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Posts for: March, 2014

nerve disordersDwyane Wade Miami Heat guard was sidelined recently due to a nerve irritation in his left foot. According to Wade the he initiated a warm-up when his foot gave him difficulties and then proceeded to the locker room. The trainers later officially diagnosed him with “foot drop,” which is a weakness or paralysis of the muscles that hoist the foot, according to USA Today.

"I started feeling a little something in my foot, getting a little numbness," Wade said. "But you don't think nothing of it. As time went on it started going up my leg a little bit, so the nerve going up my leg kind of shut down. Weirdest thing I've ever (felt). When I was out there and moved around and warmed up, I felt I couldn't feel my foot. So I didn't want to do anything."

Sensitivity or numbness in the foot or ankles is often caused by nerve damage. If you are suffering from ankle or foot pain, it is important that you seek the care of a podiatrist like Dr. Michael A. Stein of East Bay. Dr. Steincan examine your feet and determine the best treatment option.   

Nerve Disorders of the Foot and Ankle

There are two common nerve disorders of the foot and ankle; Interdigital Neuroma and Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome. The areas affected by these disorders include the hands, in addition to the feet, and both are typically caused by stress or genetics. Those sufferers of the disorders usually deal with serious pain and inflammation around the area.

Local inflammation in the nerves at the front of the foot is the typical cause of the serious pain mentioned earlier. Symptoms include the obvious; pain, but also include burning, and/or tingling sensations in the toes.

Doctors follow several steps when determining if a patient has either of the two disorders; Neuroma’s require radiographs, MRIs, and bone scans. Surgery, in this case, is a last resort option and only when the patient reports chronic and consistent pain.

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sports injuryOrioles’ catcher Matt Wieters left the game after his ankle rolled in the bottom of the fourth inning during a 6-5 loss against the Red Sox.  "Just precautionary," manager Buck Showalter said of the move. "He's fine. [He] went in and got some ice on it."

The foot injury was sustained as Wieters walked with the bases loaded to drive in a run in the fourth inning; he moved to second on a wild pitch, and then ran to third rolling his ankle on Ryan Flaherty’s inning ground out. Wieters will have some days off which will help him heal and rest his feet. "[Head athletic trainer] Richie [Bancells] said during the season he would have continued to play," Showalter said. "Just wanted to get some ice on it make sure it doesn't turn into something worse."

Getting back into sports from a foot or ankle injury can be frustrating and take time. If you sustained a foot or ankle injury and have been out on the sidelines as a result, see podiatrist Dr. Michael A. Stein of East Bay. Dr. Stein can help you get back into the game.  

Getting Back into Sports after Foot and Ankle Injuries

Sprained ankles are a frustrating and painful ordeal many athletes go through. Recovery from a sprained ankle usually involves the RICE method. This includes:

  • Rest
  • Ice
  • Compression
  • Elevation

In addition, athletes should consider wearing an ankle brace in order to keep the ankle stabilized and alleviate any pain as it heals.

Stress fractures that occur in the foot and ankle come in two types. This includes stable and displaced. Stable stress fractures do not consist of any shifting in bone alignment while displaced stress fractures involve bone ends that do not line up.

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diabetic foot careIn a study publishedin The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism, researchers assigned diabetic patients who struggled with ulcers tissue repair drug polydeoxyribonucleotide (PDRN) for 3 days a week for 8 weeks.  Of the patients that were given the drug, 37.7 percent of the group was able to achieve complete wound healing after 2 months.

“This approach could revolutionize the treatment of diabetic foot ulcers — a main cause of hospital admissions in the developed world,” Francesco Squadrito, MD, of the University of Messina in Gazzi Messina, Italy said. “Foot ulcers are a dangerous and expensive complication for people with diabetes, and current treatments such as hyperbaric oxygen therapy are costly and can have side effects.”

Diabetes can affect the nerves in the lower extremities, potentially causing neuropathy. If you are diabetic and need help providing care for your feet, visit a podiatrist like Dr. Michael A. Stein of East Bay. Dr. Stein can examine your feet and treat any symptoms you may be experiencing.

Diabetic Foot Care

Diabetes affects millions of people of all ages each year. Diabetes damages blood vessels in many parts of the body, including the feet. When damage occurs to nerves in the feet, they may be unable to send the proper signals to the peripheral nervous system, resulting in a condition known as neuropathy. Once a diabetic patient develops neuropathy, it is imperative that the feet are well taken care of to avoid possible amputation of the feet.

The Importance of Caring for Your Feet

- Regularly check your feet for bruises or sores.
- Wear socks that fit your feet; socks shouldn’t be tight.
- Wear properly fitting shoes that are comfortable.

Patients with diabetes should have their doctor monitor their Hemoglobin A1C levels as this test lets the physician know how well the blood sugar levels have been controlled during the past 3 months. It is important to keep the blood sugar levels in a normal range (70-110mg/dl). It is advisable to visit a podiatrist if the diabetic patient is experiencing any conditions involving the feet.

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stress fractureJustyna Kowalczyk participated in the 2014 Winter Olympics. Kowalczyk partook in the 10k classical-style-cross-country race in Krasnaya Polyana, despite having a fractured foot. Kowalczyk eventually moved forward to win the race.

Kowalcyk finished in 28 minutes, 17.8 seconds, beating silver medalist Charlotte Kalla of Sweden by 18.4 seconds.  "It's something big for me because I broke my foot two weeks ago," said Kowalczyk, who wept during the flower ceremony. "I was fighting with myself with this injury."

Stress fractures can be painful and not always something that can be pushed through. If you suffered any kind of fracture, come see podiatrist Dr. Michael A. Stein of East Bay. Dr. Stein can examine your foot and provide the treatment necessary for you to heal.

Coping with Podiatric Stress Fractures

Stress Fractures occur on the foot and ankle when muscles in these areas weaken as a result of overexertion or underuse.  As a result, the ankles and feet lose support when walking or running from the ground. Since these bones are not protected, they receive the full impact of each step. The stress on the feet causes the bones to form cracks.

What are Stress Fractures?

Stress Fractures are very common among those who are highly active and involved in sports or activities that make excessive use of their legs and feet. Stress fractures are especially common among:

-athletes (gymnasts, tennis players, basketball players)
-runners/joggers
-osteoporosis patients
-those who engage in high-intensity workouts

Stress Fracture Symptoms

Pain from the fractures occur in the area of the fractures, and can be either constant or periodic. The pain is usually sharp or dull, accompanied by swelling and tenderness. Engagement in any kind of high impact activity will exacerbate the pain.

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