Tuesday, 11 June 2024 00:00

Ankle pain is a common complaint that can significantly impact daily activities and mobility. Understanding the connection between ankle ligaments and pain is vital for effective management and prevention of debilitating conditions. The ankle comprises several ligaments responsible for stabilizing the joint and supporting movement. When these ligaments become overstretched or torn due to injury or strain, it can result in ankle pain and instability. For instance, an ankle sprain, characterized by damage to the ligaments on the outer side of the ankle, often leads to swelling, bruising, and pain during weight-bearing activities. Chronic conditions like ligament laxity or instability can also contribute to recurrent ankle pain and discomfort. Proper diagnosis through physical examination, imaging tests, and medical history evaluation is essential to identify the underlying cause of ankle pain and develop an appropriate treatment plan. This may include rest, bracing, or surgical intervention to repair or reconstruct damaged ligaments and restore joint function, ultimately alleviating pain and promoting long-term ankle health. If you have ankle pain, it is suggested that you seek the advice of a podiatrist who can provide an accurate diagnosis and treatment.

Ankle pain can have many different causes and the pain may potentially be serious. If you have ankle pain, consult with Jim Maxka, DPM from South Penn Foot & Ankle Associates. 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
  • 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 Hanover, PA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

 

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Sunday, 09 June 2024 00:00

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Tuesday, 04 June 2024 00:00

Heel pain is a frequent concern, often associated with conditions such as plantar fasciitis. Plantar fasciitis is a painful condition that occurs when the thick band of tissue under your foot, known as the plantar fascia, becomes inflamed. This commonly results from daily activities like running, standing for long periods, or wearing improper shoes. Podiatrists, or foot doctors, can help treat plantar fasciitis and relieve pain in multiple ways. Podiatrists may recommend specific stretching exercises to release tightness in the plantar fascia or they may customize orthotic inserts to support the foot. In some cases, they may suggest anti-inflammatory medications or corticosteroid injections aiming to reduce pain and inflammation. With proper guidance from a podiatrist, heel pain caused by plantar fasciitis can become more controlled. If you are suffering with heel pain or conditions such as plantar fasciitis, it is suggested that you consult a podiatrist to find a treatment best fit for your specific condition.

Many people suffer from bouts of heel pain. For more information, contact Jim Maxka, DPM of South Penn Foot & Ankle Associates. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Causes of Heel Pain

Heel pain is often associated with plantar fasciitis. The plantar fascia is a band of tissues that extends along the bottom of the foot. A rip or tear in this ligament can cause inflammation of the tissue.

Achilles tendonitis is another cause of heel pain. Inflammation of the Achilles tendon will cause pain from fractures and muscle tearing. Lack of flexibility is also another symptom.

Heel spurs are another cause of pain. When the tissues of the plantar fascia undergo a great deal of stress, it can lead to ligament separation from the heel bone, causing heel spurs.

Why Might Heel Pain Occur?

  • Wearing ill-fitting shoes                  
  • Wearing non-supportive shoes
  • Weight change           
  • Excessive running

Treatments

Heel pain should be treated as soon as possible for immediate results. Keeping your feet in a stress-free environment will help. If you suffer from Achilles tendonitis or plantar fasciitis, applying ice will reduce the swelling. Stretching before an exercise like running will help the muscles. Using all these tips will help make heel pain a condition of the past.

If you have any questions please contact our office located in Hanover, PA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Tuesday, 28 May 2024 00:00

Swollen feet can stem from various unexpected sources beyond the usual suspects like injury or fluid retention. One such cause of swelling, or edema, may be your footwear. Wearing ill-fitting shoes or high heels for prolonged periods of time can impede proper circulation, leading to swelling. A lesser-known cause could be dietary habits, particularly excessive salt intake, which can cause water retention in the body, resulting as swollen feet. Certain medications, such as antidepressants or blood pressure drugs, might also induce swollen feet as a side effect. In some cases, allergies to ingredients in skincare or cosmetic products can trigger inflammation, including in the feet. Additionally, long flights or car rides, where prolonged sitting limits movement, can result in swollen feet due to decreased blood circulation. If your feet have become swollen and remain so, it is suggested that you visit a podiatrist who can help you to manage this condition.

Swollen feet can be a sign of an underlying condition. If you have any concerns, contact Jim Maxka, DPM of South Penn Foot & Ankle Associates. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Swollen feet are a common ailment among pregnant women and people who stand or sit for extended periods. Aging may increase the possibility of swollen feet and patients who are obese often notice when their feet are swelling too. There may be medical reasons why swollen feet occur:

  • Phlebitis - A condition that causes the veins to become inflamed and can also cause leg pain.
  • Liver disease - This may lead to low blood levels of albumin which is a protein. This can cause fluid in the blood to pass into the tissues and several areas of the body can become swollen.
  • Heart failure - When the heart doesn’t pump properly the blood that is normally pumped back to the heart can pool in the veins of the legs causing swollen feet.
  • Kidney disease - One of the main functions of the kidneys is releasing excess fluid in the body. This type of condition can make it difficult for the kidneys to function properly, and as a result the feet may become swollen.
  • Deep-vein thrombosis (DVT)- This is a serious condition where blood clots form in the veins of the legs. They can block the return of blood from the legs to the heart which may cause the feet to swell. It is important to be treated by a podiatrist if this condition is present.

Swollen feet can also be caused by bone and tendon conditions, including fractures, arthritis, and tendinitis. Additionally, there may be skin and toenail conditions and an infection may cause the feet to swell. Patients who take medicine to treat high blood pressure may be prone to getting swollen feet. 

Many patients elevate their feet to help relieve the swelling and this is generally a temporary remedy. When a podiatrist is consulted the reason behind the swelling can be uncovered and subsequently treated.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office located in Hanover, PA . We offer the newest diagnostic tools and technology to treat your foot and ankle needs.


 

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