The Answers You Need to Settle Your Foot Care Questions
Sometimes it can be difficult to find the right answers to your questions. Other times it can be too embarrassing to even ask the right questions. That is why we take the initiative to answer common foot care queries without the need to be asked. Come get the answers you and your feet need.
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What is the difference between a sprain and a fracture?
A sprain and a fracture can both be painful, debilitating injuries, but they affect different structures. A sprain is damage to connective tissues called ligaments. These are fibrous bands that connect bones to other bones, so they stay in the right places. Ligaments have a limited range in which they can stretch. If they are forced beyond that point, the tissue is damaged and suffers a sprain. In the lower limbs, this is most common in the ankle.
A fracture is any kind of break in your bone tissue. This can range from a thin crack due to overuse, also known as a stress fracture, to multiple displaced bones, which can happen in a serious accident. Depending on the severity of the injury and its location, these two problems can feel similar. You need a complete exam, and probably diagnostic images like X-rays, to determine which condition you have so you can get the best treatment. Let our team at Parker Foot & Ankle help with your injury. Make an appointment online, or call us directly at (281) 497-2850.
Can stretching prevent foot injuries?
Sometimes you can prevent foot injuries by keeping your muscles and connective tissues adequately stretched. Your feet are under a lot of stress when you stand and walk; it’s fairly easy for your tissues to become tight and overworked. Stretching to prevent injuries helps alleviate some of this stress in your lower limbs. These stretches don’t have to be complicated to benefit your feet, either, and most are easy to do at home.
Exercises like the step stretch, the towel pull, the wall stretch, the plantar stretch, and the sole massage work well. They impact different parts of your feet, ankles, and lower legs, helping you to stay conditioned and keep your tissues relaxed. If you’re struggling with tight tendons or muscles, don’t wait until you develop an injury to get help. Let Parker Foot & Ankle take care of your feet. You can call our Houston office for an appointment at (281) 497-2850, or use the online form to reach us. We’ll be happy to explain these stretches in detail.
How can I avoid foot injuries during aerobics?
Accidents that cause foot pain can happen any time you’re active—doing aerobics, for instance. There are ways to avoid foot injuries, though. Wear the right shoes whenever you work out. Make sure they have supportive, cushioned soles and fit your feet correctly. Always use the proper technique so you’re less likely to strain your feet and ankles. If you’re doing step aerobics, don’t use a bench or step that is too tall for your legs.
Condition your lower limbs to handle the stress of your routine, too. Some simple exercises build up your toe, foot, and ankle strength, making them more stable. Calf raises, toe spreads, balancing exercises, and foot taps work the tissues that keep your feet strong and help prevent overuse injuries. Stretches, like the wall stretch and the plantar stretch, help prevent tissues from tightening too much and causing problems. If you develop foot pain during your work out, stop and take care of it. Dr. Robert Parker can help you prevent and manage any foot injuries. Just call our Houston, TX office at (281) 497-2850 or use the web contact form to reach us.
What is turf toe?
What is turf toe, you ask? Simply put, turf toe is a sprain of the big toe joint. Imagine the shape that a foot takes when an athlete is on the starting blocks preparing to sprint—the heel is raised, the weight of the body is placed upon the ball of the foot and toes. The ligaments of the big toe joint allow for this movement, acting as a hinge to move the big toe up and down. This means that it also absorbs the weight and pressure from which you propel yourself forward.
When your body attempts to make that initial "push off," sometimes the big toe remains flat on the floor and doesn't lift. We call this a hyperextension, and if repeated enough over time, or with sudden force, it can cause a sprain in the ligaments of the joint. Turf toe is commonly seen in athletes that play on artificial surfaces, such as turf or basketball and tennis courts, as they are harder than grass. This injury may cause pain, swelling, and toe misalignment. If you're experiencing any of these symptoms, contact Dr. Robert Parker at Parker Foot and Ankle here in Houston, TX. Call (281) 497-2850 or fill out our online patient form.