Posts for tag: Ankle Sprains
Mankind has used light to treat diseases and various aliments for thousands of years now, so introducing our new cold laser therapy laser may not be new to some of you. Advanced Foot and Ankle Care has now acquired the Dynatronics cold laser to better our patients’ foot health in treating a variety of aliments including: ulcers (even those caused by diabetes), burns, skin flaps and grafts, broken bones, cartilage, tendon and ligament repair, arthritic pain due to osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis, ankle sprains and plantar fasciitis.
The Dynatronics cold laser uses three types of light therapy: red, blue and infrared.
Red light helps promote the healing of skin wounds at low energy densities. Red light therapy is also one of the oldest forms of treatment ever conceived or used by humans.
Blue light helps kill bacteria and a number of skin infections including: MRSA and staph. Blue light therapy is rapidly gaining popularity because unlike UV, it does not have high propensity to damage normal tissue.
Infrared light is best for deep tissue injuries, pain relief, and resolution of inflammation and reduction of edema. Infrared light therapy is commonly used with red light at the same time.
At this time, cold laser therapy is considered cosmetic, therefore not covered by your insurance company. Advanced Foot and Ankle Care offers cold light therapy for $25 per treatment. Our patients are not required to see the doctor every session, therefore do not have to pay a co-pay at those sessions that they do not see the doctor. Typical treatments require 2-3 session per week until the area is healed.
Call our office and speak to one of our Patient Care Coordinators for more information or to schedule a consultation appointment with one of our four physicians at any one of our four locations: Troy OH, Piqua OH, Sidney OH, Huber Heights OH.
With the Sweet Sixteen chosen, March Madness is nearing an end. But with the NBA playoffs set to run from about mid-April to June, basketball fans still have a lot to look forward to. For those that play basketball, or those who have loved ones who play basketball, I thought I’d offer some suggestions on what to look for when purchasing a new pair of basketball sneakers.
First, and this goes for whatever shoes you buy, you need to make sure to have the proper shoe size. January 23rd was “Measure Your Feet Day”, which reminds us that, unfortunately, many people wear the wrong shoe size. Don’t hesitate to ask someone who works at your local shoe store to measure your shoe size for you - they should know how to measure your feet correctly.
Next, you have to decide what type of sneaker you want to get. Basketball shoes come in three main varieties, which offer different levels of ankle support. High tops are the best at preventing ankle sprains, the most common basketball injury involving the foot. For this reason, players who have suffered ankle sprains in the past may particularly want to look into these types of sneakers, as their ankles may not be as stable as other players.
Unfortunately, some people may find high tops uncomfortable and restrictive. Those that do may want to consider mid-tops, which offer increased flexibility but sacrifice some ankle stability. There are also low top sneakers, which don’t offer much ankle support but are the lightest of the three options; for this reason I don’t recommend them as much as the other two options.
Finally, consider style and price. Preventing injury should be your first consideration. After this is taken care of, go for a style that you like, at a price that fits your budget.
Jeffrey Carlson, DPM
As cold weather nears, expect to see warm winter boots make their way out of the closet. Perhaps the most frequently seen winter boot is the UGG boot. These boots were originally worn by Australian surfers after they got out of the water, but are now worn by many women during the winter months to keep their feet warm.
They are slip-on rather than laced, which does not allow for a good fit. Finally, they don’t support your ankle, which can increase the risk of ankle sprains. If you have a pair of orthotics or inserts, try to insert them inside the boots to offer some support.