Posts for: January, 2016
One of the most common injuries we see at Advanced Foot and Ankle Care is a sprained ankle. Over 3 million people sprain an ankle each year. An ankle sprain occurs when the ankle is twisted or turned at an awkward angle. Sometimes this causes ligaments in the ankle to tear or hyperextend. This can cause pain, swelling, and bruising. In some cases the pain is so severe the ankle cannot stand to bear weight.
Some people are more inclined to have ankle sprains. This can occur by lifestyle choices or a predisposition in ankle structure. People who play sports where you run and stop suddenly, like basketball are likely to have ankle sprains. Most of the time the ankle just needs to time to rest. Elevation, ice and anti-inflammatories for pain are the best ideas until you can have the ankle evaluated by a doctor.
Foot Drop is a fairly common condition and one that is best treated by a podiatrist. Foot drop occurs when the nerves in the foot become irritated, have damage done to them or the muscles are weaker than those around them. This causes the top part of the foot to become almost paralyzed. Since it is not able to move as it should, this can cause issues with a person's gait, as well as being painful.
There are many different types of treatment since the cause of foot drop can stem from many sources. A common course of treatment we prescribe here at Advanced Foot and Ankle Care is what we call an AFO brace. This brace can help with some of the causes of foot drop and can be custom made to help with a person's specific issues. Most insurance companies cover most of the cost, if not all of the cost, of the AFO brace.
If you or someone you know thinks you might be suffering from foot drop, call one of our offices and schedule an appointment today. We would be happy to have one of our doctors evaluate you and help find a treatment plan that is right for you.