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Athletes with Foot Problems Make News Again in May 2015

Posted by on Jul 23, 2015 in Foot & Ankle Surgery, Running Injuries, Sports Injuries | Comments Off on Athletes with Foot Problems Make News Again in May 2015

In late May 2015, several athletes with foot problems made the national news. Perhaps you’ve heard about the one involving basketball star, Kyle Korver? During an Eastern Conference final against the Cleveland Cavaliers, he unfortunately sprained his right ankle. The 34-year-old pro is expected to spend some time off of the courts recovering. Of course that’s the kind of news that will likely dampen the mood of even the most optimistic Atlanta Hawks...

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Professional Athletes’ Broken Ankles Capture Headlines in Early 2015

Posted by on Apr 14, 2015 in Ankle Injuries, Foot & Ankle Surgery, Sports Injuries | Comments Off on Professional Athletes’ Broken Ankles Capture Headlines in Early 2015

In early 2015, a number of professional athletes were temporarily put out of commission thanks to broken ankles. Among them were University of Kentucky’s Janee Thompson and Los Angeles Kings’ Tanner Pearson. Thompson reportedly broke her tibia and Pearson, as it later turned out, actually broke his fibula. Both are two of the three bones that make up the top ankle joint. The other is the talus. It should also be mentioned that there is another joint in the foot that connects the ankle bone to the heel bone. It’s called the subtalar joint but apparently neither athlete broke that one this time around. When the tibia, fibula or talus breaks, it can be quite traumatic for athletes and everyday Joes alike. In most cases, swelling and severe pain are immediately present and the injured person can no longer...

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Broken Ankle & Foot Injuries May Warrant Testing for Compartment Syndrome

Posted by on Feb 17, 2015 in Foot & Ankle Surgery, Foot Fractures | Comments Off on Broken Ankle & Foot Injuries May Warrant Testing for Compartment Syndrome

As we all know, there are many different foot and ankle injuries that may befall an individual. However, some of the most life altering ones are crushing injuries. They, by their very nature, have the ability to cause widespread and sometimes irreversible damage to the foot and ankle. That’s why many Vernal podiatrists believe in examining patients with broken ankles and crushed feet for signs and symptoms typically associated with compartment syndrome. Compartment syndrome is primarily associated with crushing injuries that involve osseofascial compartments. Osseofascial compartments are found in a human’s limbs. They are actually closed segments within the limbs that are defined by fascia and bone. The foot alone has at least six such areas. They are known as the calcaneal, lateral, interosseous, superficial, adductor and medial compartments. The ankle is also affected by the four compartments that...

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Best Post-Foot Surgery Recovery Tips for Nervous Podiatry Patients

Posted by on Jan 14, 2015 in Foot & Ankle Surgery | Comments Off on Best Post-Foot Surgery Recovery Tips for Nervous Podiatry Patients

Foot surgery is often followed by a long recovery process that may be helped or hindered by a patient’s actions. The list of common actions that may waylay a podiatrist patient’s road back to foot health includes, but is not restricted to tobacco use, weight-bearing too soon, comorbidities, secondary infections, age, poor nutrition and medication regiments that include immunosuppressants. With that said, we’ve assembled some general, post-surgery recovery tips for podiatry patients of all ages: Stop smoking at least one month prior to the scheduled surgery, if at all possible. To do that effectively, speak to your doctor about which smoking cessation products may be best for your unique situation. In addition, make sure that if medications are involved in the smoking cessation plan, they won’t interfere with bone remodeling, bone production and blood clotting. While you are at...

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Broken Ankles Can Be Successfully Treated By Podiatrists

Posted by on Sep 24, 2014 in Ankle Injuries, Foot & Ankle Surgery | Comments Off on Broken Ankles Can Be Successfully Treated By Podiatrists

Broken ankles are one of the most common, worrisome injuries that can occur among active individuals. Broken ankle injuries typically occur when an individual falls, trips or ends up in some form of accident (i.e. bike crash). Most of the damage is generally caused by the initial impact or moving the ankle in an awkward way. On a positive note, a Vernal podiatrist visit may help resolve ankle fractures and breaks. Upon arriving to the office, your podiatrist will ask for a recap of what happened and conduct a visual examination of the ankle. He or she will be looking for areas of inflammation, pain, tenderness, bruising, weakness and deformity. Besides the visual exam, your Vernal foot doctor may also order a stress test, MRI, X-ray or CT scan to help determine the severity of the break. Afterward, he...

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Tips for Making Foot Surgery Recovery a Breeze

Posted by on Aug 12, 2014 in Foot & Ankle Surgery | Comments Off on Tips for Making Foot Surgery Recovery a Breeze

So you’ve decided to get foot surgery to repair that broken ankle. Good for you. Have you thought about what you are going to do after the foot surgery is complete? If not, there is never going to be a better time to prepare for the post-surgery recovery period than now. Here are a few recuperation tips from our Vernal podiatry team: Remember that foot surgery will limit your mobility for many weeks. Thus, it is crucial to order durable medical equipment for delivery and prepare your home. The list of durable medical equipment that you may want to have on hand after undergoing foot surgery includes, but is not constrained to the following: Shower chair, hand-held shower head and waterproof foot protectors Orthopedic footwear with adjustable Velcro straps Walker, wheelchair, scooter, cane or crutches Reclining chairs with foot...

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