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By Grand Rapids Podiatry
June 19, 2017
Tags: Ankle Sprains   Ankle Pain  

An ankle sprain is one of the most common injuries to the ankle, resulting from a fall or a sudden twist that forces the ligaments out of their normal position. It’s no wonder so many athletes suffer from ankle sprains every year.

The severity of an ankle sprain depends on whether the ligament is stretched, partially torn or completely torn. Look for the following symptoms if you think you have sprained your ankle:

  • Immediate pain at the site of the tear
  • Immediate swelling
  • Hearing or feeling something tear, pop or snap during the twist
  • Bruising
  • Pain and difficulty moving the ankle
  • Inability to walk or bear weight on the ankle

Treating Your Ankle Sprain

Early treatment of a sprained ankle can improve the recovery time and minimize symptoms. The following steps will reduce swelling and help alleviate pain until you can get into our office.

  • Rest: Stay off your ankle as much as possible. This will ease the pain, as well as reduce the swelling.
  • Ice: It’s critical to ice your injured ankle throughout the day for the first 24 hours or until the swelling goes down.
  • Compression: Elastic wraps, such as an ACE bandage, will help reduce swelling.
  • Elevation: Rest your ankle above the level of your heart to keep swelling to a minimum.  

Preventing Injuries to the Ankle

With extra care, you can help avoid ankle injuries.

  • Wear appropriate shoes for each activity
  • Throw out old, worn out shoes
  • Be cautious of wet, slippery floors at work or at home
  • Wear ankle braces or have your ankle taped during sports activities for increased stability

If you’ve injured your ankle and are experiencing pain or difficulty walking, come into our office for an examination and proper diagnosis. If an ankle sprain is not treated promptly with the necessary attention and care, chronic problems of pain and instability may result. Our podiatrists can recommend a treatment plan based on the severity of the sprain to ensure proper healing and a fast recovery.


By Grand Rapids Podiatry
June 14, 2017
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Heel Pain  

Wondering why your heel hurts? Our Grand Rapids, MI, podiatrist, Dr. Charles Solon of Crosswell heel painPodiatry, shares information on several causes of heel pain and explains what can be done to treat the pain.

Heel fissures

Do you have cracks on your heels? The cracks, called fissures, can cause pain every time you walk. They form when the skin on your heel dries out. Wearing flip flops or other loose shoes can increase your risk of heel fissures. In most cases, applying moisturizer to your foot and making other footwear choices can help the fissures heal.

Stone bruises

Painful stone bruises affect the layer of tissue that pads the bottom of your heel. The bruises may form if you step on a hard object or you frequently run or walk wearing shoes that don't provide adequate support or cushioning. Ice, over-the-counter pain medications and rest help the bruises heal, although you can expect the problem to last for a few weeks.

Plantar fasciitis

Inflammation of the plantar fascia is a common cause of heel pain in Grand Rapids. The plantar fascia is a strong band of tissue in the sole of your foot that connects your heel to your toes. The problem is more likely to happen as you grow older, but can also occur if you are overweight, spend long hours on your feet, don't wear supportive shoes or run or walk for exercise. Foot exercise and night splints can help reduce the pain. Foot doctors can provide orthotics, shoe inserts designed to address your problem. In severe cases of plantar fasciitis, surgery may be needed.

Achilles tendinitis

Achilles tendinitis develops when your Achilles tendon becomes inflamed due to overuse injuries, tight calf muscles, flat feet or jobs or activities that require long periods of standing. Treatment may include heel caps to cushion and support your painful heel, walking boots, cortisone injections, physical therapy and ultrasound and shock wave treatments. Inflammation can progress to tears if you ignore the problem. The same treatments used to treat inflammation can be used to treat tears, although if the tear is severe, you may need surgery to repair the tendon.

Ease your heel pain with a visit to the foot doctor. Call our Grand Rapids, MI, podiatrist, Dr. Solon of Crosswell Podiatry, at (616) 774-9571 to schedule an appointment.


By Grand Rapids Podiatry
June 05, 2017
Category: Foot Condition

The Achilles tendon is the largest and strongest tendon in the body, located in the back of the lower leg and connecting the heel bone to the calf muscle. This tendon is crucial as it facilitates walking and running by helping to raise the heel off of the ground. While the tendon can withstand immense force, it’s also surprisingly vulnerable. Injuries to the Achilles tendon require prompt treatment.  

When the Achilles tendon becomes inflamed from excessive use, tendinitis can weaken it over time and cause small tears. Athletes are at a high risk for Achilles tendon injuries, which often occur at the start of a new exercise or training program, or due to not having enough rest or recovery time.

You don’t have to be an accomplished athlete to suffer an Achilles tendon injury. People with flat feet, arthritis and other foot problems are also more susceptible to develop Achilles tendinitis due to increased demands placed on the tendon when walking.

Symptoms

Common symptoms of Achilles tendinitis include:

  • Mild pain after running or exercising that intensifies gradually

  • Localized pain along the tendon, especially after running

  • Tenderness near the heel bone, with pain being worse first thing in the morning

  • Stiffness and limited range of motion in the lower leg and ankle

  • Swelling around the tendon

  • When the disorder progresses to degeneration, the tendon may become enlarged and develop nodules in the area where the tissue is damaged

Prevention

To prevent injuries to the Achilles tendon, strengthening and stretching the calf muscles through daily exercise is recommended.  Alternating intense exercise with low-impact workouts and wearing proper shoes for your foot type and activity can also help reduce your risk for injury.

Any time you experience pain, tenderness or swelling along the Achilles tendon, visit us for professional diagnosis and treatment. Treatment for an injured Achilles tendon should begin right away with rest, ice, compression and elevation. Without prompt care, Achilles tendinitis will get progressively worse, thus increasing the risk for further deterioration and rupture. As a last resort, surgery may be recommended to repair the tendon.  

Our office can provide the best diagnosis and treatment, for optimal recovery. If you suspect Achilles tendinitis is holding you back, call us today to schedule an appointment, and get on the road to walking with ease again.