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March Madness had millions glued to the television for the Louisville VS. Duke game in the Midwest Regional Finals, but regardless of your bracket, I think all our hearts went out to Louisville’s guard Kevin Ware after he experienced a gruesome compound fracture. Compound fractures, or open fractures, are breaks that result in the bone being exposed to the environment, which is considered a medical emergency that needs to be treated immediately. Bone that is exposed to the open air is at very high risk for serious infections that can lead to necrosis, which is death of the tissue, causing the bone and tissue surrounding it to become non-functional. When Ware jumped up to block a 3-point shot, he landed awkwardly, causing his leg to torque at almost a 90 degree angle leading to a dramatic break, producing inches of bone protruding through the skin. His team, horrified at the sight, were forced to cover their eyes and back away, while some were brought to tears, demonstrating their obvious affection for their fallen teammate. Ware, in his spirited attempt to get this teammates focused on the game, called them over to him for a pep talk, causing the crowd to applaud in his devotion and positive outlook.

Does this mean we should be on our guard when we play sports?! There is a certain amount of suspicion associated with Ware’s injury. It’s rather rare for a young, healthy, active individual to experience such a severe fracture during routine play, causing some physicians to question if Ware had an underlying condition causing weakening of the bone or a cyst at the fracture site. Although human bone can be as strong as steel when forces are applied vertically, it has much less strength when exposed to rotational forces, causing most to agree that the torque of the landing was too great for the bone to handle, and thus being the main cause of the break.

Thanks to the speedy reaction of the medical team, Ware received immediate medical attention, and after a two hour surgery involving some rods and screws, he is expected to make a full recovery and return to basketball. I’m sure even Duke fans can admit that Ware cradling the Midwest Regional Championship trophy, which was won that night after his pep talk, was well deserved.

If you ever experience a sports injury, be sure to set up an appointment with Dr. Purdy at the Foot Clinic so you can get back on your feet, and back into the game as soon as possible!

Jon Purdy, DPM

 

Oscar Pistorius was the first double amputee to win a championship race that included able-bodied runners, making him someone to watch and hope for when he participated in the 2012 Olympic Games. Pistorius, who had both legs amputated at 11 months old, suffers from fibular hemimelia, a condition where the bone of the lower leg is absent or shortened causing instability. This condition also affects 15-year-old Seth Melvin.

Unlike Pistorius, Melvin was given the choice as to whether or not to have his leg amputated-a choice which is rare to teens. Most people affected by fibular hemimelia have their limbs amputated as infants or after infection or trauma leaves few other choices available. When Melvin’s parents were presented with the option of amputation, they refused, stating that it was their son’s decision to make.

At first, Melvin favored reconstruction of his leg, but after eliciting advice from people with similar experiences, he soon realized amputation can give him a shot at a more capable lifestyle, and avoid lengthy surgeries to try and elongate his limb that hold no guarantee for success. Melvin has remarkably accepted his condition and welcomes the surgery that could greatly improve his quality of life with the great advances in prosthetic technology. This brave teen has every chance at a bright future ahead of him-perhaps even an Olympic one! We’re all rooting for you Seth!

If you, or anyone you know is experiencing foot or leg abnormalities, set up an appointment with Dr. Purdy at the Foot Clinic to see what steps you can take to make sure it does not interfere with your daily life!

Jon Purdy, DPM

 

Heel pain is a common complaint that we receive here at The Foot Clinic in New Iberia and there are many causes of it; in fact there are entire books dedicated just to heel pain. In this post we are going to try and focus on some of the more common causes of heel pain and treatments for them.  

By far, the most common cause of heel pain is a condition called plantar fasciitis. Plantar fasciitis is an inflammation in a ligament type band of tissue called the plantar fascia.  This ligament connects to your heel bone on the bottom of your foot. Symptoms of plantar fasciitis include sharp stabbing pain on the bottom of your foot with the first few steps in the morning, rising from a seated position, or after long periods of standing. Treatment for plantar fasciitis is conservative and may involve non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medication as well as a number of other treatments. Only severe cases that do not respond to conservative treatment require surgery.

Another common cause of heel pain is Achilles tendinitis. Common symptoms are pain in the back of the leg or heel that can occur at any time. It can occur when a new activity or routine is started and proper stretching is not performed or the activity is too strenuous.   The treatment is similar to plantar fasciitis in that multiple conservative therapies are needed.   Runners may also want to look at their shoes and if they are worn down or old.

Almost everyone has heard of carpal tunnel that occurs in the wrist.  There is a condition in the ankle called tarsal tunnel which is the ugly cousin of the nerve condition in the wrist.  Often times this will mimic heel pain of another type and can be missed by even a skilled physician.  There are other conditions that cause heel pain, and that is why it is important to go to a foot specialist to be diagnosed if you are experiencing any type of heel pain.

Although heel pain is common, no one should accept pain when walking.  Getting diagnosed and treated immediately almost always shortens the recovery period.  Set up an appointment to see Dr. Purdy at The Foot Clinic in New Iberia to get you back on your feet, pain free, in the shortest amount of time possible.

Jon Purdy, DPM

 

Years of wearing fashionable high heeled shoes has finally caught up with Sex and the City star Sarah Jessica Parker. She recently had to see a Podiatrist for the foot pain she was experiencing and she was told that her foot was doing things that it shouldn't be able to and that she even created a bone that shouldn't be there. What????? How can you create a bone, especially at her age.

 It's actually not that uncommon to have a bone or two more or less than someone else; they're called accessory ossicles. Accessory ossicles are bones that do not appear as part of our normal anatomy and are often the result of repetitive trauma. It is her body's way of protecting itself from the trauma it is receiving on a daily basis. The Sex and the City star reports that she literally ran in high heeled shoes. For ten years, Parker reports that she worked eighteen hour days in high heels and never took them off. She says that she never had any problems wearing high heels until recently while filming "I Don't Know How She Does It,"where she reports that she wore cheaper high heeled shoes than what she is used too. Parker's typical shoes average between 800 to 1,000 dollars and a cheap pair of shoes for her is going to be around 600 dollars. This far exceeds the price that the average woman is going to pay for high heels and while I can't comment on a 1,000 dollar pair of high heeled shoes, ( I would hope they would be okay for your feet at that price) the typical high heeled shoes that women wear are going to be bad for their feet.

The typical pair of high heeled shoes that I have seen women wear often have a narrow toe box that will squish their toes and put their feet in an awkward position that causes them to walk in a way that they normally wouldn't. Now I'm not saying to never wear high heels, I know that sometimes we want to look our best, but please don't wear them for eighteen hours or go running in them. If you have questions about high heeled shoes or you are experiencing pain from wearing them, set up an appointment with Dr. Purdy at The Foot Clinic in New Iberia and get all you questions answered.

Jonathan Purdy, DPM

 

Are your toes permanently bent resembling a hammer? Well you’re not alone; Hammertoe syndrome affects many people including celebrities like Jennifer Aniston and Victoria Beckham.

Hammertoes are usually caused by wearing shoes that are too small and force your toes into a bent position. When the toes are in this position for a long period of time, the tendons will shorten resulting in a permanent deformity. It can also be caused by wearing high heels, strapless shoes that cause you to grip them with your shoes, injuries to the toes, or genetics. Hammertoes can cause painful corns and calluses to form on the top of your toes due to rubbing on the top of the shoe. If you notice that you have Hammertoes and they are causing you problems or you are just tired of looking at them, set up an appointment with Dr. Purdy at The Foot Clinic in New Iberia.

Hammertoes can usually be treated conservatively by first putting you in properly fitting shoes and possibly giving you orthotics or toe pads to wear in your shoes. Some people even benefit by doing toe stretching exercises to help lengthen the tight tendons. If corns or calluses developed, the doctor will trim them down which is a completely painless process that will provide relief from the pain associated with them. Very severe cases of Hammertoes will require surgery where the doctor will go in to loosen up the tendon and realign the joint. If you have hammertoes, it is better to get it treated sooner rather than later. Here at The Foot Clinic we want your feet as comfortable as they can be.

Dr. Jonathan Purdy



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