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The Netherlands based Delft University of Technology and the Erasmus Medical Centre have developed a new 3D printed ankle device that will reportedly prevent ankle sprains. The EXO-L (short for External Ankle Ligament) is a patented, 3D printed external ligament that replicates the natural motion and anatomy of the ankle to keep it from twisting. The EXO-L seeks to support the ankle when there is a possibility it may be sprained while simultaneously providing freedom of movement. The device is positioned just above the ankle, over the Achilles tendon, and is kept in place by strapping into a special patch on the outside of the shoe. The EXO-L remains inactivated for as long as the ankle’s ligaments remain within the normal range for the sport or activity being played.
Sometimes the opinion of a healthcare professional is required to ensure a sprained ankle is properly healed. If your ankle is sprained, consult with Dr. Michael H. Wynn, DPM of Foot Care Associates of Texas. Dr. Wynn will attend to all of your foot and ankle needs and answer all of your related questions.
How Does an Ankle Sprain Happen?
This type of injury takes place when the ligaments are torn or stretched beyond their limits. There are multiple ways that the ankle can become injured; however, even the simple act of walking may cause a sprain. If footing is lost or you are walking on uneven terrain, ankle damage may occur.
What are the Symptoms?
- Mild to moderate bruising
- Limited mobility
- Discoloration of the skin, depending on severity
Is there a Way to Care for my Ankle at Home?
Self-care for ankle sprains includes propping the ankle up and keeping it elevated, applying ice packs as needed, and remaining off your feet. Some may also find that wrapping the ankle with an ACE bandage and taking over-the-counter pain relievers are helpful. One of the most important things is to avoid further stress to the affected area.
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, which will allow you to walk while stabilizing the ankle.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in Kingwood, TX. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.
The model-turned-actress Angie Everhart has been hospitalized after suffering an ankle injury. The former fiancée of Joe Pesci battled thyroid cancer last year and now was treated by doctors after sustaining a rather odd foot injury. Everhart posted on Twitter:
"I had a crazy experience this past weekend. Injured my ankle by crossing my legs too long...Wtf!?! "The crossing of my leg on my perineal nerve cause (sic) it to go to sleep, can't move my foot. No joke. Was in hospital for 3 days. I'm in a leg brace and all. Doc (sic) says it will come back but will take a few weeks. Very scary."
Ankle injuries can be incredibly painful. For expert assistance in foot and ankle care, speak to a podiatrist like Dr. Michael Wynn of Foot Care Associates of Texas. Dr. Wynn can help you identify your foot type and assist you in deciding what footwear is best for you.
What to Know About Ankle Injuries
It is very common to incur an injury to the ankle. As the point of connection from the leg and the foot, the ankle is susceptible to sprains and fractures due to its location. Ankle sprains, the most common ankle injury, occurs when the foot is twisted in an unnatural way. This unnatural twisting results in severe pain as a result of inflammation and swelling. This inflammation and swelling comes from fluid leakage into the tissues, which sensitize and place additional pressure on the nerves. Heavy blood flow also occurs, which is why swollen ankles are warm to the touch. Ankle sprains can occur by the following means:
· Sports injuries
· Slipping on stairs
· Walking on uneven ground
While ankle sprains can be minor, if you are experiencing severe pain, bone deformity, loss of sensation or even an inability to walk, it is a sure sign that you require immediate medical attention. X-rays could determine potential fractures. The ankle can experience injury in the joint, tendons, and ligaments. Anytime there is an ankle injury ice should be applied to the injured area in order to reduce inflammation. To reduce pressure, elevate the ankle above the level of the heart and apply an elastic bandage as needed.
If you have any questions, feel free to contact our office in Kingwood, TX. We offer the latest in diagnostic and treatment technologies to give you the best care options available.
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Recently, famous swimmer Michael Phelps incurred a stress fracture. As a result, Phelps wears a boot on his right foot. Although the Olympian retired from the sport after the 2012 London games, there are rumors pegging his return to compete in 2016, even if his injury says otherwise.
‘‘I don’t know what’s going to happen in the future,’’ Phelps said recently. ‘‘I don’t know what’s going to happen tomorrow.’’ Despite Phelps’ injury, Phelps’ former coach Bob Bowman remains optimistic.
Dealing with a stress fracture, like Anderson’s can be a painful endeavor. Treatment and recovery can be aided with the help of a podiatrist, like Dr. Michael Wynn of Foot Care Associates of Texas, P.A. Dr. Wynn can help by examining the stress fracture and determining the best course of treatment.
Dealing with Stress Fractures of the Foot and Ankle
The 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?
-people affected with Osteoporosis
-play tennis or basketball
-high impact workouts
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.
- Surgery with support pins around the fracture helps
- A great intake of Calcium and Vitamin-D helps for strong bones
- Set a regimen for running or other activity
- Wear supportive shoes
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If you have any questions, please contact our office in Kingwood, TX. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.
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J.B Holmes, a famous PGA golfer will not partake in golf’s famous PGA Tour competition due to a broken ankle injury he sustained. The golfer is estimated to not be playing for 8-10 weeks of the competition, due to the injury. Holmes broke his ankle in a rollerblading incident not too far away from his home in Windermere.
The former U.S. Ryder Cup player broke his ankle by rolling backward on his blades. He then hit a hole in the ground while waiting for his fiancée, Erica Kahldin, to catch up stated Terry Reilly of Wasserman Media Group. His ankle collapsed sideways, which resulted in a small fracture. “Just a freak little thing,” said Reilly.
If you think you have sustained an ankle injury such as this you should seek out a podiatrist such as Dr. Michael Wynn of Foot Care Associates of Texas, P.A. Dr. Wynn will diagnose any injuries you may have as well as provide you with treatment options that work for you.
The ankle is made up of three bones- the tibia, the fibula, and the talus. The tibia and the fibula connect to your knees and sit directly above the talus bone. The talus is protected by a fibrous membrane and allows slight movement in the ankle joint. Fractures occur when there is an excess of force or stress as a result of jumping, running or twisting the ankle.
If you suffer an ankle injury, it is essential that you receive a correct, accurate diagnosis. The first sign the ankle is broken is an inability to put any weight on it. Often times there is severe bruising and swelling at the site of the injury. Your doctor may also order an x-ray be taken to determine the exact location and extent of the injury.
Without proper care, a broken ankle could cause arthritis and instability later in life as a result of not healing properly. Therefore, it is essential to seek proper treatment to make a full recovery.
There a number of steps you can take to expedite the healing process. Elevate your feet above your head and ice the ankle to reduce pain and swelling. Your doctor may decide that surgery is the best option, in which you will likely be in a cast for at least three months. In all cases, a thorough rehabilitation program will help strengthen the leg and prevent the muscles from atrophyi
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office, which is located in Kingwood, TX. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.
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