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By contactus@michaelwynndpm.com
December 14, 2015
Tags: Foot Pain   Ankle Sprains   Instability  

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
  • Swelling
  • 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.

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

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By gary@michaelwynndpm.com
February 26, 2015
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Exercise   Instability   ankles  

Athletes looking to increase overall agility, including jumping higher and running faster, should consider starting a system of exercise called instability training. Instability training uses mini-trams, rubber bands, and balance boards to work all areas of the feet, ankles, and lower legs as well as the knees, hips, and back. The exercise system focuses on strengthening the body from the ground up by specifically targeting the feet and ankles.

Exercises involved in instability training include standing on one foot at a time on a mini-trampoline for 15 to 30 seconds, changing positions on the tram or boards, and moving the foot side to side, up and down and in and out with rubber bands or tubing to strengthen the lower leg muscles.

Instability training is just one of the many methods available to exercise the feet. For more information, speak to Dr. Michael H. Wynn, DPM of Foot Care Associates of Texas. Dr. Wynn will answer any of your foot and ankle related concerns.

Exercise for Your Feet

If you spend most of your time on your feet, or don’t either way your feet should deserve attention. There are many people who exercise regularly and still don’t spend enough time to care for their feet. Your foot does get exposure that requires maintenance since your health has a lot to do with footing.

Exercises

Toe rise – this exercise involves standing on the tip-toes for a count of 15 seconds, then resting your feet on ground. This exercise should be repeated three times a day to strengthen the feet.

Toe Pick-ups – the toes are exercises that are done by picking up small items using your toes. This helps strengthen the muscles on the upper part of the feet. Three sets along with 15 seconds being held should be completed. Small items like marbles or stationary will work.

Ankle Pump – can be performed upwards or downwards. The workout can be completed both ways at the same time. This involves flexing the foot either towards the shin or to the ground. This makes the foot work very well, working large parts of the muscles.

For more information about Exercise for Your Feet, follow the link below.

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

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