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By contactus@drjasonfeit.com
July 20, 2015
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While boating with her husband and children, Chrissie Frickman was knocked over by a dolphin that had flipped onto the boat and broke both of her ankles. The dolphin was part of a pod that was swimming alongside them. “The dolphin jumped and we thought it was doing a flip and I guess it miscalculated,” said her husband Dirk Frickman. “It came right onto my wife and flipped in the boat and knocked down and grazed my daughter.” After pulling his wife free, Mr. Frickman was able to steer the boat toward an Orange County harbor where the dolphin was pulled onto the dock with a rope before being pushed back into the water.   

Broken ankles require immediate treatment. If you have any concerns about your feet and ankles contact one of our podiatrists from Associated Foot and Ankle Care. Our doctors will treat your foot and ankle needs.

Broken Ankles
A broken ankle is experienced when a person fractures their tibia or fibula in the lower leg and ankle area. Both these bones are attached at the bottom of the leg and combine to form what we know to be our ankle.

When a physician is referring to a break of the ankle, he or she is usually referring to a break in the area where the tibia and fibula are joined to create our ankle joint. Ankles are more prone to fractures because the ankle is an area that suffers a lot of pressure and stress. There are some obvious signs when a person experiences a fractured ankle and the following symptoms may be present.

Symptoms of a Fractured Ankle

  • Excessive pain when the area is touched or when any pressure is placed on the ankle
  • Swelling around the area
  • Bruising of the area
  • Area appears to be deformed

If you suspect an ankle fracture, it is recommended to seek treatment as soon as possible. The sooner you have your podiatrist diagnose the fracture, the quicker you’ll be on the way towards recovery.

If you have any questions, please contact one of our offices located in Boca Raton and Margate, FL. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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By contactus@drjasonfeit.com
July 20, 2015
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Those looking to simultaneously increase the comfortability and wearability of their shoes should look to invest in a pair of replacement insoles. As a majority of insoles already found in footwear are made of EVA, which can break down or compress as time passes, shoe fit and comfortability can worsen. While most insoles are solely for providing cushioning for comfort, there are also insoles for specific foot conditions. Those looking to try insoles to curb a certain condition should consult with their podiatrist before purchasing a replacement insole.  

Proper fitting shoes are essential. For more information about proper shoe fitting and its benefits consult with one of our podiatrists from Associated Foot and Ankle Care. Our doctors will provide you with the information to help answer all of your questions.

Proper Shoe Fitting

A common concern when it comes to foot health, having properly fitted shoes can help prevent injuries to the foot. Out feet affect our posture and gait, which in turn affects the biomechanics and overall bodily structure. With 33 joints, 26 bones, and over 100 ligaments, the potential for serious injury is much greater than one realizes. Although the feet cease growth in adulthood, they still change shape as they mature. Here are some factors to consider when it comes to investing in properly fitting shoes:

  • Be sure the shoes fit correctly right away
  • Ensure the ball of your foot fits comfortably in the widest portion of the shoes
  • Even though they may look fashionable, improperly fitting shoes can either create adverse conditions or exacerbate existing ones you may already have
  • Walk along a carpeted surface to ensure the shoes comfortably fit during normal activity

If you have any questions, please contact one of our offices located in Boca Raton and Margate, FL. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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By contactus@drjasonfeit.com
July 20, 2015
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Summer weather often means the tendency for many to favor flip-flops and sandals over their normal shoes. Flip-flops often bring about concern over their lack of arch support and the foot or ankle pain they may cause. Due to their lack of support, the arch of the foot is forced to stretch, causing heel pain. However, flip-flops can cause a myriad of other problems such as foot pab problems, injured tendons, risks of exposed toes, injured bones, and altered gait problems. Flip-flop use should be limited if possible.

Wearing flip-flops for a long period of time can be harmful for the feet. To learn more, speak to one of our podiatrists from Associated Foot and Ankle Care. Our doctors will assist you with all of your foot and ankle needs.

Flip-Flops and Feet

When the weather starts warming up, people enjoy wearing flip-flops.  Flip-flops are comfortable, stylish, and easy to slip on and off, perfect for any summer beach goer.  However, these shoes can cause harm to the feet.

How Can Flip-Flops Affect Me Long-Term?

  • Ankle problems
  • Hip problems
  • Lower back problems
  • Pain in the balls of the feet
  • Problems with foot arches
  • Changes in the way you walk

Are there injuries associated with flip-flops?

Yes.  Since flip-flops are relatively weak and do not provide the same amount of support as sneakers, people who wear flip-flops are more susceptible to injuries. On top of that, the open nature of the shoe makes your feet more prone to other problems, such as cuts and even infections.  Common injuries and ailments include:

  • Sprained ankles
  • Blisters
  • Infections
  • Cuts and Scrapes

If you have any questions, please contact one of our offices located in Boca Raton and Margate, FL. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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By gary@associatedfootandanklecare.com
June 30, 2015
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A pain that feels like burning or numbness in the foot—particularly in one or two toes—suggests that a neuroma may have formed one of the nerves supplying the toes. This condition is known as Morton’s neuroma and is most likely a result of a lifetime of continuous pressure, such as wearing tight shoes. Morton’s neuroma can be diagnosed through ultrasound scanning, though other doctors may prefer to use magnetic resonance imaging or MRI.

Morton’s neuroma can be a difficult condition to contend with. If you are experiencing symptoms of Morton’s Neuroma, speak to one of our podiatrists from Associated Foot and Ankle Care. Our doctors will diagnose and treat your feet accordingly.

Morton’s Neuroma
Morton's neuroma is a painful foot condition that commonly affects the areas between the third and fourth toe and the ball of the foot, although other areas of the foot are also susceptible to this condition. Morton’s neuroma is caused by an inflamed nerve in the foot that is being squeezed and aggravated by surrounding bones.  Women are more likely than men to have an occurrence of this foot condition.

What Increases the Chances of having Morton’s Neuroma?
-Ill-fitting high heels or shoes that add pressure to the toe or foot area.
-Jogging, running and any sports that involve constant impact to the foot area.
-Flat feet, bunions, and any other foot deformity may put you at a higher risk for developing Morton’s neuroma.

If you suspect that you may have this condition, you should visit your podiatrist. A podiatrist will first conduct a thorough physical examination to check for palpable masses between the bones of the foot.

If you have any questions, please contact one of our offices located in Boca Raton and Margate, FL. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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By gary@associatedfootandanklecare.com
June 22, 2015
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After undergoing surgery in January to repair his foot, Jake Matthews of the Atlanta Falcons was recently back on the field for a session of organized team activities. The January 5th surgery was completed to repair a torn Lisfranic ligament in his foot, and Matthews had been given a fourth-month timetable for recovery. As he participated in early drills, Matthews appeared to run without problem.

Foot surgery is sometimes necessary. If you are struggling with a foot or ankle condition, talk to one of our podiatrists from Associated Foot and Ankle Care. Our doctors can treat your foot and ankle needs.  

When Is Surgery Necessary?

Foot and ankle surgery is generally reserved for cases in which less invasive, conservative procedures have failed to help with the problem. Some of the cases in which surgery may be necessary are:

  • Removing foot deformities like bone spurs and bunions
  • Severe arthritis that has caused bone issues
  • Cosmetic reconstruction

What Types of Surgery Are There?

The type of surgery you receive will depend on the nature of the problem you have. Some of the possible surgeries include:

  • Bunionectomy for painful bunions
  • Surgical fusion for realignment of bones
  • Neuropathy decompression surgery to treat nerve damage

Benefits of Surgery

Although surgery is usually a last resort, it can provide more complete pain relief compared to non-surgical methods and may allow you to finally resume full activity.

Surgical techniques have also become increasingly sophisticated. Techniques like endoscopic surgery allow for smaller incisions and faster recovery times.

If you have any questions, please contact one of our offices located in Boca Raton and Margate, FL. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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