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Tuesday, 16 July 2024 00:00

Common Causes of Ankle Pain

Ankle pain can arise from various conditions affecting the bones, ligaments, tendons, or muscles in the ankle joint. This complex joint, where the foot and leg meet, consists of three joints that facilitate both up-and-down and side-to-side movements. Ankle pain can stem from overuse injuries such as Achilles tendinitis or ruptures, which cause significant pain and limit mobility. Conditions like arthritis, gout, and bursitis also can lead to chronic pain, stiffness, and swelling in the ankle. Structural issues, such as bone spurs or fractures, often resulting from trauma or overuse, may cause acute or lingering discomfort. Swollen ankles, the result of fluid buildup, can occur from prolonged standing, pregnancy, or underlying medical conditions. Wearing ill-fitting shoes and tarsal tunnel syndrome, where nerve compression leads to pain and tingling, also contribute to ankle pain. Symptoms can include throbbing, redness, numbness, and weakness. Through a series of tests, a podiatrist can accurately determine the underlying cause. If you have ankle pain, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist for an exam, diagnosis, and treatment options.

Ankle pain can have many different causes and the pain may potentially be serious. If you have ankle pain, consult with Janale Beckford, DPM from Tampa Podiatrists . 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
  • 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 Tampa, FL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

 

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Tuesday, 09 July 2024 00:00

Podiatrists Are Essential for Golfers

Plantar fasciitis is a common foot condition in golfers due to the prolonged periods of standing and walking involved in the game. Regular foot stretches can help prevent this painful condition. Before hitting the golf course, it is beneficial to perform calf stretches by leaning against a wall with one foot forward and the other extended back. Stretching the arch of the foot by rolling a golf ball under it can also be effective. Additionally, toe stretches, where you pull your toes back towards your shin, help maintain flexibility in the plantar fascia. Incorporating these stretches into your routine not only reduces the risk of plantar fasciitis but also enhances overall foot comfort and performance on the course. Consistent stretching ensures that your feet are well-prepared for the demands of a round of golf. It is also helpful to wear shoes that have adequate arch support or to add orthotics to existing shoes, if needed. If you have developed heel pain while playing golf, it is suggested that you visit a podiatrist who can diagnose and treat plantar fasciitis.

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 Janale Beckford, DPM from Tampa Podiatrists . Our doctor 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 Tampa, FL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Tuesday, 02 July 2024 00:00

Preventing Morton’s Neuroma

Plantar digital neuroma, commonly known as Morton's neuroma, is a painful condition involving the thickening of tissue surrounding one of the nerves leading to the toes. This condition typically develops between the third and fourth toes and causes sharp, burning pain and often a feeling of having a pebble in the shoe. Wearing high-heeled or tight shoes, repetitive stress, and certain foot deformities like bunions and hammertoes can contribute to developing a neuroma. To prevent plantar digital neuroma, it helps to wear well-fitted, low-heeled shoes with adequate toe room and cushioning. It is also beneficial to avoid activities that place excessive pressure on the ball of the foot. Regularly stretching, strengthening foot muscles, and maintaining a healthy weight can reduce the risk of Morton's neuroma. If you have pain between your toes, it is suggested that you consult a podiatrist who can accurately diagnose and treat this condition.

Morton’s neuroma is a very uncomfortable condition to live with. If you think you have Morton’s neuroma, contact Janale Beckford, DPM of Tampa Podiatrists . Our doctor will attend to all of your foot care needs and answer any of your related questions.  

Morton’s Neuroma

Morton's neuroma is a painful foot condition that commonly affects the areas between the second and third or third and fourth toe, although other areas of the foot are also susceptible. Morton’s neuroma is caused by an inflamed nerve in the foot that is being squeezed and aggravated by surrounding bones.

What Increases the Chances of Having Morton’s Neuroma?

  • Ill-fitting high heels or shoes that add pressure to the toe or foot
  • Jogging, running or any sport that involves constant impact to the foot
  • Flat feet, bunions, and any other foot deformities

Morton’s neuroma is a very treatable condition. Orthotics and shoe inserts can often be used to alleviate the pain on the forefront of the feet. In more severe cases, corticosteroids can also be prescribed. In order to figure out the best treatment for your neuroma, it’s recommended to seek the care of a podiatrist who can diagnose your condition and provide different treatment options.

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

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