Sprained ankles are painful and can limit mobility, making it difficult to be on your feet or walk around. Minor ankle sprains sometimes heal on their own after applying ice and resting the foot. More serious sprains will not necessarily heal properly without medical treatment. An unhealed or improperly healed ankle sprain can lead to chronic pain, discomfort, and instability. To prevent long-term problems, it is best to seek treatment from a podiatrist. At Foot Specialists of Mississippi, Dr. Vern Christensen and Dr. Jeffery VanYperen are your Amory and Starkville, MS, foot doctors.
Sprains occur when the ankle twists the wrong way. For example, if the ankle rolls outward as the foot turns inward, a sprain can occur. Additionally, as the ankle rotates in a different direction from the foot, the ligaments inside the ankle sometimes stretch too far and even tear. The risk of an ankle sprain increases when engaging in certain types of activities or movements, including:
- Participating in certain sports and athletic activities
- Running or jogging on rough or uneven surfaces
- Jumping and other high-impact movements
- Wearing high heel shoes or footwear with insufficient support
Increasing flexibility and strengthening the ankles can both help prevent ankle sprains. Your Amory and Starkville foot doctor can recommend safe and effective stretches for increasing flexibility, as well as exercises for strengthening the ankles. You can also prevent an ankle sprain by wearing stable and supportive footwear. If you do injure your ankle, there are several signs that it might be sprained, such as:
- Pain or discomfort
- Limited range of motion
Treating an Ankle Sprain
Several methods are available for treating an ankle sprain. Not only does the injury need to be healed, but the ankle also needs to be strengthened. Your Amory and Starkville foot doctor will assess the degree of your injury and develop a treatment plan to heal the ankle, as well as increase flexibility and strength. Methods for treating ankle sprains include:
- Physical therapy
- Massage therapy
- Compression bandages
- Braces or splints
- Surgery for severe cases
See a podiatrist if you sustain an ankle sprain to ensure the ankle heals properly. An injury that doesn’t heal properly can lead to chronic pain and other problems. Additionally, a podiatrist can advise you how to increase strength and flexibility to prevent spraining the ankle again. For treatment of a sprained ankle, schedule an appointment with Dr. Christensen or Dr. VanYperen, your foot doctors in Amory and Starkville, MS, call the Foot Specialists of Mississippi at (662) 257-2357.
Foot pain is a common complaint among Americans. In fact, 77 percent of adults 18 and older have experienced the pain, according to an American Podiatric Medical Association survey. In many cases, pain can be relieved simply by wearing custom orthotics in your shoes. Dr. Vern Christensen and Dr. Jeffery VanYperen, foot doctors at Foot Specialists of Mississippi in Starkville and Amory, MS, share a few signs that may mean that you can benefit from these custom-designed shoe inserts.
Foot pain has become a chronic complaint
Do you avoid walking or standing for long periods of time because you're worried that your feet will hurt? Pain can occur due to flat foot, structural issues with your feet or overpronation, a problem that occurs when your feet roll inward when you walk.
Drugstore shoe inserts cushion your feet and provide a little arch support, but they can't address your specific issues. Unlike drugstore products, orthotics aren't a one-size-fits-all solution. When you visit our Starkville or Amory office, we'll examine your feet, evaluate your gait when you walk, and design orthotics that will keep your feet in the optimum position when you wear shoes.
You have back, leg, or hip pain
Poor foot position can affect the alignment of your entire body and cause pain in your ankles, knees, hips, or lower back. Orthotics improve joint stability and offer a simple, drug-free solution to your aches and pains.
Your feet ache due to a foot condition or changes related to aging
Both full-length orthotics and heel cups can be helpful if you have plantar fasciitis, bone spurs, arthritis, or other foot conditions. In addition to supporting your feet, soft orthotics provide a layer of cushioning that relieves pain and compensates for the thinning of fat pads under your feet as you age.
You have diabetes
Foot care is particularly important when you have diabetes, as even the smallest blister or cut can quickly become infected. Orthotics reduce pressure on your feet, preventing red spots and blisters caused by friction.
You're an athlete
If your feet aren't properly supported and cushioned when you run or play your favorite support, you may be more likely to develop bursitis, tendinitis and other painful conditions. Orthotics are specially designed to support your feet when you run, walk, jump and pivot.
Are you interested in learning if orthotics are a good choice for you? Call Starkville and Amory, MS, foot doctors, Dr. Christensen and Dr. VanYperen, at (662) 257-2357 to schedule an appointment.
Dealing with toenail discomfort? It could be an ingrown toenail!
Have you suddenly noticed that the nail of your big toe is sore and tender to the touch, particularly at the edge? If you take a closer look does the nail look like it’s growing into the skin? Perhaps the skin is even a bit puffy and red. If so, then you could be dealing with an ingrown toenail. Our Amory foot doctor and Starkville foot doctor Dr. Vern Christensen and Dr. Jeffery VanYperen, Jr. are here to tell you more about ingrown toenails and when you should seek medical attention.
An ingrown toenail happens when the edge of the nail grows into the skin. As you might imagine, this can be rather uncomfortable for the sufferer. Most of the time an ingrown toenail will go away by itself, but there are ways to manage your symptoms in the meantime.
One ideal way to ease pain and swelling is to soak those sore peds in warm water for about 15 to 20 minutes. You don’t have to wait for pain to set in to benefit from this, as this can also be a great way to prevent pain from rearing its ugly head. You can even apply some Epsom salts to the water to relieve achiness or soreness. Doing this several times a day can be just the trick you need to reduce ingrown toenail problems.
However, there are instances in which you will want to turn to our Amory foot doctor and Starkville foot doctor for proper care rather than trying to handle the problem yourself. If you have diabetes or a weak immune system something as simple as an ingrown toenail can become a more serious problem. You should also come in for treatment if you notice pain or swelling that isn’t responding to at-home care or gets worse, or if you notice pus around the nail (this is a sign of infection).
Don’t let foot problems affect you. Whatever issues you are having, it’s time to have an expert opinion. Call Foot Specialists of Mississippi today. We offer two convenient locations in Amory and Starkville, MS, to cater to your comprehensive foot care needs.
Bunion pain doesn’t have to be the norm. Find out how to manage your symptoms.
Bunions are one of the most common foot deformities around. While most people don’t even know that they have a bunion, there are certain symptoms that can arise that immediately send people to our Starkville and Amory, MS, podiatrists, Dr. Vern Christensen and Dr. Jeffery VanYperen, Jr., for a diagnosis.
If you have been diagnosed with a bunion here’s what you can do to keep symptoms at bay.
Simple Treatment Options
Our goal as your Starkville and Amory foot doctor is to make sure that you get the treatment you need without having to turn to invasive measures. Did you know that a lot of the symptoms you experience on account of your bunion can be eased and even prevented with at-home measures such as:
Maintaining an ideal weight: If you are overweight or obese, this can certainly put a lot more pressure on the joints of your feet. Overworked joints can cause further issues for your feet in the long run, not to mention the fact that it will also aggravate your bunion. By losing weight and keeping it off you can reduce the workload that your feet have to deal with day in and day out, which can also help those with bunions.
Wearing orthotics within your shoes: Sometimes the shoes you wear don’t provide as much support as you would like. While it’s now more essential than ever to make sure that your shoes provide you with the proper shock absorption, stability and support, sometimes your best option is to place custom orthotics into your everyday shoes to offer further stability. Our Starkville and Amory foot doctor offers prescription orthotics, which can redistribute the weight more evenly when walking or standing to take pressure off the affected joint.
Stretching the foot every day: There are a variety of exercises you can perform several times a day that will help to improve flexibility and range-of-motion while also strengthening the muscles, joints and connective tissues in your feet to improve how your feet function even with bunions. We would be happy to show you a variety of simple foot exercises that could help.
While our goal is to try and provide you with the treatments and remedies you need without surgery, if you aren’t experiencing relief from your symptoms or if symptoms are too severe and don’t respond to at-home care then surgery may be the only method.
Foot Specialists of Mississippi has two offices in Amory and Starkville, MS to serve you better. Whether you are looking for ways to alleviate bunion symptoms or you want to learn more about the services we provide, call our office today.
Never ignore heel pain. Our Starkville and Amory, MS podiatrists, Dr. Vern Christensen and Dr. Jeffery VanYperen, Jr, can examine you to determine the cause of your pain and discomfort. Delaying treatment oftentimes can lead to increased pain.
Causes of Heel Pain
One of the most common causes of heel pain is plantar fasciitis. This is referred to as heel and arch pain because of inflammation at the bottom of the foot. This inflammation is found in the connective tissue known as the plantar fascia. This stretches from the base of the toes across the arch of the foot to where it goes into the heel bone. Overpronation is generally why it occurs as the foot rolls inward excessively when walking which flattens the foot and lengthens the arch, which puts tension on this part of the foot. This leads to inflammation.
Another source of heel pain that your Starkville and Amory podiatrist can diagnose is heel spur syndrome. This condition is usually treated with conservative measures such as ice, stretching, custom orthotics, anti-inflammatory medicine and even physical therapy. We also use the IQ Eequinus Brace with significant success to help ease heel pain in patients.
Haglund’s Deformity causes heel pain too. This is a painful enlargement on the back of the heel bone. This appears as a painful, red and swollen area in the back of the heel bone. Soaking the feet, changing the shoes one wears and anti-inflammatory medications help the symptoms of this problem.
Lastly, heel fissures or cracking of the skin on the heels can cause heel pain. The skin thickens as a result of the friction. Wearing proper shoes and hydrating the feet can reduce the dryness associated with these fissures.
Ultimately, your Starkville and Amory, MS podiatrist Dr. Christensen and Dr. VanYperen can examine a patient and determine the cause of their heel pain. To schedule an appointment today to discuss your symptoms, call 662-257-2357.
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