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Tuesday, 28 November 2023 00:00

How to Manage a Child’s Broken Foot

A child’s boundless energy and adventurous spirit can sometimes lead to an accident or injury, such as a broken bone in the feet. For parents, the first step is to recognize the signs and symptoms, such as pain, swelling, bruising, or a change in the shape of your child's foot. Difficulty walking or moving the foot should prompt an immediate visit to a podiatrist. This medically trained foot doctor may use various diagnostic tools to assess the extent of the injury. X-rays, CT scans, and MRIs can reveal broken bones or other potential issues. A bone scan may also be administered for a comprehensive view. The primary goals of treating a child's foot fracture are to promote healing and prevent further injury. Typically, a cast or splint will be applied to immobilize the foot and lower leg, which allows the bones to mend. Pain management and infection prevention may involve medication, and if the skin is broken, a tetanus shot may be necessary. In some cases, depending on the severity of the injury, surgery may be required to realign the bones properly. Wires or screws may be used to maintain stability during the healing process. If your child has symptoms of a broken foot, it is suggested that you consult a podiatrist who can accurately diagnose and treat this condition.

A broken foot requires immediate medical attention and treatment. If you need your feet checked, contact one of our podiatrists from Columbus Podiatry & Surgery. Our podiatrists can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Broken Foot Causes, Symptoms, and Treatment

A broken foot is caused by one of the bones in the foot typically breaking when bended, crushed, or stretched beyond its natural capabilities. Usually the location of the fracture indicates how the break occurred, whether it was through an object, fall, or any other type of injury. 

Common Symptoms of Broken Feet:

  • Bruising
  • Pain
  • Redness
  • Swelling
  • Blue in color
  • Numbness
  • Cold
  • Misshapen
  • Cuts
  • Deformities

Those that suspect they have a broken foot shoot seek urgent medical attention where a medical professional could diagnose the severity.

Treatment for broken bones varies depending on the cause, severity and location. Some will require the use of splints, casts or crutches while others could even involve surgery to repair the broken bones. Personal care includes the use of ice and keeping the foot stabilized and elevated.

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

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Tuesday, 21 November 2023 00:00

Toddler Foot Pain

Toddler foot pain can be concerning for parents as little ones may not always be able to express what they are feeling accurately. It can stem from a range of issues, including minor injuries from falls or bumps, which are part of normal childhood activities. Overuse from running and jumping can also lead to pain, especially if toddlers are very active. However, there are also specific conditions to be aware of. Growing pains can be associated with Sever’s disease and are a frequent cause of discomfort in children, usually occurring at night or after a day filled with physical activity. Other potential causes include flat feet as well as in-toeing, where the feet turn inward instead of pointing straight. Wearing ill-fitting shoes can also cause pain or discomfort for toddlers, making proper shoe fitting important. Infections such as hand, foot, and mouth disease can cause painful sores on the feet. Additionally, serious conditions like juvenile arthritis, although rare, can result in foot pain. If your toddler is experiencing persistent foot pain that affects their ability to walk, is associated with swelling or redness, or is accompanied by a fever, it is strongly suggested that you make an appointment with a podiatrist for a proper diagnosis and treatment.

Foot Pain

Foot pain can be extremely painful and debilitating. If you have a foot pain, consult with one of our podiatrists from Columbus Podiatry & Surgery. Our podiatrists will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.

Causes

Foot pain is a very broad condition that could be caused by one or more ailments. The most common include:

  • Bunions
  • Hammertoes
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Bone Spurs
  • Corns
  • Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Ingrown Toenails
  • Arthritis (such as Gout, Rheumatoid, and Osteoarthritis)
  • Flat Feet
  • Injury (from stress fractures, broken toe, foot, ankle, Achilles tendon ruptures, and sprains)
  • And more

Diagnosis

To figure out the cause of foot pain, podiatrists utilize several different methods. This can range from simple visual inspections and sensation tests to X-rays and MRI scans. Prior medical history, family medical history, and any recent physical traumatic events will all be taken into consideration for a proper diagnosis.

Treatment

Treatment depends upon the cause of the foot pain. Whether it is resting, staying off the foot, or having surgery; podiatrists have a number of treatment options available for foot pain.

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

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Tuesday, 14 November 2023 00:00

Definition and Causes of an Acute Ankle Sprain

An acute ankle sprain refers to a sudden and unexpected injury to the ligaments that support the ankle joint. These ligaments can become stretched or torn when the foot twists or turns beyond its normal range of motion. This injury often results from a misstep, an awkward landing, or a sudden change in direction, such as in sports activities. The causes of an acute ankle sprain are typically linked to excessive or forceful movements that strain the ankle ligaments. Common situations include stumbling on uneven ground, stepping off of a curb, or rolling the ankle during sports activities, such as basketball or soccer. Wearing high heels and poorly fitting footwear can also increase the risk of ankle sprains by destabilizing the ankle. Understanding the definition and causes of an acute ankle sprain is essential for both prevention and timely treatment. If you have sprained your ankle, it is strongly suggested that you consult a podiatrist who can accurately diagnose this condition, and offer treatment methods that are right for you.

Ankle sprains are common but need immediate attention. If you need your feet checked, contact one of our podiatrists from Columbus Podiatry & Surgery. Our podiatrists can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

How Does an Ankle Sprain Occur?

Ankle sprains take place when the ligaments in your ankle are torn or stretched beyond their limits. There are multiple ways that the ankle can become injured, including twisting or rolling over onto your ankle, putting undue stress on it, or causing trauma to the ankle itself.

What Are the Symptoms?

  • Mild to moderate bruising
  • Limited mobility
  • Swelling
  • Discoloration of the skin (depending on severity)

Preventing a Sprain

  • Wearing appropriate shoes for the occasion
  • Stretching before exercises and sports
  • Knowing your limits

Treatment of a Sprain

Treatment of a sprain depends on the severity.  Many times, people are told to rest and remain off their feet completely, while others are given an air cast. If the sprain is very severe, surgery may be required.

If you have suffered an ankle sprain previously, you may want to consider additional support such as a brace and regular exercises to strengthen the ankle.

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

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