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June 2023

Tuesday, 27 June 2023 00:00

How Is a Broken Ankle Diagnosed?

Ankle pain is most commonly caused by a sprained ligament or strained tendon in the complex ankle joint. However, in many cases it actually may be a sign that you have fractured an ankle bone. Signs of a fractured, or broken, ankle can include pain, an inability to bear weight, and swelling. If a bone is protruding from the skin, it is important to get immediate medical attention. To determine if the ankle pain is from a sprain or a fracture, a podiatrist will order an X-ray to be taken. If a bone is simply misaligned, this type of doctor may put it back in place. Anesthesia and pain medication is likely to be administered. In severe cases, surgery may be required, and plates, screws and wires may be used to keep the bones together. The ankle is generally placed in a cast, and recovery may take up to three months, depending on the severity of the fracture. If you believe you have a fractured ankle, it is suggested that you see a podiatrist for a diagnosis as quickly as possible. 

Broken ankles need immediate treatment. If you are seeking treatment, contact Dr. Anna Petrov from Family Foot & Ankle Care. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet. 

Broken Ankles
A broken ankle is experienced when a person fractures their tibia or fibula in the lower leg and ankle area. Both of these bones are attached at the bottom of the leg and combine to form what we know to be our ankle.

When a physician is referring to a break of the ankle, he or she is usually referring to a break in the area where the tibia and fibula are joined to create our ankle joint. Ankles are more prone to fractures because the ankle is an area that suffers a lot of pressure and stress. There are some obvious signs when a person experiences a fractured ankle, and the following symptoms may be present.

Symptoms of a Fractured Ankle

  • Excessive pain when the area is touched or when any pressure is placed on the ankle
  •  Swelling around the area
  •  Bruising of the area
  • Area appears to be deformed

If you suspect an ankle fracture, it is recommended to seek treatment as soon as possible. The sooner you have your podiatrist diagnose the fracture, the quicker you’ll be on the way towards recovery.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Wheeling and Chicago, IL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Tuesday, 20 June 2023 00:00

Sever’s Disease in Children

Sever’s disease, or calcaneal apophysis, is a common cause of heel pain in active children ages 8 to 15. It is often described as an overuse injury from running and jumping activities that cause repetitive stress and pressure on the calcaneal growth plate. When adolescents have a growth spurt, their bone may exceed the growth of this muscle-tendon unit. This can cause the inability to stretch and maintain flexibility, as well as irritation, inflammation, and pain to ensue. This condition is diagnosed by an examination of the heel and a positive squeeze test that replicates the pain. Radiographic imaging can exclude other possible causes of such pain. Some treatment options for Sever’s disease consist of resting, stretching exercises, and wearing orthotics. If your child has Sever’s disease and is not responding to rest, it is suggested that you set up an appointment with a podiatrist for an accurate diagnosis and a treatment plan.

Sever's disease often occurs in children and teens. If your child is experiencing foot or ankle pain, see Dr. Anna Petrov from Family Foot & Ankle Care. Our doctor can treat your child’s foot and ankle needs.

Sever’s Disease

Sever’s disease is also known as calcaneal apophysitis, which is a medical condition that causes heel pain I none or both feet. The disease is known to affect children between the ages of 8 and 14.

Sever’s disease occurs when part of the child’s heel known as the growth plate (calcaneal epiphysis) is attached to the Achilles tendon. This area can suffer injury when the muscles and tendons of the growing foot do not keep pace with bone growth. Therefore, the constant pain which one experiences at the back of the heel will make the child unable to put any weight on the heel. The child is then forced to walk on their toes.

Symptoms

Acute pain – Pain associated with Sever’s disease is usually felt in the heel when the child engages in physical activity such as walking, jumping and or running.

Highly active – Children who are very active are among the most susceptible in experiencing Sever’s disease, because of the stress and tension placed on their feet.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Wheeling and Chicago, IL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle injuries.

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A popular type of foot therapy is a foot massage. Many people enjoy the benefits foot massages can provide, including a feeling of general well-being and improved health. When a foot massage is performed, pressure is applied by the hands to more than 7000 nerves and this can help to release energetic blockages in the body. Additional benefits of getting a foot massage may include improved circulation, a reduction in stress levels, and cell growth and repair may be accelerated. There are specific areas of the foot that are linked to organs. For example, the outside of the right foot connects to the liver, the sole of the foot links to the kidneys, and the head and face are controlled by the reflexology points in the toes. If you would like to have additional information about foot massages, it is suggested that you confer with a podiatrist who can answer any questions you may have.

Foot therapy is often necessary for those recovering from either foot deformities or foot injuries. If you have concerns regarding therapy, consult with Dr. Anna Petrov from Family Foot & Ankle Care. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Most Common Injuries

People who are active or athletes are prone to a variety of injuries. Therefore, it is often important to take part in physical therapy in order to quickly get back on the right track. 

What to Do When Injured

Physical Therapy – This specialized treatment will focus on the affected area, speeding up recovery and the overall healing process. It is a proven method that has helped millions of people return from any injury.

During physical therapy you will undergo regimented training to get back into full form. Training is often very difficult, especially at first when the foot feels weak. Physical therapy often involves:

Basic stretching and twisting exercises – getting the feet’s mobility and flexibility up.

Massaging – the therapist will massage the injured area in order to activate the muscles and relax them.

Strengthening Exercises – this allows the muscles in the affected area to regain their full strength, a vital step towards full recovery.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Wheeling and Chicago, IL . We offer the newest diagnostic tools and technology to treat your foot and ankle needs.

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Tuesday, 06 June 2023 00:00

Jumping Rope and Ankle Sprains

Spraining the ankle is certainly no joking matter. When an individual twists or rolls their ankle awkwardly, the ligaments or bands of tissue can be torn, and it is said that the ankle is sprained. There are many ways in which a person might sprain their ankle. For example, a person could sprain their ankle while jumping rope. Since jumping rope requires a person to jump constantly, the feet might land awkwardly at some point. Jumping rope can therefore make one more susceptible to suffering torn ligaments. If you are someone that enjoys frequently jumping rope, then it is suggested that you contact a podiatrist for more information. A podiatrist is a foot specialist that can help you address any problems you might have with your feet and ankles.

Although ankle sprains are common, they aren’t always minor injuries. If you need your ankle injury looked at, contact Dr. Anna Petrov from Family Foot & Ankle Care. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

How Does an Ankle Sprain Occur?

Ankle sprains are the result of a tear in the ligaments within the ankle. These injuries may happen when you make a rapid shifting movement while your foot is planted. A less common way to sprain your ankle is when your ankle rolls inward while your foot turns outward.

What Are the Symptoms?

  • Pain at the sight of the tear
  • Bruising/Swelling
  • Ankle area is tender to touch
  • In severe cases, may hear/feel something tear
  • Skin discoloration

Preventing a Sprain

  • Wearing appropriate shoes for the occasion
  • Stretching before exercises and sports
  • Knowing your limits

Treatment of a Sprain

In many cases, the RICE method (Rest, Ice, Compression, and Elevate) is used to treat ankle sprains. However, you should see a podiatrist to see which treatment option would work best with your injury. In severe cases, surgery may be required.

It is important to ask your doctor about rehab options after you receive treatment for your injury. Stretching, strength training, and balance exercises may help the ankle heal while also preventing further injury.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Wheeling and Chicago, IL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Friday, 02 June 2023 00:00

Do Your Child's Feet Hurt?

Have your child's feet been examined lately? Healthy feet are happy feet. If your child is complaining of foot pain, it may be a sign of underlying problems.

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