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Posts for: October, 2013

Ankle InjuryFigure skater Yuna Kim will be on the sidelines for approximately 6 weeks after injuring a metatarsal in her right foot, according to Eurosport. “During training Yuna felt a lot of pain in her right foot,” a Korean Skating Union official said.

“The diagnosis she received is that she would need around six weeks to recover and will also require physio after she returns.” The recovery time required will potentially cause 23 year old Kim to miss both grand prix assignments, reports KpopStarz. With rival Miki Ando returning after missing the last two seasons, Kim’s dominance on the ice may be short.

Facing such an injury can be daunting, but with proper care returning to sports and activities is not impossible. Receiving treatment from a podiatrist such as Dr. Nicholas Crismali of Crismali Foot & Ankle help you manage your injury as well as provide solutions for how to get back into the sports you enjoy.

Getting Back into Sports after Foot and Ankle Injuries

Sprained ankles are a frustrating and painful ordeal many athletes go through. Recovery from a sprained ankle usually involves the RICE method. This includes:

  • Rest
  • Ice
  • Compression
  • Elevation

In addition, athletes should consider wearing an ankle brace in order to keep the ankle stabilized and alleviate any pain as it heals.

Stress fractures that occur in the foot and ankle come in two types. This includes stable and displaced. Stable stress fractures do not consist of any shifting in bone alignment while displaced stress fractures involve bone ends that do not line up.

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Morton's NeuromaWearing high-heels might be very popular in the fashion world, but they can result in serious health hazards down the road. People who wear high heels frequently are more susceptible to Morton’s Neuroma, a condition that causes pain or numbness in the feet.

High heels can also cause bunions, ankle injuries, and even bone deformities. Although high-heels are a staple in the fashion world, potential buyers should be cautious of the possible harms that these shoes can cause.

If you think you may be suffering from Morton’s Neuroma or other heel-related injuries, don’t be afraid to contact a podiatrist like Dr. Nicholas Crismali of Crismali Foot & Ankle. Dr. Crismali can help treat your injuries and prevent any permanent damage.

Morton’s Neuroma

Morton's neuroma is a painful foot condition that commonly affects the areas between the third and fourth toe and the ball of the foot, although other areas of the foot are also susceptible to this condition. Morton’s neuroma is caused by an inflamed nerve in the foot that is being squeezed and aggravated by surrounding bones.  Women are more likely than men to have an occurrence of this foot condition. When a person has Morton's neuroma, it can feel as if they are walking on stones or marbles.

What Increases the Chances of having Morton’s Neuroma?

-Ill-fitting high heels or shoes that add pressure to the toe or foot area.
-Jogging, running and any sports that involve constant impact to the foot area.
-Flat feet, bunions, and any other foot deformity may put you at a higher risk for developing Morton’s neuroma.

If you suspect that you may have this condition, you should visit your podiatrist. A podiatrist will first conduct a thorough physical examination to check for palpable masses between the bones of the foot. The podiatrist will also apply pressure to the foot or toe area to replicate the pain a person experiences when active. The podiatrist may also prescribe an x-ray to rule out other conditions or problems.

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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Broken FootHouston Texan David Quessenberry will be benched this season after an unfortunate broken foot injury. The 23 year old rookie underwent the injury during practice drills.

The young athlete took to Twitter later on, tweeting “sometimes these unfortunate things happen. I love this game and this team. I will be back in no time and strong as ever.”

The offensive guard will hopefully heal quickly and return to the field for next season, but for now Quessenberry continues to keep his spirit up for the team. In the meantime, his position could potentially be opened for defensive end Antonio Smith.

Dealing with a broken footcan be a painful ordeal. However, an injury like this can be managed and taken care of by a podiatrist like Dr. Nicholas Crismali of Crismali Foot & Ankle. Dr. Crismali can examine your broken foot, determine the severity of your injury, and work with you to provide the appropriate treatment options.

Broken Foot Causes, Symptoms, and Treatment

A broken foot is caused by one of the bones in the foot ‘breaking’, or fracturing. Bones typically break when the bone is either bended, crushed, or stretched beyond its natural capabilities. Usually the location of the fracture indicates how the break occurred, whether it was through an object, fall, or any other type of injury. 

Common Symptoms of Broken Feet:

· Bruising
· Pain
· Redness
· Swelling
· Blue (foot)
· Numbness
· Cold
· Misshapen
· Cuts
· Deformities

Those who are experiencing any of these symptoms, or suspect that they have a broken foot, should seek medical attention in a center where x-rays can be performed. This is especially urgent if any of the symptoms include numbness, blue coloring, cold feet, cuts, misshapen toes or deformities as these indicate more severe cases.

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Pregnancy Foot ProblemsPhysical changes are very common during pregnancy, but one such change that is often overlooked is having an increased foot size. “It always surprises people to see that foot changes during pregnancy,” Dr. Shannon Hardy, an obstetrician and gynecologist at Houston Methodist in Houston, Texas.

This occurs as a result of quick weight gain and the foot’s arches flattening out. The best method to contend with foot swelling is getting adequate exercise, wearing appropriate footwear, and refraining from wearing heels and flip flops too often.

Dr. Naomi Shields of Advanced Orthopaedic Associates in Wichita, Kansas, recommends wearing flip flops with a rigid sole and built-in arch, if any. As far as heels go, “most pregnant women can’t avoid heels at some point in pregnancy. You can wear them, but not for long periods of time,” Dr. Hardy says.

If you believe you suffer from foot problems such as swollen feet from pregnancy, it is best to seek a podiatrist like Dr. Nicholas Crismali of Crismali Foot & Ankle. Dr. Crismali will evaluate your condition and provide appropriate treatment options for your feet.  

What foot problems arise during pregnancy?

One problem that can occur is over-pronation, which occurs when the arch of the foot flattens and tends to roll inward.  This can cause pain and discomfort in your heels while you’re walking or even just standing up, trying to support your baby.  

Another problem is edema, or swelling in the extremities. This often affects the feet during pregnancy, but tends to occur in the later stages. 

How to keep feet healthy during pregnancy?

· Orthotics can provide extra support for your feet and helps to evenly distribute weight
· Try not to walk barefoot whenever possible
· Wear shoes with good arch support and allow good circulation
· Elevate feet if you experience swelling
· Massage your feet
· Get regular, light exercise, such as walking, to promote blood circulation to the feet

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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BunionsSusie Schallert, 46, was told to go slow as a teen when her feet stopped growing and bunions started to reshape her toes.

That’s when the Van Nuys womandecided to undergo a surgical process to remove her bunions on her feet, and continue her dedication of dancing.

“They’re bad, they’re bad. She has toes on top of toes and bunions that look like golf balls on the sides, and the joints are gone. Can you imagine?” said Susie’s older sister, Patty. The postoperative procedure was a success. Four pins were placed in Susie’s foot. Susie will also be considering having a total joint replacement procedure in her foot.

Bunions themselves are a common problem people face, and can make it difficult for one to walk or move. If you are experiencing toe pain or foot pain that you think might be related to bunions, it is recommended to seek the care of a podiatrist such as Dr. Nicholas Crismali of Crismali Foot & Ankle.

What is a Bunion?

A bunion is formed of swollen tissue or boney growth enlargement, usually located at the base joint of the toe that connects to the foot. The swelling occurs by the bones in the big toe shifting inward, which impacts the other toes of the foot. This causes the area around the base of the big to become inflamed and often painful.

Why do Bunions Form?

· Genetics – susceptibility to bunions are often hereditary, particularly among Caucasians
· Stress on the feet – poorly fitted and uncomfortable footwear that place undue stress on feet, such as heels and stilettos, can cause bunions to form

How are Bunions Diagnosed?

Podiatrists knowledgeable in anatomy and foot structure can be able to diagnose bunions through the following two methods:

· Blood Tests – to help rule out other conditions while finding underlying causes to bunions, especially from disease
· 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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