Foot and Ankle Stress Fractures: Rest and Recovery

Stress Fractures: Rest and RecoveryIf your diagnosed with a stress fracture in your foot or ankle, rest becomes the key word to your recovery!

Ignoring the pain and continuing the activity that may have caused the stress fracture in the first place can have serious consequences. You may break your bone completely!

Treatment of Stress Fractures

Treatment will certainly vary depending on the location of your stress fracture and its severity.

The overarching goal of any treatment is to help you return to all the activities you love. But in order to do that, you must follow doctor’s orders! Sometimes that is easier said than done, but in doing so, you will reach your goal of total recovery more quickly.

Rest

Take a break from the activity that caused the stress fracture. It typically takes about 6 to 8 weeks for a stress fracture to heal. During that time, switch to low-impact activities such as swimming and cycling. And, only exercise if you’ve already cleared it with your doctor!

Protective footwear

You might need to wear a stiff-soled shoe or a removable short-leg fracture brace shoe while you’re healing. This will protect your foot and expedite healing.

Casts

Stress fractures in the fifth metatarsal bone or in the navicular or talus bones take longer to heal, therefore you might need a cast  for your foot. This will keep your foot in a fixed position and aid in healing.

Surgery

Some stress fractures require surgery to heal properly. In most cases, this involves supporting the bones by inserting a type of fastener such as pins, screws, and/or plates.

Recovery

Once your stress fracture has healed and you are pain-free, it’s time to return to your previous activities! Keep these words in mind when doing so: slow and gradual! You should gradually return to your activities, mostly likely coupled with alternate days of rest. Slowly increase the frequency, duration, and intensity of your exercise.

Remember, if the activity that caused the stress fracture in the first place is resumed too quickly, larger stress fractures may develop. This could lead to more problems…take your time and don’t rush it!

If you or a loved one are experiencing heel pain or heel problems, Sarasota or Bradenton is the place to be! Please schedule an appointment with Dr. Lasday, Dr. Zdancewicz, or Dr. Goecker for a thorough and professional evaluation, either in our Bradenton Podiatry office at (941) 753-9599 or our Sarasota Podiatry office at (941) 366-2627.

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DIY All-Natural Foot Soak for Mother’s Day

DIY All-Natural Foot Soak

Are you ready for Mother’s Day?

Mother’s Day is right around the corner—do you have a gift for mom yet?

Here’s a fun idea she might appreciate. It’s a *safe and simple foot soak you can put together in no time! It will make her feet feel nice and smooth and get her ready for those summer sandals! (And it’s relaxing, too!)

All Natural Foot Soak

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup of Epsom Salts
  • 1 cup of Sea Salt
  • 2 cups of Baking Soda

Mix all these dry ingredients together and put in a simple decorative container with the following instructions on a label…

Instructions: When you want to soak your feet, add 1/4 cup of the dry mixture into a tub of  warm water. Soak feet for 30 minutes and relax!

Easy and thoughtful…you can’t beat that combination for Mother’s Day!

Here are a few more ideas you might consider for mom:

Happy Mother’s Day to all the moms out there. Enjoy your day!

*If you have diabetes, please consult with your podiatrist before using any kind of foot soak.

If you or a loved one are experiencing heel pain or heel problems, Sarasota or Bradenton is the place to be! Please schedule an appointment with Dr. Lasday, Dr. Zdancewicz, or Dr. Goecker for a thorough and professional evaluation, either in our Bradenton Podiatry office at (941) 753-9599 or our Sarasota Podiatry office at (941) 366-2627.

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Ankle and Foot Stress Fractures

Stress fractures of the Feet and AnklesWe hear the message “you need to reduce the stress in your life” all the time! It’s true—we do! I would also like to add you  need to reduce the “stress” in your feet and ankles as well, stress fractures that is…

What is a Stress Fracture?

A stress fracture is a small crack in a bone. They typically develop from overuse. High-impact sports like running and basketball see stress fractures quite a bit, as well as tennis or dance. Really, any activity that repeatedly “strikes” the foot against the ground can cause a stress fracture.  More specifically, when the muscles in the foot or lower leg get overtired, they’re unable to lessen the shock of the repeated impacts. The muscles then transfer the stress to the bone, thereby creating a small crack or fracture.

Where Do Stress Fractures Occur?

Stress fractures normally occur in the weight-bearing bones of the foot and lower leg.  The most common sites are the second and third metatarsals of the foot. Stress fractures are also common in the heel (calcaneus), the outer bone of the lower leg (fibula), and the navicular, a bone on the top of the midfoot.

People who do not exercise can also have stress fractures. Individuals who have osteoporosis or anyone taking medication that decreases bone density is susceptible to stress fractures.

Symptoms of a Stress Fracture

Symptoms include the following: 
  • Pain that develops gradually, increases with weight-bearing activity, and diminishes with rest
  • Pain that becomes more severe and occurs during normal, daily activities
  • Swelling on the top of the foot or the outside of the ankle
  • Tenderness to touch at the site of the fracture
  • Possible bruising

Getting Checked Out for Stress Fractures

If you think you have a stress fracture, you should see your podiatrist. Putting off a trip to the doctor is not a good idea; the fracture could worsen and possibly turn into a more severe or chronic problem.  An examination for a stress fracture is typically comprised of taking a patient’s work, exercise, and medical history, as well as a thorough examination of the foot or ankle in question. A bone scan or MRI may be ordered to aid in diagnosis. 

If you have a stress fracture, there are several ways to treat it. I’ll cover these treatment options next week.

If you or a loved one are experiencing pain related to stress fractures or heel problems, Sarasota or Bradenton is the place to be! Please schedule an appointment with Dr. Lasday, Dr. Zdancewicz, or Dr. Goecker for a thorough and professional evaluation, either in our Bradenton Podiatry office at (941) 753-9599 or our Sarasota Podiatry office at (941) 366-2627.

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Do You Have A Subungual Exostosis?

Subungual Exostosis

Subungual Exostosis growing from Distal Phalanx of Great Toe

Do you have a subungual exostosis? Say what? Yeah—sounds pretty bad, huh? A subungual exostosis is more commonly known as a bone spur under a toenail. 

Some reliable symptoms are pain or redness usually in the middle of the nail on the big toe, or a nail that is raised up in the middle.  Sometimes there are skin changes around the tip of the nail as well.  Recurring ingrown nails that remain painful are another sign.

They generally result from some form of trauma to the toe, forming a bony irregularity or prominence. We treat them with a simple outpatient procedure.

They sound painful and they are painful. The pain results from the pressure applied to the nail bed and plate. They can also cause destruction and disfigurement of the nail bed. Yup, they’re not pretty!

Other small tumors called osteochondromas and enchondromas can also form in the bone beneath the toenail, as well as in other bones in the body. Subungual exostosis should not be confused with these other small tumors.  Osteochondromas  are abnormal growths that form on the surface of a bone near the growth plate. An enchondroma is a type of benign bone tumor that originates from cartilage.

And that’s your science lesson for today! Any questions? :)

If you or a loved one are experiencing heel pain or heel problems, Sarasota or Bradenton is the place to be! Please schedule an appointment with Dr. Lasday, Dr. Zdancewicz, or Dr. Goecker for a thorough and professional evaluation, either in our Bradenton Podiatry office at (941) 753-9599 or our Sarasota Podiatry office at (941) 366-2627.

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Remembering Boston…

Remembering BostonAs the Boston Marathon 2014 takes place today, it unfortunately brings to mind the tragedy that happened last year.

Over one year ago this month, we were stunned by the bombing that happened at the Boston Marathon.

What was supposed to be a time of celebration and strength, turned into terror and tragedy, when two pressure cooker bombs exploded at 2:49 pm EDT, killing 3 people and injuring an estimated 264 others.

When I first heard of the incident, my mind turned to when I served on the Boston Marathon Medical team in 1991.  Every year, a team of podiatric students from my Alma Mater, Temple University, and Dr. Howard Palamarchuk, head to Boston to help runners with simple running injuries. No one imagined it would turn into a war zone with life and death injuries.

Dr. Palamarchuk shared the following about that day, “Usually, we take care of problems — ankle problems, blister control. That’s about as bad as it ever gets…and suddenly, there were just two — one large explosion followed by another. You could feel the concussion of it. And then it smelled like gunpowder. Then, all of the sudden, the medical tent suddenly became a mass casualty tent.”

We wanted to take a moment and remember the victims, and the family members of the victims who are undoubtedly still overcoming grief from this horrific event. Our hearts are with you, and we wish you peace and comfort as you continue to overcome this tragedy.

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Walking: A Great Exercise For You and Your Feet!

 

Walking: The Best Exercise!

Walking is one of the best ways to get exercise!

With everyone on the “running” bandwagon lately, I fear one of the best exercises around is being forgotten: walking!

Walking remains one of the most fun, natural, and inexpensive ways of keeping your feet (and you!) in tip top shape. 

It’s the perfect exercise in so many ways. It’s not strenuous, not hard on your joints, it’s relaxing, and you get to go outside in the Florida sunshine!  How can you beat that?! 

According to the American Podiatric Medical Association, walking boasts many benefits. Walking helps control weight, blood sugar, and cholesterol levels. It also improves cardiovascular fitness, and it creates an overall feeling of well-being…it’s a natural stress reliever!

Walking can help you: 

  • Strengthen your heart and lungs, and improve circulation
  • Prevent heart attacks and strokes
  • Reduce obesity and high blood pressure
  • Boost your metabolic rate
  • Favorably alter your cholesterol
  • Improve muscle tone in your legs and abdomen
  • Reduce stress and tension
  • Reduce arthritis pain; stop bone tissue decay 

Don’t Forget Your Feet!

Don’t about your feet when starting a walking program though! Wear proper shoes with breathable socks. Trim your toenails so they’re not bumping into your shoes and causing  problems. And if you’re diabetic, it’s best to consult with your podiatrist before you start any exercise program!

Now get out there and walk!

If you or a loved one are experiencing heel pain or heel problems, Sarasota or Bradenton is the place to be! Please schedule an appointment with Dr. Lasday, Dr. Zdancewicz, or Dr. Goecker for a thorough and professional evaluation, either in our Bradenton Podiatry office at (941) 753-9599 or our Sarasota Podiatry office at (941) 366-2627.

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5 Common Causes of Heel Pain

5 common causes of heel pain

Heel pain getting you down? Give us a call today!

Heel pain getting you down? You’re not alone! Heel pain is one of the most common complaints we hear in our office.

Heel pain can be from a variety of sources. Here are five common causes of heel pain…

Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome

This syndrome results from a large nerve in the back of the foot becoming trapped or pinched. Symptoms include burning or tingling sensation in the bottom of the foot.

Heel Spur

A heel spur or osteophyte  is a small bony growth on the back or underside of the heel. They are rarely painful in and of themselves, and are often confused with a condition known as plantar fasciitis.  The spur itself rarely needs to be removed.

Plantar Fasciitis

Plantar Fasciitis  is an inflammation of the band of tissue that stretches from the ball of the foot to the heel, forming the arch. This pain is often felt first thing in the morning when taking those first steps out of bed!  Can also be during activity or after extended activity.  This is the most common type of heel pain that we see in office.

Achilles Tendinitis

Achilles Tendinitis is a painful inflammation of the Achilles tendon. This often results from overexertion from high impact activities, such as running.

Stress Fractures

A stress fracture is a small crack in a bone. Stress fractures can develop from overuse or from high-impact sports like distance running or basketball.

Treatments for heel pain may include rest, stretching and strengthening exercises, and the use of foot supports/inserts. Heel pain rarely requires surgery.   We are not big fans of the shockwave ultrasound, as the complication rate including stress fractures is not something we are comfortable recommending.  A total contact type of orthotic is the best treatment, in our opinion.  If surgery is required, an outpatient procedure is usually successful.

There’s no need to suffer from unnecessary heel pain…call us today if you want relief!

If you or a loved one are experiencing heel pain or heel problems, Sarasota or Bradenton is the place to be! Please schedule an appointment with Dr. Lasday, Dr. Zdancewicz, or Dr. Goecker for a thorough and professional evaluation, either in our Bradenton Podiatry office at (941) 753-9599 or our Sarasota Podiatry office at (941) 366-2627.

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Horror at the Spa!

Spa Horrors!There’s nothing quite like a relaxing day at the spa! Soothing music and scents surround you, as you lie back in a massaging chair getting your toes polished!

Too bad it might end in a bad viral infection. Huh, wait, WHAT?

Yup, it’s sad, but unfortunately true. Serious infections can be caught at these beautiful places, if you’re not careful. The foot soaking tubs and the pedicure instruments might be covered in dangerous germs, and these germs could lead to infections like athlete’s foot, plantar warts, yellow toenails, and more.

So, what’s a girl (or a guy) to do to avoid all this…keep reading!

How-To Avoid an Infection from a Pedicure

  1. Be sure to bring your own pedicure kit. Doing this will help decrease the chance of contracting a virus, bacteria or fungus.
  2. Ask the salon if they sterilize their instruments or do they just disinfect them. Sterilization by autoclave is superior.
  3. Make sure disposable items—nail files, foot files, buffers and toe separators— are really disposed of!
  4. Ask the technician if she washed her hands before your pedicure. Clean hands are safer!
  5. Go to a salon and technician that have licenses issued by their state licensing board.
  6. Don’t shave your legs before appointment. Nicks and cuts from shaving can allow bacteria to enter your skin.
  7. Let the technician know if you have a medical condition, particularly diabetes.
  8. Take a look around and see if the salon is clean. This can be a good indicator of whether or not their instruments are clean.
  9. And finally, it shouldn’t hurt! Pedicures shouldn’t be painful. If it is, tell them to stop and find a new salon! 

No matter what precautions you take, it is important to keep an eye on the health of your feet after the pedicure. If you notice anything strange, call our office for an appointment.

If you or a loved one are experiencing foot pain or ankle or heel problems, Sarasota or Bradenton is the place to be! Please schedule an appointment with Dr. Lasday, Dr. Zdancewicz, or Dr. Goecker for a thorough and professional evaluation, either in our Bradenton Podiatry office at (941) 753-9599 or our Sarasota Podiatry office at (941) 366-2627.

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Cam Newton Undergoes Ankle Surgery

Cam Newton Had Ankle SurgeryCarolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton had minor ankle ligament tightening surgery this week to alleviate ankle instability. We perform this surgery here at the West Coast Podiatry Center.

Ankle instability occurs when the ligaments of the ankle are no longer able to keep the ankle steady with the foot. With this condition, the ankle “gives out” or rolls. This instability can occur after an ankle has been repeatedly injured. Athletes, like Cam Newton, are susceptible to this condition. 

Ankle instability is diagnosed via a physical assessment for mechanical instability and through the use of  x-rays.

The most common ankle instability surgery involves an uncomplicated procedure to tighten these loose or nonfunctional ligaments.  We remove a section of a ligament if they are too long and stretched out. In some cases ligament alternatives and/or stem cell augmentation can be used.

Cam is probably looking at about a 4 month recovery period. We’re sure he’s in great hands…good luck, Cam!

If you or a loved one are experiencing ankle or heel problems, Sarasota or Bradenton is the place to be! Please schedule an appointment with Dr. Lasday, Dr. Zdancewicz, or Dr. Goecker for a thorough and professional evaluation, either in our Bradenton Podiatry office at (941) 753-9599 or our Sarasota Podiatry office at (941) 366-2627.

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Photo Credit: Auburn University. By Dennis J. Freeman.

 

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Boston Red Sox Catcher Sidelined by Foot Injury

Boston Red Sox Player Faces Foot InjuryBoston Red Sox catcher David Ross was supposed to start a spring training game last week, but that was changed thanks to a foot problem.

According to Red Sox manager John Farrell, “He’s got a left foot issue that he’s dealing with…the MRI showed that there’s nothing structurally going on here. He’s got some inflammation in a tendon, so we’ve got to back him off a couple of days. It’s likely and everything projects to him being behind the plate on Friday.”

That’s a good plan. Too many times, whether your a professional athlete or weekend warrior, individuals will push themselves through pain. Pain is not normal. Foot pain is not normal. It’s your body trying to tell you something…listen to it!

Ross isn’t the only Red Sox catcher dealing with a problem. A.J. Pierzynski rolled his left ankle for the second time this spring during last Monday’s game against the Pittsburgh Pirates. Pierzynski,like Ross, is expected to make a full recovery…good news! Good luck guys!

If you or a loved one are experiencing foot pain or ankle or heel problems, Sarasota or Bradenton is the place to be! Please schedule an appointment with Dr. Lasday, Dr. Zdancewicz, or Dr. Goecker for a thorough and professional evaluation, either in our Bradenton Podiatry office at (941) 753-9599 or our Sarasota Podiatry office at (941) 366-2627.

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Source: NESN.com

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