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Celebratory Moment Results in Ankle Sprain

Celebratory Moment Results in Ankle Sprain

A.J. Ellis of the Los Angeles Dodgers had all the reason to be happy. When the Dodgers won, Ellis excitedly went to congratulate fellow teammate Josh Beckett. Unfortunately, Ellis wound up rolling on his ankle as he ran towards his teammate, resulting in an ankle sprain.

“I wanted to be a part of it. It’s a great day, a great experience to be a part of. I quickly lost my thrill for what happened,” Ellis said. “Rolled it pretty good. I’m beyond frustrated, still kind of shocked.” A catcher on the team will be taking Ellis’ place until he fully recovers.

Ankle sprains can take you out of the game. If your ankle was sprained, call podiatrist Dr. Mark Landry of Kansas. Dr. Landry can treat your foot and ankle needs.

How Does an Ankle Sprain Happen?

This type of injury takes place when the ligaments are torn or stretched beyond their limits. There are multiple ways that the ankle can become injured; however, even the simple act of walking may cause a sprain. If footing is lost or you are walking on uneven terrain, ankle damage may occur.

What are the Symptoms?

  • Mild to moderate bruising
  • Limited mobility
  • Swelling
  • Discoloration of the skin, depending on severity

Is there a Way to Care for my Ankle at Home?

Self-care for ankle sprains includes propping the ankle up and keeping it elevated, applying ice packs as needed, and remaining off your feet. Some may also find that wrapping the ankle with an ACE bandage and taking over-the-counter pain relievers are helpful.

Preventing a Sprain

  • Wearing appropriate shoes for the occasion
  • Stretching before exercises and sports
  • Knowing your limits can aid in prevention

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.

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If you have any questions, please contact our office in Overland Park, KS. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Medical Faculty and Students Provide Assistance for the Homeless

Medical Faculty and Students Provide Assistance for the Homeless

iStock_000012848112XSmallAn annual program that has been four years strong, faculty and students from the University of Colorado took part in Undeserved Interprofessional Health Training and Education program. Six faculty members and eighteen students aided seventy five homeless people, performing services including clipping toenails, provided basic foot-related toiletries and checked for conditions such as bunions and ingrown toenails. The event took place in the St. Francis Center homeless shelter.

“These students are really mission-driven and motivated,” nurse practitioner Jan Beezley, who participated in the event, said, “they’ve added this on top of med school.” Beezley believes this program offers students the ability to work in areas where poor health is high among the population.

It is important to take care of your feet. If you are experiencing any symptoms of the feet, or just want a general checkup to ensure everything is up to snuff, come see podiatrist Dr. Mark Landry of Kansas. Dr. Landry can treat all of your foot and ankle needs.

 

Every Day Foot Care

Often, people take care of their bodies, face and hair more so than they do for their feet. But the feet are a very important aspect of our bodies, and one that we should pay more attention to. After all, without our feet, we would not be able to perform most daily tasks. It is best to check your feet regularly to make sure there are no new bruises or cuts that you may not have noticed before, for example.

For dry feet, moisturizer can easily be a remedy and can be applied as often as necessary to the affected areas. Wearing shoes that fit well can also help you maintain good foot health, as well as making it easier to walk and do daily activities without the stress or pain of ill-fitting shoes, high heels, or even flip flops.

Also, wearing clean socks with closed shoes is important to ensure that sweat and bacteria do not accumulate within the shoe. Clean socks help to prevent athlete’s foot, fungi problems, bad odors, and can absorb sweat. Also make sure that the socks fit properly and are not uncomfortably tight.

If you have any questions, please contact our office in Overland Park, KS. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Getting Back into Sports after Foot and Ankle Injuries

One of the most common injuries that athletes suffer from is a sprained ankle, a very painful and frustrating problem. A sprained ankle usually causes one to avoid participating in sports, and once someone has sprained their ankle, they are very likely to sprain it again.

To get back into sports after a sprained ankle, one should follow the RICE method, which is consistently recommended by physical therapists and sports medicine doctors. The RICE method involves rest, ice, compression, and elevation. If one follows the RICE method soon after experiencing a sprained ankle, he or she will likely get back to the playing fields in no time. In addition to using the RICE method, an athlete should wear an ankle brace after experiencing a sprained ankle to help alleviate the pain and keep the ankle safe until it heels. A brace will also help to stabilize the ankle, and prevent serious injuries in the future. Many times, people suffer from sprained ankles due to weak ligaments near the ankle; because an ankle brace keeps the ligaments in the foot from moving too much, it will help someone avoid this injury.

Fractures in the foot and ankle are another common type of injury athletes suffer. Stress fractures typically occur in the bones of the forefoot. An athlete will usually experience stress fractures if he or she partakes in a sudden increase in athletic training. A stress fracture can be either stable or displaced. A stable stress fracture involves no shift in bone alignment, while a displaced stress fracture involves bone ends that no longer line up.

After an athlete has a stress fracture in the foot, he or she will immediately need to see a doctor. Rest is usually the key to treat this problem. One will have to refrain from any strenuous activities or the sports that caused the injury. A doctor or specialist may be able to pinpoint the specific part of an athlete’s training that caused the stress fracture. If this is possible, then an athlete will not have to worry about refraining from his or her sport in the future; he or she will simply have to stop training in such a way that an ankle or foot injury results.

The key for any athlete is to care about the treatment process for an ankle or foot injury. Athletes need to rest and take time before hitting the fields. The more an athlete invests in the treatment and recovery process, the more likely he or she will be able to return back to normal athletic performance.

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