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High school runner Nikki Thiede has returned from a history of injuries to compete in the NCAA Division II Regional. Excellent foot health has not always been the case for Thiede, who in the past has suffered stress fractures and torn ligaments in one of her ankles. The summer before her senior year, Thiede developed tarsal tunnel syndrome in her ankle and had to receive a series of shots. Despite her debilitating concerns, however, Thiede claimed that she never really thought about quitting. “I can’t imagine my life without running,” she stated. “I just knew that the injuries were obstacles I would have to get over.”

Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome is not an easy condition to endure. If you have pain in your foot or ankle, see Dr. Michael H. Wynn, DPM of Foot Care Associates of Texas. Dr. Wynn can treat your foot and ankle needs.

Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome

Tarsal tunnel syndrome, which can also be called tibial nerve dysfunction, is an uncommon condition of misfiring peripheral nerves in the foot. The tibial nerve is the peripheral nerve in the leg responsible for sensation and movement of the foot and calf muscles. In tarsal tunnel syndrome, the tibial nerve is damaged, causing problems with movement and feeling in the foot of the affected leg.

Common Cause of Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome
-Involves pressure or an injury, direct pressure on the tibial nerve for an extended period of time, sometimes caused by other body structures close by or near the knee.
-Diseases that damage nerves, including diabetes, may cause tarsal tunnel syndrome.
-At times, tarsal tunnel syndrome can appear without an obvious cause in some cases.

The Effects of Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome
-Different sensations, an afflicted person may experience pain, tingling, burning or other unusual sensations in the foot of the affected leg.
-The foot muscles, toes and ankle become weaker, and curling your toes or flexing your foot can become difficult.
-If condition worsens, infections and ulcers may develop on the foot that is experiencing the syndrome.

A physical exam of the leg can help identify the presence of tarsal tunnel syndrome.

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.

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caris-levert-msu.jpgCaris LeVert, junior guard for the University of Michigan, recently incurred a stress fracture in his foot that had to be corrected with surgery. His procedure went well and it’s predicted that he’ll be back to full health in about eight to ten weeks.  “He is doing well . . . We are confident he will participate in our late summer training and play in our August trip to Europe,” said John Beilein, Michigan’s coach.

LeVert’s skills have made him a formidable player in the Big Ten. He had been planning to attend the Kevin Durant Skills Academy in the summer, but because of his surgery his enrollment status is uncertain for now.

Stress fractures are common among those who partake in a lot of physical activity involving their feet. For assistance dealing with a stress fracture in the foot or ankle, consult with Dr. Michael H. Wynn, DPM of Foot Care Associates of Texas. Dr. Wynn can determine how badly hurt you are and help you get the care that you need.

Coping with Podiatric Stress Fractures

Stress Fractures occur on the foot and ankle when muscles in these areas weaken as a result of overexertion or underuse.  As a result, the ankles and feet lose support when walking or running from the ground. Since these bones are not protected, they receive the full impact of each step. The stress on the feet causes the bones to form cracks.

What are Stress Fractures?

Stress Fractures are very common among those who are highly active and involved in sports or activities that make excessive use of their legs and feet. Stress fractures are especially common among:

-athletes (gymnasts, tennis players, basketball players)
-runners/joggers
-osteoporosis patients
-those who engage in high-intensity workouts

Stress Fracture Symptoms

Pain from the fractures occur in the area of the fractures, and can be either constant or periodic. The pain is usually sharp or dull, accompanied by swelling and tenderness. Engagement in any kind of high impact activity will exacerbate the pain.

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Angie EverhartThe 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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Jordan Spieth Endures Ankle Injury during Farmers Jordan Spieth went off on a bogey-free 63 at Torrey Pines, but with that he also injured his ankle which caused him to slide 10 under to a T-19 finish at the Farmers Insurance Open.

"My ankle's pretty messed up; I felt it the second day on the back nine and I just kind of . . . I guess from there I just stopped loading as well on it and I started missing fairways," Spieth said. "All in all, I had no control over the golf ball today whatsoever with any club. It was tough."  

The 20-year-old couldn’t pinpoint the origin of the ankle injury and shot 71 on the South Course before scoring four shots worse in both weekend rounds.  "I don't remember where, it just started hurting; stepped wrong somewhere," said Spieth, who won last year's John Deere Open.

It’s never a good idea to be playing sports with a foot injury. If you sustained a sports-related foot or ankle injury, visit podiatrist Dr. Michael Wynn of the Foot Care Associates of Texas.

Playing Sports with Foot Injuries

Many types of foot injuries affect athletes over the course of their athletic career. Despite their setbacks, many of these athletes will continue to play with mild foot injuries and attempt to ‘push’ through the pain. In order to be able to prevent injuries, it is important to stretch before any activity, wear proper footwear and replace shoes as needed. Some of the foot injuries athletes are at risk for include:

  • Turf toe- upward bending of the big toe outside normal range of motion
  • Stress Fractures
  • Overpronation- excessive foot movement during gait
  • Plantar Fasciitis- swollen ligament in the foot’s base
  • Strains

There are many types of treatments that are necessary to keep the injury from becoming more serious. Ice is often used to reduce swelling and inflammation while applying a compression bandage can help reduce pain and stress on the foot. For more serious injuries it is recommended to consult with a podiatrist or orthopedic specialist as fractures and other serious conditions may require surgery.

For more information, contact our office in Kingwood, TX. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Wild center Mikko Koivu has not been medically cleared to play after having surgery to repair a broken ankle on Jan. 6. (Pioneer Press: SherriTeam Finland and Mikko Koivu have a difficult decision to make in regards to whether or not the Wild captain will be able to participate in the upcoming Sochi Olympics. Koivu had surgery to repair an ankle fracture on Jan. 6, and his recovery is still ongoing.

"As far as we go, if he's medically cleared and if there's no risk of injuring it further, then I think it's great. I would want him to go," said Mike Yeo, Koivu’s coach. However, Yeo admits it’s highly unlikely that he’ll be well enough to play any more NHL games before the break begins. Koivu’s last opportunity will be in a game against Nashville at Xcel Energy Center.

Broken ankles are very painful and usually require a lot of rehabilitation. If you have or are recovering from an ankle injury, consider seeing a podiatrist like Dr. Michael Wynn of Foot Care Associates of Texas, P.A. Dr. Wynn will fully examine your injury and provide cutting-edge treatment.

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.

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