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Posts for category: Athletic Foot Injuries

By Philip S. Pinsker, DPM PC
September 08, 2016
Tags: Ankle Sprains  

If you were following the Olympics this summer you were most likely wowed by Simone Biles and the rest of the gold-medal winning women’s gymnastics team. One of the areas of prime concern for gymnasts is ankle sprains. Floor routines, flips, landings from beam and bars all carry a potential ankle injury risk. At Philip S. Pinsker, DPM, we want patients to be informed about recognizing this injury and seeking treatment promptly.

What Exactly is a Sprain?

The sport of gymnastics provides a good framework for understanding an ankle sprain. Quite simply, a sprain occurs when the ligaments that connect the bones of the foot and ankle are overstretched or torn, usually do to a sudden force or impact exerted on them. If the ankle rolls outward as the foot rolls inward it results in an inversion injury. If the ankle rolls outward and the foot inward, that’s called an eversion injury.

Ankle injuries are graded according to severity:

Grade 1: Ligament is overstretched and slightly torn. Symptoms will be soreness accompanied by swelling and stiffness.  Walking is somewhat painful but possible.

 Grade 2: Tear is bigger but not all the way through. Ankle will be more bruised and tender to the touch. Patient will have a fair amount of pain and swelling and moving the ankle will be painful.

 Grade 3: One or more ligaments are completely torn and the swelling and bruising is severe. The ankle is extremely painful and bearing weight may not even be possible.

When to Call the Foot Doctor

If you believe you may have sprained your ankle and the pain is not excruciating, you can try resting it and following the RICE protocol: Rest, Ice, Compression and Elevation. If you notice any of the following, you need to have our podiatrist, Dr. Philip S. Pinsker, take a look at your ankle immediately:

  • Your foot or lower leg is twisted in an abnormal way (go directly to the emergency room)

  • You or someone nearby heard a popping sound at the moment of injury

  • Pain, accompanied by swelling and bruising in the ankle

  • Numbness and tingling in the injured area

  • You are unable to bear weight on the ankle or feel like you are going to fall when walking on it

  • It’s been more than 2 weeks and your ankle is still bruised, swollen and in pain

Ankle sprains that are not treated promptly or fully healed will most likely result in future sprains and chronic ankle problems. When in doubt, contact our Washington office for an evaluation by calling: (724) 225-7410.

Winter Foot InjuriesIf watching the Winter Olympics in Sochi has given you the “get outdoors” bug, then you are not alone! There is so much fun to be had around Washington, PA. A day’s excursion can have you snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, ice fishing, snowboarding, skiing, sledding, and snowmobiling. Just pick an adventure, grab your gear, and get out there!

Along with the fun, snow and ice each bring some serious risks. Preparation for any activity is important to prevent injury. This is true even when you are heading outside to go for a walk or to shovel the driveway. The American Chiropractic Association reminds us that the function of our muscles can be compromised in cold weather due to muscles and blood vessels contracting to conserve body heat. If you are going to be active, some conditioning with vulnerable areas is important to avoid strains and sprains. With higher energy activities such as skiing and skating, make sure to complete a good warm-up. Also, layer your clothes appropriately and wear proper socks and footwear to prevent frostbite.

Great intentions can go a long way, but you need to be realistic about your level of fitness and what your body can handle. With a new activity, take lessons and start slow as doing too much too quickly sets the stage for injuries such as muscle and tendon strains, stress fractures, and shin splints.

We want you to stay active. If foot pain is getting in the way of enjoying our great Pennsylvania winter, contact Dr. Philip Pinsker for help. Call our office in Washington, PA at (724) 225-7410 to make an appointment today.

World Vault Champ McKayla Maroney had to slow down her training at the end of the 2012 Olympics.  Unfortunately, she was nursing a sore right foot because of a broken big toe. Maroney altered her training practice and floor exercise routine because of her injury and was only able to perform a few warm-up vaults. Also, the Olympic gymnast refrained from practicing tumbling for her floor routine and sat out most of the U.S. team’s practice. She watched from the sidelines rooting on her teammates as they trained for the upcoming events.

Maroney iced and taped her foot throughout practice to reduce pain and swelling. Maroney broke the big toe of her right foot during the last few weeks of training during this year’s Olympic Games in London. The injury is not new to Maroney, in fact the toe had been broken for a while and she split it once again after the round-off dismount of her beam routine. It was the third time she split the broken toe.          

Gymnasts commonly receive injuries to both their feet and ankles because the intensely competitive sport requires hard landings on their feet in almost every routine. Maroney did take it easy, but only for a few days to continue her training and compete in the rest of the Olympic Games. The American athlete competed with a wrapped foot, which taped her big and second toes together.  Doing this helped protect the injury from further damage. Maroney was a favorite to win the gold on vault, but ended up taking home a silver medal instead. Her injury will need rest now that the 2012 Olympic Games have finished in order for it to heal completely.        

Maroney put the health of her foot at serious risk by not allowing the injury to heal completely. Her actions not only resulted in further injury, but could potentially result in permanent damage.

Breaking your toes should be taken seriously and allowed proper time to heal. The big toe takes on an enormous amount of pressure every time you are physically active, or even when you walk or stand. Fractured toes often require surgical shoes or boots in order to protect the injury and immobilize your injured foot. If you experience a broken toe, contact our office at (724) 225-7410 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Phil Pinsker.

What was your favorite part of the 2012 Olympic gymnastics? Leave a comment below!