Foot Doctor Blog

"Board tricks, repeated foot impact can lead to serious injury."

As school programs draw to a close and youth head outside for more physical activity, Podiatrists see a rise in foot injuries from a variety of summer activities. Consider skateboarding. Dr. Stanford, DPM, says "Parents should be on the look out for more than just bad bruising and ankle sprains." "Don't hesitate to seek a proper medical evaluation on any injury since more can be going on below the surface of the skin."

Here is an article highlighting the potential risks associated with skateboarding (Full article from foothealthfacts.org)

Children and young adults love the thrill of skateboarding. They learn to master their skills of "riding the rail" and "catching air." But according to the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons (ACFAS), such tricks, while fun, can be physically demanding and can cause serious foot and ankle injuries.

Foot and ankle surgeons around the country warn they continue to see serious lower-extremity skateboard injuries among their patients. These injuries range from minor bruises to open wounds or cuts to more serious foot and ankle sprains and fractures, which may require surgical repair.

Virginia-based foot and ankle surgeon, Jennifer Purvis, DPM, FACFAS, advises skateboarders to use caution and to wear protective gear, including properly supportive shoes, when skateboarding. "Skateboarding can be particularly hard on your feet and ankles because of the impact caused when performing jumps and tricks," Dr. Purvis explains. "Skateboarders should be aware that the strain from repetitive, forceful motions can also cause painful foot and heel conditions, such as plantar fasciitis, bone spurs, fractures (traumatic or stress) and Achilles tendonitis, which may require more intensive, longer-term therapies," she said.

Even minor cuts or abrasions on your feet can cause serious problems. Dr. Purvis recently treated a 21-year-old skateboarder for scrapes on his feet and ankles that were not healing. Tests indicated he had contracted MRSA, a very serious and sometimes deadly staph infection, which required surgery and four weeks of antibiotic therapy.

Foot and ankle sprains and fractures are common skateboarding injuries. Karl Collins, DPM, FACFAS, who practices in St. Louis, stresses the importance of seeing a foot and ankle surgeon to ensure proper diagnosis and course of treatment for these injuries. Until you can be seen by a doctor, it is best to take a break from activities and use RICE therapy (Rest, Ice, Compression and Elevation), which helps reduce pain and control swelling around the injury. 

"A common misconception about foot and ankle fractures is that if you can walk on the foot, there isn't a fracture," Dr. Collins said. "That's not always the case, and only a proper diagnosis can rule out a serious injury requiring an advanced treatment plan."

With many people currently working from home, patients are considering this to be a great time for those elective surgeries since the post-operative down time will have little to no impact on work and activity schedules.

At Aurora Foot and Ankle Clinic, our sugical suite is here in our clean and friendly office. Hence, our scheduling is very flexible and can accomodate most date requests from patients. Post-operative followups are also conveniently scheduled. See our surgical page for what surgeries are offered here at Aurora Foot and Ankle Clinic.

Here are some more reasons from foothealthfacts.org that may guide you in choosing when to schedule that toe or foot surgery.

Make Your Feet Smile This Sandal Season

(article from foothealthfacts.org)

When summer hits, we are guaranteed at least three solid months of wearing sandals. Seeing your feet exposed may raise questions as to what could be ailing your feet. To help keep your feet healthy and happy for the summer and beyond, the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons (ACFAS) offers tips on what to look for with some of the most common foot conditions and when you should see a foot and ankle surgeon for proper treatment.

Surgeons add, getting to the root of the problem early on lends itself to better outcomes and shorter recovery time. Your foot and ankle surgeon can determine the best course of action to get your feet back to a healthy and comfortable state.

1. Bunion
Do you have a bump on the side of your big toe? It could be a bunion. Bunions are often thought to be caused by wearing narrow shoes when in fact they are an inherited condition aggravated by shoe wear. Good news is, they are treatable. Treatment may only require monitoring your feet and making modest modifications to footwear, or depending on the severity of the bunion, surgery may be the best option.

2. Hammertoe
Here is a test—relax and set your feet and toes flat on the ground. If it looks as though you are drawing up your toes toward the ceiling, you could have a hammertoe. Hammertoe is a bending deformity of one or both joints of your toes. This abnormal bending can put pressure on the toe when wearing shoes, causing problems to develop. Because of the progressive nature of hammertoes, they should receive early attention. Hammertoes don’t get better without some kind of intervention.

3. Melanoma Skin Cancer
Yes, skin cancer can be found on your feet—in fact, melanoma (the most deadly type of skin cancer) is the type of skin cancer most frequently found on the feet. If you notice an abnormal freckle or mole anywhere on your foot, even under your toenail, it’s best to have it checked out by a foot and ankle surgeon. Early detection is key.

4. Haglund’s Deformity
If you notice a painful bony enlargement on the back of your heel, it could be a Haglund’s deformity—or often heard as a “pump bump.” The soft tissue near the Achilles tendon becomes irritated when the bony enlargement rubs against shoes. This often leads to painful bursitis, which is an inflammation of the fluid-filled sac between the tendon and the bone—the bursa. Foot and ankle surgeons can treat a Haglund’s deformity nonsurgically, but when conservative methods fail, surgery may be needed to relieve pain.

5. Tailor’s Bunion
While most people have heard of the most common type of bunions, which are near the big toe, another type of bunion is the tailor’s bunion or bunionette, which occurs near the little toe. If you notice a painful bump at the base of your little toe, it could be a tailor’s bunion. A foot and ankle surgeon can provide you with conservative methods of treatment as well as surgical options to help alleviate the pain.

Over the past year our clinic has been offering an exciting alternative to traditional plantar wart treatments. Introducing SWIFT® Microwave Therapy for Warts!

SWIFT® uses microwave energy to rapidly elevate tissue temperature at the site of infection and create precise, localised cell destruction.

Each treatment is just seconds long and the patient is not left with painful blisters or scars to deal with after treatment.

We are proud to be the first Podiatry Clinic in BC to offer SWIFT® Microwave Therapy for Warts as an alternative treatment for our patients and couldn't be happier with the results.

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Although golf doesn’t involve running or jumping, injuries do occur to the foot and ankle. Golfers should be aware of the following risks:

  • Heel pain (or plantar fasciitis) can be exacerbated by excessive walking on the golf course. 
  • The golf swing can also place stress upon the feet and ankles. Common complaints are especially noted to the ball of the foot that pivots to help drive the golf club through the swing. The stress on the ball of the foot can cause capsulitis of the second toe, neuromas, and increased pain in the great toe joint (often hallux rigidus).

Early assessment and treatment can help stop mild injuries from progressing. At Aurora Foot and Ankle Clinic, Dr. Stanford helps patients get back to their sport quickly with tailored treatment plans.

That being said, prevention is always the best step in avoiding injury of the foot or ankle. 

Prescription custom orthotics can help improve the foot's range of motion and stability while walking the golf course. Many patients do not realize that custom orthotics can be fabricated specifically to fit all types of footwear, including gold shoes.

Click here to learn more about our custom orthotics.





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