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By gary@michaelwynndpm.com
February 26, 2014

Jordan Spieth Endures Ankle Injury during Farmers Jordan Spieth went off on a bogey-free 63 at Torrey Pines, but with that he also injured his ankle which caused him to slide 10 under to a T-19 finish at the Farmers Insurance Open.

"My ankle's pretty messed up; I felt it the second day on the back nine and I just kind of . . . I guess from there I just stopped loading as well on it and I started missing fairways," Spieth said. "All in all, I had no control over the golf ball today whatsoever with any club. It was tough."  

The 20-year-old couldn’t pinpoint the origin of the ankle injury and shot 71 on the South Course before scoring four shots worse in both weekend rounds.  "I don't remember where, it just started hurting; stepped wrong somewhere," said Spieth, who won last year's John Deere Open.

It’s never a good idea to be playing sports with a foot injury. If you sustained a sports-related foot or ankle injury, visit podiatrist Dr. Michael Wynn of the Foot Care Associates of Texas.

Playing Sports with Foot Injuries

Many types of foot injuries affect athletes over the course of their athletic career. Despite their setbacks, many of these athletes will continue to play with mild foot injuries and attempt to ‘push’ through the pain. In order to be able to prevent injuries, it is important to stretch before any activity, wear proper footwear and replace shoes as needed. Some of the foot injuries athletes are at risk for include:

  • Turf toe- upward bending of the big toe outside normal range of motion
  • Stress Fractures
  • Overpronation- excessive foot movement during gait
  • Plantar Fasciitis- swollen ligament in the foot’s base
  • Strains

There are many types of treatments that are necessary to keep the injury from becoming more serious. Ice is often used to reduce swelling and inflammation while applying a compression bandage can help reduce pain and stress on the foot. For more serious injuries it is recommended to consult with a podiatrist or orthopedic specialist as fractures and other serious conditions may require surgery.

For more information, contact our office in Kingwood, TX. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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foot rehabilitationLarisa Yurkiw is set to fulfill her namesake and make her long-awaited comeback to the Sochi Winter Olympic games. The 25-year old Canadian skier has a long history with injuries. Indeed, according to The Star; the ‘Comeback Kid’ suffered a massive knee injury in 2009, at which point she spent years rehabilitating herself in an effort to complete her dream.

However, after recently spraining her ankle on a simple downhill training ski, she was dropped from Alpine Canada’s team.

Not to be stopped, Larisa set herself to raise $150,000 in order to qualify as an independent and race her dream at Sochi. When asked about being dropped, she said, “It stung…but the reality is…that pushed me into a place that has made me grow and develop and get to know myself better and reach my potential and beyond.”

Ankle sprains can put you off your game when you need it most. For help dealing with a sprain, consider calling a podiatrist like Dr. Michael Wynn of the Foot Care Associates of Texas. Dr. Wynn can diagnose your injury and help you decide which treatment fits best.

Foot Rehabilitation for Athletes

Injured athletes are always looking for better, faster ways to aid their recovery and get back to the sport they love. To do this, podiatrists and physical therapists are often consulted so the injured athlete can get back onto the field as soon as possible. But rehabbing an injury is just as serious as the injury itself, and going through the motions of physical therapy or rehabilitation is a necessary process to keeping that injury at bay.

Sports Therapist or Physical Therapist?

If an athlete gets a foot injury, it is essential to receive foot rehabilitation to ensure proper healing. Sports therapists are more focused on athletic-related injuries than general physical therapists. It is important for an athlete to become healed properly because if they attempt to get back into their game before they are physically well, they could re-aggravate the original injury or even suffer a new one due to their weakened state.

Physical Therapy Gives Hope

Physical therapy helps to keep athletes as active as they are physically capable, which will get them ready to return to the field once their feet become healed. Physical therapy often gives hope to athletes. However in cases where the injury is very serious, the athlete may never be able to return to the game; but this does not mean it is the end of the road, as there is always hope to get better. It is best to seek out rehabilitation as soon as possible so there are better chances for a full recovery, no matter how severe or minor the injury is.

Preventing injuries is one thing, but avoiding them all together is harder than it seems, and when one does occur, seek out medical attention right away from your local podiatrist and sports therapist.

For more information, contact our office in Kingwood, TX. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Wild center Mikko Koivu has not been medically cleared to play after having surgery to repair a broken ankle on Jan. 6. (Pioneer Press: SherriTeam Finland and Mikko Koivu have a difficult decision to make in regards to whether or not the Wild captain will be able to participate in the upcoming Sochi Olympics. Koivu had surgery to repair an ankle fracture on Jan. 6, and his recovery is still ongoing.

"As far as we go, if he's medically cleared and if there's no risk of injuring it further, then I think it's great. I would want him to go," said Mike Yeo, Koivu’s coach. However, Yeo admits it’s highly unlikely that he’ll be well enough to play any more NHL games before the break begins. Koivu’s last opportunity will be in a game against Nashville at Xcel Energy Center.

Broken ankles are very painful and usually require a lot of rehabilitation. If you have or are recovering from an ankle injury, consider seeing a podiatrist like Dr. Michael Wynn of Foot Care Associates of Texas, P.A. Dr. Wynn will fully examine your injury and provide cutting-edge treatment.

Broken Ankles

The ankle consists of three bones- the tibia, the fibula, and the talus. The tibia and the fibula are the two bones that connect to your knees. They sit directly above the talus bone, which is protected by a fibrous membrane and allows slight movement in the ankle joint. A break usually occurs in one of these bones after the foot is twisted too far, a strong impact like jumping from a great height, or repeated stresses like running.

Diagnosis

If you suffer an ankle injury, it is essential that you receive a correct diagnosis. One of the first signs that the ankle is broken is an inability to put any weight on it. There will often be severe bruising and swelling at the sight of the injury. Your doctor may also order an x-ray be taken to determine the exact location and extent of the injury.

Treatment

Without proper care, a broken ankle may not heal properly and could cause arthritis and instability later in life. Therefore, seeking proper treatment is essential to making a full recovery.

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If you have any questions, please contact our office in Kingwood, TX. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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By gary@michaelwynndpm.com
February 06, 2014
Category: Foot Conditions

BunionsThe National League for Democracy leader Daw Aung San Suu Kyi could possibly be forced to cancel a month’s worth of scheduled political appearances due to a recent bunion surgery. The procedure went well, but it has made standing difficult for Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, and she has already bowed out of attending a rally in Maubin.

Her presence at future events will be determined by how she feels after more medical check-ups, a spokesperson from the NLD’s information department said. Her family doctor has suggested calling off all appearances in the coming month to give herself time to recover.

Bunions are painful deformities that generally require surgery to fix. If you need help dealing with bunions, seek the care of a podiatrist like Dr. Michael Wynn of Foot Care Associates of Texas, P.A. Dr. Wynn can look over your condition and provide a helpful medical opinion.

What is a Bunion?

A bunion is an enlargement of the base joint of the toe that connects to the foot. The enlargement is formed of swollen tissue or boney growth. This swelling is caused by a shifting of the bones in the big toe inward, impacting the other toes of the foot. The area around the base of the big toe may become inflamed, red, and/or painful.

Formation

Genetics – people who are susceptible to bunions are often genetically predisposed.

Stress on the feet – wearing improperly fitting shoes or running and walking with improper form may cause stress on the feet. Wearing high heeled shoes puts the weight from the body onto the toes, causing further stress and bone displacement.

Diagnosis

A podiatrist who specializes in foot structure and bio-mechanics will be able to diagnose bunions.

Blood Tests - testing the blood for gout or arthritic conditions can help identify the causes.

Radiological Exam – a podiatrist will request an exam to identify the bunion by taking a look at the bone structure. If the x-ray shows an enlargement of the joint near the base of the toe, shifting toward the smaller toes, this usually indicates a bunion.

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If you have any questions, please contact our office in Kingwood, TX. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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