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broken-foot4Despite having her leg in a cast, U.S. skier Lindsey Vonn is not letting her injury bother her. Vonn had broken her ankle while training in New Zealand. Nevertheless, she does not want her fans to be overly concerned. “So I had planned to go on vacation with my girlfriends and I almost canceled it because I hurt my ankle,” Vonn captioned on an Instagram post. “But then I decided that spending time with my friends and being injured was better than being alone and injured.”

Broken Ankles are serious injuries that need immediate attention. If you have any concerns with your ankles please contact one of our podiatrists at Achilles Foot and Ankle Group, LLC. Our doctor will treat your foot and ankle needs.

Broken Ankles

A broken ankle occurs when a person fractures the bones in the lower leg and ankle area. These bones are both attached at the bottom of the leg and combine to form what we know to be our ankle.

Ankle fractures are very common since they occur in an area that suffers a lot of weight bearing and stress; therefore this area is more prone to suffering from fractures. There some obvious signs when a person experiences a fractured ankle and the following symptoms may be present.

Symptoms of a Fractured Ankle
- Excessive pain when the area is touched or when any pressure is placed on the ankle.
- Swelling around the area.
- Bruising of the area.
- Area appears to be deformed.

The sooner your receive treatment the better. So if you suspect an ankle fracture, seek treatment as soon as possible.

If you have any concerns about your feet or ankles please feel free to contact our offices located in North Bergen and Jersey City, NJ. We offer the newest diagnostic tools and technology to treat your foot and ankle needs.

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obesity4According to a research from the North West Adelaide Health Study, an increase in body fat (FMI) and not body mass index were associated with current and potential foot pain. Among participants older than 50 years of age, foot pain increased by 8% for each FMI unit during the second stage of the study conducted between 2004 and 2006. The odds of foot pain during stage three of the study conducted between 2008 and 2010 increased by 6% per FMI unit. “This study adds further to the concept of metabolically, rather than mechanically, derived foot pain,” Tom Walsh of Flinders University stated.

Any additional problems in the feet of those with obesity can be detrimental to foot health. If you have any concerns about your feet contact one of our podiatrists of Achilles Foot and Ankle Group, LLC. Our doctors will treat your foot and ankle needs.

Obesity and your Feet

Since your feet are what support your entire weight when standing, any additional weight can result in pain and swelling. Being overweight is one of the main contributors to foot complications.

Problems & Complications

Extra Weight – Even putting on just a few extra pounds could create serious complications for your feet. As your weight increases, your balance and body will shift, creating new stresses on your feet. This uneven weight distribution can cause pain, even while doing the simplest tasks, such as walking.

Diabetes – People who are overweight are at serious risk of developing type-2 diabetes, which has a drastic impact on the health of your feet. As you get older, your diabetes might worsen, which could lead to loss of feeling in your feet, sores, and bruises. You could also become more prone to various infections.

Solutions

Footwear – Specially made footwear that supports your joints, arches, and ankles, and allows room for good circulation is a great option to mitigate pressure and pain. A podiatrist will help you decide what works best for your specific needs.

Exercise – Exercise will help alleviate the pain and give your feet the strength it needs to support your body. Exercise also increases blood flow to your feet, allowing them to remain healthy and strong.

Most importantly, seek the help of a podiatrist for foot care if something is wrong or doesn’t seem to be working. A podiatrist will help you with any questions or information needed.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our offices located in North Bergen and Jersey City, NJ. We offer the newest diagnostic tools and technology to treat your foot and ankle needs.

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fungal-toenail2When it comes to updating your athletic shoes for the new year or season, it is important to keep in mind that a proper fitting shoe is more important that the beauty of the shoe. Knowing your feet and understanding the gait and foot structure can change over time is important in deciding what type of shoe is best for your foot needs. Additionally knowing your size is also vital for proper fitting shoes. Shoe size can change even during the adult years and different brands are true to different sizes making it best to measure your feet to ensure proper fit. Some other tips for finding a shoe with the proper fit include shopping towards the end of the day when they foot has expanded, bringing your own socks to try on with the shoes, and any gaps in the toe box of the shoes should not be more than the width of your thumb.

Finding a proper fitting shoe is important in reducing injuries and preventing foot problems. For more information contact one of our podiatrists of Achilles Foot and Ankle Group, LLC. Our doctors will treat your foot and ankle needs.

Proper Shoe Fitting

A common concern when it comes to foot health, having properly fitted shoes can help prevent injuries to the foot. Out feet affect our posture and gait, which in turn affects the biomechanics and overall bodily structure. With 33 joints, 26 bones, and over 100 ligaments, the potential for serious injury is much greater than one realizes. Although the feet cease growth in adulthood, they still change shape as they mature. Here are some factors to consider when it comes to investing in properly fitting shoes:

  • Be sure the shoes fit correctly right away
  • Ensure the ball of your foot fits comfortably in the widest portion of the shoes
  • Even though they may look fashionable, improperly fitting shoes can either create adverse conditions or exacerbate existing ones you may already have
  • Walk along a carpeted surface to ensure the shoes comfortably fit during normal activity

Keeping in mind how shoes fit the biomechanics of your body, keeping properly fit shoes is vitally important. Fortunately, it is not difficult to acquire footwear that fits correctly. Be sure to wear shoes that support the overall structure of your body. Do your feet a favor and invest in several pairs of well-fitted shoes today.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our offices located in North Bergen and Jersey City, NJ. We offer the newest diagnostic tools and technologies for your foot and ankle needs.

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foot-pain4Niles Paul of the Washington Redskins will be out for the remaining season due to a fractured ankle. The injury occurred while Paul was blocking on a run play during a game. The projected started twisted his left foot as he hell to the ground. The official injury is cited as a fractured and dislocated ankle. Paul’s injury is a “huge loss” for the Redskins, who was recently impressive in camp. Last season, he caught thirty-nine passes for 507 yards and a touchdown.

Sports related foot and ankle injuries need proper treatment before players can go back to their regular routines. If you have any concerns about your feet and ankles contact one of our podiatrists of Achilles Foot and Ankle Group, LLC. Our doctors will treat your foot and ankle needs.

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.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our offices located in North Bergen and Jersey City, NJ. We offer the newest diagnostic tools and technology to treat your foot and ankle needs.

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