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By Thomas Neuman D.P.M
May 24, 2018
Category: Foot Care
Tags: ankle pain   Ankle Sprain  

Ankle SprainA hard twist, a snapping sound and sharp pain--it all happened in a flash as you were out for your afternoon run. Now you have a swollen ankle. At Complete Foot and Ankle Care in Lancaster and Northridge, CA, podiatrist Dr. Thomas Neuman sees many ankle sprains at all levels of severity. Is your ankle sprained? Here are the signs and symptoms that confirm it.

What is an ankle sprain?

It's a common injury of the ligaments at the sides of the ankle. Happening to the athletic and non-athletic alike, this stretching and tearing of the connective tissue in the ankle produces a limited range of motion, pain and many times, inability to bear weight on the affected foot.

Other symptoms include:

  • Redness
  • Swelling
  • Bruising
  • Instability of the ankle (wobbling)
  • Extreme tenderness

On a physical exam, your podiatrist will palpate the injured ankle, note its range of motion and your ability to bear weight and take X-rays and other imaging as needed. These tests determine the extent of the stretching and tearing. He'll advise you as to the degree of the sprain and what interventions will help you achieve optimal healing.

Treating an ankle sprain

The American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons says most ankle sprains respond well to a familiar first aid protocol:

  • Rest (get off your feet)
  • Ice (to reduce swelling)
  • Compression (with an elastic bandage to ease pain and provide support)
  • Elevation (above the level of the heart)

In addition, Dr. Neuman may recommend physical therapy, stretching exercises, balance and agility training and just simply moving the ankle gently to reduce stiffness and swelling.

Over the counter ibuprofen helps relieve swelling and pain, and depending on the degree of injury, Dr. Neuman may advise support with a soft cast or boot and use of crutches. Surgery may be necessary when the injured ankle is particularly unstable, and the doctor believes tendons and bones could sustain damage.

Preventing an ankle sprain

Unfortunately, accidents do happen, and sometimes ankle injuries are unavoidable. However, for day to day strength and stability, your Lancaster and Northridge, CA, podiatrist recommends that young and old alike should wear well-fitting, supportive footwear. Also, staying active and in good condition keeps ankles sturdy. In other words, if you are in the habit of exercising and being on your feet, this lifestyle strengthens your feet and ankles, making them less prone to injuries.

Take care of your ankles

They keep you moving. Do all you can to prevent sprains, and if you do suffer one, contact Complete Foot and Ankle Care. You'll be well underway to healing with treatment from board-certified foot surgeon, Dr. Thomas Neuman. Call today for an appointment. For the Northridge office, phone (818) 885-8400, and for the Lancaster location, call (661) 945-3628.

By Thomas Neuman D.P.M
September 14, 2017
Category: Foot Care
Tags: foot pain   ankle pain  

Heel pain, bunions, and ingrown toenails are some of the most common foot and ankle problems. For people in good health, ingrown foot problemstoenails can be painful but do not typically pose a threat to their health. However, people with diabetes are at risk of potentially serious complications from common cuts or blisters and should seek medical treatment at the first sign of an injury or infection. Dr. Thomas Neuman, a podiatrist in Lancaster and Northridge, CA, offers diagnosis and treatment for foot and ankle conditions and injuries.

Foot and Ankle Pain and Injury Treatment in Lancaster and Northridge, CA

Your feet are constantly subjected to pressure and wear and tear from everyday activities like walking, exercising, and wearing shoes. Some of the most common foot conditions often result from wearing ill fitting shoes or footwear that lacks the proper level of support for your foot type. Whether you exercise regularly or simply spend a lot of time on your feet, wearing comfortable shoes with adequate support is important to help prevent foot and ankle and other orthopedic injuries.

3 of the Most Common Foot Conditions

Ingrown toenails - Ingrown toenails develop when the edge of a toenail digs into the flesh on the side of the toe. They are most common in the big toe, but can technically develop on any toe. Ingrown toenails are usually painful, and can become infected if left untreated. Wearing comfortable shoes with sufficient room for the toes, and cutting the toenails straight across to avoid jagged edges is the best way to avoid ingrown nails.

Bunions - A bunion is a bony protrusion at the base of the big toe that results from an injury or deformity of the metatarsophalangeal (MTP) joint. They tend to be more common in women, but anyone can develop a bunion. They are usually caused by wearing tight narrow shoes that crowd the toes, but can also develop from an injury to the joint or due to genetics and heredity (they tend to run in families), or the biomechanics of your feet. Most bunions can be treated conservatively with supportive shoes and assistive devices, but in rare cases surgery may be recommended to realign the bones in the joint.

Heel Pain - There can be a number of causes for heel pain. The most common is plantar fasciitis, which results from inflammation to the thick band of tissue that runs the length of the foot from the ankle to the base of the toes. Plantar fasciitis usually resolves on its own with rest.

Find a Podiatrist in Lancaster and Northridge, CA

If you are suffering from foot or ankle pain, contact Complete Foot & Ankle Care today by calling (818) 885-8400 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Neuman in Northridge, or (661) 945-3628 for Lancaster.