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Victoria Azarenka Withdraws From Doha Due To Foot InjuryTennis player Victoria Azarenka had to withdraw from the Qatar Total Open in Doha due to an ongoing foot injury. Because she cannot participate due to her foot, Azarenka released a statement of apology to her fans for not being present at Doha.

“I am sorry I can’t make it to Doha for the Qatar Total Open, but unfortunately I haven’t been able to recover on time from my ongoing foot injury,” Azarenka said. “I am thankful to all my fans in Doha and I look forward to coming back next year. I wish the best of luck to the tournament and hope that fans enjoy watching the other players that will be coming to that great event.”

A sports related foot or ankle injury definitely keeps people out of the game.If you or a loved one has suffered a sports related foot or ankle injury, come see podiatrist Dr. Nicholas Crismali of Crismali Foot and Ankle. Dr. Crismali can treat the injury and help you work on rehabilitation.  

Sport Related Foot And Ankle Injuries 

Foot and ankle injuries are a common occurrence when it comes to athletes of any sport. While many athletes dismiss the initial aches and pains, the truth is that ignoring potential foot and ankle injuries can lead to serious problems. As athletes continue to place pressure and strain the area further, a mild injury can turn into something as serious as a rupture and may lead to a permanent disability. There are many factors that contribute to sports related foot and ankle injuries, which include failure to warm up properly, not providing support or wearing bad footwear. Common injuries and conditions athletes face, including:

• Plantar Fasciitis
• Plantar Fasciosis
• Achilles Tendinitis
• Achilles Tendon Rupture
• Ankle Sprains

Sports-related injuries are commonly treated using the RICE method. This includes rest, applying ice to the injured area, compression and elevating the ankle. More serious sprains and injuries may require surgery, which could include arthroscopic and reconstructive surgery. Rehabilitation and therapy may also be required in order to get any recovering athlete to become fully functional again. Any unusual aches and pains an athlete sustains must be evaluated by a licensed, reputable medical professional.

If you have any questions, please contact our office which is located in Hesperia, CA. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle problems.

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foot and ankle injuriesResearchers from Carnegie Mellon University, Harvard University, the University of Southern California, MIT and Biosenses have developed a soft but wearable robotic device for patients with ankle-foot disorders, such as drop foot. The device is powered by pneumatic artificial muscle actuators beneficial for rehabbing patients.

The orthotic device uses these soft plastics and composite materials combines with pneumatic artificial muscles (PAMs), sensors to achieve the realistic and natural motions in the ankle. Researchers were able to attach the device to four test subjects and found that the prototype was capable of generating an ankle range of 27 degrees sagittal motion. The device may be suitable for aiding patients with neuromuscular disorders of the feet.

If you have experienced a foot or ankle injury, there may be a variety of therapy options available to you. For help choosing one, consult podiatrist Dr. Nicholas Crismali of Crismali Foot & Ankle. Dr. Crismali can analyze your recovery and offer you advice on what therapy would be most effective. 

Most common injuries

People who are constantly on their feet are prone to a variety of injuries. Therefore, it is important to take part in physical therapy in order to get back on the right track quickly.

What to do when injured

Physical Therapy – This specialized treatment will focus on the affected area, speeding up recovery and the overall healing process. This is important for those wanting to get back into the game quickly. It is a proven method that has helped millions of people return from any injury.

During physical therapy you will undergo regimented training to get back into full form. Training is often very difficult, especially at first when the foot feels weak. These are some steps physical therapy often involves:

  1. Basic stretching & twisting exercises – getting the feet’s mobility and flexibility up.
  2. Massaging – the therapist will massage the injured area in order to activate and relax the muscles.
  3. Strengthening Exercises – this allows the muscles in the affected area to regain their full strength, a vital step towards full recovery.

With the advancements in technology and greater knowledge of how muscles and joints work, physical therapists can turn things around dramatically.    

If you have any questions, please contact our offices in Hesperia, CA. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Timberline High School senior donaven dorseyDonaven Dorsey fractured his left ankle during his team’s game against Lincoln. Because the severity of the injury is unknown, whether or not Dorsey will be able to return this season is still unclear.  Dorsey fractured his ankle when a player from the opposing team stepped on it, forcing it to roll in the opposite direction. Dorsey currently wears an air-cast and has not returned to the court.  

“It was one of those weird, little tweaks,” coach Allen Thomas said. “I could tell how he was yelling that it wasn’t a good sign.” “We’re still optimistic he’s going to be back by the playoffs if he doesn’t need surgery,” Thomas said. “Right now, it’s a chip in his ankle. If that’s the case, then it depends on how bad it is."."

Broken ankles are a common injury. If you injured your ankle, seek out podiatrist Dr. Nicholas Crismali of Crismali Foot & Ankle. Dr. Crismali can treat your ankle injuries as well as any other foot and ankle condition.

Broken Ankles

The ankle consists of three bones- the tibia, the fibula, and the talus. The tibia and the fibula are the two bones that connect to your knees. They sit directly above the talus bone, which is protected by a fibrous membrane and allows slight movement in the ankle joint. A break usually occurs in one of these bones after the foot is twisted too far, a strong impact like jumping from a great height, or repeated stresses like running.

Diagnosis

If you suffer an ankle injury, it is essential that you receive a correct diagnosis. One of the first signs that the ankle is broken is an inability to put any weight on it. There will often be severe bruising and swelling at the sight of the injury. Your doctor may also order an x-ray be taken to determine the exact location and extent of the injury.

Treatment

Without proper care, a broken ankle may not heal properly and could cause arthritis and instability later in life. Therefore, seeking proper treatment is essential to making a full recovery.

There a number of steps you can take to accelerate the healing process however. Elevating your feet above your head and icing the ankle can reduce pain and swelling. Your doctor may decide that surgery is the best option, meaning you will likely be in a cast for at least three months.

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Nathan van BerloAdelaide Crows captain Nathan van Berlo will be out for the rest of the season after a weighted training sled cut open his heel and ruptured his Achilles tendon. Training sleds are weighted equipment that athletes pull around to build their strength. Injuries caused by sleds are very rare, and since the particulars of the incident are still unconfirmed, the Crows have decided to perform their own internal examination of the events.

Achilles tendon injuries are often serious, and leaving them untreated is usually impossible. For help caring for this type of injury, you can turn to Dr. Nicholas Crismali of Crismali Foot & Ankle. Dr. Crismali can present you with a wide array of treatment options to assist you in getting back on your feet.

What is the Achilles Tendon?

The Achilles tendon is a tendon that connects the lower leg muscles and calf to the heel of the foot. It is the strongest tendon in the human body, and is essential for making movement possible. Because this tendon is such an integral part of the body, any injuries to it can cause severe difficulties and should immediately be presented to a doctor.

What are the symptoms of an Achilles Tendon Injury?

There are various types of injuries that can affect the Achilles tendon. The two most common are Achilles tendinitis and ruptures of the tendon.

Achilles Tendinitis Symptoms

- Inflammation
- Dull to Severe Pain
- Increased blood flow to the tendon
- Thickening of the tendon

Rupture Symptoms

- Extreme pain and swelling in the foot
- Total immobility

Treatment and Prevention

Achilles tendon injuries are diagnosed by a thorough physical evaluation. Often the doctor will order an MRI to confirm the diagnosis. Treatment will involve rest, physical therapy, and in some cases, surgery. However, various preventative measures can be taken to avoid these injuries, such as:

- Thorough stretching of the tendon before and after exercise
- Strengthening exercises like calf raises, squats, leg curls, leg extensions, leg raises, lunges, and leg presses
- Proper fitting shoes
- A healthy diet

If you have any questions, please contact our offices in Hesperia, CA. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Stress FractureThe New England Patriots wide receiver missed a team practice game due to a stress fracture he incurred in his left foot. Dobson who is a rookie is dealing with a foot injury which he sustained in Week 17 against the Buffalo Bills.

Dobson was able to take a week off to recover, since the Patriots held the No.2 place in the AFC, and first-round bye in the playoffs. However, it is still uncertain if Dobson will be able to return to practice or if he will be ready to go for the next match-up. During the season, Dobson has caught 37 of 74 passes thrown his way, for 519 yards and four touchdowns. The Patriots offense has seen a dent in their numbers due to the amount of significant injuries on the offensive side of the team.

Any athlete knows that stress fractures can keep you from the activities you enjoy. Luckily, if you have this condition podiatrist Dr. Nicholas Crismali of Crismali Foot & Ankle can help. Dr. Crismali can assess the level of injury you have sustained and work with you to find an appropriate way to care for it.

Dealing with Stress Fractures of the Foot and Ankle

The Stress Fractures occur on the foot and ankle when muscles in these areas weaken from too much or too little use.  Then the feet and ankles 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. The stress on the feet causes cracks to form in the bones, thus called stress fractures.

What are Stress Fractures?

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

-runners                                 
-people affected with Osteoporosis
-play tennis or basketball
-gymnastics
-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 in high impact will aggravate pain.

Treatment

The individual and the degree of injury depend on the fracture of the foot. Some fractures heal very fast while others take a long times and one would need crutches.

- Surgery with support pins around the fracture helps
- A great intake of Calcium and Vitamin-D helps for strong bones
- Set a regimen for running or other activity

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If you have any questions, please contact our offices in Hesperia, CA. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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