Posts for: December, 2015
High school runner Nikki Thiede has returned from a history of injuries to compete in the NCAA Division II Regional. Excellent foot health has not always been the case for Thiede, who in the past has suffered stress fractures and torn ligaments in one of her ankles. The summer before her senior year, Thiede developed tarsal tunnel syndrome in her ankle and had to receive a series of shots. Despite her debilitating concerns, however, Thiede claimed that she never really thought about quitting. “I can’t imagine my life without running,” she stated. “I just knew that the injuries were obstacles I would have to get over.”
Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome is not an easy condition to endure. If you have pain in your foot or ankle, see Dr. Michael H. Wynn, DPM of Foot Care Associates of Texas. Dr. Wynn can treat your foot and ankle needs.
Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome
Tarsal tunnel syndrome, which can also be called tibial nerve dysfunction, is an uncommon condition of misfiring peripheral nerves in the foot. The tibial nerve is the peripheral nerve in the leg responsible for sensation and movement of the foot and calf muscles. In tarsal tunnel syndrome, the tibial nerve is damaged, causing problems with movement and feeling in the foot of the affected leg.
Common Cause of Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome
-Involves pressure or an injury, direct pressure on the tibial nerve for an extended period of time, sometimes caused by other body structures close by or near the knee.
-Diseases that damage nerves, including diabetes, may cause tarsal tunnel syndrome.
-At times, tarsal tunnel syndrome can appear without an obvious cause in some cases.
The Effects of Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome
-Different sensations, an afflicted person may experience pain, tingling, burning or other unusual sensations in the foot of the affected leg.
-The foot muscles, toes and ankle become weaker, and curling your toes or flexing your foot can become difficult.
-If condition worsens, infections and ulcers may develop on the foot that is experiencing the syndrome.
A physical exam of the leg can help identify the presence of tarsal tunnel syndrome.
Ben Roethlisberger of the Pittsburgh Steelers was carted off the field during their game against the Oakland Raiders last month when he felt like his left foot was broken. “I kind of just sat there for a second and I went to get up, got help to get up and I went to take a step and it felt like the middle of my foot was just broke half,” Roethlisberger said. “And that’s when Doc thought that it could be--he was convinced it was the Lisfranc.” Fortunately for Roethlisberger, the injury was revealed to not be a fracture but a mid-foot sprain.
A broken foot requires immediate medical attention and treatment to prevent exacerbation. If you are seeking treatment for a broken foot, visit Dr. Michael H. Wynn, DPM of Foot Care Associates of Texas. Dr. Wynn will assess your injury and provide you with quality treatment.
Broken Foot Causes, Symptoms, and Treatment
A broken foot is caused by one of the bones in the foot typically breaking when bended, crushed, or stretched beyond its natural capabilities. Usually the location of the fracture indicates how the break occurred, whether it was through an object, fall, or any other type of injury.
Common Symptoms of Broken Feet:
- Blue (foot)
Those that suspect they have a broken foot shoot seek urgent medical attention where a medical professional could diagnose the severity.
Treatment for broken bones varies depending on the cause, severity and location. Some will require the use of splints, casts or crutches while others could even involve surgery to repair the broken bones. Personal care includes the use of ice and keeping the foot stabilized and elevated.
According to the American College of Sports Medicine, an estimated 25,000 people people in the United States sprain their ankles every day. Most people assume that ankle sprains heal on their own time. Studies by Mayo Clinic, however, suggests otherwise; ankle sprains are not simple injuries, and without proper recovery and training, can easily occur again. The studies showed that the muscles do not contract normally after an ankle sprain, creating instability, and that people who participated in training programs after ankle sprains had improvements in instability.
Ankle sprains are very pain and inconvenient. If you have any concerns about your foot and ankle needs contact Dr. Michael H. Wynn, DPM of Foot Care Associates of Texas. Dr. Wynn will treat your foot and ankle needs.
How Does an Ankle Sprain Occur?
Ankle sprains take place when the ligaments in your ankle are torn or stretched beyond their limits. There are multiple ways that the ankle can become injured, including twisting or rolling over onto your ankle, putting undue stress on it, or causing trauma to the ankle itself.
What are the Symptoms?
- Mild to moderate bruising
- Limited mobility
- Discoloration of the skin (depending on severity)
Preventing a Sprain
- Wearing appropriate shoes for the occasion
- Stretching before exercises and sports
- Knowing your limits can aid in prevention
Treatment of a Sprain
Treatment of a sprain depends on the severity. Many times, people are told to rest and remain off their feet completely, while others are given an air cast. If the sprain is very severe, surgery may be required.
If you have suffered an ankle sprain previously, you may want to consider additional support such as a brace and regular exercises to strengthen the ankle.
Dez Bryant of the Dallas Cowboys received a therapeutic injection to reinforce his recovery from a fractured right foot. The therapeutic injection included bone marrow stem cells that were taken from his hip and then injected into his ankle. Team owner Jerry Jones stressed that the procedure was not an indication for a setback in Bryant’s rehab. “There is not a concern about his progress,” Jones shared. “That fact that he can do that (injection therapy) is a positive. This was not something to address something that was a surprise or anything. It was something to get him some additional strength.”
Foot therapy is necessary for those recovering from both foot deformities and foot injuries. If you have concerns regarding therapy, speak to Dr. Michael H. Wynn, DPM of Foot Care Associates of Texas. Dr. Wynn can answer any of your podiatric questions.
Most common injuries
People who are constantly on their feet are prone to a variety of injuries. Therefore, it is important to take part in physical therapy in order to get back on the right track quickly.
What to do when injured
Physical Therapy – This specialized treatment will focus on the affected area, speeding up recovery and the overall healing process. This is important for those wanting to get back into the game quickly. It is a proven method that has helped millions of people return from any injury.
During physical therapy you will undergo regimented training to get back into full form. Training is often very difficult, especially at first when the foot feels weak. These are some steps physical therapy often involves:
- Basic stretching & twisting exercises – getting the feet’s mobility and flexibility up.
- Massaging – the therapist will massage the injured area in order to activate the muscles and relax them.
- Strengthening Exercises – this allows the muscles in the affected area to regain their full strength, a vital step towards full recovery.