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Gymnast Returns After Lisfranc FractureAlley Riedel a junior gymnast, suffered a terrible injury during a performance she rehearsed many times before. During the routine, Riedel’s body counter-rotated, resulting in her momentum twisting and landing in an abnormal manner.

Riedel’s coach from to help her off the mat as a trainer examined her injury. Riedel suffered a Lisfranc fracture, in which metatarsal bones are displaced from the tarsus. Fortunately, after a much recovery time Riedel was able to return to her sport. “I was so thrilled. Coming back from this injury, I wasn’t really expecting to make it to state,” said Riedel.

A sports related foot or ankle injury can happen to any athlete.If you or a loved one was injured while participating in an athletic activity, come see podiatrist Dr. Michael Wynn of the Foot Care Associates of Texas. Dr. Wynn can treat your sports related foot and ankle injuries.   

Sport Related Foot and Ankle Injuries 

Foot and ankle injuries are a common occurrence when it comes to athletes of any sport. While many athletes dismiss the initial aches and pains, the truth is that ignoring potential foot and ankle injuries can lead to serious problems. As athletes continue to place pressure and strain the area further, a mild injury can turn into something as serious as a rupture and may lead to a permanent disability. There are many factors that contribute to sports related foot and ankle injuries, which include failure to warm up properly, not providing support or wearing bad footwear. Common injuries and conditions athletes face, including:

• Plantar Fasciitis
• Plantar Fasciosis
• Achilles Tendinitis
• Achilles Tendon Rupture
• Ankle Sprains

Sports-related injuries are commonly treated using the RICE method. This includes rest, applying ice to the injured area, compression and elevating the ankle. More serious sprains and injuries may require surgery, which could include arthroscopic and reconstructive surgery. Rehabilitation and therapy may also be required in order to get any recovering athlete to become fully functional again. Any unusual aches and pains an athlete sustains must be evaluated by a licensed, reputable medical professional.

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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Achilles TendonMovie actor Russell Crowe of ‘Les Miserables’ has been on intense daily workout regimes which have taken a toll on his body, leaving him with injuries to both his Achilles tendons and bruised big toe.

Crowe completed a grueling 10 km run, eventually needing Platelet rich plasma (PRP) injections to correct the muscles in his feet. Crowe also turned to social media, tweeting: “Jolly old morning. PRP injections in both Achilles tendons & one big toe… I am replicating tendon as I tweet...brand new soon, no w/o 2day.” In one response to his tweet a follower stated: “You’re getting old. It happens.”

Dealing with an Achilles tendon injury can be frustrating and a painful ordeal. However, an injury like this can be managed and taken care of by a podiatrist like Dr. Michael Wynn of Foot Care Associates of Texas, P.A. Dr. Wynn can examine your Achilles tendon as well as other foot and ankle injuries, and work with you to provide the appropriate treatment options.

Just What Is the Achilles Tendon?

The Achilles tendon is the strongest tendon in our bodies. As the tendon that connects the heel to the calf muscles, the Achilles tendon helps with even the most basic movement in the legs such as walking. As a result, the Achilles tendon can risk incurring Achilles tendinitis or even a rupture. Those especially at risk include people who overexert themselves during physical activity, namely athletes.

Achilles Tendinitis Symptoms Include:

  • Inflammation
  • Increased Blood Flow
  • Tendon Thickening
  • Slower Movement Time
  • Pain ranging from dull to severe

Achilles Tendon ruptures are caused by the tendon ‘snapping’ or ripping. There are often more painful and immediate as opposed to Achilles tendinitis. There are surgical and non-surgical methods in treating Achilles tendon ruptures, with recovery time possibly taking up to a year.

While no injury is completely avoidable, there are preventive measures that can lower your chances. This includes:

  • Incorporating strengthening exercises to your workout regimen such as squats and leg presses
  • Stretch your tendon before and after exercise
  • Wear comfortable, fitted footwear that is occasion-specific

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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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Description: Man playing basketballOutdoor activities like tennis, jogging or perhaps a brisk walk in the park might not be as safe as you think for your feet. In a recent study conducted by Foot and Ankle International Journal, more people are growing susceptible to Achilles tendon injuries from recreational activities and less are happening from participation in professional sports.

Although athletes like famous basketball player Kobe Bryant injure themselves frequently, it is less likely to happen with them than it is with people who engage in recreational activities due to excessive stretching and conditioning. Additionally, the older the participant is in recreational activities, the higher a risk they are act of injuring themselves. “Meanwhile, you’re at a higher risk because as you get older, your tissue gets less and less elastic, says Dr. Steven Raikin, author of the study.

Dealing with an Achilles tendon injury can be an “unbearable frustration” and a painful ordeal. However, an injury like this can be managed and taken care of by a podiatrist like Dr. Michael Wynn of Foot Care Associates of Texas, P.A. Dr. Wynn can examine your Achilles tendon, determine the severity of your injury, and work with you to provide the appropriate treatment options.

What is the Achilles Tendon?

The Achilles tendon is a tendon that connects the lower leg muscles to the calf and heel of the foot. The strongest tendon in the body, it is essential for making movement possible. Because this tendon is such so important, any injuries to it can cause severe complications and should immediately be presented to a doctor.

What are the symptoms of an Achilles Tendon Injury?

- Inflammation
- Pain Ranging From Dull to Severe
- Increased blood flow to the tendon

Treatment and Prevention

- Stretching before and after exercise
- Strengthening exercises like calf raises, squats, leg curls, leg extensions, leg raises, lunges, and leg presses

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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