Friday, 21 June 2024 00:00

Do you suffer from heel pain when you get up in the morning? If so, you should seek the professional help of your podiatrist and have a proper diagnosis performed. Heel pain can be caused by several different foot-related conditions.

Tuesday, 18 June 2024 00:00

Ankle bursitis occurs when the bursae sacs in the ankle become inflamed, causing significant discomfort and mobility issues. Bursae are small, fluid-filled sacs that act as cushions between bones, tendons, and muscles, reducing friction and facilitating smooth joint movement. These sacs can become irritated or inflamed, typically due to overuse, trauma, infection, or medical conditions like gout or rheumatoid arthritis. Common symptoms of ankle bursitis include pain and tenderness in the ankle, swelling, stiffness, warmth, or redness around the affected area. Aching or throbbing pain also can occur, especially when pressure is applied. Overuse from activities like running or dancing, trauma from injuries, or wearing poorly fitting shoes are frequent causes. Proper diagnosis may include imaging tests like X-rays or MRIs to rule out other conditions. In some cases, fluid from the bursae might be tested for infections. If you're experiencing symptoms of ankle bursitis, it is suggested that you make an appointment with a podiatrist for a diagnosis and treatment.

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

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 Newtown, CT . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

 

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Tuesday, 11 June 2024 00:00

With age, the risk of falling becomes a significant concern for many seniors. Studies show that foot pain and foot posture have emerged as potential contributors to falling among the elderly. It is believed that seniors experiencing severe foot pain, along with those having flat feet, are more prone to recurrent falls. While not every fall can be attributed to foot issues, multiple falls often correlate with foot pain and posture problems. These factors increase the risk of serious consequences, such as hospitalization and loss of independence. A significant percentage of individuals over 65 experience at least one fall a year, and this number rises even higher for those aged 75 and older. By tackling foot pain and posture issues, seniors may help to reduce the occurrence of falls and enhance their overall quality. If you are grappling with foot pain or concerned about foot posture, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist to address these problems and reduce the risk of falls.

Preventing falls among the elderly is very important. If you are older and have fallen or fear that you are prone to falling, consult with one our our podiatrists from Newtown Comprehensive Foot Care. Our doctors will assess your condition and provide you with quality advice and care.

Every 11 seconds, an elderly American is being treated in an emergency room for a fall related injury. Falls are the leading cause of head and hip injuries for those 65 and older. Due to decreases in strength, balance, senses, and lack of awareness, elderly persons are very susceptible to falling. Thankfully, there are a number of things older persons can do to prevent falls.

How to Prevent Falls

Some effective methods that older persons can do to prevent falls include:

  • Enrolling in strength and balance exercise program to increase balance and strength
  • Periodically having your sight and hearing checked
  • Discuss any medications you have with a doctor to see if it increases the risk of falling
  • Clearing the house of falling hazards and installing devices like grab bars and railings
  • Utilizing a walker or cane
  • Wearing shoes that provide good support and cushioning
  • Talking to family members about falling and increasing awareness

Falling can be a traumatic and embarrassing experience for elderly persons; this can make them less willing to leave the house, and less willing to talk to someone about their fears of falling. Doing such things, however, will increase the likelihood of tripping or losing one’s balance. Knowing the causes of falling and how to prevent them is the best way to mitigate the risk of serious injury.  

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, 04 June 2024 00:00

Ankle sprains can disrupt daily activities and impede mobility, often stemming from sudden twists or turns that overstress the ligaments surrounding the ankle joint. These ligaments, responsible for stabilizing the joint, can become stretched or torn, leading to pain, swelling, and instability. Symptoms of an ankle sprain typically include sudden onset of pain, especially on the outside of the ankle, along with swelling and bruising. Limited range of motion and difficulty bearing weight on the affected ankle are also telltale signs of a sprain. In severe cases, individuals may experience a popping sensation at the time of injury, indicative of ligament damage. Factors like uneven terrain, inadequate footwear, and previous ankle injuries can increase the risk of sprains. If you have sprained your ankle, it is suggested that you consult a podiatrist who can accurately diagnose and treat this injury.

Although ankle sprains are common, they aren’t always minor injuries. If you need your ankle injury looked at, contact one our our podiatrists from Newtown Comprehensive Foot Care. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

How Does an Ankle Sprain Occur?

Ankle sprains are the result of a tear in the ligaments within the ankle. These injuries may happen when you make a rapid shifting movement while your foot is planted. A less common way to sprain your ankle is when your ankle rolls inward while your foot turns outward.

What Are the Symptoms?

  • Pain at the sight of the tear
  • Bruising/Swelling
  • Ankle area is tender to touch
  • In severe cases, may hear/feel something tear
  • Skin discoloration

Preventing a Sprain

  • Wearing appropriate shoes for the occasion
  • Stretching before exercises and sports
  • Knowing your limits

Treatment of a Sprain

In many cases, the RICE method (Rest, Ice, Compression, and Elevate) is used to treat ankle sprains. However, you should see a podiatrist to see which treatment option would work best with your injury. In severe cases, surgery may be required.

It is important to ask your doctor about rehab options after you receive treatment for your injury. Stretching, strength training, and balance exercises may help the ankle heal while also preventing further injury.

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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