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Posts for: October, 2018

By Dr. Rowe
October 16, 2018
Category: Welcome Blog
Tags: Name change  

We have changed our name to BIG FOOT AND ANKLE INSTITUTE. We are excited for the new name and logo changes. All other contact information will stay the same. You can find us on the web at www.bigfootandankle.com


By Dr. Rowe
October 05, 2018

Partial Foot Walker:

Patient’s that have severe limb/life threatening infections need to have a more radical amputation performed. A mid-foot amputation makes it difficult to ambulate in a regular shoe and depending on how far the amputation comes up the foot, a more custom made device is needed. This Partial Foot Walker is custom made, and comes up the leg to secure the lower extremity in the device so that the patients can ambulate better.


By Dr. Rowe
October 05, 2018
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Heel Pain   Heel Spurs  

Have you been experiencing any heel pain or bothersome tenderness without any obvious cause? Although heel spurs themselves sometimes do not cause acute discomfort, they are frequently associated with the painful inflammation known as plantar fasciitis, a condition commonly described as feeling like a knife is wrenching through your foot. Read below for more information on the typical causes, symptoms, and treatments of heel spurs.

What is a Heel Spur?

A heel spur is often the result of overstraining foot muscles and ligaments, overstretching the plantar fascia (the thick band of tissue that connects the heel bone to the toes), and repeatedly tearing the heel bone membrane. From these actions arises a calcium deposit on the underside of the heel bone. Risk factor for developing the condition include:

  • Possessing any walking gait abnormalities

  • Regularly running or jogging on hard surfaces

  • Wearing poorly fitted or overly worn shoes

  • Wearing shoes that lack arch support

  • Being excessively overweight or obese

What are The Symptoms?

Heel spurs do not carry many symptoms by themselves. However, they are often related to other afflictions, most typically plantar fasciitis. The most common sign of this combo of conditions is a feeling of chronic pain along the bottom or back of the heel, especially during periods of walking, running, or jogging. If you are experiencing this recurring inflammation, it is a good idea to visit your local podiatrist's office and inquire about undergoing an x-ray or ultrasound examination of the foot.

What are the Treatment Options?

The solutions to heel spurs are generally centered around decreasing inflammation and avoiding re-injury. They include:

  • Applying ice on the inflammation

  • Performing stretch exercises

  • Wearing orthotic devices or shoe inserts to relieve pressure off of the spur

  • Taking anti-inflammatory medications such as ibuprofen to relieve pain

  • In extreme cases, surgery can be performed on chronically inflamed spurs

If you are dealing with symptoms of heel spurs or pain in your feet, turn to a podiatrist so that we can get you back on your feet. Don't ignore your pain.


By Dr. Rowe
October 04, 2018
Category: Surgery

Rolling Knee Scooter:

One of the most frustrating things for our patients is having to stay off of the foot or ankle after an injury or after surgery. Crutches are not always an option if the patient can’t safely use them. The knee scooter has been a nice alternative for patients. The can get around faster than crutches and it doesn’t take as much of a toll on the upper body. They are also very fun to ride around on, and patients often lose them to children or grandchildren because of this. I’ve seen many of these decorated to show the patients personality. After all you are stuck with it for around 4-6 weeks.


Regenerative Medicine VI:

 

Artelon is a knitted textile made from Polyurethane Urea. It is porous, biologically inert and hyper elastic material. This synthetic provisional matrix is for tendon and ligament reconstruction. Artelon integrates into surrounding tissue, and slowly dissolves in 4-5 years. It’s stiffness prevents stress shielding and allows for immediate stability to the repair site. This biologic can lower the risk of repair failure, restore stability and allow for more rapid rehabilitation and return to activity.