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Foot & Ankle Conditions

Synergy Health Partners | Mendelson Kornblum specializes in podiatry. The foot and ankle are vital to mobility, yet their complex structure and constant use make them susceptible to a myriad of injuries.

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How do Foot & Ankle injuries usually occur?

Foot and ankle injuries can occur in a variety of ways, often depending on the activity, environment, and individual factors. Here are some common causes:

  1. Sports and Physical Activities:

    • Twisting or Rolling: Activities that involve quick changes in direction, such as basketball, soccer, or tennis, can cause the foot or ankle to twist or roll, leading to sprains or fractures.
    • Overuse: Repetitive motions, especially in sports like running or dancing, can cause stress fractures, tendinitis, and other overuse injuries.
    • Impact Injuries: Direct blows or collisions, common in contact sports, can result in fractures or bruising.
  2. Accidental Falls:

    • Slips and Trips: Slipping on wet or uneven surfaces can cause the foot or ankle to twist awkwardly, resulting in sprains or fractures.
    • High Heels and Unstable Footwear: Wearing shoes that do not provide proper support or balance can increase the risk of falls and injuries.
  3. Environmental Factors:

    • Uneven Surfaces: Walking or running on uneven terrain, such as hiking trails or poorly maintained sidewalks, can lead to missteps and injuries.
    • Poor Lighting: Inadequate lighting can make it difficult to see obstacles, increasing the risk of tripping and falling.
  4. Medical Conditions:

    • Arthritis: Conditions like osteoarthritis can weaken the joints and make them more susceptible to injuries.
    • Osteoporosis: This condition makes bones more fragile and more likely to fracture from minor impacts.
  5. Work-Related Activities:

    • Heavy Lifting: Jobs that require lifting heavy objects can put extra strain on the feet and ankles, leading to injuries.
    • Repetitive Movements: Jobs that involve repetitive movements, such as standing for long periods or walking long distances, can cause overuse injuries.
  6. Improper Footwear:

    • Lack of Support: Shoes that do not provide adequate arch support, cushioning, or stability can lead to various foot and ankle problems.
    • Worn-Out Shoes: Wearing shoes that are worn out or not appropriate for the activity can increase the risk of injury.
  7. Inadequate Warm-Up or Stretching:

    • Cold Muscles: Engaging in physical activities without properly warming up can make muscles and tendons less flexible, increasing the risk of sprains and strains.

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