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Tuesday, 16 April 2024 00:00

Common Foot and Ankle Injuries in Golf

Playing golf, a sport known for its leisurely pace and precision, can unexpectedly subject players to a range of foot and ankle injuries. Among the most prevalent is plantar fasciitis, a condition characterized by inflammation of the plantar fascia due to repetitive stress on the foot during swings and walks across uneven terrain. Additionally, ankle sprains often occur from missteps or uneven footing, leading to ligament damage and instability. Golfer's toe, a form of trauma-induced bruising or bleeding beneath the toenail, is common among players who frequently strike the ground with considerable force. Overuse injuries such as Achilles tendonitis may also manifest due to repetitive swinging motions, resulting in pain and inflammation in the Achilles tendon. Implementing proper warm-up routines, wearing supportive footwear, and practicing correct swing techniques can help to manage the risk of these injuries. If you have endured any of the above foot and ankle injuries while playing golf, it is suggested that you consult a podiatrist who can guide you toward treatment solutions that are best for you.

Ankle and foot injuries are common among athletes and in many sports. They can be caused by several problems and may be potentially serious. If you are feeling pain or think you were injured in a sporting event or when exercising, consult with Paul Hutchison, DPM from Hutchison Foot Clinic. Our doctor will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.

Common Injuries

The most common injuries that occur in sporting activities include:

  • Achilles Tendonitis
  • Achilles Tendon Rupture
  • Ankle Sprains
  • Broken Foot
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Stress Fractures
  • Turf Toe

Symptoms

Symptoms vary depending upon the injury and in some cases, there may be no symptoms at all. However, in most cases, some form of symptom is experienced. Pain, aching, burning, bruising, tenderness, tightness or stiffness, sensation loss, difficulty moving, and swelling are the most common symptoms.

Treatment

Just as symptoms vary depending upon the injury, so do treatment options. A common treatment method is known as the RICE method. This method involves rest, applying ice, compression and elevating the afflicted foot or ankle. If the injury appears to be more serious, surgery might be required, such as arthroscopic or reconstructive surgery. Lastly, rehabilitation or therapy might be needed to gain full functionality in the afflicted area. Any discomfort experienced by an athlete must be evaluated by a licensed, reputable medical professional.  

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

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Tuesday, 09 April 2024 00:00

Types and Symptoms of Foot Arthritis

Foot arthritis encompasses various types, each with distinct characteristics and symptoms. Osteoarthritis, the most common form, occurs due to wear and tear on the joints over time, leading to pain, stiffness, and swelling in the affected areas. Rheumatoid arthritis, an autoimmune disorder, results in inflammation of the joints, including those in the foot. This can lead to intense pain, swelling, and deformities. Furthermore, post-traumatic arthritis develops following injuries to the foot, such as fractures or severe sprains, leading to progressive joint degeneration and chronic pain. Regardless of the type, foot arthritis often manifests as discomfort during weight-bearing activities, such as walking or standing, accompanied by reduced mobility and stiffness. Additionally, individuals may experience tenderness, warmth, and joint instability in the affected foot. If you have arthritis that is affecting your feet, it is suggested that you are under the care of a podiatrist who can help you manage this condition.

Arthritis can be a difficult condition to live with. If you are seeking treatment, contact Paul Hutchison, DPM from Hutchison Foot Clinic. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Arthritic Foot Care  

Arthritis is a joint disorder that involves the inflammation of different joints in your body, such as those in your feet. Arthritis is often caused by a degenerative joint disease and causes mild to severe pain in all affected areas. In addition to this, swelling and stiffness in the affected joints can also be a common symptom of arthritis.

In many cases, wearing ill-fitting shoes can worsen the effects and pain of arthritis. Wearing shoes that have a lower heel and extra room can help your feet feel more comfortable. In cases of rheumatoid arthritis, the arch in your foot may become problematic. Buying shoes with proper arch support that contour to your feet can help immensely.

Alleviating Arthritic Pain

  • Exercises that stretch the foot can prevent further pain and injury and increase mobility
  • Most of the pain can be alleviated with anti-inflammatory drugs, heat, and topical medications
  • Massages can help temporarily alleviate pain.

It is best to see your doctor for the treatment that is right for your needs and symptoms. Conditions vary, and a podiatrist can help you determine the right method of care for your feet.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in Memphis, TN . We offer the newest diagnostic tools and technology to treat your foot and ankle needs.

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Arthritis, a term encompassing various inflammatory joint conditions, can significantly impact foot health, causing pain, stiffness, and reduced mobility. One common type is osteoarthritis, characterized by the breakdown of cartilage within the joints, leading to bone-on-bone friction and discomfort. Rheumatoid arthritis, an autoimmune disorder, targets the synovial lining of joints, including those in the feet, resulting in inflammation and joint deformities. Another prevalent form of arthritis is gout, caused by the buildup of uric acid crystals in the joints, often affecting the big toe and causing sudden, severe pain. Additionally, psoriatic arthritis, associated with the skin condition psoriasis, can affect the feet, causing joint inflammation, swelling, and nail changes. Each type of arthritis presents unique challenges and requires tailored management strategies to alleviate symptoms and preserve foot function. If you have been afflicted by arthritis in your feet, it is suggested that you consult a podiatrist who can determine what the type is, and offer effective treatment strategies.

Because RA affects more than just your joints, including the joints in your feet and ankles, it is important to seek early diagnosis from your podiatrist if you feel like the pain in your feet might be caused by RA. For more information, contact Paul Hutchison, DPM of Hutchison Foot Clinic. Our doctor will assist you with all of your podiatric concerns.

What Is Rheumatoid Arthritis?

Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) is an autoimmune disorder in which the body’s own immune system attacks the membranes surrounding the joints. Inflammation of the lining and eventually the destruction of the joint’s cartilage and bone occur, causing severe pain and immobility.

Rheumatoid Arthritis of the Feet

Although RA usually attacks multiple bones and joints throughout the entire body, almost 90 percent of cases result in pain in the foot or ankle area.

Symptoms

  • Swelling and pain in the feet
  • Stiffness in the feet
  • Pain on the ball or sole of feet
  • Joint shift and deformation

Diagnosis

Quick diagnosis of RA in the feet is important so that the podiatrist can treat the area effectively. Your doctor will ask you about your medical history, occupation, and lifestyle to determine the origin of the condition. Rheumatoid Factor tests help to determine if someone is affected by the disease.

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

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