Dealing with Foot Fractures

Treatment for Foot FracturesAccording to the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, foot fractures are small cracks in the bone. The cause is usually overuse in high impact sports such as tennis, track and field, gymnastics, dance, and basketball. Muscles can become overtired and rendered less capable of cushioning shocks, transferring the stress to the bones. Hence, a stress fracture can result. Lack of conditioning, improper sports equipment, bad technique, and bone insufficiency such as caused by osteoposis can increase the possibility of a stress fracture.

The fracture can manifest itself by pain, inflammation, swelling, and tenderness. The pain especially can be felt when doing weight bearing activities.

If you suspect that you have a stress fracture in the foot or ankle, stop vigorous physical activity and perform first aid, such as applying an ice pack, even before seeing a Boston foot doctor. Otherwise, the fracture can become a complete break.

The podiatrist will take your medical history and perform a physical examination. He or she might also take an X-Ray or a bone scan to confirm the diagnosis.

Depending on the location and the severity of the fracture, the doctor will recommend keeping off your feet or switching to less stressful exercises like swimming and bicycling. Your podiatrist may advise you to wear protective footwear or even, in some cases, a cast. In more severe cases, surgery may be indicated. The doctor will also advise on any diet and lifestyle changes you might want to do in order to avoid further fractures. Once the pain is gone and the fracture healed, your foot doctor will advise you to return gradually to your previous exercise regime.

Back to School Means Shoes

ChiropracticKids-photostockNow that the days are getting cooler and the school bells have clanged their welcome, parents and their children will be performing the age-old ritual known as “Shopping for School Clothes”. The center of the event is the process of shoe selection. Children; feet allowed to run with abandon all summer, will soon be snared in socks and then summarily encased in stern leather. The importance of a good sturdy support shoe cannot be overlooked, for the continued health of your children’s feet.

Many Moms insist on the yearly shoe-buying trip. It never seems to matter if the shoes are too tight, or that the back of the left one rubs a blister on the heel. The only thing that matters is that a child’s growing feet has that support! The kind that only comes in patent leather.

Over the course of a summer of going without shoes, the feet may develop a sort of protective layer on the bottoms. They toughen, signaling that it is time to get out the lotions, creams and pumice stone. Children love going barefoot! Adults often dislike it as feet grow tender over the years.

This appears to be a common trait in children, the joy of going barefoot and the revulsion of shoe-wearing. A few common complaints that you may hear:

  • My socks are too tight.
  • My shoes are too tight.
  • I left my shoes on the bus.
  • Here is a fact that may surprise you: third-world developing countries do not have many of the foot issues that we find in the U.S. Take for example, athlete’s foot. Any and all locker rooms found in this country are familiar with foot fungus. In places where owning shoes is a rare event (due to poverty and circumstances), this type of chronic complaint cannot take hold. Fungi require a warm damp place to grow, such as a child’s shoe.

    Even though your children may not enjoy wearing shoes, they will need to bend on this to accommodate all of the “old folks”.
    Everyone knows “No shirt, no SHOES, no service.”
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    Podiatrists Warn, Don’t Let Winter Activities Cause Ankle Sprains and More

    Foot-Ankle-PainAlthough ankle sprains can happen anytime, the tail end of the year tends to send more people rushing to the podiatrist than any other. They aren’t the only injuries that may occur either. It’s also not uncommon for podiatrists to see a rise in cases of FHL tenosynovitis, plantar fascittis, hallux rigidus, metatarsalgia, athlete’s feet and frost bite. Most podiatry offices attribute those increases to poorly maintained surfaces, winter sports, badly chosen footwear, snow blowing and snow shoveling activities. They can all really wreak havoc on the ankle joint and the foot in general. With that said, local podiatrists are urging everyone to remember the following:

    Do ditch the smooth-soled dress shoes, ultra thin pantyhose and high heel boots. Instead, opt for insulated, waterproof footwear that will provide sufficient traction, warmth and support for the weather at hand. If you’re prone to athlete’s feet, consider choosing a pair that features removable, washable inserts. And if you just have to keep your high heels and dress shoes around, only wear them inside where it’s dry.

    Don’t go walking around after dark in poorly lit areas either. Doing so will only increase your risk of slipping on ice and snow. For those early mornings and nights when you need to pass through such areas, keep a small, LED flashlight or reusable, emergency glow stick on your person. They may help provide enough light to detect potential sidewalk, curbside or parking lot hazards.

    Do think about wearing insulated socks and checking your feet regularly for signs of frost nip or frost bite. If your toes and feet look pale and feel somewhat numb, get off of them straightaway. Then take the necessary first aid measures to bring them back to normal. Should blood filled blisters, black scabs, extensive numbness and severe discoloration be present, head to the nearest Boston doctor’s office for emergency assistance.

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