Tuesday, 16 July 2024 00:00

When facing a foot, ankle, or lower leg injury, patients often choose between a traditional hard cast and a modern air cast boot. An air cast boot, which encases the injured area in an air cushion within a hard plastic shell, offers several notable benefits. Primarily, it provides both stability and mobility. The adjustable air cells within the boot can be tailored for optimal comfort and support, reducing the risk of swelling. The boot's design also allows for limited movement, encouraging gradual weight-bearing and strength recovery. Unlike hard casts, air casts can be removed, which makes activities like showering easier. Additionally, the hard shell provides protection against impact, while the non-skid sole provides safety and stability. Air cast boots are versatile, suitable for minor injuries, and can be used as transitional support after a hard cast is removed. They are lightweight, customizable, and affordable. If you have a broken foot or ankle injury, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist to see if an air cast is right for you. 

A broken foot requires immediate medical attention and treatment. If you need your feet checked, contact Dr. Odin De Los Reyes from Connecticut. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Broken Foot Causes, Symptoms, and Treatment

A broken foot is caused by one of the bones in the foot typically breaking when bended, crushed, or stretched beyond its natural capabilities. Usually the location of the fracture indicates how the break occurred, whether it was through an object, fall, or any other type of injury. 

Common Symptoms of Broken Feet:

  • Bruising
  • Pain
  • Redness
  • Swelling
  • Blue in color
  • Numbness
  • Cold
  • Misshapen
  • Cuts
  • Deformities

Those that suspect they have a broken foot shoot seek urgent medical attention where a medical professional could diagnose the severity.

Treatment for broken bones varies depending on the cause, severity and location. Some will require the use of splints, casts or crutches while others could even involve surgery to repair the broken bones. Personal care includes the use of ice and keeping the foot stabilized and elevated.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our offices located in Southbury and Farmington, CT . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Wednesday, 10 July 2024 00:00

Have you noticed a bony protrusion on the side of your big toe? If so, you may have developed the foot condition known as a bunion. Don't let bunions interfere with your daily activities.

Tuesday, 09 July 2024 00:00

Foot stress fractures are tiny cracks, usually found in the long bones of the foot, that result from repetitive force or overuse. These fractures often occur in athletes and individuals who engage in high-impact activities like running or jumping. Risk factors can include a sudden increase in activity intensity, wearing improper footwear, and conditions like osteoporosis that weaken bones. Stress fractures develop when muscles become fatigued and lose their ability to absorb shock, transferring the impact to the bones. Common sites for these fractures are the metatarsal bones, which bear significant weight during movement. Symptoms often include pain, swelling, and tenderness that worsen with activity. Early diagnosis is vital for healing and preventing further complications. If you have foot pain after bouts of exercise, it is suggested that you contact a podiatrist who can accurately diagnose and treat stress fractures.

Activities where too much pressure is put on the feet can cause stress fractures. To learn more, contact Dr. Odin De Los Reyes from Connecticut. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep your pain free and on your feet.

Dealing with Stress Fractures of the Foot and Ankle

Stress fractures occur in the foot and ankle when muscles in these areas weaken from too much or too little use.  The feet and ankles then lose support when walking or running from the impact of the ground. Since there is no protection, the bones receive the full impact of each step. Stress on the feet can cause cracks to form in the bones, thus creating stress fractures.

What Are Stress Fractures?

Stress fractures occur frequently in individuals whose daily activities cause great impact on the feet and ankles. Stress factors are most common among:

  • Runners                                  
  • People affected with Osteoporosis
  • Tennis or basketball players
  • Gymnasts
  • High impact workouts

Symptoms

Pain from the fractures occur in the area of the fractures and can be constant or intermittent. It will often cause sharp or dull pain with swelling and tenderness. Engaging in any kind of activity which involves high impact will aggravate pain.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our offices located in Southbury and Farmington, CT . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Tuesday, 02 July 2024 00:00

Tarsal tunnel syndrome is a condition caused by the compression of the posterior tibial nerve as it travels through the tarsal tunnel, a narrow space inside the ankle. This tunnel is formed by bone and a dense band of tissue called the flexor retinaculum. The posterior tibial nerve, along with arteries, veins, and tendons, passes through this confined space, providing sensation to the bottom of the foot and motor function to the muscles. When the nerve is compressed, it can cause pain, numbness, and tingling in the foot and ankle. Factors contributing to this condition include inflammation, injury, or structural issues such as flat feet. Tarsal tunnel syndrome can cause pain and discomfort. If you have this condition, it is suggested that you visit a podiatrist who can effectively treat this ailment.

Tarsal tunnel syndrome can be very uncomfortable to live with. If you are experiencing tarsal tunnel syndrome, contact Dr. Odin De Los Reyes of Connecticut. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome

Tarsal tunnel syndrome, which can also be called tibial nerve dysfunction, is an uncommon condition of misfiring peripheral nerves in the foot. The tibial nerve is the peripheral nerve in the leg responsible for sensation and movement of the foot and calf muscles. In tarsal tunnel syndrome, the tibial nerve is damaged, causing problems with movement and feeling in the foot of the affected leg.

Common Cause of Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome

  • Involves pressure or an injury, direct pressure on the tibial nerve for an extended period of time, sometimes caused by other body structures close by or near the knee.
  • Diseases that damage nerves, including diabetes, may cause tarsal tunnel syndrome.
  • At times, tarsal tunnel syndrome can appear without an obvious cause in some cases.

The Effects of Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome

  • Different sensations, an afflicted person may experience pain, tingling, burning or other unusual sensations in the foot of the affected leg.
  • The foot muscles, toes and ankle become weaker, and curling your toes or flexing your foot can become difficult.
  • If condition worsens, infections and ulcers may develop on the foot that is experiencing the syndrome.

A physical exam of the leg can help identify the presence of tarsal tunnel syndrome. Medical tests, such as a nerve biopsy, are also used to diagnose the condition. Patients may receive physical therapy and prescriptive medication. In extreme cases, some may require surgery.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our offices located in Southbury and Farmington, CT . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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