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alvaro-saborioFootballer Alvaro Saborio was forced to miss the World Cup this year as a result of a training injury. Saborio suffered a broken fifth metatarsal in his right foot during a morning training session. As a result, the Costa Rican footballer’s recovery window ranges from six to twelve weeks. The Ticos starter has appeared 93 times and has scored 32 international goals.

Returning to sports after a foot or ankle injury isn’t always easy. If you sustained a foot or ankle injury and are looking to get back into your sport of choice, consult with podiatrist Dr. James L. Rose of Palmetto Podiatry Group of Anderson, S.C. Dr. Rose can treat your injuries with the professionalism and care they need.

Getting Back into Sports after Foot and Ankle Injuries

Sprained ankles are a frustrating and painful ordeal many athletes go through. Recovery from a sprained ankle usually involves the RICE method. This includes:

  • Rest
  • Ice
  • Compression
  • Elevation

In addition, athletes should consider wearing an ankle brace in order to keep the ankle stabilized and alleviate any pain as it heals.

Stress fractures that occur in the foot and ankle come in two types. This includes stable and displaced. Stable stress fractures do not consist of any shifting in bone alignment while displaced stress fractures involve bone ends that do not line up.

Anyone suffering a stress fracture should visit a physician immediately. Most treatment involves refraining from any activities that place extra or undue stress on the ankle, including refraining from participation in any sports. Those interested in a quick recovery need to be mindful of their treatment process and invest in it thoroughly in order to ensure they can return to their passion in full force.

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If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in Anderson, SC. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Tuesday, 24 June 2014 19:19

U.S. President Suffers From Foot Pain

shoes-officeBeing president of the United States, Barack Obama may be socially and financially elevated from the rest of us, but that still doesn’t prevent our leader from suffering from physical pain. President Obama has been contending with foot pain according to NY Times. Dr. Ronny L. Jackson, Obama’s doctor, says that the pain he has been experiencing is consistent with “regular recurring plantar fasciitis”.

 

Obama’s condition is common among middle aged people, often from the effects of strained or irritated feet. Fortunately, Obama is in prime condition otherwise and continues to adhere to a healthy diet and lifestyle.

 

Plantar fasciitis can be quite painful. If you have heel pain, visit podiatrist Dr. James L. Rose of Palmetto Podiatry Group of Anderson, S.C. Dr. Rose can treat your heel pain as well as any other foot or ankle condition.

What is Plantar Fasciitis?

Plantar fasciitis refers to heel and arch pain caused by an inflammation of the connective tissues on the bottom of the foot.

What Causes Plantar Fasciitis?

  • Ill-fitting shoes
  • Weight change
  • Excessive running
  • Non-supportive shoes
  • Overpronation

How Can It Be Treated?

  • Conservative measures – anti-inflammatories, ice packs, stretching exercises, physical therapy, orthotic devices.
  • Shockwave therapy – sends sound waves to the areas where pain is experience.       Requires multiple sessions.       This is used for very persistent cases of plantar fasciitis.
  • Ultrasound-guided technique with steroid injections into the plantar fascia.       This is from a relatively new and small study, but was shown to be effective in most cases treated.

New Studies on Treatment

According to groundbreaking treatment option studies, Luca M. Sconfienza, M.D. says that ultrasound with steroid injections was effective in over 95% of cases that involve plantar fasciitis. This process involves anesthesia and is a single process, out-patient treatment that was discovered to be highly effective. Luca M. Sconfienza M.D. presented her study at an annual meeting for the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA). Be sure to speak with your podiatrist about different methods that can be used, as well as finding out what treatment options they offer.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in Anderson, SC. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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foot-bindingA practice known as foot binding has been practiced in China from the 10th century up all the way to the early 1900s. Known as lotus feet, foot binding was used by Chinese women in order to maintain small feet, a signature of submissive wife who does not complain. Matchmakers and mothers-in-law performed the foot binding process, which starts by soaking the feet in a mixture of herbs and animal blood. The woman’s toenails cut as far back as possible, her toes crushed and broken. The broken toes are then wound in a figure-eight style bandage to prevent the feet from growing.

 Hong Kong photographer Jo Farrell documented the last of these women who underwent the process, describing them as ‘some of the most amazing, kind, compassionate, and generous women I have ever met’.


Foot binding is a barbaric practice, but everyday foot care is not. If you need assistance, see podiatrist Dr. James L. Rose of Palmetto Podiatry Group of Anderson, S.C. Dr. Rose can treat your podiatry needs.    

Every Day Foot Care

Often, people take care of their bodies, face and hair more so than they do for their feet. But the feet are a very important aspect of our bodies, and one that we should pay more attention to. After all, without our feet, we would not be able to perform most daily tasks. It is best to check your feet regularly to make sure there are no new bruises or cuts that you may not have noticed before, for example.


For dry feet, moisturizer can easily be a remedy and can be applied as often as necessary to the affected areas. Wearing shoes that fit well can also help you maintain good foot health, as well as making it easier to walk and do daily activities without the stress or pain of ill-fitting shoes, high heels, or even flip flops.

Also, wearing clean socks with closed shoes is important to ensure that sweat and bacteria do not accumulate within the shoe. Clean socks help to prevent athlete’s foot, fungi problems, bad odors, and can absorb sweat. Also make sure that the socks fit properly and are not uncomfortably tight.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in Anderson, SC. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Monday, 09 June 2014 17:24

Titans' Locker Returns to the Field

jake-locker3Titans’ quarterback Jake Locker seems to already be ahead of his recovery schedule, and is expected to start the season opener in Kansas City.  Locker has been off the field since November after undergoing surgery on his right foot to repair a Lisfranc injury. Ever since, Locker challenged himself to get ahead of his rehabilitation timeline.

“I want the guys on the team to know that it means something to me, and that I am going to do everything I can to be in the field,” Locker said. “Hopefully it helps to create a culture that we’re all going to try and work that way.”

Athletes often undergo physical rehabilitation when injured. If you are injured, talk to podiatrist Dr. James L. Rose of Palmetto Podiatry Group of Anderson, S.C. Dr. Rose will treat your foot and ankle needs.

Foot Rehabilitation for Athletes

Injured athletes are always looking for better, faster ways to aid their recoveries and return to the sports they love.  Podiatrists and physical therapists are often consulted to help injured athletes can get back on the field as soon as possible.  But rehabbing an injury is just as serious as the injury itself, and going through physical therapy or rehabilitation is often necessary to keeping that injury at bay.

Sports Therapist or Physical Therapist?

If an athlete gets a foot injury, it is essential to receive foot rehabilitation to ensure proper healing. Sports therapists are more focused on athletic-related injuries than general physical therapists. It is important for an athlete to become healed properly because if they attempt to get back into their game before they are physically well, they could re-aggravate the original injury or even suffer a new one due to their weakened state.

Physical Therapy Gives Hope

Physical therapy helps to keep athletes as active as they are physically capable, which will get them ready to return to the field once their feet become healed.

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If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in Anderson, SC. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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proper-shoe-size5Charitable organization Easter Seals has made a goal of collecting and donating 1000 bags of gently used shoes to donate to developing countries. If Easter Seals can achieve their goal of by the beginning of June, then they will receive a $10,000 backing from the group Funds2Orgs.  

To make sure the goal is met, the entire community is getting involved. Some of hands being lent are from steel mill workers, retirement residences, and even a local mall. So far the community gathered about 300 bags, 200 of which have been put together by students. When it comes to involvement and progress, development officer Carolyn Bunting O’Connor says that “We’re pleased, very pleased.”

Shoes need to be appropriately sized to be comfortable.  If you are in need of assistance, see podiatrist Dr. James L. Rose of Palmetto Podiatry Group of Anderson, S.C. Dr. Rose can address your foot and ankle concerns.  


Getting the right shoe size

Sometimes it may be difficult finding the right shoe size especially because shoe sizes tend to vary depending on the brand and company you are looking for. For example, a size 6 for one brand may be a size 7 in another. Although many people know their exact shoe size, it can range within 2 sizes depending on where they shop.

It is best to try on the shoe and walk around for a bit to see how it fits and how it feels. Comfort is essential and the fitting has to be well otherwise it can lead to blisters, bruises at the back of the ankle and it can also hurt your toes if the shoe is too tight for example.

People walk a lot, so it is important for you to find what is comfortable when it is possible, fancy shoes that are not so comfortable can be saved for events where the occasion expects a fancier look.

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If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in Anderson, SC. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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foot-surgery4Since 2002, Deborah Cole Thomas has been dealing with the effects of osteoarthritis in her feet and ankles. The 60 year old needed to undergo multiple surgeries as a result of her condition. Additionally, Thomas has to take pain medication on a constant basis.


The University of Pittsburgh focuses their research on people suffering from osteoarthritis. The team of engineering expert Rocky S. Tuan uses 3D printers to create replacement joints out of stem cells and scaffolding materials. Research suggests that the artificial joints are more effective.


Some people need foot surgery for their podiatric ailments. If you are contending with foot or ankle pain, consult podiatrist Dr. James L. Rose of Palmetto Podiatry Group of Anderson, S.C. Dr. Rose can help you with your foot and ankle needs.


When Surgery is Necessary

Foot and ankle surgery are reserved in cases when less invasive procedures and treatments do not help with the problem.  Although surgery is generally considered to be a last resort, when undertaken it can provide a permanent pain relief than before and allows you to resume the activities your foot problem has prevented you from enjoying otherwise. This includes:

• Foot deformities (bunions, bone spurs)
• Painful nerves
• Congenital deformities
• Misaligned bones


The type of surgery you will undergo is dependent on the problem at hand. For painful bunions, you may undergo a bunionectomy. Surgical fusions can help realign bones while nerve removal can help get rid of painful nerves and the tissues that surround them.  With advancing, evolving technology and surgical techniques becoming more sophisticated, many procedures are now being performed with small incisions and more precise instruments, allowing for faster recovery times.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in Anderson, SC. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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diabetic-foot-care3Diabetic patients could soon be able to check for nerve damage on their feet by using a home device that detects sweat. A stick-on pad changes colors from blue to pink when everything is fine. However, it does not change color if there are any potential nerve complications, according to Roger Dobson of DailyMail.  

A new study at the Oxford University examined results of about 3,000 people and found the device to be 86 percent accurate, according to DailyMail. “This is an exciting innovation. In association with a yearly foot screen and referral to the podiatry services, this will reduce the risk of amputations, said Stella Vig, chair of the Lond Diabetic Foot Network. “At present, up to 50 per cent of amputations may be preventable - no patient should ignore their feet.”


Diabetics need to monitor their feet closely. If you are diabetic, see podiatrist Dr. James L. Rose of Palmetto Podiatry Group of Anderson, S.C. Dr. Rose will treat your foot and ankle needs.  

Diabetic Foot Care

Diabetes affects millions of people of all ages each year. Diabetes damages blood vessels in many parts of the body, including the feet. When damage occurs to nerves in the feet, they may be unable to send the proper signals to the peripheral nervous system, resulting in a condition known as neuropathy. Once a diabetic patient develops neuropathy, it is imperative that the feet are well taken care of to avoid possible amputation of the feet.

The Importance of Caring for Your Feet

- Regularly check your feet for bruises or sores.
- Wear socks that fit your feet; socks shouldn’t be tight.
- Wear properly fitting shoes that are comfortable.

Patients with diabetes should have their doctor monitor their Hemoglobin A1C levels as this test lets the physician know how well the blood sugar levels have been controlled during the past 3 months. It is important to keep the blood sugar levels in a normal range (70-110mg/dl). It is advisable to visit a podiatrist if the diabetic patient is experiencing any conditions involving the feet.

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If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in Anderson, SC. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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