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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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Dealing with Foot Fractures

Posted by on Jan 28, 2015 in Foot Fractures | Comments Off on Dealing with Foot Fractures

According to the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, foot fractures are small cracks in the bone. The cause is usually overuse in high impact sports such as tennis, track and field, gymnastics, dance, and basketball. Muscles can become overtired and rendered less capable of cushioning shocks, transferring the stress to the bones. Hence, a stress fracture can result. Lack of conditioning, improper sports equipment, bad technique, and bone insufficiency such as caused by osteoposis can increase the possibility of a stress fracture. The fracture can manifest itself by pain, inflammation, swelling, and tenderness. The pain especially can be felt when doing weight bearing activities. If you suspect that you have a stress fracture in the foot or ankle, stop vigorous physical activity and perform first aid, such as applying an ice pack, even before seeing a Utah foot doctor....

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5 Tips for Preventing Foot and Ankle Injuries/Fractures

Posted by on Jun 17, 2014 in Foot Fractures, General Foot Care | Comments Off on 5 Tips for Preventing Foot and Ankle Injuries/Fractures

Foot and ankle injuries, particularly stress fractures, are an unfortunately all-too-common side effect in many runners, athletes, and sports enthusiasts alike. Soccer and tennis players, as well as track and field participants are among the many people who need to adhere to strict training routines in order to avoid any lengthy and nagging problems from occurring. What follows are five simple tips and precautions we can all take if we enjoy any of these activities, to avoid foot fractures and other foot and ankle problems: Two Minute Warming – Warm up your muscles by stretching or jogging slowly for at least two to three minutes before any sports related activity. Be careful not to perform any bouncing motions when stretching, whereas this can actually cause injury. If you Build Them, They Will Come – Gradually build your muscles by...

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