Answers to Your Foot and Ankle Sports Injury Questions

If you have questions about foot and ankle sports injuries in central Texas, the Austin Foot & Ankle Specialists has the answers. We have the experience, knowledge, and resources to treat your injury and get you back to the activities you love. Call us today if you have been injured.

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  • What is the difference between a fracture and a sprain?

    Essentially, the difference between a fracture and a sprain is what type of tissue the injury affects. Fractures happen to bone tissue, often as the result of a traumatic incident. Sprains involve damage to soft, connective tissue (ligaments) which are extended beyond their intended range from excessive motion.

     

    These two injuries are often confused because they have similar symptoms and causes. Both are frequently the result of participation in athletic competition or practice, but they can also happen due to tripping on uneven ground.

     

    Pain, bruising, and swelling are common symptoms for both fractures and sprains, as is difficulty walking on the affected foot or ankle. First aid procedures, like the RICE method (rest, ice, compression, elevation) can help to alleviate the symptoms of either injury, but you need a professional diagnosis and treatment plan for best healing.

     

    Whenever you or a loved one suffers from a foot or ankle injury, reach out to our experts here at Austin Foot and Ankle Specialists. Discover for yourself how our patients benefit from our commitment to constantly redefine excellence in podiatry. Call our Austin, TX office today at (512) 328-8900 or use our online form to schedule your appointment.

  • How do I know if my ankle is sprained?

    If you twisted or rolled your foot, check these ankle sprain symptoms to see if you have serious damage. Start with the pain. Did it start right after the injury? How bad is it? If the ankle starts to swell right away, you may have sprained it. If so, your body will rush blood to the area, which will likely cause it to turn red and feel a bit warm. Touch the outside (or inside) of your ankle to see if there is tenderness when you press on certain areas.


    If the pain is very severe—enough that you can’t bear any weight on it—or if there is much swelling, you need to have it seen right away. Numbness in your foot or toes is an even more worrying sign. Keep weight off, elevate your foot, and come to our office as soon as you can. We can take X-rays to see if any bones are broken, locate any serious nerve damage, and determine how bad the sprain is. Call Austin Foot and Ankle Specialists at (512) 328-8900 to set up a time. We practice excellence in podiatry and will treat your feet with the greatest care.

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  • How do I know if my athletic shoes fit?

    There are four specific qualities you want to look for when fitting athletic shoes: size, shape, stability, and style. As to size, you should have around ½ in of space between tip of your longest toe and the shoe when standing up. The shape of the shoe should match your foot shape, with enough space for your forefoot and toes, adequate arch support, and proper heel width. If you have hammertoes, bunions, flat feet or high arched feet, these qualities are especially important. A good shoe will provide stability and motion control to help with balance. Lastly, the style of the shoe should fit the sport in which you are involved. If your feet are uncomfortable or in pain during or after sports, it is likely that one of these qualities are missing.

    We are experts in treating athletic foot problems. If you need help finding the right athletic shoe, contact Austin Foot and Ankle Specialists today. Schedule an appointment with Dr. Craig H. Thomajan DPM, FACFAS or Dr. Shine John DPM, FACFAS by calling (512) 328-8900.

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  • What are some of the most common running injuries?

    Common running injuries can keep you out of the race, but there is help available. There are many conservative treatments that address Achilles tendinitis and plantar fasciitis—two of the most common. While blisters are typically resolved at home with time and care, if you notice signs of infection, it’s best to seek help right away. Ankle sprains and stress fractures may not seem serious, but continuing with your workout can lead to ongoing, chronic pain that could sideline you permanently. Seek treatment for any foot pain that doesn’t resolve in a day or two.

    Don’t take matters into your own hands. Instead of waiting to see if your feet feel better on their own, make an appointment for an evaluation with Dr. Craig H. Thomajan DPM, FACFAS. Call Austin Foot and Ankle Specialists today at (512) 328-8900. You can also request an appointment online. We can also discuss prevention tips and shoe recommendations to keep your feet in great running condition.

  • How long do ankle fractures take to heal?

    Ankle fracture recovery time depends on your individual health and the seriousness of your injury. A simple fracture where the bones stay aligned will heal more quickly than a complex one that requires surgery. In general, you can expect six or more weeks to recover. Even after that, you may need to take it easy for a time. The doctors will check your healing progress by taking regular X-rays and using them to determine when it is safe for you to return to your activities.

    Focused care during your recovery also makes a difference. Keep the joint immobilized and follow all your instructions for bearing weight or physical therapy. Healthy eating and activity habits will boost your immune system and benefit your bone growth. If you think you may have an ankle fracture, or have any other lower limb discomfort, contact the experts at Austin Foot and Ankle Specialists for an appointment or more information. Call (512) 328-8900 or visit the online contact page to reach us.

  • Does barefoot running hurt your feet?

    The minimalist shoe movement has not backed up their claims of lowering injury rates with any hard data. Clinical observations seem to indicate that there is a change in injury pattern among minimalist shoe wearers. Clinically, those changing to minimalis tshoes and forefoot strike often present with forefoot stress fractures or calf and Achilles tendon pain. We advocate that if runners who would like to use minimalist shoes should follow the consensus of advice which is to carefully and slowly transition or integrate minimalist shoe use into their training program.

    A general agreement exists that most running injuries are injuries ofoveruse. A detailed history must be taken and all aspects of a patient’s exercise program must be evaluated.

    Please consider the experts at Austin Foot and Ankle Specialists to help with all your running needs. Call for an appointment at 512-328-8900.

  • What is PRP?

    Platelet-rich-plasma is an autologous, biological, blood derived product, which one can exogenously apply to a variety of tissues.  The PRP releases high concentrations of platlet-derived growth factors that enhance wound, bone, and tendon healing. Growth factors release when the platlets become activated, subsequently initiating the body's natural healing reponse.  Platlet-rich therapy is safe and the technique does not impair the biomechanical function of the foot.

    The doctors at Austin Foot and Ankle Specialists utilize PRP injections as a second line treatment of more chronic and thickened fascial, ligamentous and tendon conditions.

    Call to make an appointment at 512-328-900 if you believe that you may benefit for this advanced treatment protocol.

     

  • What is Topaz?

    The doctors at Austin Foot and Ankle Specialists continue to offer the latest technology available to allow our patients a quick, straightfoward and minimally invasive technique to return them to their daily acitivities from conditions like plantar fasciitis.

    With this percutaneous procedure, we make approximately 20 to 25 holes with a needle throught the skin to the level of the plantar fascia in a grid pattern.  We would then introduce the Topaz probe and release a Coablation energy force in each hole locations, breaking up scar tissue and increasing vascularity to the plantar fascia region.  Topaz procedures have also been associated with increased strength in the plantar fascia insertion and decreased small fiber pain in the region of the plantar fascia insertion

    For more information and and appointment to learn more about Topaz call us at 512-28-8900.

     

     

  • Is Barefoot Running better?

    Barefoot running is a possible alternative or training adjunct to running with shoes. While anecdotal evidence and testimonials proliferate on the Internet and in the media about the possible health benefits of barefoot running, research has not yet adequately shed light on the immediate and long-term effects of this practice.

    Barefoot running has been touted as improving strength and balance, while promoting a more natural running style. However, risks of barefoot running include a lack of protection, which may lead to injuries such as puncture wounds, and increased stress on the lower extremities. Research is ongoing in regards to the risks and benefits of barefoot running.

  • Will oral anti-inflammatories weaken an Achilles tendon?

    Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications (NSAIDs) pose no risk your Achilles tendon.  There is some risk with steroidal anti-inflammatory medications and should be avoided.