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Tuesday, 09 April 2024 00:00

The ankle, a complex joint connecting the foot to the leg, plays a vital role in mobility and stability during various sports and activities. Football, with its rapid direction changes, sudden stops, and high-impact collisions, places significant stress on the ankle joint, increasing the risk of injury. Football players are at high risk for a sprained ankle, resulting from stretching or tearing of the ligaments surrounding the joint. Symptoms of a sprained ankle include pain, swelling, bruising, and difficulty bearing weight on the affected foot. Additionally, fractures of the ankle bones, particularly the lateral malleolus, or fibula, can occur due to forceful impacts or twisting motions. Prompt medical evaluation and appropriate treatment are essential for managing ankle injuries effectively and preventing long-term complications. If you have suffered an ankle injury while playing football or other sports activities, it is suggested that you consult a podiatrist for a tailored treatment plan.

Sports related foot and ankle injuries require proper treatment before players can go back to their regular routines. For more information, contact one of our podiatrists of Quad Cities Foot and Ankle Associates. Our doctors 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 offices located in Bettendorf, and DeWitt, IA and Rock Island, IL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Saturday, 06 April 2024 00:00

If you are suffering from tenderness, pain, or stiffness in the joints of your feet or ankles, call us to schedule an appointment.

Tuesday, 02 April 2024 00:00

When it comes to foot health, circulation plays an important role. Poor circulation can lead to discomfort, swelling, and severe complications. However, there is a natural solution that often gets overlooked, which is vitamins. Incorporating essential vitamins into your diet can significantly improve foot circulation and overall vascular health. Vitamin E, known for its antioxidant properties, aids in widening blood vessels and promoting efficient blood flow to the extremities, including the feet. Similarly, vitamin C supports collagen production, strengthening blood vessel walls and enhancing circulation. Additionally, vitamin B3, or niacin, has vasodilating effects, meaning it helps widen blood vessels, thus improving blood flow. Additionally, omega-3 fatty acids, while not vitamins per se, are essential for cardiovascular health. Found in abundance in fish oil and certain seeds, omega-3s can reduce inflammation and enhance blood circulation throughout the body, including the feet. By incorporating these essential nutrients into your diet through whole foods or supplements, you can effectively improve foot circulation, ensuring optimal foot health and comfort for years to come. If you have poor foot circulation and are seeking relief techniques, it is suggested that you consult a podiatrist who can discuss how vitamins can play a role in treatment.

 

Poor circulation is a serious condition and needs immediate medical attention. If you have any concerns with poor circulation in your feet contact one of our podiatrists of Quad Cities Foot and Ankle Associates. Our doctors will treat your foot and ankle needs.

Poor Circulation in the Feet

Poor blood circulation in the feet and legs is can be caused by peripheral artery disease (PAD), which is the result of a buildup of plaque in the arteries.

Plaque buildup or atherosclerosis results from excess calcium and cholesterol in the bloodstream. This can restrict the amount of blood which can flow through the arteries. Poor blood circulation in the feet and legs are sometimes caused by inflammation in the blood vessels, known as vasculitis.

Causes

Lack of oxygen and oxygen from poor blood circulation restricts muscle growth and development. It can also cause:

  • Muscle pain, stiffness, or weakness   
  • Numbness or cramping in the legs 
  • Skin discoloration
  • Slower nail & hair growth
  • Erectile dysfunction

Those who have diabetes or smoke are at greatest risk for poor circulation, as are those who are over 50. If you have poor circulation in the feet and legs it may be caused by PAD and is important to make changes to your lifestyle in order to reduce risk of getting a heart attack or stroke. Exercise and maintaining a healthy lifestyle will dramatically improve conditions.

As always, see a podiatrist as he or she will assist in finding a regimen that suits you. A podiatrist can also prescribe you any needed medication. 

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our offices located in Bettendorf, and DeWitt, IA and Rock Island, IL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Tuesday, 26 March 2024 00:00

Broken toes, while often underestimated, can significantly impact daily activities and mobility. Common causes of broken toes include traumatic injuries such as stubbing or dropping heavy objects on the foot, as well as sports-related incidents and accidents. Symptoms of a broken toe typically include pain, swelling, bruising, and difficulty bearing weight on the affected foot. In severe cases, the toe may appear visibly misaligned or deformed, and there may be an audible popping or cracking sound at the time of injury. Additionally, individuals may experience numbness or tingling sensations in the affected toe. The appearance of a broken toe can vary depending on the severity of the injury, with some cases showing obvious signs of displacement or angulation, while others may have subtle swelling and discoloration. If you have fractured your toe, it is suggested that you consult a podiatrist who can perform an accurate diagnosis, and offer the treatment method that is best for you.

A broken toe can be very painful and lead to complications if not properly fixed. If you have any concerns about your feet, contact one of our podiatrists from Quad Cities Foot and Ankle Associates. Our doctors will treat your foot and ankle needs.

What to Know About a Broken Toe

Although most people try to avoid foot trauma such as banging, stubbing, or dropping heavy objects on their feet, the unfortunate fact is that it is a common occurrence. Given the fact that toes are positioned in front of the feet, they typically sustain the brunt of such trauma. When trauma occurs to a toe, the result can be a painful break (fracture).

Symptoms of a Broken Toe

  • Throbbing pain
  • Swelling
  • Bruising on the skin and toenail
  • The inability to move the toe
  • Toe appears crooked or disfigured
  • Tingling or numbness in the toe

Generally, it is best to stay off of the injured toe with the affected foot elevated.

Severe toe fractures may be treated with a splint, cast, and in some cases, minor surgery. Due to its position and the pressure it endures with daily activity, future complications can occur if the big toe is not properly treated.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our offices located in Bettendorf, and DeWitt, IA and Rock Island, IL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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