Ankle Sprains: High vs. Low
The ankle is one of the most complex and heavily used joints in the entire body, as a result there are an estimated 25,000 ankle injuries each day in the US alone. Chances are that you or somebody you know has suffered an ankle sprain but not all sprains are alike. Depending on where the injury is located, both low and high ankle sprains are possible.
High Ankle Injury
Known medically as a syndesmotic ankle injury, high ankle injuries occur when the foot and ankle rotate together, stretching the tissues that hold the tibia and fibula together. High ankle injuries get their name from occurring above the ankle joint itself and generally …
What You Need To Know About Ingrown Toenails
Perhaps the most common foot injury or impairment, an ingrown toenail is a condition in which the corners or sides of the nail curl under and dig into the surrounding soft tissue, causing pain, redness, and sometimes infection. Ideally, toenails grow straight outwards, but due to a number of different factors including footwear choice and heredity, the ends can be forced downwards into the sensitive tissue. The big toe is most commonly affected.
The following are among the most common causes for ingrown toenails:
Toenails trimmed at an angle at the corners, giving the nail nowhere to grow
Predisposition due to heredity
The Value of Physical Therapy after Orthopaedic Surgery
Effectively recovering from an orthopaedic surgery, whether it be a hip or knee replacement, spinal surgery, rotator cuff surgery, or other procedure, requires the assistance of a team of skilled professionals that understand the impact your surgery has on your body. Often, a team of skilled physical or occupational therapists will work with your orthopaedic surgeon in order to best help the patient recover their range of motion, or ROM, of the affected area.
The amount of time spent on physical therapy after a procedure is dependent on a number of different factors. The speed at which the patient begins to see results and success from the…
Tips for Hip Replacement Surgery Recovery
After hip replacement surgery, you hope your lifestyle returns to normal quickly, but without the nagging pain. In most ways this is true, but returning to your everyday activities after a major surgery will take time to allow your body to recover fully. One of the best ways to help is to be an active participant in the healing process. The following tips and information can help you get the most out of your new hip and help you get back to your daily routines as quickly as possible.
After returning home from your surgery, it is critical to follow your orthopaedic surgeon’s instructions in the following weeks.
Preventing Spring Sports Shoulder Injuries
The shoulder is one of the most complex joints in the body. Made up of more than 30 muscles and six major ligaments, it can move and articulate into more than 1,500 different positions. This large amount of movement and range of motion (ROM) also makes the shoulder prone to overuse and injury.
Many spring athletes, like swimmers, golfers, tennis players, and baseball players rely heavily on their shoulders, often taking it for granted until an injury occurs.
Chronic shoulder pain is common not only for athletes but the general population as well. Any overhead activity that involves taking the arm from below to above…
Tips for a Speedy Recovery from your Ankle Surgery
Generally, any incident that results in a severe fracture of the ankle will require some form of surgery to correct. The ankle is a complex joint made up of three bones, interconnected with 4 major ligaments, making each ankle surgery unique. Because of this complex nature, ankles need ample time to recover. Most patients are able to return to their normal daily activities in 3 to 4 months after surgery. There are a few things you can do to promote a full, efficient recovery.
Soothe the Swelling
Swelling is a natural part of the recovery process, but it is important to properly address it when it occurs. The RICE method is very effe…
Bunion Surgery: What To Expect
Deciding on surgery for any ailment can feel like a daunting task, and it’s a decision that can have a big impact on your life. When it comes to bunion surgery, doing your research and ensuring that you use a quality surgical team like that of Orthopaedic Associates of St. Augustine can go a long way toward making your decision less stressful.
What is a Bunion?
A bunion, which is also known as a hallux valgus deformity, is a deformation of the joint where the big toe meets the rest of the foot. Described as a bony bump or protrusion, the joint presses outwards, forcing the tip of the big toe inwards toward the other toes on the foot. …
Prepare for the Return of Spring Sports
With the advent of spring, new sports seasons begin. Your kids may feel eager and happy to be able to play and train outside again. Even if they play winter sports, spring athletics often require a different form of conditioning. It is critical to adequately prepare for this transition to avoid injuries.
If your child has been sedentary for the winter, support exercises that will build stamina, such as jogging or circuit training, before starting a new season. With older kids, their coach may recommend conditioning activities specific to the sport. Conditioning is critical to ensuring that your child’s body i…
Effective Techniques for Exercise Recovery
It’s a bad habit that many of us who exercise or participate in sports have; we give it our all during our workout, then either completely skip stretching afterward, or give it a half-hearted attempt. Many people overlook just how important post-exercise stretching is to the recovery process. Here are some of our favorite ways to begin the recovery process after your workout:
Many people see massage as a luxury or strictly for stress relief, but self-massage can be very effective at relieving pain for little to no money. There are almost limitless numbers of tools available for self-massage, but even the simplest objects…
Exercises to Promote Ankle Healing after a Sprain
Ankle sprains are common injuries that can result in long-term pain if not handled correctly. Repeated or severe sprains are a typical cause of ankle pain and weakness, but properly treating a sprain can help prevent future pain and issues.
Since your ankle is sensitive following a sprain, start your exercises cautiously, using your pain level as a guide. If you experience much more than just mild pain, don’t overwork yourself and make your injury worse. The timing and type of exercises for you may vary depending on the severity of your sprain, and it is always a good idea to consult a professional before starting.
Range of Motion Exe…