Monthly Archives: February 2016

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Foot Health For Former Dancers

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There are few sports that place more of a demand on the foot and ankle of the athlete than dancing. Ballet dancers are universally known to have regular foot injuries. New Jersey foot and ankle specialists report that a large percentage of patients with acute or chronic foot and ankle injuries are professional or competitive dancers.

 

The key to a successful dancing career? Caring for your feet. This involves warming up properly, icing your feet and ankles after a particularly grueling day of practice or performance, and recognizing the signs of common foot conditions and injuries as soon as they arise. The faster you request an appointment with a foot and ankle specialist, the less likely the injury is to derail your next performance. So what is the first step? Knowing what to look for.

 

17658316_lCommon Foot Injuries In Dancers:

  • Dancer’s Fracture: This common name for a fifth metatarsal fracture is one of the leading causes of visits to an orthopedic specialist. A Dancer’s Fracture results from a wrong landing on the foot, resulting in a fracture in the bone. Pain and swelling are usually the most noticeable symptoms.
  • Lateral Ankle Sprain: Another possible result of twisting your ankle during an awkward landing, swelling, discoloration and pain are the most common symptoms.
  • Bunions: while not a direct result of dancing, tight fitting ballet shoes can trigger these formations on the foot. Generally, the dancer can see these formations on her foot and will feel pain in the area affected.
  • Ankle Impingement Syndrome: A result of repeated stress injuries, this is the term for bones that impinge on one another and pinch the soft tissue when the dancer points his or her ankle. Dancers will often feel a sharp pain when pointing the foot.
  • Achilles Tendonitis: The result of repeated stress injuries to the foot, this is the term for chronic damage to the ankle tendons. Pain and swelling are the most common symptoms.

 

Calling an orthopedic specialist at the first sign of pain or swelling can mean the difference between competing in your next show or sitting it out because of an acute ankle injury. Call NJ Foot and Ankle today for a consultation with our team of experts.


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Professional Care For Faster Healing With Less Scarring

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As children, our wounds would heal almost regardless of what we did. Yet, somehow, as we age and suffer some of the accompanying illnesses, our skin’s ability to heal from lacerations decreases and many of us find ourselves with a wound that simply will not heal. If you are suffering from a foot or ankle laceration that is abnormally slow to heal, an experienced foot and ankle specialist can provide treatment options that increase healing time, prevent further injury or infection, and reduce scarring.46288980_l (2)

 

Wound healing revolves around two factors — adequate blood flow to the laceration and prevention of infections. Wounds that aren’t healing properly are generally suffering from inadequate blood flow or have become infected. While there are a number of techniques that can be employed at home to help increase blood flow, an infection in a laceration requires a foot and ankle specialist.

 

How A Professional Foot and Ankle Specialist Can Help

  • Assessing the wound AND the surrounding tissues, muscles, and tendons thoroughly. Diagnosing the wound without a thorough examination of the surrounding tissue and tendon health can lead to chronic injuries and a potential need for surgical repair in the future.
  • Reviewing the patient’s full medical history to ensure there are no conditions that leave the wound at risk for infection or scarring. This history is also critical when it comes to deciding upon anesthetic options during treatment and determining whether any vaccinations are required.
  • Suturing options will be reviewed. For most lacerations, suturing is the most effective method of treatment. Suture options can include stitches, staples, skin closure tapes, and tissue adhesives.
  • Administering follow-up instructions and care. A foot and ankle specialist will advise on the appropriate follow-up care for patients while scheduling an appointment to monitor the wound’s healing.

 

Seeking out an experienced foot and ankle specialist to treat your foot laceration can mean the difference between an infection that could ravage your entire foot and a safe, timely, and visually appealing healing process. If you are suffering from a slow-healing wound, visit the NJ Foot and Ankle specialists’ website today to request an appointment.

 

 


Twenty-six joints make up the foot and ankle, making this one of the most interesting structures in the entire body--and also, one of the most vulnerable. Injuries and pain in the foot and joint area can be debilitating, even immobilizing. Our experts are here to help you find your footing, and identify a course of treatment that will allow you to hit the ground running.