mild fractures. This consists of taping the affected toe to the toe next to it. This treatment method can provide the support that is needed as the healing process occurs. If you have broken your toe, it is suggested that you consult with a podiatrist who can treat mild or severely fractured toes.

A broken toe can be very painful and lead to complications if not properly fixed. If you have any concerns about your feet, contact Dr. Bruce Smit from Frankfort Foot & Ankle Clinic. Our doctor will treat your foot and ankle needs.

What to Know About a Broken Toe

Although most people try to avoid foot trauma such as banging, stubbing, or dropping heavy objects on their feet, the unfortunate fact is that it is a common occurrence. Given the fact that toes are positioned in front of the feet, they typically sustain the brunt of such trauma. When trauma occurs to a toe, the result can be a painful break (fracture).

Symptoms of a Broken Toe

  • Throbbing pain
  • Swelling
  • Bruising on the skin and toenail
  • The inability to move the toe
  • Toe appears crooked or disfigured
  • Tingling or numbness in the toe

Generally, it is best to stay off of the injured toe with the affected foot elevated.

Severe toe fractures may be treated with a splint, cast, and in some cases, minor surgery. Due to its position and the pressure it endures with daily activity, future complications can occur if the big toe is not properly treated.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Frankfort, and Crete, IL. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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