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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 Brandon Macy, D.P.M.
December 03, 2014
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Broken toe   fracture   digital x-ray  

 

It seems that just about everyone has had occasion to jam their foot into a piece of furniture or a door when barefoot.  So often happening in the middle of the night, they’re often referred to as “bedpost fractures”.   After getting over the sudden, intense pain when you see stars and have gotten past the urge to utter some bad words, what comes next? 

Immediately, the best thing to do is to apply ice to the area for 10 minutes or so.  There’s no way of knowing for a fact whether it is indeed broken at this point, although swelling and turning black-and-blue is typically a pretty good indicator. 

There’s a common misconception out there that “there’s nothing you can do for a broken toe”, but this isn’t really true.  

First, to determine whether it is broken, an x-ray needs to be obtained.  At Clark Podiatry Center, we have a digital x-ray which can provide clear results within a matter of seconds.  The importance of the x-rays isn’t just to see if the toe is broken, but also to see if the alignment of the bones is good in a broken toe.  

If the fracture is in good alignment, then “buddy taping” two toes together with a cotton ball in between is typically done and utilized for 4-6 weeks. This reduces swelling and immobilizes the fracture much like a cast would and that will make things far more comfortable when walking.

If there is poor alignment of the fracture, then it will not heal properly or healing could be delayed, in which case the fracture will need to be “set” under local anesthesia to improve the alignment.  Digital x-rays help here too to make sure the alignment of the fracture site has been improved.

The moral of the story is to be careful.  Being barefoot at home can be a dangerous proposition.  But if your foot does have an internal GPS that finds furniture, we’re here to help.  Call us at 732-382-3470 for an urgent appointment or request one on our website, www.clarpodiatry.com. We’ll fit you into our schedule ASAP to take care of your broken toe.

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