People do not enjoy pain. It interrupts their lives and makes daily life difficult. When you hurt your feet and ankles, the discomfort is not only unpleasant, but it can hold you back and limit your ability to move freely. Unfortunately, damage to your body’s foundation is fairly common.
Facing Frequent Conditions
Most people use their feet on a daily basis for just about everything that involves going from one place to another. They can handle an impressive amount of stress, but there are limits. When you reach those limits, you get hurt. Dr. Gerald Mauriello specializes in dealing with the aches and pains that occur in your feet and ankles, from the small sprains to the serious fractures, and everything in between. Some of the most common injuries we treat include:
An injury to the tendons or ligaments, this occurs when you roll or twist your ankle or your foot lands incorrectly when stepping. The connecting tissues stretch or tear slightly, causing pain and weakness. A sprain can range from a minor to severe injury at the time it happens. If not treated and allowed to heal, it most likely will get worse.
This occurs when one or more bones that form the ankle joint break, making it difficult to use or put weight on it. It can be caused something as significant as trauma to the area, or as simple as tripping or landing incorrectly. An ankle break does require urgent intervention to heal properly.
Fractures in the foot can be as small as a stress fracture—a crack—in a bone or as big as a full break. They make using the foot very painful and sometimes impossible. The healing time and treatment for a fracture depends on the severity, and small breaks can become bigger ones if not cared for. Possible fractures need to be evaluated right away so you can begin treatment and heal more quickly.
A benign bone tumor, osteochondromas develop in childhood and early adolescence while the child’s bones are growing. Sometimes they can have no symptoms, but others pinch nerves or blood vessels. Developing more than one of these tumors is called multiple osteochondromatosis. In severe cases, this can cause bone growth deformities and an increased risk of cancer.
This injury in a joint causes stiffness and “sticking” when you move around. Caused by lost blood flow to an area of cartilage, the tissue pulls away from the bone and sometimes takes a bit of bone tissue with it. If it gets lodged in the joint, it can cause pain and impede movement.
A common exercise condition, shin splints are typically associated with runners, though any active person can develop them. The pain is caused by an inflammation of the muscle, tendons, and bone tissues in the shin. The damage is generally caused by overuse, poor conditioning, or insufficient footwear.
Athletics put significant strain on the feet and ankles. The hard impacts, twists and turns, sudden starts and stops, and regular jumps all put strain on your joints, bones, connecting tissues, and muscles. Injuring your feet and ankles through both trauma and overuse in sports is fairly common. While you can’t predict painful accidents, you can support your feet with appropriate shoes and good conditioning.
Dr. Gerald Mauriello handles these injuries and more, working with you to relieve your pain and correct the cause. He also helps to establish preventative measures to avoid future trauma and damage. Many of these injuries are caused by overuse or frequently repeated impact. With the proper support and conditioning, you can continue in your activities free of pain and better able to handle the strain. Custom orthotics and cushioned, supportive footwear are significant contributors.
If you have hurt your foot or ankle, don’t “walk it off,” “push through,” or wait around hoping it gets better. Many injuries that go untreated simply get worse over time. Don’t deal with the pain and risk a more serious problem later. Seek help and restore your feet to health. Contact Dr. gerald Mauriello in Belvidere or Hackettstown, New Jersey, for an appointment or more information by requesting an appointment online, or by calling (908) 475-8750.