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Tuesday, 22 November 2022 00:00

In the first few years of a child’s life, the bones in their feet develop from soft areas of cartilage, known as growth plates. Once the growth plate fully develops, the bones do not grow any further. The heel bone grows until about the age of 15. A child between the ages of 9 and 15 who is physically active may develop a condition known as Sever’s disease. This is simply an imbalance between the growth of the heel bone and the soft tissue. The result is pain around the heel, which is made worse by running or standing on tiptoes. It is nearly impossible to detect Sever’s disease from an X-ray, but the symptoms usually are enough to make an accurate diagnosis. Relief from Sever’s disease comes from ceasing the activity that caused it and resting the foot. Heel pads and splinting at night can help to reduce the pain. For more information about Sever’s disease, please check with a podiatrist. 

Sever's disease often occurs in children and teens. If your child is experiencing foot or ankle pain, see one of our podiatrists from Foot & Ankle Specialists of Central Ohio. Our doctors can treat your child’s foot and ankle needs.

Sever’s Disease

Sever’s disease is also known as calcaneal apophysitis, which is a medical condition that causes heel pain I none or both feet. The disease is known to affect children between the ages of 8 and 14.

Sever’s disease occurs when part of the child’s heel known as the growth plate (calcaneal epiphysis) is attached to the Achilles tendon. This area can suffer injury when the muscles and tendons of the growing foot do not keep pace with bone growth. Therefore, the constant pain which one experiences at the back of the heel will make the child unable to put any weight on the heel. The child is then forced to walk on their toes.

Symptoms

Acute pain – Pain associated with Sever’s disease is usually felt in the heel when the child engages in physical activity such as walking, jumping and or running.

Highly active – Children who are very active are among the most susceptible in experiencing Sever’s disease, because of the stress and tension placed on their feet.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our offices located in Gahanna, Newark, Columbus, and Lancaster, OH . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle injuries.

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Tuesday, 15 November 2022 00:00

Tennis can be fun, but as with most sports, injuries can happen. The most common injury to the lower extremities from tennis is tennis toe. Tennis toe is considered the most painful injury one can experience from this sport. It is often also referred to as runner’s toe. Tennis toe is caused by pressure on the toe which causes blood to collect in the nail of the toe. It happens when a player is continuously moving around, jumping, or stopping. It can also develop from wearing shoes that do not fit well and cause the toe to rub against the shoe resulting in pain. If you play tennis and feel pain in your toes that persists or if your nail has turned purple or blue, contact a podiatrist who can offer you proper treatment.

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 one of our podiatrists from Foot & Ankle Specialists of Central Ohio. Our doctors 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 Gahanna, Newark, Columbus, and Lancaster, OH . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Tuesday, 08 November 2022 00:00

Obesity can affect many different aspects of one’s health, including the health of the feet. When an individual gains a significant amount of weight, they essentially place more weight on their feet when standing and engaging in physical activity. If you are an obese individual, then it is possible that you might be putting yourself at a higher risk of experiencing some kind of increased plantar pressure. Plantar pressure is defined as the field of pressure found in between the sole of the foot and a surface during movement. These effects may be even more pronounced for those who are living with diabetes, who are already prone to suffering a number of different foot afflictions. If you find yourself falling into any of these categories, please consult a podiatrist today to schedule an appointment.

Obesity has become very problematic at this point in time and can have extremely negative effects on the feet. If you’re an obese individual and are concerned about your feet, contact one of our podiatrists from Foot & Ankle Specialists of Central Ohio. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Obesity and Your Feet

Since your feet are what support your entire weight when standing, any additional weight can result in pain and swelling. Being overweight is one of the main contributors to foot complications.

Problems & Complications

Extra Weight – Even putting on just a few extra pounds could create serious complications for your feet. As your weight increases, your balance and body will shift, creating new stresses on your feet. This uneven weight distribution can cause pain, even while doing the simplest tasks, such as walking.

Diabetes – People who are overweight are at serious risk of developing type-2 diabetes, which has a drastic impact on the health of your feet. As you get older, your diabetes might worsen, which could lead to loss of feeling in your feet, sores, and bruises. You could also become more prone to various infections.

Plantar fasciitis – Pressure and stress that is placed on muscles, joints, and tendons can trigger plantar fasciitis, which is an inflammation of tissue that forms along the bottom of the foot. 

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our offices located in Gahanna, Newark, Columbus, and Lancaster, OH . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Friday, 04 November 2022 17:18

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There are many questions that arise when you receive a diagnosis for diabetes. “What can I eat?” is one of the most common because it’s easy to feel overwhelmed by the limitations and decisions you have to make. While there is no one correct way, there are some tips that can help you feel empowered in your eating choices while having diabetes and allow you to enjoy all the flavors and foods out there!

1. Work with a nutrition specialist

Our bodies are all different, so it’s important to come up with a plan that is tailored to your specific body and nutrition needs. A registered dietician nutritionist experienced in diabetes planning can help you create a meal plan that works around your treatments and food preferences.

2. Use the Diabetes Plate Method

If counting and calculating calories, macronutrients, and carbs sounds overwhelming, you can use this simple method that helps portion meals. 

Step 1: Fill half of a dinner plate with non-starchy vegetables like broccoli, carrots, leafy greens, cucumbers, mushrooms, green beans, and peppers. Not only are they low-carb but they are also filled with beneficial minerals and vitamins. 

Step 2: Fill a quarter of the plate with lean proteins like chicken, fish, tofu, cheese, shellfish, hummus, or edamame. Lean animal protein choices are lower in saturated fat which is a better choice for your heart!

Step 3: Fill the last quarter of the plate with carbohydrates like starchy vegetables (potatoes, squash, pumpkin), rice, beans, fruit, and dairy products.

Step 4: Don’t forget to hydrate! Opt for water or other unsweetened drinks

It’s a helpful method when thinking about the overall balance of proteins, vegetables, and carbs in your meal, so you can apply it regardless of whether you’re eating on a plate!

3. Look at food labels

While you don’t want to be obsessing over everything you eat, it’s good to get to know what’s on food labels to help you make the best food choices. The important ones to look at are the serving size, total carbohydrates, including starches, fiber, and sugar. Similar to the plate method, it’s important to prioritize unprocessed, nutrient dense carbs, and high fiber foods over processed, high carb, high sodium, and high saturated fat foods. Have questions about food labels? Ask a registered dietician to walk you through what to look for. 

Diabetes and your feet!

What you eat can impact your whole body health, including your feet! Foods rich in vitamin D, calcium, and omega-3s are especially important for your foot health to support healthy bones and tissues. Diabetes impacts your feet in many ways, so consult with our podiatrists to stay on top of your foot health and prevent complications like ulcers, neuropathy, and amputations. 

At Foot and Ankle Specialists of Central Ohio, our team of dedicated foot care specialists are experienced in all aspects of diabetic foot care and other podiatric issues. If foot pain is preventing you from living life comfortably, reach out to our podiatrists for help! Contact any of our offices in Columbus, Gahanna, Dublin, Lancaster, Pickerington, and Newark, OH to schedule an appointment today!

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