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By Clark Podiatry Center
October 04, 2017
Tags: arthritis   Ankle Sprains   fracture   tendonitis  

One of the top reasons why children are seen in the Emergency Department at US hospitals is unintentional injury, which includes sports injuries. While we encourage children to stay active and participate in sports, we also acknowledge the risk of injury to the feet and ankles that comes with it.

There are many ways that children can get injured while playing sports, including: collision with other children or objects, trips or falls, sprains, improper footwear, and overuse injuries. Some may be one-time injuries (i.e. cuts or bruises), but others can have long-term consequences that keep recurring (i.e. ankle sprains) or get worse (i.e. tendonitis or arthritis).

Depending on the injury, the treatment options range from simple home remedies, immobilization, physical therapy, corticosteroid injections, orthotics, and in worst cases, surgery. Today, we’d like to expand upon the home treatment option for mild foot or ankle injuries, known as the RICE method. When symptoms include minor or moderate pain, swelling, redness, or bruising in the feet or ankle, the RICE method can help control them to determine if further medical care is necessary.

Rest

  • After experiencing an injury or pain in an area of the foot or ankle, stop the activity to prevent it from getting worse.
  • Keep weight and pressure off the injury by using walking aids such as a cane or crutches.

Ice

  • For redness and swelling, apply a bag of ice or cold compress.
  • Apply for 15-20 minutes at a time, rotating with a rest of 15-20 minutes.
  • Continue icing for about 2 days, but if swelling does not decrease, seek physician care as soon as possible.    

Compression

  • Use an elastic bandage or compression sock to reduce and prevent further swelling.
  • It should have some pressure, but should not cut off circulation.

Elevation

  • Elevate the injury (with ice and compression), whenever possible. This will help reduce swelling.
  • Ideally, the injury should be elevated to above heart level, but any elevation at all while sitting can still be beneficial.

Please note: if there is excessive swelling, obvious deformity, loss of function, or if you suspect a fracture or broken bone, see a physician immediately for assessment.

If your child gets injured, start with the RICE method. If you do not see any improvements or if your child complains of worsening symptoms, you consult our board-certified podiatrist, Dr. Brandon Macy. We are here to treat your family’s needs at The New Jersey Children’s Foot Health Institute at Clark Podiatry Center. Make an appointment to see us today at our Clark, NJ office.

By Clark Podiatry Center
March 29, 2017
Category: Ankle Pain
Tags: Ankle Sprains   RICE method  

On Sunday, March 19th, Brooklyn Nets’ point guard, Jeremy Lin jumped and then landed on another basketball player’s foot, spraining his right ankle. His game play was short-lived, having to sit out within the first few minutes of the first quarter of the game against the Dallas Mavericks. He limped off the court, but was seen riding a stationary bicycle during the second half.

After the game, coach Atkinson told journalists that while Lin needed more assessment, the injury did not seem very serious. This was important, given that he’d been out for several weeks in the beginning of the season due to hamstring issues. Tuesday, however, Lin sat out of the game, as he was not fully recovered. He and his coach decided that he wouldn’t play until he was back to 100%.

A few lessons can be learned here:

  1. A sprained ankle does not always mean that you cannot do any more activity. There are alternative exercises that you can do, that are low-impact. A stationary bike or swimming can be good alternatives to cardiovascular exercise when you cannot play other sports due to ankle sprain. However, it’s important to listen to your body, as pain does not help the healing process and can come with inflammation.
  2. There are varying levels of ankle sprains that can have varying degrees of severity: Grade 1: ligament(s) is overstretched, Grade 2: ligament is partially torn, Grade 3: ligament is fully torn. Depending on how severe the injury is, recovery can take much time and patients need to stay away from activity that could worsen symptoms. (See previous blog post for additional information).
  3. Even athletes suffer from ankle sprains. They warm up and condition constantly, and yet anything can happen. This is why it is important to take care of your ankles and do exercises to strengthen them. It is also important to wait until you are fully recovered before getting back into the game.

If you or your child has an ankle sprain, first assess how severe it is. If your symptoms are mild, like pain and swelling, you can use the RICE method (Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation) until healed. When symptoms are more severe, especially if there is severe pain and you’re unable to bear weight or move the ankle without pain, you should come see our podiatrist.

If you or your child has a severely sprained ankle, make an appointment today at Clark Podiatry Center. Our board-certified podiatrist, Dr. Brandon Macy can find the best treatment option for recovery. We are located in Clark, NJ in Union County and our team is ready to help! We keep you walking.

By Clark Podiatry Center
March 24, 2017
Tags: Ankle Sprains  

A rolled or twisted ankle is not uncommon in many sports, especially ones with high-impact or contact. Many times, the momentary pain can go away in a matter of a few seconds, while other times, it can leave your child with immense pain and swelling. In scenarios of severe pain after a turn, roll, or twist that is too fast, too far, or at a steep angle, it is most likely due to a sprain. When ligaments that connect the ankle and leg bones are stretched too much or torn, it’s called a sprain.

Types and Grades of Sprains

  • Inversion or Lateral Ligament Sprain: This is when the ankle rolls out and the bottom of the foot faces inward and upward. The outer ligaments of the ankle are damaged.
  • Eversion or Medial Ligament Sprain: This is when the ankle rolls inward and the bottom of the foot faces outward. This type of injury to the ligaments on the inside of the ankle are very rare.
  • Chronic Sprains: If a sprain is reinjured repeatedly in a 4 to 6 week period, it can be categorized as chronic sprain. When the sprain does not heal during this time, symptoms can flare up when the ankle is engaged with rolling or twisting movement.
  1. Grade 1 Sprain is when the ligament is overstretched.
  2. Grade 2 Sprain is when the ligament is partially torn.
  3. Grade 3 Sprain is when the ligament is completely torn.

Symptoms and Treatment

If your child has a sprain injury, you may see the following symptoms: pain, swollen ankle, and inability to bear weight or use the ankles.

If symptoms seem mild, as with a grade 1 sprain, you can try to treat the sprained ankle at home. Home treatment would include the RICE method: Rest (stay off the ankle), Ice (for 20 minutes at a time to reduce swelling and pain), Compression (Use a wrap or compression sleeve to reduce swelling), Elevation (prop the ankle on pillows to be as close to heart level as possible when sitting or lying down). Anti-inflammatory medications can be taken if necessary.

However, if your child’s sprain seems to get worse, or if he or she is experiencing severe pain and cannot bear weight on the ankle, you should call our podiatrist right away. Our podiatrist may recommend the use of crutches, immobilization with a split or a walking cast, depending on how bad the injury is.

If your child has a severely sprained ankle, make an appointment today at Clark Podiatry Center. Our board-certified podiatrist, Dr. Brandon Macy can find the best treatment option for your child’s recovery. We are located in Clark, NJ in Union County and our team is ready to help! We keep you walking.

Are you ready for Superbowl Sunday? The Atlanta Falcons are going head to head with the New England Patriots! While both teams have had a great season, many players have had injury issues that affected their game play. For the Falcons, Alex Mack and Julio Jones are star players that are affected with ankle and toe injuries. For the Patriots, it’s Martellus Bennett (ankle, knee, and shoulder injuries) and Malcolm Mitchell (knee injury) that coaches and fans have an eye on. These injured players are all sitting out of practice this week, in hopes to be in better shape on game day.

Repeat Injuries

When football players have injuries early in the season, they are at higher risk of re-injury as they continue to play after recovery. Whether it be weakened muscles and tendons or injuries that have not been able to fully heal, the risk of repeat injury is high enough to bench players before major games. This is especially the case now, for Superbowl practices, where they could possibly make their injuries worse, or even fall victim to a new injury due to their previous injuries. 

Due to the nature of the sport, football players are always prone to suffering concussions, sprains, tears, dislocated body parts, and even fractures, even with protective measures. Turf toe, and toe and ankle sprains are all common injuries as they run, juke, and dive across the field. Constantly repeating these motions can leave them with strained muscles and tissues, weakening them and possibly ending in chronic issues or broken bones.  

For Julio Jones and Martellus Bennett, the injuries that are causing them to sit out were incurred earlier in the season and has kept coming back to bother them. Hopefully with rest and healing, they will be at their best for the big game. Afterward, they may need to treat their injuries more seriously with surgery.

Got questions about sports-related injuries? Make an appointment today with our board-certified podiatrist, Dr. Brandon Macy at Clark Podiatry Center. He and his team are ready to help at the Clark, NJ office. Whatever team you’re rooting for, we hope you and your family have a fun and safe Superbowl!

 

 

Some of the clear stars of the Rio 2016 Olympics were The Final Five – our US Women’s Gymnastics Team. In particular, Simone Biles blew us away with stellar performances, leaving Rio with 5 medals at her first Olympics.

Like Simone and the rest of The Final Five, successful gymnasts all over the world generally start their careers by learning and training from a young age. It requires a lot of emotional and physical strain, not only from the gymnast, but also from supporters around him or her. Gymnasticsrescue.com has more tips about supporting young gymnasts, as well as information about preventing and caring for injuries.

What are some common gymnastics injuries to feet and ankles? Since most gymnasts are children and teenagers whose bodies are still developing, any number of injuries may occur. In particular, the following are important to pay attention to:

  • Ankle sprains happen often due to the amount of ankle and foot use in the different maneuvers in gymnastics. Young athletes need to strengthen the muscles around the ankles to prevent severe injury.

  • Achilles Tendonitis or Sever’s Disease can occur due to overuse of the tendon that connects the calf muscles to the heel. It can cause the center of the heel bone to thicken or fragment, making it painful around the heels.

  • Stress fractures tend to occur when there is repetitive impact or trauma from dismounts and landings. It can start from a small fracture that continues to grow with each impact, which then can cause a large fracture or broken bone.

The pain that is associated with each type of injury can be tolerable to severe. Just because pain is tolerable, it should not be ignored. Little injuries can develop into larger ones (e.g. stress fractures).

Teenage gymnasts should pay particular attention to injuries since their bodies are rapidly changing. During growth spurts, bones are growing and muscles and tissue are lengthening. Bones may not fully harden so they may fracture or break more easily and ligaments may stretch or loosen more easily.

Finally, young gymnasts should also keep focus while training. When training is repetitive, they may lose concentration and/or worsen any injuries they may have. While the abovementioned injuries may prevent further participation in training, other injuries can be more severe – gymnasts can suffer broken bones or worse, life-altering or life-threatening injuries, especially if they are injured in the head, neck, or spine.

If your child experiences acute, severe pain, see a doctor immediately. For mild sprains, make sure to use R.I.C.E. – rest, ice, compression, elevation. Use NSAIDs to reduce pain and swelling.



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