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Tuesday, 20 February 2024 00:00

Soccer, a dynamic and high-impact sport, poses significant risks for ankle injuries among players. Common ankle injuries in soccer include sprains, strains, and fractures, often resulting from sudden direction changes, collisions, or awkward landings during gameplay. These injuries can sideline players for weeks or even months, disrupting training schedules and team dynamics. To mitigate the risk of ankle injuries, players should prioritize proper warm-up and stretching routines before matches and training sessions to prepare muscles, tendons, and ligaments for the demands of play. Wearing appropriate footwear with ankle support and traction can enhance stability and reduce the likelihood of slips and falls. Additionally, practicing proper tackling and landing techniques, such as keeping the feet planted and knees bent upon impact, can help minimize the risk of ankle trauma. Strengthening exercises targeting the ankles and lower body muscles, including calves and shins, can improve stability and resilience against injury. If you are interested in learning more about soccer injury prevention techniques or have endured a soccer injury, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist.

Sports related foot and ankle injuries require proper treatment before players can go back to their regular routines. For more information, contact Mohammad R. Parsa, DPM of Madison Foot Clinic. our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Sports 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 feel free to contact our office located in Madison, MS . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Tuesday, 13 February 2024 00:00

Peripheral artery disease, or PAD, can cause crampy, painful sensations in the legs during walking, often dismissed as mere exertion or aging. However, it is important not to overlook these symptoms, as PAD stems from fatty deposits that obstruct blood flow in the arteries outside the heart and brain. The lack of blood flow to the lower extremities can result in serious foot problems. Risk factors of peripheral artery disease include smoking, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, and diabetes. Classic PAD pain, known as claudication, typically occurs in the calf and subsides with rest. But other signs, like coldness, discoloration, or slow-healing sores in the feet may indicate inadequate blood supply, necessitating prompt treatment. Early detection via tests like the ankle-brachial index is vital, with lifestyle changes, such as quitting smoking, maintaining a healthy diet, and regular exercise, playing a key role in PAD management. Walking enhances blood flow in smaller leg arteries, creating alternative pathways to alleviate pain. Health experts recommend at least 30 minutes of walking, three times a week, for individuals with peripheral artery disease, to help slow the progression and associated complications. For help with the foot problems linked to PAD, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist as quickly as possible.

Peripheral artery disease can pose a serious risk to your health. It can increase the risk of stroke and heart attack. If you have symptoms of peripheral artery disease, consult with Mohammad R. Parsa, DPM from Madison Foot Clinic. our doctor will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.

Peripheral artery disease (PAD) is when arteries are constricted due to plaque (fatty deposits) build-up. This results in less blood flow to the legs and other extremities. The main cause of PAD is atherosclerosis, in which plaque builds up in the arteries.

Symptoms

Symptoms of PAD include:

  • Claudication (leg pain from walking)
  • Numbness in legs
  • Decrease in growth of leg hair and toenails
  • Paleness of the skin
  • Erectile dysfunction
  • Sores and wounds on legs and feet that won’t heal
  • Coldness in one leg

It is important to note that a majority of individuals never show any symptoms of PAD.

Diagnosis

While PAD occurs in the legs and arteries, Podiatrists can diagnose PAD. Podiatrists utilize a test called an ankle-brachial index (ABI). An ABI test compares blood pressure in your arm to you ankle to see if any abnormality occurs. Ultrasound and imaging devices may also be used.

Treatment

Fortunately, lifestyle changes such as maintaining a healthy diet, exercising, managing cholesterol and blood sugar levels, and quitting smoking, can all treat PAD. Medications that prevent clots from occurring can be prescribed. Finally, in some cases, surgery may be recommended.

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

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Tuesday, 06 February 2024 00:00

Gout management involves medication, lifestyle changes, and dietary adjustments. The main goals of gout treatment are to relieve acute attack pain and inflammation, and to lower uric acid levels to prevent future attacks, protect joints, and maintain daily activities. Gout often presents itself as severe pain in the big toe. Medications play a key role for acute gout attacks and for long-term uric acid control. A healthy lifestyle is essential, with dietary changes focusing on avoiding high-purine foods, maintaining a balanced diet, and staying hydrated. Achieving and maintaining a healthy weight can also reduce uric acid levels and joint stress. Additionally, regular physical activity, when appropriate, can lower uric acid levels, aid weight management, and support joint mobility. In some cases, surgical options like tophi removal, arthroscopic uric acid crystal removal, joint fusion, or joint replacement may be considered to address severe gout-related damage. If you suffer from gout and it is causing persistent foot discomfort, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist to obtain treatment that will help you manage this condition more effectively.

Gout is a foot condition that requires certain treatment and care. If you are seeking treatment, contact Mohammad R. Parsa, DPM from Madison Foot Clinic. our doctor will treat your foot and ankle needs.

What Is Gout?

Gout is a type of arthritis caused by a buildup of uric acid in the bloodstream. It often develops in the foot, especially the big toe area, although it can manifest in other parts of the body as well. Gout can make walking and standing very painful and is especially common in diabetics and the obese.

People typically get gout because of a poor diet. Genetic predisposition is also a factor. The children of parents who have had gout frequently have a chance of developing it themselves.

Gout can easily be identified by redness and inflammation of the big toe and the surrounding areas of the foot. Other symptoms include extreme fatigue, joint pain, and running high fevers. Sometimes corticosteroid drugs can be prescribed to treat gout, but the best way to combat this disease is to get more exercise and eat a better diet.

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

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