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November 2020

Monday, 30 November 2020 00:00

Speeding up Recovery From an Ankle Sprain

An ankle sprain can be a serious injury that can keep you off your feet. Symptoms of a sprained ankle include a popping or cracking sound at the time of injury, swelling, bruising, pain, and difficulty bearing weight. If you have sprained your ankle, there are certain things that you can do within the first 72 hours that may help to speed up your recovery. Protect the ankle by taping or bracing it, rest it by stopping any activities that cause pain in the ankle, ice the ankle for 20 minutes at a time several times per day, compress the ankle with a bandage to help reduce swelling, and elevate the ankle. It is also important to see a podiatrist, who can diagnose and treat your sprain to get you back on your feet as quickly as possible.

Although ankle sprains are common, they aren’t always minor injuries. If you need your ankle injury looked at, contact Dr. Michael A. Wood from Foot Health Institute. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

How Does an Ankle Sprain Occur?

Ankle sprains are the result of a tear in the ligaments within the ankle. These injuries may happen when you make a rapid shifting movement while your foot is planted. A less common way to sprain your ankle is when your ankle rolls inward while your foot turns outward.

What Are the Symptoms?

  • Pain at the sight of the tear
  • Bruising/Swelling
  • Ankle area is tender to touch
  • In severe cases, may hear/feel something tear
  • Skin discoloration

Preventing a Sprain

  • Wearing appropriate shoes for the occasion
  • Stretching before exercises and sports
  • Knowing your limits

Treatment of a Sprain

In many cases, the RICE method (Rest, Ice, Compression, and Elevate) is used to treat ankle sprains. However, you should see a podiatrist to see which treatment option would work best with your injury. In severe cases, surgery may be required.

It is important to ask your doctor about rehab options after you receive treatment for your injury. Stretching, strength training, and balance exercises may help the ankle heal while also preventing further injury.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Lansing, and Chicago, IL. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Monday, 23 November 2020 00:00

How Is Gout Treated?

Gout refers to a sudden inflammation of a joint that is caused by a buildup of uric acid crystals. It often affects the joint of the big toe and can lead to intense pain and swelling, stiffness, and redness. Gout tends to occur as an acute attack, happening suddenly and then subsiding after a week or two. There are several different treatments for gout. A doctor may recommend or prescribe medications, such as nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, colchicine, and oral or injected corticosteroids to treat a gout attack. They may also prescribe medications that lower the level of uric acid in the blood to prevent future attacks. You can help prevent future gout attacks as well by drinking plenty of water, exercising regularly, and eating a diet low in purines. For more information about gout treatment and prevention, consult with a podiatrist today. 

Gout is a foot condition that requires certain treatment and care. If you are seeking treatment, contact Dr. Michael A. Wood from Foot Health Institute. Our doctor will treat your foot and ankle needs.

What Is Gout?

Gout is a type of arthritis caused by a buildup of uric acid in the bloodstream. It often develops in the foot, especially the big toe area, although it can manifest in other parts of the body as well. Gout can make walking and standing very painful and is especially common in diabetics and the obese.

People typically get gout because of a poor diet. Genetic predisposition is also a factor. The children of parents who have had gout frequently have a chance of developing it themselves.

Gout can easily be identified by redness and inflammation of the big toe and the surrounding areas of the foot. Other symptoms include extreme fatigue, joint pain, and running high fevers. Sometimes corticosteroid drugs can be prescribed to treat gout, but the best way to combat this disease is to get more exercise and eat a better diet.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Lansing, and Chicago, IL. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Monday, 16 November 2020 00:00

What Can Cause a Foot Stress Fracture?

A foot stress fracture refers to a small crack in one or more bones in the foot. These types of fractures can be caused by excessive stress being placed on the foot. Certain practices can make you more likely to develop this injury. These include suddenly increasing the frequency, duration, or intensity of an activity. For example, a new runner who increases the distance that he runs too quickly can incur this injury. Changing the surface that you train on, specifically going from a soft surface to a hard one, can put more stress on the foot bones as well. Wearing shoes that don’t fit adequately or offer enough support may also increase injury risk. For more information about foot fractures, please consult with a podiatrist. 

Activities where too much pressure is put on the feet can cause stress fractures. To learn more, contact Dr. Michael A. Wood from Foot Health Institute. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep your pain free and on your feet.

Dealing with Stress Fractures of the Foot and Ankle

Stress fractures occur in the foot and ankle when muscles in these areas weaken from too much or too little use.  The feet and ankles then lose support when walking or running from the impact of the ground. Since there is no protection, the bones receive the full impact of each step. Stress on the feet can cause cracks to form in the bones, thus creating stress fractures.

What Are Stress Fractures?

Stress fractures occur frequently in individuals whose daily activities cause great impact on the feet and ankles. Stress factors are most common among:

  • Runners                                  
  • People affected with Osteoporosis
  • Tennis or basketball players
  • Gymnasts
  • High impact workouts

Symptoms

Pain from the fractures occur in the area of the fractures and can be constant or intermittent. It will often cause sharp or dull pain with swelling and tenderness. Engaging in any kind of activity which involves high impact will aggravate pain.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Lansing, and Chicago, IL. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Saturday, 14 November 2020 00:00

Reminder: When Was the Last Time...?

Custom orthotics, or shoe inserts, should be periodically replaced. Orthotics must fit properly to give you the best results. Protect your feet and ankles!

Monday, 09 November 2020 00:00

Saving Your Feet From Standing All Day

People who work in factories, warehouses, construction, or retail are often required to be on their feet all day. Standing for the entire work day can take a toll on your foot health, potentially leading to conditions such as plantar fasciitis, bunions, and joint pain. There are some steps that you can take to mitigate the damage that standing all day may cause. You may benefit from changing how you stand while you work. Avoid locking your knees and standing in the same position. Instead, walk around a little bit and stretch if possible, shift your weight so that it is distributed equally between your feet, and bounce on your knees. Perform foot stretches throughout the day to relieve pain in the feet and calves and make sure that you are wearing properly-fitted, supportive shoes. For more information about how to avoid pain from working on your feet, consult with a podiatrist.

While working on the feet, it is important to take the proper care of them. For more information about working on your feet, contact Dr. Michael A. Wood from Foot Health Institute. Our doctor will treat your foot and ankle needs.

Working on Your Feet

Standing on your feet for long periods of time can cause stress and pain in your feet. Your whole body may experience change in terms of posture, back pain, bunions, callouses and or plantar warts. There are ways to avoid these conditions with proper foot care, smart choices and correct posture.

Positive Changes

Negative heeled shoe – Choosing this shoe type places the heel slightly lower than the ball of the foot. These are great for overall foot health. Find shoes that fit you correctly.

Go barefoot – Our feet were not designed to be enclosed for all hours of the day. Try to periodically expose your feet to air.

Eliminate Pain

Foot Exercises – Performing simple exercises, incorporating yoga and doing stretches are beneficial. This will allow increased blood flow to the area and muscles of the foot.

Achilles tendon – Stretching the foot out flat on the floor will relax the calf muscles and tendon. These exercises can be performed almost anywhere. Make sure you add these exercises to your daily regimen. 

With a little bit of this information and knowing more about foot health, you will notice changes. Foot stretches and proper footwear will help with pain and prevent further issues.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Lansing, and Chicago, IL. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Monday, 02 November 2020 00:00

What Is a Blister and Why Do They Form?

Patients who have developed blisters on their feet are often aware of how uncomfortable they can be. Blisters can cause difficulty walking, running, or completing daily activities. Blisters are defined as the body’s natural defense response to protect skin that has become damaged from excess friction. It can be beneficial to wear socks and shoes that fit properly, as this may help to reduce existing friction. Additionally, it may help to remove shoes while resting, which can give the feet the opportunity to dry off. Mild relief may be found when a protective pad is worn over the blister, as this may prevent premature draining. If you have a blister on your foot, it suggested that you speak with a podiatrist who can provide you with proper treatment.

Blisters are prone to making everyday activities extremely uncomfortable. If your feet are hurting, contact Dr. Michael A. Wood of Foot Health Institute. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Foot Blisters

Foot blisters develop as a result of constantly wearing tight or ill-fitting footwear. This happens due to the constant rubbing from the shoe, which can often lead to pain.

What Are Foot Blisters?

A foot blister is a small fluid-filled pocket that forms on the upper-most layer of the skin. Blisters are filled with clear fluid and can lead to blood drainage or pus if the area becomes infected.

How Do Blisters Form?

Blisters on the feet are often the result of constant friction of skin and material, usually by shoe rubbing. Walking in sandals, boots, or shoes that don’t fit properly for long periods of time can result in a blister. Having consistent foot moisture and humidity can easily lead to blister formation.

Prevention & Treatment

It is important to properly care for the affected area in order to prevent infection and ease the pain. Do not lance the blister and use a Band-Aid to provide pain relief. Also, be sure to keep your feet dry and wear proper fitting shoes. If you see blood or pus in a blister, seek assistance from a podiatrist.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Lansing, and Chicago, IL. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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