Tuesday, 16 July 2024 00:00

Athletes frequently encounter foot injuries due to the intense demands of their sports. Data from collegiate sports reveals significant differences in foot injury rates across various disciplines. Notably, female gymnasts and both male and female cross-country and soccer athletes show the highest rates of foot injuries. Common injuries include foot or toe contusions, midfoot injuries, plantar fascia injuries, turf toe, and metatarsal fractures. Cross-country and track and field athletes experience the highest proportions of foot injuries, with female athletes in track and field showing a higher rate of injury compared to their male counterparts. The most severe and frequent injuries identified are metatarsal fractures, plantar fascia injuries, midfoot injuries, and foot or toe bruises. Understanding these patterns is essential and vital for athletes, coaches, and medical professionals to help reduce the incidence and impact of these injuries. If you have suffered a sports related foot or ankle injury, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist for a full exam and expert treatment.

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 our our podiatrists from Newtown Comprehensive Foot Care. 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 Newtown, CT . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Tuesday, 09 July 2024 00:00

Pointe dancers rely heavily on the strength and flexibility of their feet to achieve graceful and precise movements. One essential stretch is the towel scrunch, where a dancer sits with their legs extended and uses their toes to gather a towel placed on the floor. This exercise targets the intrinsic muscles of the feet, enhancing both strength and control. Another beneficial stretch involves using a resistance band to provide gentle tension while pointing and flexing the feet, helping to improve arch and ankle stability. Additionally, calf stretches, such as the classic downward dog yoga pose, are essential for maintaining flexibility in the Achilles tendon and overall foot health. Foot injuries can occur from improperly warming up before dancing. If this has happened to you, it is suggested that you consult a podiatrist who can treat foot pain and guide you on additional effective foot stretches.

Stretching the feet is a great way to prevent injuries. If you have any concerns with your feet consult with one our our podiatrists from Newtown Comprehensive Foot Care. Our doctors will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.

Stretching the Feet

Stretching the muscles in the foot is an important part in any physical activity. Feet that are tight can lead to less flexibility and make you more prone to injury. One of the most common forms of foot pain, plantar fasciitis, can be stretched out to help ease the pain. Stretching can not only ease pain from plantar fasciitis but also prevent it as well. However, it is important to see a podiatrist first if stretching is right for you. Podiatrists can also recommend other ways to stretch your feet. Once you know whether stretching is right for you, here are some excellent stretches you can do.

  • Using a foam roller or any cylindrical object (a water bottle or soda can will do), roll the object under your foot back and forth. You should also exert pressure on the object. Be sure to do this to both feet for a minute. Do this exercise three times each.
  • Similar to the previous one, take a ball, such as a tennis ball, and roll it under your foot while seated and exert pressure on it.
  • Grab a resistance band or towel and take a seat. If you are using a towel, fold it length wise. Next put either one between the ball of your foot and heel and pull with both hands on each side towards you. Hold this for 15 seconds and then switch feet. Do this three times for each foot.
  • Finally hold your big toe while crossing one leg over the other. Pull the toe towards you and hold for 15 seconds. Once again do this three times per foot.

It is best to go easy when first stretching your foot and work your way up. If your foot starts hurting, stop exercising and ice and rest the foot. It is advised to then see a podiatrist for help.

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

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Tuesday, 02 July 2024 00:00

Diabetic foot ulcers are categorized into three main types, which are neuropathic, ischemic, and neuroischemic. Neuropathic ulcers develop due to nerve damage, leading to a loss of sensation and unnoticed injuries. Ischemic ulcers result from poor blood circulation, reducing the body's ability to heal. Neuroischemic ulcers combine both nerve damage and poor circulation, making them particularly challenging to treat. These ulcers develop because high blood sugar levels impair circulation and nerve function, increasing the risk of infection. Effective wound care involves maintaining strict blood sugar control, keeping the ulcer clean, and using appropriate dressings to promote healing. Regular foot inspections are essential to detect issues early. Specialized footwear or orthotics can relieve pressure on the ulcer. Severe cases may require medical interventions, such as debridement or surgery. If you have diabetes and have developed a foot wound, it is strongly suggested that you are under the care of a podiatrist who can provide you with the care and advice that is needed.

Wound care is an important part in dealing with diabetes. If you have diabetes and a foot wound or would like more information about wound care for diabetics, consult with one our our podiatrists from Newtown Comprehensive Foot Care. Our doctors will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.

What Is Wound Care?

Wound care is the practice of taking proper care of a wound. This can range from the smallest to the largest of wounds. While everyone can benefit from proper wound care, it is much more important for diabetics. Diabetics often suffer from poor blood circulation which causes wounds to heal much slower than they would in a non-diabetic. 

What Is the Importance of Wound Care?

While it may not seem apparent with small ulcers on the foot, for diabetics, any size ulcer can become infected. Diabetics often also suffer from neuropathy, or nerve loss. This means they might not even feel when they have an ulcer on their foot. If the wound becomes severely infected, amputation may be necessary. Therefore, it is of the upmost importance to properly care for any and all foot wounds.

How to Care for Wounds

The best way to care for foot wounds is to prevent them. For diabetics, this means daily inspections of the feet for any signs of abnormalities or ulcers. It is also recommended to see a podiatrist several times a year for a foot inspection. If you do have an ulcer, run the wound under water to clear dirt from the wound; then apply antibiotic ointment to the wound and cover with a bandage. Bandages should be changed daily and keeping pressure off the wound is smart. It is advised to see a podiatrist, who can keep an eye on it.

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

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Tuesday, 25 June 2024 00:00

Laser treatment for toenail fungus is an advanced method that uses focused light beams to target and eliminate fungal infections beneath the toenail. This non-invasive procedure penetrates the nail without damaging surrounding tissues, making it a preferred option for many patients. Unlike traditional treatments, such as topical creams or oral medications, laser therapy has minimal side effects and a higher success rate. The procedure is typically quick, often completed in under an hour, and requires no downtime, allowing patients to resume normal activities immediately. Multiple sessions may be needed for optimal results, depending on the severity of the infection. Laser treatment is effective for many individuals, offering a promising solution for persistent toenail fungus, especially for those who have not responded well to other treatments. Toenail fungus can be unsightly, and is treated by a podiatrist. If you have this condition, it is suggested that you consult this type of doctor who can determine if laser therapy is right for you.

Laser treatment can be an effective way to get rid of toenail fungus. If you have any questions about laser treatment, consult with one our our podiatrists from Newtown Comprehensive Foot Care. Our doctors will assess your condition and provide you with quality treatment for fungal nails.

What Are Toenail Fungal Infections?

Onychomycosis, or fungal infection of the nail, is a relatively common and non-serious condition. Around 10 percent of U.S. citizens are afflicted with fungal nails. Common forms of fungus that infect the nail include dermatophytes, yeasts, and molds.

Symptoms of Toenail Fungal Infections Include:

  • Nail thickening
  • Brittleness of the nail
  • Discoloration of the nail

Diagnosis for Fungal Nails

Fungal infections are diagnosed by fungal culture and microscopy. This will rule out any other conditions such as nail trauma, psoriasis, lichen planus, and onychogryphosis.

What Is Laser Treatment?

Laser treatment is a non-invasive, safe, quick, and painless procedure that uses the heat from a laser to kill fungus in the nail. Each infected nail is targeted with a laser for several minutes. The treatment is usually utilized several different times over a select period. During this time, a podiatrist will keep an eye on the infection.

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

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