My Blog

Posts for tag: Broken Ankle

By Family Foot & Ankle Care, PC
February 14, 2018
Category: Foot Care

When you are injured and have a hard time staying mobile, certain types of support devices can be used to help move you along.  Support device use dates back to 2830 BC. A common type of support device that is used in the podiatric world is crutches. Crutches are a T shaped, lightweight aluminum brace that helps you walk or take weight off of an injured ankle, foot, or leg. They absorb shock and are slip resistant and act like a second foot when yours is not doing so great.

For lower-limb injuries such as a broken leg, broken ankle, sprained ankle, knee injuries, and other injuries, as well as after surgery on the leg, knee, ankle, or foot, crutches remain useful today to decrease discomfort, reduce recovery time, and assist walking. Often when you get a cast put on your leg or foot, you will be required to use crutches for a period of time. Crutches may also be used by amputees, and people with other disabilities that make walking difficult.

How Do Crutches Work?

A crutch is responsible for doing two things: reducing the weight load on one of your legs and broadening your support base to improve your balance and stability. A crutch allows people with paralysis or other disabilities the benefits of upright posture and lets them maneuver in places they cannot go with a wheelchair.

A crutch is necessary when a person cannot walk or walks with extreme difficulty. Any person with leg or foot pain or injury, weak muscles, or an unstable gait may benefit from using a crutch or crutches. A podiatrist will let you know if crutches are necessarily based on your injury and its severity.

Crutches shift the force of upright movement from your legs to your upper body. You must have sufficient arm strength, balance, and coordination to use them effectively. If they are not used the right way, they can injure you.

Breaking a foot or ankle, or undergoing a surgery can be scary, especially if it affects your mobility. Luckily, crutches are available to assist you when you need to get around. If you need a set of crutches or instructions on how to properly use them, call our office. Call Dr. Alan J. Discont and Dr. Krahn of Family Foot & Ankle Care, PC located in Chandler, Arizona. Call 480-732-0033 or make an appointment online today. Don’t let a broken foot keep you from moving around.

The Arizona Wildcats lost their running back, J.J. Taylor, as he sustained a broken ankle in late September. The injury was originally thought to be a sprained ankle, sustained during the second half of the loss to the Washington Huskies. At the time, it was thought that either Zach Green or Tyrell Johnson would replace him.

Broken ankles require immediate treatment. If you have any concerns about your feet and ankles, contact Dr. Alan Discont of Family Foot and Ankle Care. Dr. Discont will treat your foot and ankle needs.

Broken Ankles
A broken ankle is experienced when a person fractures their tibia or fibula in the lower leg and ankle area. Both these bones are attached at the bottom of the leg and combine to form what we know to be our ankle.

When a physician is referring to a break of the ankle, he or she is usually referring to a break in the area where the tibia and fibula are joined to create our ankle joint. Ankles are more prone to fractures because the ankle is an area that suffers a lot of pressure and stress. There are some obvious signs when a person experiences a fractured ankle and the following symptoms may be present.

Symptoms of a Fractured Ankle

  • Excessive pain when the area is touched or when any pressure is placed on the ankle
  • Swelling around the area
  • Bruising of the area
  • Area appears to be deformed

If you suspect an ankle fracture, it is recommended to seek treatment as soon as possible. The sooner you have your podiatrist diagnose the fracture, the quicker you’ll be on the way towards recovery.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Chandler, AZ. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

Read more about broken ankles.

The Pokémon Go app has garnered the attention of many people across the country. The mobile game leads people to go outside and explore their neighborhoods in order to collect Pokémon and battle other players. The game allows teens and young adults to live out their childhood fantasies of playing with Pokémon in real life. However, there are some people who have become too absorbed in the game. There have been reports of people bruising their shins and breaking their ankles while trying to catch Pokémon. 

Broken ankles require immediate treatment. If you have any concerns about your feet and ankles,contact Dr. Alan Discont, D.P.M. of Family Foot and Ankle Care. Dr. Discont will attend to your foot and ankle needs.

Broken Ankles
A broken ankle is experienced when a person fractures their tibia or fibula in the lower leg and ankle area. Both these bones are attached at the bottom of the leg and combine to form what we know to be our ankle.

When a physician is referring to a break of the ankle, he or she is usually referring to a break in the area where the tibia and fibula are joined to create our ankle joint. Ankles are more prone to fractures because the ankle is an area that suffers a lot of pressure and stress. There are some obvious signs when a person experiences a fractured ankle and the following symptoms may be present.

Symptoms of a Fractured Ankle

  • Excessive pain when the area is touched or when any pressure is placed on the ankle
  • Swelling around the area
  • Bruising of the area
  • Area appears to be deformed

If you suspect an ankle fracture, it is recommended to seek treatment as soon as possible. The sooner you have your podiatrist diagnose the fracture, the quicker you’ll be on the way towards recovery.

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

Read more about broken ankles.

The Scouts fashioned a makeshift stretcher for Curry with gathered wood and a tarpFormer Today show co-host Ann Curry was discovered on a trail in New York’s Harriman State Park by a group of Boy Scouts from Berkeley Heights. The group was hiking when they found Curry sitting off to the side of the path, after which she claimed the possibility that her ankle might be broken.

Curry was carried to the end of the trail by the scouts, who made her a makeshift stretcher. At the trail’s end waited Curry’s husband and son with a group of park rangers. She was then taken to the hospital. To express her gratitude, Curry later sent each scout member a handwritten letter. She also publicly thanked the entire troop on her Twitter account.

A broken ankle, like Curry’s, requires medical attention. If you are suffering from a broken ankle, consult with podiatrist Dr. Alan Discont, DPM of Family Foot and Ankle Care. Dr. Discont will attend to your injury and any of your other foot and ankle needs.

Broken Ankles

The ankle consists of three bones- the tibia, the fibula, and the talus. The tibia and the fibula are the two bones that connect to your knees. They sit directly above the talus bone, which is protected by a fibrous membrane and allows slight movement in the ankle joint. A break usually occurs in one of these bones after the foot is twisted too far, a strong impact like jumping from a great height, or repeated stresses like running.

Diagnosis

If you suffer an ankle injury, it is essential that you receive a correct diagnosis. One of the first signs that the ankle is broken is an inability to put any weight on it. There will often be severe bruising and swelling at the sight of the injury. Your doctor may also order an x-ray be taken to determine the exact location and extent of the injury.

Treatment

Without proper care, a broken ankle may not heal properly and could cause arthritis and instability later in life. Therefore, seeking proper treatment is essential to making a full recovery.

For more information about Broken Ankles, follow the link below.

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

Read more about Broken Ankles

Aaron DobsonNew England Patriots wide receiver Aaron Dobson had to miss the team’s last practice to because of a stress fracture in his left foot. Dobson hurt himself during the Patriots’ game against the Bills in week 17.

Luckily New England had a bye during the first round of the playoffs, giving the wide receiver time to rest, but the team is still uncertain if he’ll be recovered enough in time to play the next game. The Patriots have experienced an unusually high amount of injuries in their offense this season, although they have several backups ready to take over for Dobson.

Stress fractures are extremely painful and usually require the care of a medical professional. For help dealing with fractures and other injuries, talk to a podiatrist like Dr. Alan Discont of Family Foot and Ankle Care, PC. Dr. Discont can determine the severity of your problem and recommend a variety of viable treatment options.

Dealing with Stress Fractures of the Foot and Ankle

Stress Fractures occur on the foot and ankle when muscles in these areas weaken from too much or too little use.  Then the feet and ankles lose support when walking or running from the impact of the ground. Since there is no protection the bones receive the full impact of each step. The stress on the feet causes cracks to form in the bones, thus called stress fractures.

What are Stress Fractures?

Common among individuals whose daily activities cause great impact on the feet and ankles. Stress factors are most common among:

-runners                                 
-people affected with Osteoporosis
-play tennis or basketball
-gymnastics
-high impact workouts

Symptoms

Pain from the fractures occur in the area of the fractures, and can be constant or intermittent. It will often cause sharp or dull pain with swelling and tenderness. Engaging in any kind of activity which involves in high impact will aggravate pain.

Treatment

The individual and the degree of injury depend on the fracture of the foot. Some fractures heal very fast while others take a long times and one would need crutches.

- Surgery with support pins around the fracture helps
- A great intake of Calcium and Vitamin-D helps for strong bones

For more information about Stress Fractures of the Foot and Ankle, follow the link below.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact our office in Chandler, AZ. We offer the latest in diagnostic and treatment technology to fit your needs.

Read more about Stress Fractures of the Foot and Ankle.