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Monday, 04 February 2019 00:00

Stretching May Prevent Injuries to the Feet and Ankles

There are many people who enjoy sporting activities which may involve some type of running or jogging, and may be familiar with the pain and agony that often accompanies foot and ankle injuries. These may include the uncomfortable conditions that are known as plantar fasciitis, ankle fractures or sprains, and Achilles tendonitis. The importance of properly stretching the muscles before embarking on the chosen sport is crucial in helping to avoid painful trauma to the feet and ankles. These techniques may include a gradual increase in time spent pursuing these activities, which may aid in strengthening muscles and improving mobility. Research has suggested that proper running shoes should be replaced approximately every six months, and this will enable the feet to have proper cushioning. If you are experiencing pain or have endured an injury to the feet or ankles, it is suggested to seek the counsel of a podiatrist who can offer proper treatment advice.

Foot and ankle trauma is common among athletes and the elderly. If you have concerns that you may have experienced trauma to the foot and ankle, consult with one of our podiatrists from New Jersey Foot & Ankle Centers. Our doctors will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.

Foot and ankle trauma cover a range of injuries all over the foot; common injuries include:

  • Broken bones
  • Muscle strains
  • Injuries to the tendons and ligaments
  • Stress fractures

Symptoms

Symptoms of foot and ankle injuries vary depending on the injury, but more common ones include:

  • Bruising
  • Inflammation/ Swelling
  • Pain

Diagnosis

To properly diagnose the exact type of injury, podiatrists will conduct a number of different tests. Some of these include sensation and visual tests, X-rays, and MRIs. Medical and family histories will also be taken into account.

Treatment

Once the injury has been diagnosed, the podiatrist can than offer the best treatment options for you. In less severe cases, rest and keeping pressure off the foot may be all that’s necessary. Orthotics, such as a specially made shoes, or immobilization devices, like splints or casts, may be deemed necessary. Finally, if the injury is severe enough, surgery may be necessary.

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

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