Tuesday, 18 June 2024 00:00

Broken ankles, or ankle fractures, occur when one or more bones in the ankle joint break due to trauma. This injury can result from falls, sports activities, car accidents, or any situation where the ankle twists or experiences a heavy impact. Symptoms can include severe pain, swelling, bruising, and an inability to bear weight on the affected foot. Treatment depends on the severity of the fracture. Minor fractures may only require immobilization with a cast or brace to allow the bones to heal naturally. More severe fractures, where bones are displaced, might need surgical intervention to realign and stabilize the bones with pins, plates, or screws. Rehabilitation focuses on restoring strength, flexibility, and function through exercises. These exercises might include range-of-motion activities, balance training, and gradual weight-bearing exercises. Prompt and effective treatment is important for optimal recovery. If you suspect a broken ankle, it is suggested that you visit a podiatrist for a proper diagnosis and a tailored treatment plan. 

Broken ankles need immediate treatment. If you are seeking treatment, contact Dr. Dean D. Hinners from Illinois. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet. 

Broken Ankles
A broken ankle is experienced when a person fractures their tibia or fibula in the lower leg and ankle area. Both of 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 feel free to contact one of our offices located in Metropolis and Eldorado, IL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Tuesday, 11 June 2024 00:00

Foot pain can affect various areas of the foot, each indicating different underlying causes and requiring specific treatment approaches. Pain in the heel, for example, may signal conditions like plantar fasciitis, Achilles tendonitis, or heel spurs, often treated with rest, stretching exercises, or orthotic inserts. Pain in the arch of the foot may result from conditions such as flat feet, plantar fasciitis, or overuse injuries, requiring supportive footwear, arch supports, or custom orthotics for relief. Pain in the ball of the foot could be due to metatarsalgia, Morton's neuroma, or sesamoiditis, necessitating cushioned insoles, proper footwear, or corticosteroid injections. Furthermore, pain in the toes may indicate issues like bunions, hammertoes, or ingrown toenails, often managed with padding, splinting, or surgical intervention. By pinpointing the location of foot pain and understanding its potential causes, a podiatrist can offer appropriate treatment methods to alleviate discomfort and promote foot health. If you have foot pain or discomfort, it is suggested that you make an appointment with a podiatrist for an accurate diagnosis and the appropriate treatment solutions.

Foot Pain

Foot pain can be extremely painful and debilitating. If you have a foot pain, consult with Dr. Dean D. Hinners from Illinois. Our doctor will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.

Causes

Foot pain is a very broad condition that could be caused by one or more ailments. The most common include:

  • Bunions
  • Hammertoes
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Bone Spurs
  • Corns
  • Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Ingrown Toenails
  • Arthritis (such as Gout, Rheumatoid, and Osteoarthritis)
  • Flat Feet
  • Injury (from stress fractures, broken toe, foot, ankle, Achilles tendon ruptures, and sprains)
  • And more

Diagnosis

To figure out the cause of foot pain, podiatrists utilize several different methods. This can range from simple visual inspections and sensation tests to X-rays and MRI scans. Prior medical history, family medical history, and any recent physical traumatic events will all be taken into consideration for a proper diagnosis.

Treatment

Treatment depends upon the cause of the foot pain. Whether it is resting, staying off the foot, or having surgery; podiatrists have a number of treatment options available for foot pain.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Metropolis and Eldorado, IL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Sunday, 09 June 2024 00:00

If left untreated, an ingrown toenail can lead to more serious concerns, such as an infection. Knowing proper nail care can help in the prevention of an ingrown toenail. Give us a call, and get treated!

Tuesday, 04 June 2024 00:00

Edema in the legs and feet is a common condition characterized by swelling. The swelling is caused by excess fluid trapped in bodily tissues. Many factors can contribute to such swelling, like standing or sitting for long periods, which hinders proper blood flow. It also may stem from serious underlying health issues, including heart disease, kidney problems, or liver disease. Other contributing factors to edema include pregnancy, obesity, and certain medications that may cause fluid retention. Symptoms of edema include swollen, puffy skin that may feel tight. When the skin is pressed, it may also produce a dimple. There are many treatment options for edema, and a podiatrist, or foot doctor, is a specialist that can provide a personalized treatment plan. If you are affected by swollen feet and legs, it is suggested that you make an appointment with a podiatrist today for proper care. 

Swollen feet can be a sign of an underlying condition. If you have any concerns, contact Dr. Dean D. Hinners of Illinois. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Swollen feet are a common ailment among pregnant women and people who stand or sit for extended periods. Aging may increase the possibility of swollen feet and patients who are obese often notice when their feet are swelling too. There may be medical reasons why swollen feet occur:

  • Phlebitis - A condition that causes the veins to become inflamed and can also cause leg pain.
  • Liver disease - This may lead to low blood levels of albumin which is a protein. This can cause fluid in the blood to pass into the tissues and several areas of the body can become swollen.
  • Heart failure - When the heart doesn’t pump properly the blood that is normally pumped back to the heart can pool in the veins of the legs causing swollen feet.
  • Kidney disease - One of the main functions of the kidneys is releasing excess fluid in the body. This type of condition can make it difficult for the kidneys to function properly, and as a result the feet may become swollen.
  • Deep-vein thrombosis (DVT)- This is a serious condition where blood clots form in the veins of the legs. They can block the return of blood from the legs to the heart which may cause the feet to swell. It is important to be treated by a podiatrist if this condition is present.

Swollen feet can also be caused by bone and tendon conditions, including fractures, arthritis, and tendinitis. Additionally, there may be skin and toenail conditions and an infection may cause the feet to swell. Patients who take medicine to treat high blood pressure may be prone to getting swollen feet. 

Many patients elevate their feet to help relieve the swelling and this is generally a temporary remedy. When a podiatrist is consulted the reason behind the swelling can be uncovered and subsequently treated.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Metropolis and Eldorado, IL . We offer the newest diagnostic tools and technology to treat your foot and ankle needs.


 

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