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By Dr. Michael Stein- Foot Doctor of the East Bay
July 02, 2018
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Ankle Sprain  

A sprained ankle means that the ligaments that hold the bones in the ankle together have been stretched beyond their limits. Sprains ankle sprainrange from mild to severe and are one of the most common injuries a person can have. Dr. Michael Stein and Dr. Zeindelin Ahmad regularly see patients with ankle sprains at their podiatry practice in San Leandro, California. Not sure if you've sprained your ankle? Dr. Michael Stein and Dr. Zeineldin provide treatment options for ankle sprains and other foot and ankle issues.

Bruising

One of the most common signs that an ankle has suffered a sprain is a bruise that develops in that area. This is due to internal bleeding around the torn ligament. Usually the amount of bruising corresponds with the degree of the sprain; a severe sprain will typically have quite a bit more purple or blue discoloration spread across the foot and ankle than a mild injury would.

Swelling

One of the ways the body responds to injury is to increase the amount of fluids to the affected area, which leads to swelling. This is another sign that you've sprained your ankle; this inflammatory response serves to reduce motion of the ankle as a way to keep the injury from worsening. However, the amount of swelling should reduce in size after a couple days of rest, ice, and elevation. If your ankle still looks "puffy" and red after a day or two of at-home treatment, contact your San Leandro podiatrist right away.

Pain

As you can imagine, a sprained ankle can be very painful, both at the moment it happens and soon afterward. However, if your pain hasn't improved within a day or two, it's advisable to contact your San Leandro podiatrist. This is especially true if you're unable to put weight on your ankle at all. Early treatment of ankle sprains helps to promote proper healing and prevent permanent weakness.

If you think you've sprained your ankle, don't delay in contacting Dr. Stein or Dr. Ahmad at their podiatry office here in San Leandro, California. We want to help you get back on your feet safely!

Sprained Ankle RehabCalifornia’s largest recreation district is right here in our backyard! H.A.R.D., the Hayward Area Recreation and Park District, manages over 100 East Bay parks and offers adult recreational leagues in sports like soccer, volleyball, softball, and tennis.

If you’ve been playing sports (in a H.A.R.D. league or otherwise) and have suffered an ankle sprain, you’ll need an ankle rehab program to regain flexibility and strength in the joint. Once the pain and swelling have subsided, you’re ready to begin some basic stretches to restore your range of motion. Here are some good ones to try:

  • From a seated position, slowly bring your foot and ankle upward. You should feel a stretch in your calf. Hold for 10 seconds. Repeat 10 times.
  • Do the same seated, 10-second, 10-repetitions stretch as above in the following positions as well: ankle down and in, ankle down and out, and toes down and forward.
  • Stand on the edge of a stair with forefoot and toes on the step and heels over the edge. Drop your heels as far as you can and hold for 10 seconds. Repeat 10 times.
  • As soon as you can start bearing weight comfortably and your range of motion has been restored, you’re ready for strengthening exercises to rebuild weakened muscles. These are some of our favorites:
  • Stand facing a wall with your heels on the ground and your toes as high up as they can go, and hold the stretch for 10 seconds.
  • Wrap a resistance band around your foot and grip it firmly with both hands. Gently and slowly extend your foot, hold the stretch, and return. Repeat 10 times.
  • Tie a resistance band around a steady object such as a heavy table leg (nothing that will move or snap). Wrap the band around your forefoot with toes pointed downward. Now pull your toes toward you, hold the stretch, and return. Repeat 10 times.
  • With the resistance band still tied to that object, stand up and wrap it around the outside of your foot, then stretch inward 10 times. When you’re done, face the other way and reverse the process.

If you’ve sprained your ankle, call Foot Doctor of the East Bay in San Leandro. We’ll examine your injury, rule out any other complications, such as a fracture, and set you on the right treatment and ankle rehab plan. Dial (510) 483-3390 to set up an appointment.

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Stay Active with an Ankle SprainNew York Jets player Dee Milliner suffered a high ankle sprain, ending his season. Milliner will have to contend with four to six weeks on the bench in order to recover. Official details of the diagnosis are yet to be announced; however, the injury’s severe swelling suggests a Grade 2 sprain.

Milliner will not participate in the Jets’ first game of the regular season to ensure full recovery from his injury. Most likely covering for Milliner during this period will be cornerbacks Antonio Allen and Ellis Lankster. “We feel confident that it’s healing nicely,” commented Jets coach Rex Ryan on Milliner’s condition.  

Sprained ankles will typically heal correctly when left alone, but sometimes professional help is needed. If you are seeking assistance with a sprained ankle, see podiatrist Dr. Michael Stein of Foot Doctor of the East Bay. Dr. Steincan attend to all of your foot and ankle needs and answer all of your related questions.

How Do Ankle Sprains Happen?

Sprain injuries take place when the ligaments are torn or stretched beyond their limits. There are various ways that the ankle can become injured. In fact even the simple act of walking could cause a sprain. Ankle damage can occur by losing footing or walking on uneven terrain.

What are the Symptoms?

  • Mild to moderate bruising
  • Limited mobility
  • Swelling
  • Skin discoloration

How Can I 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 helps. One of the most important things is avoiding further stress to the affected area.

Preventing Sprains

  • Wearing appropriate shoes
  • Stretching before participating in physical activity
  • Knowing your limitations

Sprain Treatment

Treatment of a sprain depends on its severity.  Many times people are told to rest and remain off their feet while others are given an air cast, which allows you to walk while stabilizing the ankle. 

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact one of our offices, located in San Leandro, Pleasanton, and Los Gatos, CA. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all of your foot ankle injuries.

By Dr. Michael Stein
July 02, 2014
Category: Foot Health

Staying activeAnkle instability is a condition that occurs when, despite the ankle healing after an injury, the ligament remains in an extended position. This can result in weakness in the ankle, or even further strains. Those with active lifestyles, such as ballerinas and athletes, can be particularly susceptible to this condition. Despite the challenges caused by their ankles, many wish to continue to enjoy sports and other athletics.

Some may fear that surgery is the only way to achieve this, however that is simply untrue. In most cases, the first step to managing ankle instability is through physical rehabilitation.

This means that your podiatrist may recommend specific exercises targeting the affected region. These will work to strengthen and heal your ankle.

Another way to show your ligaments love is to be aware of where and how you participate in sports. For example, it might be a good idea to check the game field for any holes or uneven ground to help avoid further sprains. Additionally, proper stretching and warm-up before working out will prepare your body and reduce the risk of injury.

There are some extreme cases where ankle instability is overwhelmingly disruptive and painful.

If this is so, there are several surgical options available that may work for you.

Staying active with chronic ankle instability is possible with the right treatment plan, a proper exercise regimen, and support from professionals you trust. To find out more about how you can manage your ankles, contact Dr. Michael Stein and Zeindelin Ahmad, DPM, of The Foot Doctor of the East Bay. Visit us at one of our three locations, in San Leandro, Los Gatos, and Pleasanton, CA.

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By Dr. Michael Stein
June 24, 2014
Tags: Heel Pain   Ankle Sprain   stretch   athlete  

Heel pain stretchesYour armpits are sore and you have chalk stains on the seat of your pants. This could only mean one thing. You've been sidelined by an ankle sprain and those crutches have become your ball and chain. Our experts, Dr. Michael Stein and Zeindelin Ahmad, DPM, want you back on the field. Don't let the pain from an ankle sprain keep you off your feet.

Break free from the chains and avoid future complications by practicing these effective ankle exercises. Work on expanding the range of motion of your ankle joints by drawing circles, both clockwise and counterclockwise. For a more intense stretch, try drawing the letters of the alphabet with your toes! Perform these exercises at least three times a week, or before every workout or sporting event.

If the muscles surrounding the ankle are weak, other parts of your body will suffer. This is why you mustn't forget strength training exercises. Calf and shin raises teach the ankle to have better control over shifts in your body weight while making the ankle stronger. For the calf raise, stand with you feet hip width apart, shift your weight onto your toes, and slowly lift your heels. Keep the ankles in a neutral position. Similarly, shin raises should be performed by raising the toes instead of the heels.

For our last act: the single-leg balance. This exercise not only strengthens your ankles, but the rest of the lower body as well. Standing on one foot, slightly bend the knee, and hold for 20 to 30 seconds. Don't be alarmed if the leg starts to shake, this means that the muscles are working and becoming stronger. Be sure to control your ankle to minimize shaking.

If you're a devoted athlete or simply live on the clumsy side of life, you've most likely experienced an ankle sprain or two. Let's not make it three. These exercises will help prevent future injury. If you'd like more advice or currently have a sprained ankle, contact one of our offices located in Pleasanton, San Leandro, or Los Gatos, CA, today!

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