Posts for category: Common Foot Conditions, Sports Injuries
Your body is made up of tons of joints and ligaments that you would likely never know the name of unless you study medical science or happen to injure that particular area. One such joint is the Lisfranc, which connects your metatarsal bones (the long bones that run from your toes to the middle of your foot) to your tarsal bones (the bones in your foot’s arch). This is one of the lesser-known injuries, but it’s one we still see from time to time here at Connecticut Foot Care Centers.
Causes of Lisfranc Injury
The Lisfranc joint can be a dislocation, sprain, or break. This injury can occur in a number of ways:
- Sports injury
- Dropping a heavy item on your foot
- Overuse, such as running or jumping repeatedly
- Twisting your foot
It takes professional diagnostic work from a certified podiatrist to identify a Lisfranc injury. If you are experiencing the following symptoms, it is time to check in with a foot doctor:
- Pain in the middle of your foot, especially when standing
- Unable to bear weight on the painful foot
- Swelling or bruising in the arch or on the top of foot
- Widening of the foot
Your podiatrist will ask detailed questions about how the injury occurred in addition to a foot examination. They will likely take x-rays or use other imaging appliances to get a full picture of what’s going on inside your foot. Often, Lisfranc injuries are mistaken for ankle sprains, so an accurate diagnosis is a must.
Treating a Lisfranc Injury
Once the injury has been diagnosed as a Lisfranc injury, your foot doctor will work to determine the best course of treatment. The RICE method of treatment – Rest, Ice, Compression and Elevation of the affected area – will likely be implemented. Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications may also be given. For very serious injuries, surgical options will be discussed.
If you have sustained an injury to your foot or ankle, our team of foot doctors here at Connecticut Foot Care Centers is here to help. We provide the best in foot care and utilize the newest diagnostic and treatment techniques and technologies! Our friendly and knowledgeable staff has unparalleled experience and can help you at any of our six conveniently located Connecticut offices. Request an appointment today!
It’s estimated that in the USA, 25,000 people sprain their ankle every day – ouch! Whether it was during a heated game of basketball, or you were just stepping off the curb and took a spill, it’s very likely that you’ve sprained your ankle at some point.
An ankle sprain occurs when you twist or force your ankle bones in an unnatural direction, causing the ligaments surrounding your ankle bones to overstretch or tear. A sprained ankle comes with plenty of pain and a swollen and bruised joint – you’ll know when you’ve sprained it. Often ankle sprains happen repeatedly, bringing about unstable joints, an unnatural gait, and poor balance.
What causes ankle sprains?
Ankle sprains often occur during sports and can happen to both professional or amateur athletes. A whopping 45% of all professional athletic injuries are ankle sprains. Repeated jumping, like in basketball, puts you at a great risk for a sprain. Dancers also often suffer ankle sprains.
It’s not only athletes who are prone to ankle injuries though! If you wear high heels or elevated platform shoes, you are increasing your risk factor. Ankle sprains can also occur easily if you’re walking a dog who is pulling hard on a leash, walking along an uneven surface, or even misjudging a step up a stair or off a curb.
You Don’t Have to Strain to Prevent a Sprain
As with any condition, prevention is the best way to avoid a recurring issue:
- If you’re playing any sport, ensure you have the correct gear. Make sure your shoes fit well and are appropriate for the activity you’re partaking in.
- Stretch it out! It’s especially important to stretch the areas like your hips, legs, and torso to increase flexibility in those places.
- Work out your ankle muscles. Wrap a towel or a small, light weight cloth around your ankle or foot and rotate it in all directions.
- Do light exercises daily to increase your balance. Even practicing standing on one foot daily with your eyes closed can increase your balance.
- Don’t overdo it. Build up exercise regimens slowly and carefully. Practice regularly and your skills will gradually increase.
- Listen to your body. If you are experiencing any pain in your ankle, or anywhere in your body, during or after exercise, it’s time to take a rest.
Treating Your Sprain
Ankle sprains are definitely not an injury that can be “walked off.” Once you sprain your ankle, immediately take your weight off that foot and stop the activity you’re engaged in. The first steps to treatment are in the acronym R.I.C.E.: Rest, Ice, Compression, and Elevation.
If swelling and pain continues, it’s time to call Connecticut Foot Care Centers, LLC for an exam. Our friendly and professional team of podiatrists use state of the art technology and keep up with the latest foot health trends to prevent and treat many podiatric issues. Please contact us today to schedule an appointment at one of our six conveniently located offices.
Inspired by that rousing Super Bowl game last weekend? Want to get out on the field yourself and execute some of Tom Brady’s moves? Before you suit up and grab the pigskin, familiarize yourself with one of the most common injuries in sports: turf toe.
What causes turf toe?
Even amateur athletes can suffer from sports injuries like turf toe. The name comes from the fact that playing on artificial turf can accelerate the risk-factor for this injury (as well as for other knee, ankle, and foot injuries). Turf toe typically happens when you sprain your big toe by overextension, often occurring when the toe hits an unyielding surface and bends in an unnatural way.
Turf toe can be caused by repeatedly stressing your big toe through the same movements, such as jumping or running on a hard surface. It can also be an acute strain from a sudden movement or action. Acute turf toe typically causes immediate pain.
Three tiers of turf toe:
A mild injury, known as a first-degree sprain, involves the stretching of one or more ligaments. This level of injury comes with tenderness and mild swelling directly over the strained joint. You might also experience pain in the toe while walking.
A moderate injury, or second-degree sprain, involves ligament tearing. You’d feel elevated pain and swelling in the joint and flexing the toe during walking will be quite painful.
A third-degree sprain, the most severe turf toe injury, is a complete rupture of the ligament. These injuries are very painful and absolutely need to be seen by a podiatrist immediately.
Turf toe treatment
Treatment often includes the immediate regimen of protection, rest, ice, compression, and elevation to reduce pain and swelling. A foot doctor also might recommend anti-inflammatory medications. For second or third-degree sprains, x-rays might be necessary to rule out bone injury or fractures.
Did you injure your toe while playing sports on artificial turf? Turf toe is an injury our podiatry team treats in all of our offices at Connecticut Foot Care Centers, LLC. Please contact us online for more information or to schedule an appointment at our Rocky Hill, Bristol, Middletown, Glastonbury, Kensington, or Newington, Connecticut locations.