Posts for: April, 2014

Kaleigh Dickson of Louisiana State University tore the plantar fascia in her right foot while performing a gymnastics routine at the NCAA Baton Rouge Regional. In spite of the senior’s injury, her squad was able to set a national record, which earned them the chance to compete in the NCAA Championships.

Due to Dickson’s injury, coach D-D Breaux wants to bring in reserve members of the squad in order to find suitable contenders in the floor and vault categories. Dickson is one of her team’s best gymnasts and may only participate in two events as a result of her condition.

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What is Plantar Fasciitis?

Plantar fasciitis is an inflammation of the connective tissues on the bottom of the foot, causing pain in the heel and arch of the foot.

What Causes Plantar Fasciitis?

·         Lack of adequate footwear

·         Obesity

·         Excessive running

·         Poor foot support

·         Overpronation

How Can Plantar Fasciitis Be Treated?

·         Conservative measures – anti-inflammatories, ice packs, stretching exercises, physical therapy, orthotic devices. 

·         Shockwave therapy – sends sound waves to the areas where pain is experience.  Requires multiple sessions.  This is used for very persistent cases of plantar fasciitis. 

·         Ultrasound-guided technique with steroid injections into the plantar fascia.  This is from a relatively new and small study, but was shown to be effective in most cases treated.

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If you have any questions, please contact one of our offices in Reading, MA. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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To educate the general public on podiatric awareness, theAmerican Podiatric Medical Association (APMA) has released a campaign called ‘First Steps: Keeping Children’s Feet Healthy and Happy’. The campaign strives to encourage the importance of maintaining children’s feet and how podiatrists are crucial in managing foot and ankle needs.

"It's important that parents pay close attention to children's feet even before they start to walk, beginning at birth and continuing as they take their first steps, go to school, and participate in sports."said APMA President Frank Spinosa.

Keeping your child’s feet healthy is a concern for any parent. If your child needs a good podiatrist, see Dr. Brian Tedesco of Complete Foot & Ankle Care. Dr. Tedesco can treat your child’s foot and ankle needs as well as your own.

 

Keeping Children's Feet Healthy

Having healthy feet in childhood can help prevent medical problems later in life, namely in the back and legs. As children grow, their feet require different types of care from birth to school-age.

Although babies do not walk yet, it is still very important to take care of their feet.

·         Avoid putting tight shoes or socks on his or her feet

·         Allow the baby to stretch and kick his or her feet to feel comfortable

As a toddler, kids are now on the move and begin to develop differently. At this age toddlers are getting a feel for walking, so don’t be alarmed if your toddler is unsteady or ‘walks funny’.

As your child gets older, it is important to teach them how to take care of their feet

  • Show them proper hygiene to prevent infections such as fungus
  • Be watchful of any pain or injury
  • Have all injuries checked by a doctor as soon as possible
  • Comfortable, protective shoes should usually be worn

For more information about Keeping Children’s Feet Healthy, follow the link below.

If you have any questions, please contact one of our offices in Reading, MA. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Baseball player Ben Revere sustained a fracture to his right foot shortly after joining his team, the Phillies, back in July of 2013. To help speed the healing process, Revere has his foot being held up by pins. Unfortunately, Revere still contends with pain in his injured foot, saying that his feet feel ‘like nails’.

"Everybody says the first time you get traded to a new team, you feel like a rookie again," Revere said. "It's true. Now I feel a lot more comfortable. I know what I've got to do. I know how everything is over here in the organization." Revere first and foremost hopes his injury will temporary as he wants to be in the game as soon as possible.

Suffering a sports related foot or ankle injury is no fun.If you are an athlete and sustained podiatric injury, see podiatrist Dr. Brian Tedesco of Complete Foot & Ankle Care.  Dr. Tedesco can treat your injuries with the care they need.

Sport Related Foot and Ankle Injuries 

Foot and ankle injuries are a common occurrence when it comes to athletes of any sport. While many athletes dismiss the initial aches and pains, the truth is that ignoring potential foot and ankle injuries can lead to serious problems. As athletes continue to place pressure and strain the area further, a mild injury can turn into something as serious as a rupture and may lead to a permanent disability. There are many factors that contribute to sports related foot and ankle injuries, which include failure to warm up properly, not providing support or wearing bad footwear. Common injuries and conditions athletes face, including:

•           Plantar Fasciitis

•           Plantar Fasciosis

•           Achilles Tendinitis

•           Achilles Tendon Rupture

•           Ankle Sprains

Sports-related injuries are commonly treated using the RICE method. This includes rest, applying ice to the injured area, compression and elevating the ankle. More serious sprains and injuries may require surgery, which could include arthroscopic and reconstructive surgery. Rehabilitation and therapy may also be required in order to get any recovering athlete to become fully functional again. Any unusual aches and pains an athlete sustains must be evaluated by a licensed, reputable medical professional.

If you have any questions, please contact one of our offices in Reading, MA. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Matthew Leonardi, has been dancing since he was 4 years old. Ten years after his first dance, Leonardi began experiencing a strange feeling to his ankle.  "I couldn't point [my foot]. It felt like something was blocking it and I didn't have that great flexibility of pointing and flexing,” Leonardi said.

Leonardi would be diagnosed with trigonum syndrome; a rare condition in which excess bone in the ankle is crushed by an injury. Fortunately, according to Leonardi’s surgeon, once the diagnosis has been made the condition can be corrected through surgery.  "Recovery was great. I started pointing and flexing again, like nothing happened, like there was nothing wrong with it, and I was just like, ‘Oh my gosh, he saved my career,’” Leonardi said.

Foot and ankle conditions sometimes require surgery. If you or a loved one needs surgery,contact podiatrist Dr. Brian Tedesco of Complete Foot & Ankle Care.  Dr. Tedesco can help you determine whether or not you need surgery.

 

When Is Surgery Necessary?

Foot and ankle surgery is generally reserved for cases in which less invasive, conservative procedures have failed to help with the problem. Some of the cases in which surgery may be necessary are:

- Removing foot deformities like bone spurs and bunions

- Severe arthritis that has caused bone issues

- Reconstruction to attend injuries caused by accidents or malformations

What Types of Surgery Are There?

The type of surgery you receive will be dependent on the nature of the problem you have. Some of the possible surgeries include:

- Bunionectomy for painful bunions

- Surgical fusion for realignment of bones

- Nerve removal for painful nerve endings

To learn more about foot surgery, please follow link below.

If you have any questions, please contact one of our offices in Reading, MA. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

 

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