Tuesday, 09 July 2024 00:00

Dancers are prone to foot and ankle injuries due to the physical demands of their art. Risk factors can include inadequate warm-up, improper technique, and wearing unsuitable footwear. Overuse injuries, such as tendinitis and stress fractures, result from repetitive movements and intense training schedules. Acute injuries often occur from sudden movements or missteps, leading to sprains or fractures. Additionally, common ankle injuries in dancers include lateral ankle sprains, where the ligaments on the outside of the ankle are stretched or torn, and Achilles tendinitis, which causes pain and inflammation in the tendon connecting the calf muscle to the heel. Ensuring proper warm-up routines, using supportive footwear, and focusing on technique can help prevent these injuries. Regular strength and flexibility training also play a critical role in maintaining foot and ankle health for dancers. If you are engaged in any type of dance and have endured a foot or ankle injury, it is suggested that you visit a podiatrist who can offer effective treatment methods.

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 Donovan Gowdie, DPM from The Foot & Ankle Treatment 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 office located in Watkinsville, GA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Friday, 05 July 2024 00:00

If you're experiencing ankle pain, you may be suffering from an ankle injury. Sprains, fractures, Achilles tendonitis, and Achilles tendon ruptures are just some examples of potential ankle injuries. Don't wait for care for an ankle injury, as it may worsen over time. We can help!

Tuesday, 02 July 2024 00:00

The choice of children's shoes can significantly impact their gait or the way they walk. Improper or unsupportive shoes can lead to issues with foot alignment, discomfort, and even pain during walking. Footwear that is excessively tight or narrow can limit the natural movement of the foot, whereas shoes lacking proper support may not offer the stability required for healthy gait development. Children’s shoes should fit properly, have cushioning, and allow room for growth as a way to promote healthy gait patterns. Small changes in routine, such as replacing shoes as children grow, ensure optimal foot health and development. The wrong shoes can also contribute to issues like flat feet or toe deformities in children, which also can affect their gait. High-quality, comfortable fitted shoes with support can aid in a balanced gait pattern, promoting better posture and reducing the risk of injuries. It is suggested that you visit a podiatrist who can provide guidance on optimal gait development and the long-term foot health of your child.

The health of a child’s feet is vital to their overall well-being. If you have any questions regarding foot health, contact Donovan Gowdie, DPM of The Foot & Ankle Treatment Center. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Tips for Keeping Children's Feet Healthy

  • Make sure their shoes fit properly
  • Look for any signs of in-toeing or out-toeing
  • Check to see if they have Clubfoot (condition that affects your child’s foot and ankle, twisting the heel and toes inward) which is one of the most common nonmajor birth defects.
  • Lightly cover your baby’s feet (Tight covers may keep your baby from moving their feet freely, and could prevent normal development)
  • Allow your toddler to go shoeless (Shoes can be restricting for a young child’s foot)
  • Cut toenails straight across to avoid ingrown toenails
  • Keep your child’s foot clean and dry
  • Cover cuts and scrapes. Wash any scratches with soap and water and cover them with a bandage until they’ve healed.

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

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Tuesday, 25 June 2024 00:00

Toe swelling can result from a variety of causes, ranging from minor issues to more serious health conditions. One common cause is injury, such as stubbing your toe or dropping something heavy on it, which can lead to bruising and swelling. Infections, including fungal infections like athlete's foot or bacterial infections, can also cause swelling and redness. Arthritis, particularly gout, is another culprit, often leading to painful, swollen toes due to the buildup of uric acid crystals. Poor circulation, which can be associated with conditions like diabetes or peripheral artery disease, may cause fluid buildup in the toes, resulting in swelling. Additionally, wearing ill-fitting shoes that pinch or put pressure on the toes can lead to swelling and discomfort. If you have swollen toes, it is suggested that you consult a podiatrist who can determine what the cause is, and offer appropriate treatment solutions.

Toe pain can disrupt your daily activities. If you have any concerns, contact Donovan Gowdie, DPM of The Foot & Ankle Treatment Center. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

What Causes Toe Pain?

Most severe toe pain is caused due to a sports injury, trauma from dropping something heavy on the toe, or bumping into something rigid. Other problems can develop over time for various reasons.

Toe pain can be caused by one or more ailments. The most common include:

  • Trauma
  • Sports injury
  • Wearing shoes that are too tight
  • Arthritis
  • Gout
  • Corns and calluses
  • Hammertoe
  • Bunions
  • Blisters
  • Ingrown toenails
  • Sprains
  • Fractures (broken bones)
  • Dislocations

When to See a Podiatrist

  • Severe pain
  • Persistent pain that lasts more than a week
  • Signs of infection
  • Continued swelling
  • Pain that prevents walking

Diagnosis

In many cases the cause of toe pain is obvious, but in others, a podiatrist may want to use more advanced methods to determine the problem. These can range from simple visual inspections and sensation tests to X-rays and MRI scans. Prior medical history, family medical history, and any recent physical traumatic events will all be taken into consideration for a proper diagnosis.

Treatment

Treatments for toe pain and injuries vary and may include shoe inserts, padding, taping, medicines, injections, and in some cases, surgery. If you believe that you have broken a toe, please see a podiatrist as soon as possible.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office located in Watkinsville, GA . We offer the newest diagnostic tools and technology to treat your foot and ankle needs.

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