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broken foot4October 28th marked the one-year anniversary of Detroit Pistons guard Jodie Meeks’ broken foot injury. “I was in a pick-and-roll, I turned right, and I heard it pop. I felt it, obviously, but it was a bad night for me,” said Meeks of his injury. He had suffered a fracture of the fifth metatarsal, sidelining him for the next 79 games. Meeks had to have two surgeries, as the injury was not healing properly, and he was currently still recovering from his injury in late October. Meeks was hopeful that he would be able to practice in “a few weeks.”

A broken foot requires immediate medical attention and treatment. If you need your feet checked, contact Dr. Rick L. Simon of Pennsylvania. Our doctor 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 (foot)
  • 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 one of our offices located in Lansdale, PA. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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ankle surgeryAccording to the status of Giants athlete Darian Thompson’s foot injury, he was believed to have needed foot surgery, which at the time would have ended the rest of his season. Thompson aggravated his foot injury during practice in early November and used the time during the bye week to continue rehabbing his foot, which he had injured during the Week 2 win against the Saints. “Just looking to get healthy and get back out there once we get back,” Thompson had said.

Foot surgery is sometimes necessary to fix a foot ailment. To learn more, contact Dr. Rick L. Simon of Pennsylvania. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

When Is Surgery Necessary?

Foot and ankle surgery is generally reserved for cases in which less invasive, conservative procedures have failed to help with the problem. Some of the cases in which surgery may be necessary are:

  • Removing foot deformities like bone spurs and bunions
  • Severe arthritis that has caused bone issues
  • Cosmetic reconstruction

What Types of Surgery Are There?

The type of surgery you receive will depend on the nature of the problem you have. Some of the possible surgeries include:

  • Bunionectomy for painful bunions
  • Surgical fusion for realignment of bones
  • Neuropathy decompression surgery to treat nerve damage

Benefits of Surgery

Although surgery is usually a last resort, it can provide more complete pain relief compared to non-surgical methods and may allow you to finally resume full activity.

Surgical techniques have also become increasingly sophisticated. Techniques like endoscopic surgery allow for smaller incisions and faster recovery times.

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

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Monday, 14 November 2016 02:20

Arch Support and Your Feet

orthotics5It is no secret that high heels are bad for the feet. The human foot is not designed to wear extremely high heels, so they are being forced to adjust to the unnatural height difference. Additionally, women who have flat feet are more susceptible to foot problems from a lack of arch support. Examples of these feet problems are arch pain, foot cramps, tired feet, and leg fatigue. Over the counter arch products are a solution to the lack of arch support in many types of footwear, and may help prevent foot problems in the future. It is best to consult with your podiatrist to determine the proper orthotics for your needs.

If you are having discomfort in your feet and would like to try orthotics, contact Dr. Rick L. Simon of Pennsylvania. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

What are Orthotics?

Orthotics are inserts you can place into your shoes to help with a variety of foot problems such as flat feet or foot pain. Orthotics provide relief and comfort for minor foot and heel pain, but can’t correct serious biomechanical problems in your feet.

Over-the-Counter Inserts

Orthotics come in a wide variety of over-the-counter inserts that are used to treat foot pain, heel pain, and minor problems. For example, arch supports can be inserted into your shoes to help correct over arched or flat feet, while gel insoles are often used because they provide comfort and relief from foot and heel pain by alleviating pressure.

Prescription Orthotics

If over-the-counter inserts don’t work for you, or if you have a more severe foot issue, it is possible to have your podiatrist prescribe custom orthotics. These high quality inserts are designed to treat problems such as abnormal motion, plantar fasciitis, and more severe heel pain. They can even be used to help patients suffering from diabetes by treating foot ulcers and painful calluses, and are usually molded to your feet individually, which allows them to provide full support and comfort.

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

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Monday, 07 November 2016 15:14

Anthony Davis Suffers Sprained Ankle

foot injuryNew Orleans Pelicans Anthony Davis suffered a Grade 2 ankle sprain in the preseason game against the Houston Rockets in Beijing. Davis had to retreat to the locker room and did not return to the game following a scuffle with Rockets center Nene while moving toward the basket. He was spotted wearing a boot on his sprained foot and was expected to be out for up to 15 days.

Ankle sprains are common, but need immediate attention. If you need your feet checked, contact Dr. Rick L. Simon of Pennsylvania. Our doctor 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 can aid in prevention

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 Lansdale, PA. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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