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June 2021

Anterior ankle impingement syndrome, also known as footballer’s ankle or athlete’s ankle, is an umbrella term used to describe soft tissue in the ankle getting pinched by bone. Tiny, repetitive traumas to the ankle, usually incurred while playing sports, leads the body to produce extra bone tissue in the area as a defense mechanism to prevent further injury. This can cause symptoms such as ankle pain, swelling, inflammation, a decreased range of motion, a loss of muscle strength, numbness in the toes, and a popping or crackling sound while walking or moving the affected ankle. These symptoms can interfere with participating in daily activities and require medical intervention to improve. If you suspect that you may have anterior ankle impingement syndrome, please consult with a podiatrist.

Sports related foot and ankle injuries require proper treatment before players can go back to their regular routines. For more information, contact Dr. Steven Snider of Snider & Associates, Inc.. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Sports Related Foot and Ankle Injuries

Foot and ankle injuries are a common occurrence when it comes to athletes of any sport. While many athletes dismiss the initial aches and pains, the truth is that ignoring potential foot and ankle injuries can lead to serious problems. As athletes continue to place pressure and strain the area further, a mild injury can turn into something as serious as a rupture and may lead to a permanent disability. There are many factors that contribute to sports related foot and ankle injuries, which include failure to warm up properly, not providing support or wearing bad footwear. Common injuries and conditions athletes face, including:

  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Plantar Fasciosis
  • Achilles Tendinitis
  • Achilles Tendon Rupture
  • Ankle Sprains

Sports related injuries are commonly treated using the RICE method. This includes rest, applying ice to the injured area, compression and elevating the ankle. More serious sprains and injuries may require surgery, which could include arthroscopic and reconstructive surgery. Rehabilitation and therapy may also be required in order to get any recovering athlete to become fully functional again. Any unusual aches and pains an athlete sustains must be evaluated by a licensed, reputable medical professional.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact one of our offices located in San Antonio, and Uvalde, TX . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Wednesday, 16 June 2021 00:00

A Brief History of Gout

Gout is a type of arthritis which causes uric acid crystals to form on joints—most commonly in the big toe. Symptoms may include pain, inflammation, redness, and limited range of motion. Gout was first identified around 2640 B.C. in ancient Egypt, and has been studied by countless scientists and physicians dating back to Hippocrates who called it “the unwalkable disease”. Uric acid crystals from a gouty deposit were first seen under a microscope in 1679, and the 19th century chemist, Emil Fischer’s, work established the relationship between uric acid and purine—which can raise levels of uric acid in the body. Some famous people who may have experienced gout include King Henry III, Sir Issac Newton, Ben Franklin, Sir Lawrence Olivier, David Wells, Jim Belushi, and Jared Leto—after gaining 60 lbs. for a movie role. Risk factors include eating a diet high in purines, a family history of gout, obesity, certain medical conditions and medications, and more. If you have pain or inflammation in your big toe, make an appointment with a podiatrist for an examination.

Gout is a painful condition that can be treated. If you are seeking treatment, contact Dr. Steven Snider from Snider & Associates, Inc.. Our doctor will treat your foot and ankle needs.

What Is Gout?

Gout is a form of arthritis that is characterized by sudden, severe attacks of pain, redness, and tenderness in the joints. The condition usually affects the joint at the base of the big toe. A gout attack can occur at any random time, such as the middle of the night while you are asleep.

Symptoms

  • Intense Joint Pain - Usually around the large joint of your big toe, and it most severe within the first four to twelve hours
  • Lingering Discomfort - Joint discomfort may last from a few days to a few weeks
  • Inflammation and Redness -Affected joints may become swollen, tender, warm and red
  • Limited Range of Motion - May experience a decrease in joint mobility

Risk Factors

  • Genetics - If family members have gout, you’re more likely to have it
  • Medications - Diuretic medications can raise uric acid levels
  • Gender/Age - Gout is more common in men until the age of 60. It is believed that estrogen protects women until that point
  • Diet - Eating red meat and shellfish increases your risk
  • Alcohol - Having more than two alcoholic drinks per day increases your risk
  • Obesity - Obese people are at a higher risk for gout

Prior to visiting your podiatrist to receive treatment for gout, there are a few things you should do beforehand. If you have gout you should write down your symptoms--including when they started and how often you experience them, important medical information you may have, and any questions you may have. Writing down these three things will help your podiatrist in assessing your specific situation so that he or she may provide the best route of treatment for you.

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

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Tuesday, 15 June 2021 00:00

Reminder: When Was the Last Time...?

Custom orthotics, or shoe inserts, should be periodically replaced. Orthotics must fit properly to give you the best results. Protect your feet and ankles!

If you have ever considered seeing an expert for your foot or ankle pain, then you have likely come across the term “podiatrist.” A podiatrist is a doctor that specializes in the diagnosis, treatment, prevention, and management of foot and ankle problems. Podiatrists will have the letters DPM following their name. These letters stand for “doctor of podiatric medicine.” To become a DPM, future podiatrists must first earn a bachelor’s degree and finish a doctor of podiatric medicine program. The podiatrist must then complete a residency in podiatric medicine, before earning a license that allows them to practice podiatry. All together, this takes approximately 11 years. When you visit a podiatrist, you can rest assured that they will have the educational background and training needed to help you. If you are experiencing foot or ankle pain, please seek the care of a podiatrist.  

If you are experiencing pain in the feet or ankles, don’t join the stubborn majority refusing treatment. Feel free to contact Dr. Steven Snider from Snider & Associates, Inc.. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

What Is a Podiatrist?

Someone would seek the care of a podiatrist if they have suffered a foot injury or have common foot ailments such as heal spurs, bunions, arch problems, deformities, ingrown toenails, corns, foot and ankle problems, etc.

Podiatric Treatment

A podiatrist will treat the problematic areas of the feet, ankle or lower leg by prescribing the following:

  • Physical therapy
  • Drugs
  • Orthotic inserts or soles
  • Surgery on lower extremity fractures

A common podiatric procedure a podiatrist will use is a scanner or force plate which will allow the podiatrist to know the designs of orthotics. Patients are then told to follow a series of tasks to complete the treatment. The computer will scan the foot a see which areas show weight distribution and pressure points. The podiatrist will read the analysis and then determine which treatment plans are available.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact one of our offices located in San Antonio, and Uvalde, TX . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Tuesday, 01 June 2021 00:00

Falling and a Loss of Independence

Many elderly people have had their lives change as a result of enduring a fall. A common lifestyle change is a fear of falling, which can lead to a loss of independence. There are methods that can be implemented in the living environment that can help to prevent falling. These can consist of installing grab bars in the shower and toilet area, removing worn rugs from the rooms that are frequently used, and improving overall lighting. Additionally, there are some people who find it helpful to use a bath mat while getting in and out of the shower or tub. Falling can injure the feet, and it can be difficult to accomplish daily activities. If you would like more information about how to make changes in the household that can help to prevent falling, please consult with a podiatrist.

Preventing falls among the elderly is very important. If you are older and have fallen or fear that you are prone to falling, consult with Dr. Steven Snider from Snider & Associates, Inc.. Our doctor will assess your condition and provide you with quality advice and care.

Every 11 seconds, an elderly American is being treated in an emergency room for a fall related injury. Falls are the leading cause of head and hip injuries for those 65 and older. Due to decreases in strength, balance, senses, and lack of awareness, elderly persons are very susceptible to falling. Thankfully, there are a number of things older persons can do to prevent falls.

How to Prevent Falls

Some effective methods that older persons can do to prevent falls include:

  • Enrolling in strength and balance exercise program to increase balance and strength
  • Periodically having your sight and hearing checked
  • Discuss any medications you have with a doctor to see if it increases the risk of falling
  • Clearing the house of falling hazards and installing devices like grab bars and railings
  • Utilizing a walker or cane
  • Wearing shoes that provide good support and cushioning
  • Talking to family members about falling and increasing awareness

Falling can be a traumatic and embarrassing experience for elderly persons; this can make them less willing to leave the house, and less willing to talk to someone about their fears of falling. Doing such things, however, will increase the likelihood of tripping or losing one’s balance. Knowing the causes of falling and how to prevent them is the best way to mitigate the risk of serious injury.  

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

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