As the temperature is dropping and the weather is changing, you needed to prepare for the wintery weather! Wintertime is exciting time of the year and brings a whole new set of outdoor activities and sports to enjoy. For instance, there is ice skating, hockey, sledding, skiing, snowboarding and other cold wintery activities. Each and every one are to keep you active during the colder months of the year. On the other hand, winter actives can be the culprit to many injuries as well.
Common Winter Injuries
Broken bones are amongst the most common injuries in the wintertime. In winter sports, there are a lot of slips and falls that can particularly target your foot and ankle.
Foot and ankle Fractures
The most commonly broken bone is the tibia, aka your shin bone. IN your ankle there are 3 main bones that are working together, the tibia, fibula, and talus. Most of the time your tibia is the bone that take most of the impact when there is trauma or fall.
Physically active children and adults are used to getting bumps, bruises, and other minor injuries. But there are common signs that you can check for if you a suspicions of a fracture. First, the inability to play or weight-bear following an acute or sudden injury. Secondly, decreased ability to play due to a chronic or long-term complications following a] previous injury. Thirdly, physical deformity of the athlete’s limb or joint ie bumps and lumps. Catching these injuries the earlier the better for you or your child, especially to prevent a minor injury from turning into serious.
There are many different mechanism of actions for ankle fractures however, most fractures can be treated with a cast and crutches, but more serious fractures may require surgery.
If you or someone you know might be interested in discussing more about your foot or ankle health, in the wintery weather and safety precautions don’t hesitate, come into our office Frederick Foot & Ankle. We would be more than happy to schedule an appointment, at any of our 3 offices in Frederick, MD or Urbana, MD.
As many of you have noticed, there has been a drastic drop in temperature lately. We have all pulled out our winter coats, scarves and mittens; and that goes the same about our boots and shoes too! We cannot neglect our feet, and the weather determines what we walk around in.
Keeping your feet nice and toasty!
Layers, layers, layers! That’s what you need to keep in mind when dressing for this chilly weather! You can start by avoiding open-toed shoes such as sandals, wedges or even those peep toe booties. Wearing thicker socks with your shoes will help keep out the winter weather, and leg warmers are a great idea for your lower legs! 'Tis the season when the emergency room fills up with all sorts of winter related injuries, such as frostbite on fingers and toes! The extreme cold or exposure to this cold weather for a long period of time can cause you to get frost bite. This occurs when there isn’t enough blood and oxygen pulsing through an organ due to the severe temperatures. This is a serious emergency, if your affected body part isn’t re-vascularized properly, amputation might occur.
Giving you stability through the cooler seasons!
Now is the time to pull out your fashion-friendly and foot-friendly boots. Both men and women, young and old can wear nice boots- autumn through winter! Boots are nice because they usually are made of sturdy materials which keep out the elements such as rain, sleet and snow! The height of the boot can also give you a nice added ankle support. And, if you still feel unbalanced in your shoes when walking around, we can perform a risk fall assessment and recommend a special type of brace for your foot type and gait. If you have any uneasiness about your stability when walking, now is the time to get assessed and fitted for a bracing device, to avoid strains, sprains and fractures, which can be very inconvenient, especially during the holidays!
If you or someone you know might be interested in discussing more about weather changes and the effect on our feet, come into our office Frederick Foot & Ankle. We would be more than happy to schedule an appointment, at any of our 3 offices in Frederick, MD and Urbana, MD.
How healthy are your arteries?
Do you ever experience extremely painful muscle cramping in your hips, buttock, thighs or calves when walking or exercising? Does this pain stop after a few minutes after you stop walking or exercising? If you answered yes, to these questions you might be at risk for PAD.
What is PAD?
It’s estimated that Peripheral arterial disease affects approximately 8.5 million Americans. This cramping pain that you feel is called intermittent claudication. This is basically when your muscles are alarming the rest of your body that it needs more blood, in order to keep walking or exercising. Sometimes blockages in your arteries, due to plaques, won’t allow enough blood to get to the muscles that it is demanding. The older you are the more at risk you are for having PAD.
How can you diagnose PAD?
PAD can be diagnosed through a series of non- invasive vascular test, such as ABIs (Ankle Brachial index). This is an exam where you compare the blood pressure of your ankles to the blood pressure to your arms, this determines how well your blood is flowing.
We simple place blood pressure cuffs on your arms, thighs, calves and ankles and take your blood pressure at each level. This is a painless test that is quick and easy to perform in our office. If you think you might need a test please don’t hesitate we will be glad to perform the exam and review your results.
If you or someone you know might be interest in discussing more about PAD signs and symptoms, come into our office Frederick Foot & Ankle. We would be more than happy to schedule an appointment, at any of our 3 offices in Frederick, MD or Urbana, MD.
October is Breast Cancer Awareness month, so show your pink pride to support Breast Cancer Awareness and wear some pink. This month we aim to raise awareness of this devastating disease. While many people are aware of breast cancer in general, however we strive to educate people about early detection. With all cancers, but especially breast cancer, the treatment options have better prognosis and outcomes with earlier detection and diagnosis.
In October the National Breast Cancer Foundation takes the social medial world by storm. They have their own Facebook, Twitter and even their own YouTube channel! With all this promotion over social media they can spread the word about their amazing community reach out programs. From "Early Detection Plan” to "Beyond the Shock" to their generous fundraisers.
The "Early Detection Plan" aims to preemptively fight Breast Cancer, in the best way we know how... by having a plan that help you detect this disease sooner than later. If you go on the National Breast Cancer Foundation you can customize a calendar so that you can receive reminders to do a self-breast exam at home and to have scheduled mammograms. The time period between your mammograms, differs from person to person, because it is based on your age and/or your family's health history.
The "Beyond the Shock" program aims to help recent diagnosed people or family member better understand the disease; from staging to the different treatment options. If you go to the official website for the National Breast Cancer Foundation there is a Beyond the Shock, link that leads you into a comprehensive online guide to all the ins and outs of breast cancer as a disease.
October is a huge month not only for raising awareness, it is also a big month for fundraising opportunities. The National Breast Cancer Foundation holds fundraisers to help provide mammograms for women in need. Also, the Susan G. Komen walk is held in October. One of our Frederick Foot and Ankle team members has volunteered, at the medical tent for the "Race for the Cure" in Philadelphia for the past 2 years. "It’s amazing to hear their stories and to be able to give back is a wonderful experience. Its touching how each and every one of the race participants is a fighter, whether they are a survivor themselves or a friend or family member."
By Nikki Ho
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