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August 2023

Tuesday, 29 August 2023 00:00

Rehab Exercises for Ankle Sprains

Recovering from an ankle sprain is an important way to prevent lingering weakness and instability in the ligaments. To enhance your ankle's range of motion after a sprain, the ABC's exercise has proved effective. While seated, trace the alphabet with your toes suspended in the air. Flexibility stretches can help by placing a towel under your foot while gently pulling back, feeling a comfortable stretch. Toe curls help to strengthen the toes and foot arch. An effective stretch is done by standing on a smooth surface and scrunching a towel under your foot. Eversion and inversion exercises also help to build ankle strength. While seated in a chair, use a towel to help glide your foot outward and inward with slow, controlled movements to avoid strain. For added strength, toe lifts can be an effective stretch, which is done by gently lifting your toes while keeping your heel grounded. Weight-shifting exercises are beneficial in promoting balance and stability. This is done by gradually shifting your weight from side to side while maintaining proper form. Any of these exercises should be done with your podiatrist’s approval and without causing pain. For more information, it is suggested that you consult this type of doctor for additional stretches for ankle sprains.

Although ankle sprains are common, they aren’t always minor injuries. If you need your ankle injury looked at, contact Dr. Tupper from Coshocton Foot Health Center. 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 our office located in Coshocton, OH . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Tuesday, 22 August 2023 00:00

 Maintaining Ankle Support as a Dancer

To keep ankles strong and avoid dance injuries, it is important to take good care of them. Ankle problems can make it hard to move and do activities that use the legs. Dancing can be especially tough on ankles because of the energetic moves and jumps often involved. This can lead to issues like Achilles tendonitis, sprains, shin splints, and heel spurs. Pushing too hard can also hurt the ligaments, making ankles less flexible and painful. To prevent this, dancers can follow some good habits for healthy ankles. Warming up before dancing helps the muscles prepare for action. Moving the foot like drawing the alphabet can get blood flowing and make ankles more prepared. Practicing balance by standing on one foot for a minute can make ankles stronger and improve posture. Wearing ankle weights can be helpful for building strength and using ankle supports or braces can reduce pressure and keep ankles steady during dance. Watching one’s weight is also important because too much can harm the ankles. If you are a dancer and want to maintain the support of your ankles, it is suggested that you make an appointment with a podiatrist to discuss additional methods for good ankle care.

Ankle pain can have many different causes and the pain may potentially be serious. If you have ankle pain, consult with Dr. Tupper from Coshocton Foot Health Center. Our doctor will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.

Ankle pain is any condition that causes pain in the ankle. Due to the fact that the ankle consists of tendons, muscles, bones, and ligaments, ankle pain can come from a number of different conditions.

Causes

The most common causes of ankle pain include:

  • Types of arthritis (rheumatoid, osteoarthritis, and gout)
  • Ankle sprains
  • Broken ankles
  • Achilles tendinitis
  • Achilles tendon rupture
  • Stress fractures
  • Tarsal tunnel syndrome
  • Plantar fasciitis

Symptoms

Symptoms of ankle injury vary based upon the condition. Pain may include general pain and discomfort, swelling, aching, redness, bruising, burning or stabbing sensations, and/or loss of sensation.

Diagnosis

Due to the wide variety of potential causes of ankle pain, podiatrists will utilize a number of different methods to properly diagnose ankle pain. This can include asking for personal and family medical histories and of any recent injuries. Further diagnosis may include sensation tests, a physical examination, and potentially x-rays or other imaging tests.

Treatment

Just as the range of causes varies widely, so do treatments. Some more common treatments are rest, ice packs, keeping pressure off the foot, orthotics and braces, medication for inflammation and pain, and surgery.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in Coshocton, OH . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

 

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Tuesday, 15 August 2023 00:00

All About Ankle Ulcers

Ankle ulcers are open sores on the skin. They are slow to heal, and they can keep returning. The three types of ankle ulcers are venous stasis, diabetic, and arterial ulcers. Venous stasis ulcers are the most common, primarily affecting the ankles. They result from venous hypertension or chronic venous insufficiency, leading to decreased blood flow and oxygen to the tissue and causing damage and ulcer formation. Risk factors include leg swelling, blood clots, varicose veins, inflammatory diseases, and a family history of ulcers. Symptoms may include pain, burning, itching, redness, and the skin may be swollen or discolored. Diagnosis involves a medical history, symptom analysis, and possible tissue sampling. Treatments include compression therapy, medication, and wound care. It is important to keep the ulcer clean and change the dressing as instructed. Prevention of such ulcers involves leg elevation, limiting prolonged standing or sitting, and maintenance of good overall health. If you suffer from ankle ulcers, it is strongly suggested that you make an appointment with a podiatrist for a proper diagnosis and prompt treatment.

Wound care is an important part in dealing with diabetes. If you have diabetes and a foot wound or would like more information about wound care for diabetics, consult with Dr. Tupper from Coshocton Foot Health Center. Our doctor will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.

What Is Wound Care?

Wound care is the practice of taking proper care of a wound. This can range from the smallest to the largest of wounds. While everyone can benefit from proper wound care, it is much more important for diabetics. Diabetics often suffer from poor blood circulation which causes wounds to heal much slower than they would in a non-diabetic. 

What Is the Importance of Wound Care?

While it may not seem apparent with small ulcers on the foot, for diabetics, any size ulcer can become infected. Diabetics often also suffer from neuropathy, or nerve loss. This means they might not even feel when they have an ulcer on their foot. If the wound becomes severely infected, amputation may be necessary. Therefore, it is of the upmost importance to properly care for any and all foot wounds.

How to Care for Wounds

The best way to care for foot wounds is to prevent them. For diabetics, this means daily inspections of the feet for any signs of abnormalities or ulcers. It is also recommended to see a podiatrist several times a year for a foot inspection. If you do have an ulcer, run the wound under water to clear dirt from the wound; then apply antibiotic ointment to the wound and cover with a bandage. Bandages should be changed daily and keeping pressure off the wound is smart. It is advised to see a podiatrist, who can keep an eye on it.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in Coshocton, OH . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Sunday, 13 August 2023 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!

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Tuesday, 08 August 2023 00:00

Exercise Is a Fall Prevention Method

People who fall or who have a fear of falling may benefit from having regular physical examinations done. This can help monitor existing medicines, as dosages may need to be adjusted as the body changes. It can also help to have regular eye examinations performed that can manage eyeglass prescriptions. Many elderly patients like to exercise and can feel their bodies becoming stronger. Exercising is an important fall prevention technique, and it may also help to increase balance. Many seniors enjoy practicing Tai Chi, which can make their legs stronger. Vitamin D may be added to the diet which may help improve bone, muscle, and nerve health. Additionally, there are methods that can be implemented in the home that can make it safer. These can include installing grab bars in the toilet and shower area and improving lighting in the living area. Falling can impact the feet, and can cause havoc in completing daily activities. If you would like to learn more about fall prevention techniques, it is suggested that you confer with a podiatrist who can provide you with useful information.

Preventing falls among the elderly is very important. If you are older and have fallen or fear that you are prone to falling, consult with Dr. Tupper from Coshocton Foot Health Center. Our doctor will assess your condition and provide you with quality advice and care.

Every 11 seconds, an elderly American is being treated in an emergency room for a fall related injury. Falls are the leading cause of head and hip injuries for those 65 and older. Due to decreases in strength, balance, senses, and lack of awareness, elderly persons are very susceptible to falling. Thankfully, there are a number of things older persons can do to prevent falls.

How to Prevent Falls

Some effective methods that older persons can do to prevent falls include:

  • Enrolling in strength and balance exercise program to increase balance and strength
  • Periodically having your sight and hearing checked
  • Discuss any medications you have with a doctor to see if it increases the risk of falling
  • Clearing the house of falling hazards and installing devices like grab bars and railings
  • Utilizing a walker or cane
  • Wearing shoes that provide good support and cushioning
  • Talking to family members about falling and increasing awareness

Falling can be a traumatic and embarrassing experience for elderly persons; this can make them less willing to leave the house, and less willing to talk to someone about their fears of falling. Doing such things, however, will increase the likelihood of tripping or losing one’s balance. Knowing the causes of falling and how to prevent them is the best way to mitigate the risk of serious injury.  

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in Coshocton, OH . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Tuesday, 01 August 2023 00:00

Reasons for Existing Foot Pain

The feet are often taken for granted until foot pain develops. Foot pain can happen for several reasons which may cause difficulty in completing daily activities. Each foot has 26 bones and numerous joints, tendons, ligaments, and muscles. This complex system works together to provide stability and balance, and therefore it is helpful to maintain proper foot care. Wearing shoes that fit correctly may help to prevent a multitude of foot conditions, such as hammertoes, bunions, and ingrown toenails. Athlete’s foot and toenail fungus are common conditions that can cause discomfort. These can occur when frequenting places like public swimming pools, shower rooms, or similar areas. A small tear to the plantar fascia may cause debilitating pain, and arthritic conditions like gout can cause the joints in the big toe to become inflamed. For any type of foot pain, it is suggested that you consult a podiatrist for a proper diagnosis and an effective treatment plan.

Foot Pain

Foot pain can be extremely painful and debilitating. If you have a foot pain, consult with Dr. Tupper from Coshocton Foot Health Center. Our doctor will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.

Causes

Foot pain is a very broad condition that could be caused by one or more ailments. The most common include:

  • Bunions
  • Hammertoes
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Bone Spurs
  • Corns
  • Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Ingrown Toenails
  • Arthritis (such as Gout, Rheumatoid, and Osteoarthritis)
  • Flat Feet
  • Injury (from stress fractures, broken toe, foot, ankle, Achilles tendon ruptures, and sprains)
  • And more

Diagnosis

To figure out the cause of foot pain, podiatrists utilize several different methods. This can range from simple visual inspections and sensation tests to X-rays and MRI scans. Prior medical history, family medical history, and any recent physical traumatic events will all be taken into consideration for a proper diagnosis.

Treatment

Treatment depends upon the cause of the foot pain. Whether it is resting, staying off the foot, or having surgery; podiatrists have a number of treatment options available for foot pain.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in Coshocton, OH . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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