Relieving Your Foot Care Stress and Concerns
When you’re feeling lousy or have inexplicable pain, not knowing the reason behind it can make the discomfort seem that much worse. However, before you fall into the paranoid well of online diagnosis, allow us—the professionals—the chance to answer your questions and relieve your concerns. Our extensive knowledge and experience with all types of foot-related problems not only can help you understand your pain, but also can convince you to get the proper treatment. Come see what we have to offer.
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What is the difference between a stress fracture and a full fracture?
When considering stress fracture vs. full fracture, remember that both are breaks in your bones that will cause pain and will need some time for the bone to heal. That said, there are some basic differences.
One is the location of the break. A stress fracture only affects the surface of the outer bone layer. It is a hairline crack or fissure in the hard outer tissue that is usually damaged by repetitive stress or trauma to the bone, such as with running long distances, practicing and playing sports, or other repetitive movements.
A full fracture goes completely through the bone so it breaks into two (or more) pieces. It usually occurs from a sudden impact: something landing on it, a bad twist of the foot, or landing from a jump are common examples. A crush injury can break the bone in several places, making surgery necessary to repair it with plates, pins or wires. A full fracture can also involve dislocation (where the bones move out of position) and ligament damage, too.
Bones take about 6 weeks to heal, so with either type of fracture, plan on rest and weight-bearing restrictions for some time. Call Atlantic Foot & Ankle Associates in Daytona Beach at (386) 274-3336 (or one of our other Florida locations) for an evaluation of any suspected break.
Can I still run with shin splints?
While you can run with shin splints, the real question is, should you? The answer to that is “probably not.” Resting from activity is better.
This pain in the front of your lower leg is usually brought on by doing too much before your muscles and tendons are conditioned. That’s why it is common in new military recruits and beginning runners—or those who suddenly add hills to their workout.
Your shin bones bend slightly when you land on your feet. If you feel twinges of pain, the bone likely has some damage. Continuing to run on it without giving it time to heal can make it worse, and even result in a stress fracture.
Rest and ice your shins to relieve pain, and then call Atlantic Foot & Ankle Associates in east Florida for an appointment to see what is causing your problem. Weak calf muscles and hip abductor muscles can increase your risk for shin splints, so maybe you need to work on those. We’ll identify the root cause and design a treatment plan to get you on your feet again. Call our Orange City, FL, office at (386) 775-2281 or one of our other locations near you.
What is turf toe?
If your big toe is sprained by being pushed too far back, the injury is called turf toe. That’s because incidents of this type of sprain increased when athletes began playing on artificial turf. Cleats become stuck and don’t let the big toe spring up as you push off for a step, thereby hyperextending it. The surface is harder than grass, too, so it doesn’t give as much when landing on it, which increases trauma to the big toe joint.
With this sprain, the ligaments stretch too far or tear, causing instability, swelling, pain and stiffness in the big toe when you try to bend it. It is important to have an injury like this examined in our office, to make sure there is no fracture. We offer treatment within 24 hours (48 on the weekend) so you can find relief fast, and have digital X-ray capability right in our offices so you don’t need to travel somewhere else for tests.
If you injure your toe Atlantic Foot & Ankle Associates is the place to come. Call us in Orange City, FL, at (386) 775-2281, or set up an appointment at one of our other offices listed on the website.
How do I get rid of shin splints?
Knowing how to get rid of shin splints means taking time to heal completely before getting back to your activities. We may not like taking a hiatus, but here’s what you need to do to help them heal: rest and stay off them, ice your shin every few hours the first few days to get rid of the pain, and follow our instructions for using anti-inflammatory pain killers.
As your shins begin to feel better, we may recommend range of motion exercises or physical therapy. It may help to use arch supports (a drug store type or those we custom design for you), or wear a neoprene sleeve to warm your leg and help support it.
When the injured leg feels as strong and flexible as your other one, and you can be active without pain, your shin splints are probably healed. If it’s been a few months and they are still painful, come in to Atlantic Foot & Ankle Associates and let us take a look. Give our Port Orange office a call at (386) 788-6333 to set up an appointment, or check our website for other locations closer by.