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Posts for: November, 2016

Ankle Sprains, Ankle Injury Dr. Sheldon Fleishman Blue Springs, Missouri

Whether it’s an ankle sprain due to a sports-related injury or a fracture or torn ligament due to a fall, ankle traumas are painful and debilitating issues that can lead to serious problems in the future if not treated properly. October is National Physical Therapy Month, and Dr. Sheldon Fleishman wants to help you on your road to recovery from your ankle injury with these strengthening exercises.

 

4 Ankle Strengthening Exercises

  • Resistance plantar flexes will target the soleus muscle, a muscle in the lower calf that helps you point your toe downward.  Take a resistance band and loop it around the forefoot and hold on the ends of the band.  Pointing your foot away while slowly allowing it to return to a resisting position.  When performing these plantar flexes becomes easy, you can increase the strength of the resistance band or progress to full calf raises.
  • Calf raises will not only strengthen your calf muscles but will also help to improve balance at the ankle.  Your calf muscles consist of the gastrocnemius and soleus muscles, which control foot and ankle function.  This exercise is performed by rising up and down on the toes in a smooth movement. Aim to do 3 sets of 10 and steadily add more sets each day.
  • Ankle ball rotations will help you to improve your proprioception and strengthen your ankle by rolling a ball in a counter clockwise motion.
  • Resisted eccentric inversion exercises are important in preventing re-injury of the ankle.  When this exercise is done properly with a partner, it will help strengthen the muscles that stabilize the ankle just at the point where it would roll over or sprain.

Consult with a foot and ankle specialist to ensure that you are ready to start strengthening your ankle after experiencing an ankle trauma. Working with your healthcare provider will ensure that your ankle has healed enough to perform the exercises correctly without causing further injury.

If you or someone you know has sustained a sprain or fractured ankle injury, contact Dr. Sheldon Fleishman today. Dr. Fleishman will work to evaluate the severity of your injury and determine the best treatment plan for your recovery.  Call to schedule an appointment at one of our convenient locations.

Office Locations: Blue Springs, Missouri (816) 228-9393 or Overland Park, KS (913) 381-5515.


Winter Foot Care Tips for Corns & Calluses Dr. Sheldon Fleishman Podiatry

The approaching winter weather isn't necessarily to blame for the development of corns and calluses on your feet — rather, the culprit is mainly the change in footwear that accompanies colder weather.

Switching from comfortable sneakers to heavier boots and winter footwear can cause friction and pressure on your feet if your footwear hasn't been properly fitted, leading to the development of pesky corns, calluses, and other foot problems. If you'd like to avoid an emergency visit to the foot doctor or a foot care specialist, Dr. Sheldon Fleishman offers these five foot care tips for preventing corns and calluses during the winter months.

1. Wear the Right Size Footwear

The sneakers and shoes we wear most often during the warmer months tend to fit comfortably, but winter footwear not so much. Winter boots and heavier shoes and sneakers are often purchased for practicality and necessity rather than comfort because you know you won't be wearing them that often. And that's exactly what can lead to foot problems. So be sure to get properly and professionally fitted for any footwear, no matter how little you might be wearing it.

Tip: You should be able to wiggle your toes freely. Avoid footwear that feels as if it's rubbing against your feet too harshly or pinching your toes together.

2. Replace Worn-Out Shoes

Still have those winter boots and shoes from two to three years ago? Maybe it's time to replace them. As shoes get older and worn down, they provide less support.

3. Take Preventative Measures

Ask a podiatrist for recommendations for insoles, toe separators or corn pads. Insoles will help with support and impact on your feet, and the other products will help to keep your toes from rubbing together and developing corns or calluses.

4. Moisturize and Remove Dry Skin

Ask your foot care specialist for tips how to properly of dry skin and moisturize your feet. Keeping feet properly moisturized can help prevent the buildup of calluses.

5. Keep Feet Dry and Protected When Outside

Winter footwear that isn't waterproof can become damp and soaked through when you encounter snow or rain. Damp socks can promote bacterial growth, subsequently leading to fungus problems, corns, and calluses. Choose your winter footwear carefully, and if your feet do get wet, remove your shoes and socks as soon as you arrive somewhere warm and dry.

For more information on how to take care of your feet or for the treatment of corns and calluses, contact Dr. Sheldon Fleishman for a consultation. Call to schedule an appointment at one of our convenient locations.

Office Locations:

Blue Springs, MO (816)-228-9393

Overland Park, KS (913) 381-5515