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July 2024

Tuesday, 23 July 2024 00:00

Ankle Pain While Cycling

Ankle pain while cycling can stem from various factors related to bike fit, technique, or underlying conditions. Improper bike setup, such as incorrect saddle height or pedal position, can strain the ankles during pedaling. Poor cycling techniques, like excessive ankle flexion or inadequate warm-up, may also contribute to discomfort. Common parts of the ankle affected by cycling include the Achilles tendon, which can become inflamed due to repetitive motion, and the ankle joint itself, which is susceptible to overuse injuries like sprains or strains. Additionally, conditions such as tendonitis or arthritis can exacerbate pain. Ensuring proper bike fit, warming up before rides, and maintaining good ankle flexibility and strength through targeted exercises can help prevent ankle pain. If you enjoy cycling and have endured an ankle injury, it is suggested that you consult a podiatrist who can offer treatment solutions, in addition to providing ankle injury prevention tips.

Ankle pain can be caused by a number of problems and may be potentially serious. If you have ankle pain, consult with Dr. Gordon Fosdick from Affiliated Foot Care 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
  • Bursitis
  • 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 offices located in Middlefield and Wallingford, CT . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

 

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Tuesday, 16 July 2024 00:00

Tips for Finding Shoes That Fit Properly

Surprisingly, about 70 percent of people wear shoes that don’t fit well, leading to discomfort and potential long-term issues affecting the feet and ankles, as well as other body parts. To ensure a proper fit, start by measuring your feet, as sizes can vary between brands and your feet change over time. Shop in the afternoon when your feet are slightly swollen, ensuring a fit that accommodates daily activity. Look for shoes with adequate support and structure, avoiding overly soft footwear that lacks stability. Check for a thumb’s width of space at the toe and consider the shape of the shoe to avoid cramped toes. Heels higher than 1.5 inches can worsen foot problems. For those on carpets or with mobility issues, lightweight polyurethane soles are a better option than heavy rubber. Breathable materials and appropriate socks are also important to prevent moisture buildup and subsequent issues, like corns or blisters. Special features can accommodate specific conditions like diabetes, bunions, or hammertoe. For personalized advice and to address any foot-related concerns, it is suggested that you make an appointment with a podiatrist. 

It is important to find shoes that fit you properly in order to avoid a variety of different foot problems. For more information about treatment, contact Dr. Gordon Fosdick from Affiliated Foot Care Center. Our doctor will treat your foot and ankle needs.

Proper Shoe Fitting

Shoes have many different functions. They cushion our body weight, protect our feet, and allow us to safely play sports. You should always make sure that the shoes you wear fit you properly in order to avoid injuries and deformities such as: bunions, corns, calluses, hammertoes, plantar fasciitis, stress fractures, and more. It is important to note that although a certain pair of shoes might be a great fit for someone else, that doesn’t mean they will be a great fit for you. This is why you should always try on shoes before buying them to make sure they are worth the investment. Typically, shoes need to be replaced ever six months to one year of regular use.

Tips for Proper Shoe Fitting

  • Select a shoe that is shaped like your foot
  • Don’t buy shoes that fit too tight, expecting them to stretch to fit
  • Make sure there is enough space (3/8” to ½”) for your longest toe at the end of each shoe when you are standing up
  • Walk in the shoes to make sure they fit and feel right
  • Don’t select shoes by the size marked inside the shoe, but by how the shoe fits your foot

The shoes you buy should always feel as good as they look. Shoes that fit properly will last longer, feel better, and improve your way of life each day.

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

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Wednesday, 10 July 2024 00:00

Are Bunions Affecting Your Everyday Life?

Have you noticed a bony protrusion on the side of your big toe? If so, you may have developed the foot condition known as a bunion. Don't let bunions interfere with your daily activities.

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Tuesday, 09 July 2024 00:00

Understanding Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome

Tarsal tunnel syndrome is a condition characterized by the compression of the tibial nerve as it travels through the tarsal tunnel, a narrow space on the inside of the ankle. This tunnel houses several vital structures, including the tibialis posterior tendon, the flexor digitorum longus tendon, and the posterior tibial artery and vein. When the tibial nerve is compressed, it can lead to pain, tingling, and numbness in the foot. The tibialis posterior tendon helps support the arch of the foot, while the flexor digitorum longus tendon aids in flexing the toes. The posterior tibial artery and vein are essential for blood circulation to the foot. If you have pain in this part of your foot, it is suggested that you consult a podiatrist who can diagnose and treat tarsal tunnel syndrome.

Tarsal tunnel syndrome can be very uncomfortable to live with. If you are experiencing tarsal tunnel syndrome, contact Dr. Gordon Fosdick of Affiliated Foot Care Center. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome

Tarsal tunnel syndrome, which can also be called tibial nerve dysfunction, is an uncommon condition of misfiring peripheral nerves in the foot. The tibial nerve is the peripheral nerve in the leg responsible for sensation and movement of the foot and calf muscles. In tarsal tunnel syndrome, the tibial nerve is damaged, causing problems with movement and feeling in the foot of the affected leg.

Common Cause of Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome

  • Involves pressure or an injury, direct pressure on the tibial nerve for an extended period of time, sometimes caused by other body structures close by or near the knee.
  • Diseases that damage nerves, including diabetes, may cause tarsal tunnel syndrome.
  • At times, tarsal tunnel syndrome can appear without an obvious cause in some cases.

The Effects of Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome

  • Different sensations, an afflicted person may experience pain, tingling, burning or other unusual sensations in the foot of the affected leg.
  • The foot muscles, toes and ankle become weaker, and curling your toes or flexing your foot can become difficult.
  • If condition worsens, infections and ulcers may develop on the foot that is experiencing the syndrome.

A physical exam of the leg can help identify the presence of tarsal tunnel syndrome. Medical tests, such as a nerve biopsy, are also used to diagnose the condition. Patients may receive physical therapy and prescriptive medication. In extreme cases, some may require surgery.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our offices located in Middlefield and Wallingford, CT . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Tuesday, 02 July 2024 00:00

Common Pickleball Foot Injuries

Pickleball, a fast-paced sport combining elements of tennis, badminton, and table tennis, often leads to foot injuries among players. The most common injuries include plantar fasciitis, characterized by pain in the heel or arch due to inflammation of the plantar fascia. Achilles tendonitis is another frequent issue, involving pain and stiffness in the tendon that connects the calf muscles to the heel. Ankle sprains are prevalent as well, occurring when the foot twists unnaturally during quick lateral movements. Stress fractures can also develop from repetitive impact on the feet. Preventing these injuries involves wearing proper footwear with good arch support, warming up before playing, and incorporating strength and flexibility exercises into a regular fitness routine. If you have injured your foot while playing pickleball, it is suggested that you confer with a podiatrist who can offer appropriate treatment solutions, and educate you on effective prevention techniques.

Ankle and foot injuries are common among athletes and in many sports. They can be caused by several problems and may be potentially serious. If you are feeling pain or think you were injured in a sporting event or when exercising, consult with Dr. Gordon Fosdick from Affiliated Foot Care Center. Our doctor will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.

Common Injuries

The most common injuries that occur in sporting activities include:

  • Achilles Tendonitis
  • Achilles Tendon Rupture
  • Ankle Sprains
  • Broken Foot
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Stress Fractures
  • Turf Toe

Symptoms

Symptoms vary depending upon the injury and in some cases, there may be no symptoms at all. However, in most cases, some form of symptom is experienced. Pain, aching, burning, bruising, tenderness, tightness or stiffness, sensation loss, difficulty moving, and swelling are the most common symptoms.

Treatment

Just as symptoms vary depending upon the injury, so do treatment options. A common treatment method is known as the RICE method. This method involves rest, applying ice, compression and elevating the afflicted foot or ankle. If the injury appears to be more serious, surgery might be required, such as arthroscopic or reconstructive surgery. Lastly, rehabilitation or therapy might be needed to gain full functionality in the afflicted area. Any discomfort experienced by an athlete must be evaluated by a licensed, reputable medical professional.  

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

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