Tuesday, 14 May 2024 00:00

Ankle pain can be a symptom of various types of arthritis, each with distinct characteristics and causes. Osteoarthritis, often associated with aging, occurs when the protective cartilage cushioning the ends of the bones wears down over time. This leads to pain and stiffness in the ankle. Rheumatoid arthritis, or RA, is an autoimmune condition where the immune system mistakenly attacks the joints, including those in the ankle. Inflammation, swelling, and pain in the ankles are common symptoms. Gout, another form of arthritis, is caused by the buildup of uric acid crystals in the joints. This condition can lead to sudden, severe attacks of pain and redness in the ankle. There are different treatment strategies for each type of arthritis, including medication and lifestyle changes. In some cases, surgery may be necessary to relieve symptoms and improve joint function. A podiatrist, or foot doctor, can help diagnose the specific type of arthritis causing ankle pain through clinical evaluation and imaging tests. If you have ankle pain, it is suggested that you make an appointment with a podiatrist for diagnosis and a personalized treatment plan. 

Ankle pain can be caused by a number of problems and may be potentially serious. If you have ankle pain, consult with Dwayne A. Lay, DPM from Elite Foot and Ankle. Our doctor will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.

Ankle pain is any condition that causes pain in the ankle. Due to the fact that the ankle consists of tendons, muscles, bones, and ligaments, ankle pain can come from a number of different conditions.

Causes

The most common causes of ankle pain include:

  • Types of arthritis (rheumatoid, osteoarthritis, and gout)
  • Ankle sprains
  • Broken ankles
  • Achilles tendinitis
  • Achilles tendon rupture
  • Stress fractures
  • Bursitis
  • Tarsal tunnel syndrome
  • Plantar fasciitis

Symptoms

Symptoms of ankle injury vary based upon the condition. Pain may include general pain and discomfort, swelling, aching, redness, bruising, burning or stabbing sensations, and/or loss of sensation.

Diagnosis

Due to the wide variety of potential causes of ankle pain, podiatrists will utilize a number of different methods to properly diagnose ankle pain. This can include asking for personal and family medical histories and of any recent injuries. Further diagnosis may include sensation tests, a physical examination, and potentially x-rays or other imaging tests.

Treatment

Just as the range of causes varies widely, so do treatments. Some more common treatments are rest, ice packs, keeping pressure off the foot, orthotics and braces, medication for inflammation and pain, and surgery.

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

 

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Tuesday, 07 May 2024 00:00

A high ankle sprain, also known as a syndesmotic sprain, occurs when the ligaments connecting the two lower leg bones, the tibia and fibula, are stretched or torn. Unlike traditional ankle sprains, which typically involve the ligaments on the outer side of the ankle, high ankle sprains affect the ligaments above the ankle joint, near the shin. These injuries often result from sudden twisting or rotational movements of the foot, such as those experienced during sports activities like football, basketball, or skiing. Additionally, direct blows to the lower leg or excessive force applied to the ankle can also cause high ankle sprains. Athletes and individuals with poor balance, weak ankle muscles, or previous ankle injuries are at higher risk of experiencing high ankle sprains. If you have sprained your ankle, it is suggested that you seek the advice of a podiatrist who can determine what type of sprain it is, and offer appropriate treatment solutions.

Ankle sprains are common but need immediate attention. If you need your feet checked, contact Dwayne A. Lay, DPM from Elite Foot and Ankle. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

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

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 Canton, GA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Friday, 03 May 2024 00:00

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Tuesday, 30 April 2024 00:00

Cuboid syndrome is a lesser-known condition that affects the cuboid bone, one of the seven tarsal bones located in the midfoot. This syndrome occurs when the ligaments surrounding the cuboid bone become strained or injured, leading to pain and discomfort along the outer side of the foot. Cuboid syndrome is often misunderstood or misdiagnosed, due to its symptoms overlapping with other foot ailments such as ankle sprains or stress fractures. The characteristic symptoms of cuboid syndrome include pain, tenderness, and swelling on the lateral aspect of the foot, particularly during weight-bearing activities like walking or running. The pain may also worsen with certain movements, such as pushing off the ground or standing on tiptoes. Understanding the distinct features of cuboid syndrome and its diagnostic criteria are essential for accurate identification and appropriate management. If you have pain in the outside part of your foot, it is suggested that you promptly schedule an appointment with a podiatrist for an exam, a diagnosis, and suggested treatment options.

Cuboid syndrome, also known as cuboid subluxation, occurs when the joints and ligaments near the cuboid bone in the foot become torn. If you have cuboid syndrome, consult with Dwayne A. Lay, DPM from Elite Foot and Ankle. Our doctor will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.

Cuboid syndrome is a common cause of lateral foot pain, which is pain on the outside of the foot. The condition may happen suddenly due to an ankle sprain, or it may develop slowly overtime from repetitive tension through the bone and surrounding structures.

Causes

The most common causes of cuboid syndrome include:

  • Injury – The most common cause of this ailment is an ankle sprain.
  • Repetitive Strain – Tension placed through the peroneus longus muscle from repetitive activities such as jumping and running may cause excessive traction on the bone causing it to sublux.
  • Altered Foot Biomechanics – Most people suffering from cuboid subluxation have flat feet.

Symptoms

A common symptom of cuboid syndrome is pain along the outside of the foot which can be felt in the ankle and toes. This pain may create walking difficulties and may cause those with the condition to walk with a limp.

Diagnosis

Diagnosis of cuboid syndrome is often difficult, and it is often misdiagnosed. X-rays, MRIs and CT scans often fail to properly show the cuboid subluxation. Although there isn’t a specific test used to diagnose cuboid syndrome, your podiatrist will usually check if pain is felt while pressing firmly on the cuboid bone of your foot.

Treatment

Just as the range of causes varies widely, so do treatments. Some more common treatments are ice therapy, rest, exercise, taping, and orthotics.

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

 

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