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By Clark Podiatry Center
December 07, 2016
Category: Foot Care
Tags: foot injury   safety   ankle injury  

It’s a pandemic! People everywhere can’t seem to take their eyes off their phones! It’s become part of daily rituals, as if they are a body part. So it’s no surprise that there are people constantly on their phones – during dinner, laying in bed, while walking, and even while driving. For some, it’s gotten to the point that it’s impossible to imagine how life happened before phones.

For the most part, it seems harmless, and even useful or protective (as recording devices or companionship on the other end of the line). However, lately, it seems that lines are being crossed. Even the simple act of walking has become an increased risk factor for injury because of the attention taken from looking at the path ahead and instead given to checking phones. 

The problem is that walkways, sidewalks, and floors in general are not always smooth and flat. It’s common to find that people have twisted or sprained their ankles because they weren’t paying attention to their environments. What’s worse is that there are increased risks of folks crossing the street while on their phones, leaving them more prone to getting hit by a car or bike. Safety is the biggest issue, with children and adults being at risk of kidnapping or assault.

At Clark Podiatry Center, we want our patients to be safe and alert when walking on the streets. We care about your foot and ankle safety, as well as overall safety. So we remind you to put the phone in your pocket or purse, and watch where you are walking – or stop to do what you need to do. If you have suffered an injury to your feet or ankles from uneven sidewalks, come see our board-certified podiatrist, Brandon Macy, DPM. He and his team will be more than happy to help you at our Clark, NJ office. Make an appointment today!

By Brandon Macy, D.P.M.
October 13, 2014
Tags: Jones fracture   foot injury  

 Kevin Durant of the Oklahoma CIty Thunder and the reigning MVP of the NBA will be out for a minimum of 6-8 weeks after suffering a fracture of the 5th metatarsal bone of his right foot that will require surgical repair.  This is a very common injury among basketball players and may indeed be the most common surgical procedure they undergo.

It has been diagnosed as a "Jones fracture", which carries with it a significantly higher risk of delayed healing as compared to other fractures, even of the same bone.  What is a Jones fracture and why can it be such a problem?

The 5th metarsal bone is the bone on the outside  of the foot, behind the small toe.  You may notice a bump on the outside border of your foot, approximately in the middle.  This bump is actually the base of the bone, the other end (the head) being a part of the ball of your foot.  A Jones fracture (pictured in the x-ray) occurs just beyond the base of the bone at an area called the diaphysis.  The problem in this area is twofold:  the fracture occurs in an area where there is poor blood supply within the bone and there are tendons which attach at the tip of the base of the metatarsal bone which are pulling the fracture site apart.

For these reasons, Jones fractures are notorious for delayed union or non-union of rthe fracture.  As such, they are typically treated surgically, with a screw inserted to hold the fragments together and provide compression.  Healing progress is monitored closely over the 6-8 weeks.  Fortunately for him, professional athletes are provided with the facilities to maintain their aerobic conditioning and combined with his young age, hopefully he'll heal uneventfully and be back on the court working his magic some time in December.

If you are experiencing pain in your foot, if you suspect that you might have injured your foot, call at once for an appointment at 732-282-3470 or request an appointment via our website at www.clarkpodiatry.com.  We'll fit you into the schedule ASAP.  We have a digital x-ray on the premises so we can find out in a matter of seconds whether you have broken your foot--or hopefully not!  

#kevindurant #clarkpodiatry #Jonesfracture

 

 



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