Tony Parker Temporarily Knocked Out of Game 2

Last week, San Antonio Spurs superstar Tony Parker was facing the possibility of sitting out the first game of the NBA Finals against the Miami Heat due to his injured ankle. His ankle has an extensive medical history this season, unfortunately. Parker sprained the ankle in Game 4 and aggravated it in Game 5 in the NBA Conference Finals. And then he sprained his already injured ankle in Game 6…ouch!

Well, it looks like his ankle held up fairly well in Game 1 and the first half of Game 2. Unfortunately, he did end up leaving Game 2 for a few minutes, but it was NOT because of his ankle. It was because of this foul…check out this “errant elbow”:

Yeah…that was pretty flagrant. Well, at least it wasn’t his ankle.

Tony Parker went to the line and missed both shots (another ouch!). He shared: “(Pain from the blow) definitely affected me but I’m a little frustrated, should have made them.”

Spurs lost. The finals are tied up 1-1. Stay tuned…

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Tony Parker Dealing With Ankle Injury

Tony Parker Injury

Parker played for two years in the French basketball league before entering the 2001 NBA Draft.

It looks like it’s going to be the clash of the titans again in the NBA Finals between the San Antonio Spurs and the Miami Heat starting in San Antonio on Thursday night!

Unfortunately, San Antonio Spurs prized player Tony Parker is limping his way into the finals with a banged-up ankle. It’s unclear whether or not he will be playing this week, although some are speculating that he will be ready to play.

Tony has had a rough season. He aggravated his already injured ankle in Game 6 against the Oklahoma City Thunder Conference Finals. Parker sprained the ankle in Game 4 and aggravated it in Game 5.  Annnnd—he strained his left hamstring in Game 5 of the Western Conference Semifinals against Portland! Sounds like somebody needs a rest, but that’s not always the popular thing to do in professionals sports.  

I guess we’ll just have to wait and see what happens on Thursday. I hope he is feeling better, but my concern is that he will not have enough rest and recovery time to adequately help his ankle. And you can rest assured the Miami Heat is going to try to put as much “heat” on Parker as possible…

Stay tuned!

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5 Great Foods for Your Bones!

5 Great Food for Bone Health!

Certain foods will make your skeleton happy!

As May draws to a close, so does National Osteoporosis Awareness and Prevention Month, but this doesn’t mean you can forget about your bone health until next May! Keeping your bones healthy and strong should be a year-round goal.

One of the ways to keep your bones healthy is through proper diet. Here are 5 great foods to stock up on to keep that skeleton strong!

Milk has two of the most important ingredients for strong bones: calcium and vitamin D. And these two ingredients work together. Calcium can’t be absorbed without help from vitamin D. So go ahead and drink that milk that is left in your cereal bowl; it’s good for you!

Kale is a superfood! And stop wrinkling your nose; it’s not that bad! This dark green  veggie is full of vitamins C and K. Steam it or turn it into tasty kale chips. However you eat it, just make sure you do! Note: Kale contains naturally occurring substances that interfere with calcium’s absorption called oxalates. So try to avoid eating dairy at the same time as kale to prevent any absorption issues!

Green Tea is amazing! It contains the flavonoid epigallo-3-catechin gallate (EGCG). This flavonoid is known for having the ability to slightly rev your metabolism, as well as help mineralize your bones. And, EGCG is a potent antioxidant that will help to protect the bones from free radical damage. I told you this stuff was amazing…drink up!

Herring is rich in both calcium (thanks to the fish’s edible bones) and vitamin D. Three ounces of raw herring contains 74 mg of calcium and 1,628 IUs of vitamin D…go buy some herring now!

Flax Seed Oil  has numerous benefits! According to a report in the International Journal of Food Safety, Nutrition and Public Health, flaxseed oil benefits bone mineral density and reduces the risk of osteoporosis in post-menopausal women, as well as in women with diabetes. Boom! Now that’s a superfood!

O.K. who’s ready to go grocery shopping and stock up on these? I’ll see you in Publix. ;)

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May is National Osteoporosis Health Month

df2613ac50369521d06c895257edf727Let’s talk about bones today! Why? It’s  National Osteoporosis Health Month!

Your bone health is vital to your overall health. When your bones become weak, you become weak.

      Bone is an actual living tissue that breaks down and rebuilds throughout our lives.

During childhood and your young adult years, you form new bone faster than you lose old bone. Peak bone mass is between the ages of 18 and 25! 

Bone is made up of calcium that makes it dense. Low bone density is when your bone density is lower than the normal range. This does not mean you have osteoporosis, however. If you have low bone density, you are more likely to break a bone, and are at a greater risk for osteoporosis if you start losing more bone. 

What is Osteoporosis?

Osteoporosis is when the bones become brittle and fragile from loss of tissue. This can come from hormonal changes, or deficiency of calcium or vitamin D.

One in two women and up to one in four men will break a bone in their lifetime due to osteoporosis. And breaking bones becomes more dangerous for us  as we age!

Unfortunately, there is no cure for osteoporosis, but there are things you can do to improve your bone health! Diet, exercise and a healthy lifestyle are CRITICAL to preventing and managing the disease.

Here are a few tips:

1. Get the calcium and vitamin D you need every day.
2. Do regular weight-bearing and muscle-strengthening exercises.
3. Don’t smoke and don’t drink too much alcohol.
4. Get a bone density test.
5. Take an osteoporosis medication when it’s right for you.

Bottom line: Take care of that skeleton! :)

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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!

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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.

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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? :)

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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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