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February 2020

Monday, 24 February 2020 00:00

Why Does an Ankle Sprain Occur?

There are ligaments in the ankle that connect the feet to the bones. If one or more of these become stretched because of an injury, it may result in an ankle sprain. This can happen if the patient suddenly steps off of a curb, or falls from a loss of balance. There are noticeable symptoms that immediately appear if an ankle sprain has occurred. These can consist of severe pain, swelling, and it is often difficult to walk on. After a proper diagnosis is performed, which typically involves having an X-ray taken, the correct treatment can begin. This generally consists of wrapping the affected ankle in an elastic bandage, which may be helpful in providing the necessary support as the healing process takes place. It is suggested that the ankle is elevated as often as possible, as this may be beneficial in reducing a portion of the swelling. If you think you have sprained your ankle, please consult with a podiatrist as quickly as possible to begin treatment.

Although ankle sprains are common, they aren’t always minor injuries. If you need your ankle injury looked at, contact Dr. Robert Binder from Robert P. Binder, DPM. 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 our office located in Reseda, CA. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Monday, 17 February 2020 00:00

Do I Have An Ingrown Toenail?

The toe that is most likely to develop an ingrown toenail is the big toe. An ingrown toenail is defined as the corner of the nail growing into the surrounding skin, which can cause severe pain and discomfort. It may happen as a result of wearing shoes that do not provide enough room for the toes to move freely in, or from trimming the toenails too short and incorrectly. Some people are born with irregular or curved toenails, and this may increase the probability of developing an ingrown toenail. Common symptoms that are often associated with this condition can include red and tender skin surrounding the affected nail, and fluid may drain from the area. If you are afflicted with an ingrown toenail, it is strongly advised that you are under the care of a podiatrist who can offer you correct treatment options.

Ingrown toenails may initially present themselves as a minor discomfort, but they may progress into an infection in the skin without proper treatment. For more information about ingrown toenails, contact Dr. Robert Binder of Robert P. Binder, DPM. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Ingrown Toenails

Ingrown toenails are caused when the corner or side of a toenail grows into the soft flesh surrounding it. They often result in redness, swelling, pain, and in some cases, infection. This condition typically affects the big toe and may recur if it is not treated properly.

Causes

  • Improper toenail trimming
  • Genetics
  • Improper shoe fitting
  • Injury from pedicures or nail picking
  • Abnormal gait
  • Poor hygiene

You are more likely to develop an ingrown toenail if you are obese, have diabetes, arthritis, or have any fungal infection in your nails. Additionally, people who have foot or toe deformities are at a higher risk of developing an ingrown toenail.

Symptoms

Some symptoms of ingrown toenails are redness, swelling, and pain. In rare cases, there may be a yellowish drainage coming from the nail.

Treatment

Ignoring an ingrown toenail can have serious complications. Infections of the nail border can progress to a deeper soft-tissue infection, which can then turn into a bone infection. You should always speak with your podiatrist if you suspect you have an ingrown toenail, especially if you have diabetes or poor circulation.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in Reseda, CA. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Tuesday, 11 February 2020 00:00

Reminder: When Was the Last Time...?

Custom orthotics, or shoe inserts, should be periodically replaced. Orthotics must fit properly to give you the best results. Protect your feet and ankles!

Many patients will experience swollen ankles or swollen feet periodically throughout their lives. This can happen for a variety of reasons, including a possible injury, arthritic conditions, or medical issues that may involve the kidneys. The foot will swell immediately if it is sprained or broken, which may cause pain and discomfort. Swollen feet may be a common condition among patients who have heart ailments. When this occurs, fluid may collect in the feet and ankles. Gravity can cause this to become worse during the day, so it may help to elevate the feet as often as possible. The arthritic condition that is known as gout can cause extreme foot pain. It typically affects the big toe, and may cause pain that is so extreme, it can be difficult to touch the toe. If you have any type of foot pain, it is strongly advised that you speak with a podiatrist as quickly as possible so they can help you to feel better.

Foot Pain

Foot pain can be extremely painful and debilitating. If you have a foot pain, consult with Dr. Robert Binder from Robert P. Binder, DPM. Our doctor will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.

Causes

Foot pain is a very broad condition that could be caused by one or more ailments. The most common include:

  • Bunions
  • Hammertoes
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Bone Spurs
  • Corns
  • Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Ingrown Toenails
  • Arthritis (such as Gout, Rheumatoid, and Osteoarthritis)
  • Flat Feet
  • Injury (from stress fractures, broken toe, foot, ankle, Achilles tendon ruptures, and sprains)
  • And more

Diagnosis

To figure out the cause of foot pain, podiatrists utilize several different methods. This can range from simple visual inspections and sensation tests to X-rays and MRI scans. Prior medical history, family medical history, and any recent physical traumatic events will all be taken into consideration for a proper diagnosis.

Treatment

Treatment depends upon the cause of the foot pain. Whether it is resting, staying off the foot, or having surgery; podiatrists have a number of treatment options available for foot pain.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in Reseda, CA. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Monday, 03 February 2020 00:00

How Do Cracked Heels Develop?

When pressure is put onto the pad underneath the heel, and the skin of the heel lacks moisture, it’s very likely that the skin will expand and crack due to lack of elasticity. Many other factors can play a role in developing cracked heels besides a lack of moisture. Some of these reasons can include obesity, frequently wearing open-back shoes, and standing for longer periods of time, especially on hard flooring. Certain foot conditions may also increase your chances of having cracked heels. These conditions may consist of diabetes, flat feet, heel spurs, fungal infections, and athlete’s foot, to name a few. To help treat cracked heels, it may be beneficial to apply a moisturizer to the affected area immediately after taking a bath or shower. It’s important that you also be mindful in choosing which soap or body washes you use, making sure to avoid those that are harsh or scented. For more advice and for help on how to best treat your cracked heels, we recommend you consult with a podiatrist for professional care.

Cracked heels are unsightly and can cause further damage to your shoes and feet. If you have any concerns, contact Dr. Robert Binder from Robert P. Binder, DPM. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Cracked Heels

Cracked heels appear unappealing and can make it harder for you walk around in sandals. Aside from looking unpleasant, cracked heels can also tear stockings, socks, and wear out your shoes. There are several methods to help restore a cracked heel and prevent further damage.

How Do You Get Them?

Dry skin is the number one culprit in creating cracked heels. Many athletes, walkers, joggers, and even swimmers suffer from cracked heels. Age and skin oil production play a role to getting cracked heels as well.

Promote Healing

Over the counter medicines can help, especially for those that need instant relief or who suffer from chronic dry feet.

Wear Socks – Wearing socks with medicated creams helps lock in moisture.

Moisturizers – Applying both day and night will help alleviate dryness which causes cracking.

Pumice Stones – These exfoliate and remove dead skin, which allows for smoother moisturizer application and better absorption into the skin. 

Change in Diet

Eating healthy with a well-balanced diet will give the skin a fresh and radiant look. Your body responds to the kinds of food you ingest. Omega-3 fatty acids and zinc supplements can also revitalize skin tissue.

Most importantly, seek professional help if unsure how to proceed in treating cracked heels. A podiatrist will help you with any questions or information needed. 

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in Reseda, CA. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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