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broken-ankleMichael Gregson, a spectator at a recent Penrith Panthers game, broke his ankle while playing in the traditional “Big Ball Bash” during halftime. The Big Ball Bash involves two teams of rugby fans trying to knock a large inflatable ball over each other’s goal line. Gregson and another fan, Michael Johnston, went for the sphere at the same time and crashed into each other violently.

Both men were sent to the hospital, where Gregson was treated for a mangled ankle and Johnston for a dislocated shoulder. Gregson is hoping that the Panthers’ organization will help out with his medical bills. So far the team has already promised to send him a signed jersey.

Broken ankles can be very unpleasant, especially if they cause you to be sent to the hospital in the middle of your favorite sporting event. If you think your ankle is broken, talk to podiatrist Dr. Tzvi Bar-David of Foot Associates of NY. Dr. Bar-David will diagnose your injury and help you decide what kind of medical treatment you want.

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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Additional information about broken ankles can be found by visiting www.footassociatesny.com

If you have any questions, please contact one of our offices. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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foot-beachDuring the summertime it’s common for feet to dry out or get damaged by the sun. To protect your podiatric regions against harm, make sure you exfoliate once a week and use a pumice stone regularly to get rid of calluses and dry skin. Soak your feet as little as possible, because being submerged will cause them to lose moisture rapidly.

When it comes to moisturizing the skin, the best results can be obtained by applying lotion to the feet immediately after showering and right before going to bed. Also don’t forget to use sunblock liberally, watch your salt and sugar intake, and forgo using nail polish for a few days every once in a while.

Foot care is obviously very important during the summer, so it pays to know a medical professional who you can call on if you need assistance. If you ever have questions about everyday foot care, contact podiatrist Dr. Tzvi Bar-David of Foot Associates of NY. Dr. Bar-David will assess your current routine and provide you with useful advice to help you improve it.

Every Day Foot Care

Often, people take care of their bodies, face and hair more so than they do for their feet. But the feet are a very important aspect of our bodies, and one that we should pay more attention to. After all, without our feet, we would not be able to perform most daily tasks. It is best to check your feet regularly to make sure there are no new bruises or cuts that you may not have noticed before, for example.

For dry feet, moisturizer can easily be a remedy and can be applied as often as necessary to the affected areas. Wearing shoes that fit well can also help you maintain good foot health, as well as making it easier to walk and do daily activities without the stress or pain of ill-fitting shoes, high heels, or even flip flops.

Also, wearing clean socks with closed shoes is important to ensure that sweat and bacteria do not accumulate within the shoe. Clean socks help to prevent athlete’s foot, fungi problems, bad odors, and can absorb sweat.

Additional information about everyday foot care can be found by visiting www.footassociatesny.com.

If you have any questions, please contact one of our offices. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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plantar-warts2It is especially important to take precautions when it comes to trying on new shoes at the store. Many times, shoes at the shoe store can contain possible contaminants. These contaminants include bacteria, fungi, and viruses left there from previous customers. These contaminants are largely spread in the shop’s inventory.

As an example, shoes that have been previously tested by other customers could contain HPV, which is known for being contagious. HPV is a condition that can induce plantar warts, which can be very painful and difficult to get rid of.

Plantar warts are something no one wants to deal with. If you have plantar warts, see podiatrist podiatrist Dr. Tzvi Bar-David of Foot Associates of NY. Dr. Bar-David can treat your foot and ankle conditions with the professional care they need.

About Plantar Warts
Plantar warts are found on the feet. These warts are caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV) getting into open wounds on the feet. You can recognize plantar warts by a hard bump on the foot. They are usually found on the heels or balls of the feet. Plantar warts are usually not a sign of anything dangerous but do not ignore them if they do cause pain or embarrassment.

If you do have a plantar wart, you may notice some pain when standing but since these warts are not cancerous or dangerous, a podiatrist only needs to be seen if there is excess pain. Doctors can usually easily diagnose plantar warts. Although plantar warts don’t often call for treatment, there are options available. They can be frozen off, removed by an electric tool or burned off using laser treatment.

Home remedies are also available to help with plantar warts. An apple cider vinegar soak can help remove the wart. You can soak your feet in the vinegar for 20 minutes before using a pumice stone to remove any loose skin from the wart. Make sure to keep the wart covered for protection in between daily treatments.

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Additional information – including the effects of plantar fasciitis– can be found by visiting www.footassociatesny.com.

If you have any questions, please contact one of our offices. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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mary-kaufmanFreeport, Illinois resident Mary Kaufman starting running 5k races last year, which is a pretty admirable feat by itself. But what makes her story even more compelling is the fact that she’s had Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) since she was only 12 years old.

Kaufman finished to races last year, and this year she’s planning on trying for three or five. It can be hard for her to train because her RA makes her more susceptible to stress fractures in her lower limbs, but by planning her exercise routine very carefully she managed to avoid any serious injuries. “When I did my first race last August, it felt really good to finish it, just to know that not only had I done that for myself, but having the arthritis, that I was still able to achieve something like that,” Kaufman said.

Putting up with the pain that comes with rheumatoid arthritis can take a lot of the energy out of you. If you would like professional care for your RA, think about visiting podiatrist Dr. Tzvi Bar-David of Foot Associates of NY. Dr. Bar-David will treat the symptoms of RA in your feet and ankles and work with you to find a way to keep your lower extremities healthy.

What Is Rheumatoid Arthritis?

Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) is an autoimmune disorder in which the body’s own immune system attacks the membranes surrounding the joints. Inflammation of the lining and eventually the destruction of the joint’s cartilage and bone occurs, causing severe pain and immobility.

Rheumatoid Arthritis of the Feet

Although RA usually attacks multiple bones and joints throughout the entire body, almost 90 percent of cases result in pain in the foot or ankle area. Pain often initially presents in the toes before the condition worsens and spreads throughout the entire foot. Rheumatoid arthritis appears to be genetically inherited, so if you have a family history of RA, you may be predisposed to suffer from it as well.

Symptoms

- Swelling & pain in the feet
- Stiffness in the feet
- Pain on the ball or sole of feetz
- Joint shift and deformation

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Additional information about Rheumatoid Arthritis can be found by visiting www.footassociatesny.com.

If you have any questions, please contact one of our offices. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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achilles-tendonThe Atlanta Falcons lost a key member of their plan to create a bigger and tougher defense when linebacker Sean Weatherspoon, the team’s first-round pick in 2010, suffered a ruptured Achilles tendon during the team’s practice. Weatherspoon will consequently miss the 2014 season to fully recover from the injury, which can range from several months up to a year. “We sent Sean to the doctor for some additional testing and evaluation and unfortunately the results showed that he ruptured his Achilles tendon,” coach Mike Smith said in a team statement. “Sean had been working extremely hard to get back on the field, but regrettably he will miss the entire 2014 season. He will have a procedure done in the near future and we expect him to make a full recovery.”

Achilles tendon injuries are not funny. If you injured your Achilles, see podiatrist Dr. Tzvi Bar-David of Foot Associates of NY. Dr. Bar-Davidcan treat your foot and ankle needs with professionalism and care.

What is the Achilles Tendon?

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

What are the symptoms of an Achilles Tendon Injury?

There are various types of injuries that can affect the Achilles tendon. The two most common are Achilles tendinitis and ruptures of the tendon.

Achilles Tendinitis Symptoms

- Inflammation
- Dull to Severe Pain
- Increased blood flow to the tendon
- Thickening of the tendon

Rupture Symptoms

- Extreme pain and swelling in the foot
- Total immobility

Treatment and Prevention

Achilles tendon injuries are diagnosed by a thorough physical evaluation. Often the doctor will order an MRI to confirm the diagnosis. Treatment will involve rest, physical therapy, and in some cases, surgery. However, various preventative measures can be taken to avoid these injuries.

FOR MORE INFORMATION

Additional information – including the effects of plantar fasciitis– can be found by visiting www.footassociatesny.com.

If you have any questions, please contact one of our offices. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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