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Tuesday, 09 April 2024 00:00

Ankle pain, a prevalent discomfort that can significantly impede daily activities, stems from various underlying factors. One primary cause is ankle sprains, resulting from sudden twists or rolls of the foot, leading to ligament damage and inflammation. Similarly, overuse injuries, such as tendinitis, occur when tendons become inflamed due to repetitive stress or strain, commonly observed in athletes or individuals engaged in strenuous physical activities. Additionally, arthritis, a condition characterized by joint inflammation, can affect the ankle joint, causing pain, stiffness, and swelling. Fractures, often caused by falls, accidents, or high-impact injuries, also contribute to ankle pain, necessitating immediate medical attention. Furthermore, conditions like Achilles tendinitis, plantar fasciitis, and nerve compression syndromes can manifest as ankle discomfort. If you have ankle pain, it is suggested that you visit a podiatrist who can determine what the cause is, and offer you effective relief and treatment options.

Ankle pain can be caused by a number of problems and may be potentially serious. If you have ankle pain, consult with one of our podiatrists from Nashville Family Foot Care. Our practitioners will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.

Ankle pain is any condition that causes pain in the ankle. Due to the fact that the ankle consists of tendons, muscles, bones, and ligaments, ankle pain can come from a number of different conditions.

Causes

The most common causes of ankle pain include:

  • Types of arthritis (rheumatoid, osteoarthritis, and gout)
  • Ankle sprains
  • Broken ankles
  • Achilles tendinitis
  • Achilles tendon rupture
  • Stress fractures
  • Bursitis
  • Tarsal tunnel syndrome
  • Plantar fasciitis

Symptoms

Symptoms of ankle injury vary based upon the condition. Pain may include general pain and discomfort, swelling, aching, redness, bruising, burning or stabbing sensations, and/or loss of sensation.

Diagnosis

Due to the wide variety of potential causes of ankle pain, podiatrists will utilize a number of different methods to properly diagnose ankle pain. This can include asking for personal and family medical histories and of any recent injuries. Further diagnosis may include sensation tests, a physical examination, and potentially x-rays or other imaging tests.

Treatment

Just as the range of causes varies widely, so do treatments. Some more common treatments are rest, ice packs, keeping pressure off the foot, orthotics and braces, medication for inflammation and pain, and surgery.

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

 

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Tuesday, 02 April 2024 00:00

From minor discomforts to debilitating ailments, a podiatrist is adept at addressing a plethora of foot conditions. These professionals specialize in diagnosing and treating various podiatric issues, ensuring optimal foot health for their patients. One common condition treated by podiatrists is plantar fasciitis, characterized by inflammation of the tissue connecting the heel bone to the toes, resulting in heel pain. Bunions, a bony bump that forms at the base of the big toe, are another frequent concern addressed by podiatrists, often requiring corrective measures such as orthotic devices or surgery. Additionally, ingrown toenails, fungal infections, and corns and calluses are among the routine ailments managed by these specialists. Podiatrists play a vital role in managing chronic conditions like diabetes, which can significantly impact foot health. Regular foot examinations and preventative care are essential in averting complications such as neuropathy and foot ulcers. Overall, seeking the expertise of a podiatrist ensures comprehensive care for a wide array of foot-related issues, promoting mobility, comfort, and overall well-being. If you have foot pain for any reason, it is strongly suggested that you visit a podiatrist who can accurately diagnose and treat any foot condition you may have.

If you are dealing with pain in your feet and ankles, you may want to seek help from a podiatrist. Feel free to contact one of our podiatrists from Nashville Family Foot Care. Our practitioners can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

What Is a Podiatrist?

A podiatrist is a doctor of podiatric medicine who diagnoses and treats conditions of the foot, ankle, and related structures of the leg. Your podiatrist may specialize in a certain field such as sports medicine, wound care, pediatrics, and diabetic care. Podiatrists have the ability to become board certified through training, clinical experience, and then taking an exam.

What Do Podiatrists Do?

On a daily basis, a podiatrist may perform the following activities:

  • Diagnose foot ailments such as ulcers, tumors, fractures, etc.
  • Use innovative methods to treat conditions
  • Use corrective orthotics, casts, and strappings to correct deformities
  • Correct walking patterns and balance
  • Provide individual consultations to patients

It is very important that you take care of your feet. It’s easy to take having healthy feet for granted, however foot problems tend to be among the most common health conditions. Podiatrists can help diagnose and treat a variety of feet related conditions, so it is crucial that you visit one if you need assistance.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office located in Nashville, TN . 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

Regular screenings for foot problems in children can be important for early detection and intervention, ensuring healthy foot development and optimal mobility. Pediatric foot screenings typically involve assessing various aspects of foot anatomy, alignment, and function. Screenings may include evaluating arch development, toe alignment, walking patterns, and range of motion in the joints. Podiatrists may also check for signs of common pediatric foot conditions, such as flat feet, toe-walking, or excessive pronation. Treatment options may include custom-made orthotic devices, physical therapy, or footwear modifications. Parents can facilitate foot health in children by ensuring they wear properly fitting shoes, encouraging regular physical activity, and addressing any concerns about foot pain or abnormal gait promptly. If you have a child with foot issues you are concerned about, it is suggested that you make an appointment with a podiatrist for a proper diagnosis and treatment.

Making sure that your children maintain good foot health is very important as they grow. If you have any questions, contact one of our podiatrists of Nashville Family Foot Care. Our practitioners can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Keeping Children's Feet Healthy

Having healthy feet during childhood can help prevent medical problems later in life, namely in the back and legs. As children grow, their feet require different types of care. Here are some things to consider...

Although babies do not walk yet, it is still very important to take care of their feet.

Avoid putting tight shoes or socks on his or her feet.

Allow the baby to stretch and kick his or her feet to feel comfortable.

As a toddler, kids are now on the move and begin to develop differently. At this age, toddlers are getting a feel for walking, so don’t be alarmed if your toddler is unsteady or ‘walks funny’. 

As your child gets older, it is important to teach them how to take care of their feet.

Show them proper hygiene to prevent infections such as fungus.

Be watchful for any pain or injury.

Have all injuries checked by a doctor as soon as possible.

Comfortable, protective shoes should always be worn, especially at play.

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

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Friday, 22 March 2024 00:00

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