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Tuesday, 31 May 2022 00:00

Ankle Fractures in Children

An ankle fracture in children involves at least one bone break in your child’s ankle. Common symptoms of an ankle fracture include pain, tenderness, swelling, bruising, and trouble moving or putting weight on the ankle or foot. This type of injury is diagnosed with an X-ray, ultrasound, CT, or MRI. A podiatrist will usually treat a child’s ankle break with a supportive device, such as a cast or brace, and crutches are often provided to help keep weight off the affected ankle. If the fracture is severe, surgery may be needed. Resting the ankle, applying ice, compressing, and elevating the ankle should all help in healing. If you think your child has a broken ankle, it is suggested you visit a podiatrist for proper diagnosis and a treatment plan that best suits your child’s injury.

Broken ankles need immediate treatment. If you are seeking treatment, 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. 

Broken Ankles
A broken ankle is experienced when a person fractures their tibia or fibula in the lower leg and ankle area. Both of these bones are attached at the bottom of the leg and combine to form what we know to be our ankle.

When a physician is referring to a break of the ankle, he or she is usually referring to a break in the area where the tibia and fibula are joined to create our ankle joint. Ankles are more prone to fractures because the ankle is an area that suffers a lot of pressure and stress. There are some obvious signs when a person experiences a fractured ankle, and the following symptoms may be present.

Symptoms of a Fractured Ankle

  • Excessive pain when the area is touched or when any pressure is placed on the ankle
  •  Swelling around the area
  •  Bruising of the area
  • Area appears to be deformed

If you suspect an ankle fracture, it is recommended to seek treatment as soon as possible. The sooner you have your podiatrist diagnose the fracture, the quicker you’ll be on the way towards recovery.

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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Tinea pedis is the medical term for a fungal infection that occurs on the feet, known as athlete’s foot. Since the fungus prefers warm, damp, dark environments, it can live in shoes, locker rooms, communal showers and swimming pool areas. Athlete’s foot is highly contagious—from both direct contact as well as indirect contact with a surface or object contaminated by the fungus. That is why it is vital to protect yourself in public spaces such as these with proper footwear. Avoid walking barefoot or sharing towels, shoes, or personal grooming utensils. Tinea pedis may spread to other parts of the body if left untreated. The symptoms of athlete’s foot include a dry, itchy, red, scaly rash that can appear on top of the foot, in between the toes, and even on the bottom of the feet. The skin may blister, crack or become inflamed, and a bacterial infection may develop in severe cases of athlete’s foot. If you contract athlete’s foot, the best course of action is to place yourself under the care of a podiatrist for proper, prompt, and permanent treatment. 

Athlete’s Foot

Athlete’s foot is often an uncomfortable condition to experience. Thankfully, podiatrists specialize in treating athlete’s foot and offer the best treatment options. If you have any questions about athlete’s foot, consult with one of our podiatrists from Foot & Ankle Specialists of Central Ohio. Our doctors will assess your condition and provide you with quality treatment.

What Is Athlete’s Foot?

Tinea pedis, more commonly known as athlete’s foot, is a non-serious and common fungal infection of the foot. Athlete’s foot is contagious and can be contracted by touching someone who has it or infected surfaces. The most common places contaminated by it are public showers, locker rooms, and swimming pools. Once contracted, it grows on feet that are left inside moist, dark, and warm shoes and socks.

Prevention

The most effective ways to prevent athlete’s foot include:

  • Thoroughly washing and drying feet
  • Avoid going barefoot in locker rooms and public showers
  • Using shower shoes in public showers
  • Wearing socks that allow the feet to breathe
  • Changing socks and shoes frequently if you sweat a lot

Symptoms

Athlete’s foot initially occurs as a rash between the toes. However, if left undiagnosed, it can spread to the sides and bottom of the feet, toenails, and if touched by hand, the hands themselves. Symptoms include:

  • Redness
  • Burning
  • Itching
  • Scaly and peeling skin

Diagnosis and Treatment

Diagnosis is quick and easy. Skin samples will be taken and either viewed under a microscope or sent to a lab for testing. Sometimes, a podiatrist can diagnose it based on simply looking at it. Once confirmed, treatment options include oral and topical antifungal medications.

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, 17 May 2022 00:00

Edema Is Common Among Pregnant Women

A common symptom that many pregnant women notice is edema. This causes considerable swelling, and often affects the feet. It is considered to be a normal part of pregnancy, despite the fact that it may cause discomfort. Edema generally begins in the 5th month, and other factors may contribute to it. These can include spending too much time on the feet, not having enough potassium, or eating foods that have elevated sodium levels. Many pregnant women have found relief from drinking plenty of fresh water daily, sleeping on their left side, and limiting time on their feet. It is important to wear shoes that fit comfortably, and it may help to apply cold compresses to swollen ankles and feet. Swimming in a pool may help to compress tissue and provide temporary relief. Additionally, it is suggested to avoid foods and drinks that have high sodium levels, and drinking and eating foods with caffeine. If you would like more information about how pregnancy can affect the feet, please confer with a podiatrist. 

Pregnant women with swollen feet can be treated with a variety of different methods that are readily available. For more information about other cures for swollen feet during pregnancy, consult with one of our podiatrists from Foot & Ankle Specialists of Central Ohio. Our doctors will attend to all of your foot and ankle needs.

What Foot Problems Can Arise During Pregnancy?

One problem that can occur is overpronation, 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 Can I Keep My Feet Healthy During Pregnancy?

  • Wearing orthotics can provide extra support for the feet and help distribute weight evenly
  • Minimize the amount of time spent walking barefoot
  • Wear shoes with good arch support
  • Wear shoes that allow for good circulation to the feet
  • 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 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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Wednesday, 11 May 2022 00:00

Plantar Warts Can Be Treated!

Plantar warts are small growths that develop on parts of the feet that bear weight. They're typically found on the bottom of the foot. Don't live with plantar warts, and call us today!

Tuesday, 10 May 2022 00:00

Ankle Sprains Can Be Painful

A sprained ankle happens when supporting ligaments get stretched or torn a result of  tripping or falling, which can cause the ankle to twist. It is a common injury among athletes, and research has indicated that sprained ankles account for approximately 25 percent of sports related injuries. Many patients who have sprained their ankles exhibit symptoms that include pain, swelling, bruising, and difficulty walking. Ankle sprains require a proper diagnosis to be performed, which is helpful in ruling out a fracture. This is done by having an X-ray taken, and the results can determine what type of treatment is required. The majority of ankle sprains will heal within 6 to 8 weeks, and it is important to place the affected foot in a boot or brace, which can offer proper stability as the healing process takes place. Healing may be accelerated when weight is kept off of the foot, and existing swelling can be reduced when the foot is frequently elevated. If you have sprained your ankle, it is strongly suggested that you seek the counsel of a podiatrist who can offer you correct treatment solutions.

Ankle pain can have many different causes and the pain may potentially be serious. If you have ankle pain, 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.

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 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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Thursday, 05 May 2022 19:33

Warning Signs of Foot Melanoma

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Did you know that skin cancer is the most common cancer in the US? Over 5 million Americans are diagnosed each year. The great news is, it’s also one of the most preventable. Since May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month, we wanted to share important facts and warning signs of melanoma, which is the deadliest form of skin cancer. While it is rare for melanoma to appear on the feet, it is often diagnosed when it is already in the advanced stages. That’s why it is important to recognize the early warning signs for the best chances of successful treatment. 

How does foot melanoma form?

Harmful ultraviolet radiation is most often the cause of skin cancer. It’s important to note, especially as the feet are often neglected when it comes to sunscreen use. In fact, getting 5 or more sunburns doubles your risk of developing melanoma. 

Common causes of foot melanoma include genetic disposition, viruses, and chronic inflammation. 

Early warning signs of foot melanoma

Here are the early signs of melanoma to look out for, which involve changes in size, shape, texture, and color of spots and moles on your skin. Watch out for these ABC’s:

  • A is for Asymmetry - Is your spot asymmetrical? 
  • B is for Border - Is your mole clearly defined or jagged?
  • C is for Color - Does it include different shades of brown?
  • D is for Diameter - Is it more than 6mm in diameter?
  • E is for Evolution - Has it changed in size, shape, or texture over time?

Consult with a podiatrist if you answered “Yes” to any of the above questions. Additional symptoms to look out for include persistent itchiness, redness, changes in skin pigment, or wounds or sores that are slow to heal. Foot doctors can help determine if your spot of concern is skin cancer, or other skin condition that needs treatment. If you have underlying conditions like diabetes, it can make sensing wounds more difficult, which is another reason why you should schedule regular visits for foot assessments. 

A podiatrist can help!

Skin cancer sounds scary, but with consistent visits and awareness of facts, you can be prepared and feel supported. At Foot and Ankle Specialists of Central Ohio, our team of foot doctors is dedicated to enhancing your foot and ankle health and treating a range of podiatric conditions and diseases. Whether you suspect skin cancer or have concerns about your foot health, our podiatrists have the experience, expertise, and access to advanced technologies to help! 

Need to schedule an appointment? Contact any of our locations in Gahanna, Columbus, and Newark, OH to set one up today!

Tuesday, 03 May 2022 00:00

What Are Stress Fractures?

Stress fractures are bone breaks that happen more subtly than one would usually think of when imagining broken bones. They are caused by repetitive movement on or by a bone over time. These fractures can either be hairline fractures or total breaks. Common areas of the body for stress fractures to occur include the shin, thigh, pelvis, and feet. Anyone can be affected by stress fractures but they are most commonly seen in athletes, healthcare workers, and military personnel. Generally, this type of fracture is caused by overuse. While the body is constantly repairing itself, certain actions prevent the body from normal healing. Feet need ample time to rest and repair or one can be prone to fractures. Other possible causes of bone breaks include osteoporosis, wearing improper footwear (too tight, too high, or not supportive), misaligned bones or muscles, obesity, and using oral steroids. If you experience foot pain that is not going away in a reasonable time frame, visit a podiatrist to see if you have developed a stress fracture.



 

Stress fractures occur when there is a tiny crack within a bone. To learn more, 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.

How Are They Caused?

Stress fractures are the result of repetitive force being placed on the bone. Since the lower leg and feet often carry most of the body’s weight, stress fractures are likely to occur in these areas. If you rush into a new exercise, you are more likely to develop a stress fracture since you are starting too much, too soon.  Pain resulting from stress fractures may go unnoticed at first, however it may start to worsen over time.

Risk Factors

  • Gender – They are more commonly found in women compared to men.
  • Foot Problems – People with unusual arches in their feet are more likely to develop stress fractures.
  • Certain Sports – Dancers, gymnasts, tennis players, runners, and basketball players are more likely to develop stress fractures.
  • Lack of Nutrients – A lack of vitamin D and calcium may weaken the bones and make you more prone to stress fractures
  • Weak Bones – Osteoporosis can weaken the bones therefore resulting in stress fractures

Stress fractures do not always heal properly, so it is important that you seek help from a podiatrist if you suspect you may have one. Ignoring your stress fracture may cause it to worsen, and you may develop chronic pain as well as additional fractures.

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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