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By Family Foot & Ankle Care
August 30, 2016
Category: Foot Care

Breaking a bone, no matter where its location on the body, is a traumatizing experience. However, telling the difference between an ankle fractureankle or foot fracture and a sprain without x-rays or MRIs can prove to be tricky. Luckily, your Sparta, NJ podiatrist Dr. Philip Caswell can help diagnose and treat your foot pain to get you back on your feet for good.

Signs and Symptoms of a Foot or Ankle Fracture 
A fracture is a break in the bone. A sprain occurs when the connective tissues around the bone become inflamed. Telling the difference between a fracture and a sprain may be difficult in some situations. However, the pain from a fracture is usually concentrated over the bone in your ankle or foot. Since they affect the soft tissues, sprains hurt in the areas of the soft tissues around the bone. Additionally, a good rule of thumb is that if you cannot put any weight or walk on your foot, you probably have a fracture. If you have visual abnormalities in the ankle or foot, seek immediate medical care.

In the case of an injury, listen to your body. If you cannot walk, stay off of your foot or you could cause further injury. If you are having trouble determining whether your foot or ankle is fractured or sprained, rest, ice, compress, and stabilize your foot and ankle for two to four days. If you have not seen any change, are still in severe pain, or notice significant bruising, you should see your podiatrist as soon as possible. Untreated fractures come with the risk of healing incorrectly and creating lasting problems.

Foot and Ankle Fracture Treatments in Sparta, NJ
Treatment for foot and ankle fractures varies depending on the patient and the severity of the fracture. A physical examination allows your doctor to gather the information needed to access the situation and diagnose your problem. Imaging techniques like x-rays or MRIs give your doctor visual evidence of a fracture. If necessary, your doctor will set the bones to realign them properly. Some cases of minor fractures do not require a cast or splint. However, more severe fractures require the stabilization of a non-walking or walking cast or splint. Your doctor can help you determine which treatment option is best for you.

For more information on foot or ankle injuries and their treatments, please contact Dr. Philip Caswell at Family Foot & Ankle Care in Sparta, NJ. Call 973-300-9151 to schedule your appointment for a foot and ankle examination with Dr. Caswell today!

By Family Foot & Ankle Care
August 01, 2016
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Growing Pains  

Growing PainsIf your child has ever complained of not being able to sleep at night due to leg pain, he or she may be experiencing what many people refer to as growing pains. They are common for kids during their growth and development years.

Growing pains are often characterized by a sharp, throbbing pain in the leg muscles, usually occurring during the night and sometimes late afternoon without an apparent cause. While there is no evidence that a child's growth is painful, these pains often occur during an active day of running, jumping or swimming.

Whenever a child is afflicted by episodes of recurrent leg pain, it is always best to have them evaluated. Other more serious foot and leg conditions should be ruled out before a diagnosis of growing pains is made.

Consult with a physician or a podiatrist if aching legs are a chronic complaint, or if the pain is so severe it interferes with the child's daily activities. Persistent pain and other unusual symptoms may indicate a more serious problem. The following symptoms are not due to growing pains and should be evaluated by a doctor:

  • Persistent pain
  • Swelling or redness in one specific area or joint
  • Limping
  • Fever
  • Loss of Appetite
  • Weakness
  • Fatigue
  • Abnormal behavior

There are no treatments or medications available for growing pains, but parents can help ease the pain with simple home remedies.

  • Massage and rub the child's ache until the pain passes
  • Stretch your child's legs throughout the day and before bed
  • Heating pads or warm baths can help soothe sore muscles
  • Over-the-counter pain relievers (always consult with physician first)

While growing pains are commonly seen in young children during the growth and development years, lower extremity pain can also be caused by mechanical misalignments and structural imperfections. A thorough evaluation is crucial in order to determine the exact cause of your child's leg pain. If growing pains are the cause of your child's discomfort, rest assured that the pain is only temporary and will pass with time.