Tony Finau Played Masters with Dislocated Ankle

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During last week’s Par 3 Contest, golfer Tony Finau suffered a painful ankle injury, dislocating it while celebrating a hole-in-one on the 7th. As he made his way down the fairway backwards, his left ankle buckled, causing him to land on it awkwardly. The player was able to pop it back into place himself before being taken to the clubhouse for an x-ray.

Fortunately, the initial x-rays came back negative and as reported later in the week, so did his MRI, which confirmed no break. As long as the player was able to keep the swelling under control, he was given clearance to play in the season’s first major at Augusta National.

Typically, ankle dislocations are a direct result of a trauma when forces are placed on the ankle that cause the bones to fracture or the ligaments to tear. In this case, Finau was lucky to not have sustained enough damage to prevent him from playing, but it’s likely there may have been some ligament tearing [based on the photo that surfaced this past Monday] that the player will need to address in the future to prevent ankle instability.

If you or someone you know experiences problems with a ligamentous ankle injury, it’s important to consult a podiatrist as soon as the injury occurs. Dr. Marc A. Borovoy, DPM, and Dr. John D. Miller, DPM, are experts in all areas of the foot and ankle and can diagnose ligament ankle issues through radiological testing in-office, and based on the severity of their findings, suggest physical therapy or surgery to correct the torn ligaments and/or fractures.

For more information regarding ankle injuries, please feel free to visit our website, where you can also request an appointment.

NATIONAL FOOT HEALTH AWARENESS MONTH (2)

According to the American Podiatric Medical Association, the average person takes 10,000 steps each day, which adds up to more than three million steps per year.  With that in mind, it’s important to appreciate the value of our feet and remember to examine, maintain, and protect them on a daily basis!

In honor of April’s National Foot Health Awareness Month, our podiatrists at Associated Podiatrists P.C. have put together several tips for keeping your feet happy and healthy!

  • Keep your feet clean and dry – While bathing, thoroughly clean your feet and toes with soapy water, and be sure to fully dry them afterwards, as fungal organisms love moisture.
  • Inspect your feet daily – Be sure to check the bottom of your feet for injuries, cracks, peeling, or dry skin, especially if you’re diabetic, since cracks in the skin provide a breeding ground for bacteria or fungus.
  • Stop going places barefoot – Floors at home and public places are filled with bacteria and foreign bodies, making you susceptible to fungal infections, plantar warts, or stepping on something.
  • Wear proper footwear – No two feet are identical (even on the same person), therefore, it can be difficult to find proper fitting shoes. Since one foot is always slightly larger, Dr. Borovoy suggests shopping for shoes that fit the larger foot, as well as purchasing them at the end of the day, to compensate for any swelling that occurred during the day.
  • Replace your walking or exercise shoes – Shoes should be replaced every six months or 500 miles in order to avoid foot and heel pain when the inside of the shoe begins to wear and lose support.
  • Polish Change – Don’t leave nail polish on 24/7, as it may lead to brittle nails, making you prone to fungus. 
  • Maintain a healthy weight – Keeping up with a healthy diet and regular exercise is the key to keeping your feet in top form! Added weight puts pressure on the feet and leads to many common complaints such as foot or ankle pain.
  • Stretch – In addition to maintaining a healthy weight, it’s important to stretch your feet, ankles, and lower legs before exercising to prevent injury.
  • Don’t keep putting it off – If you’re suffering from any kind of foot or ankle injury, don’t hold off on seeing a podiatrist. Injuries left untreated can lead to poor healing, recurring pain, limited mobility, and development of other serious issues.

So, this April, remember the importance of good foot health and make sure to schedule an appointment with one of our podiatrists! A visit to a podiatrist for a general foot exam will help treat any existing problems, and help to prevent any future ones.

Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) Injections

At Associated Podiatrists P.C., we are committed to using the most advanced technology and therapies available to treat our patients’ injuries and disorders of the foot and ankle. Platelet rich plasma (PRP) offers patients a non-surgical method for treating injuries and other common foot problems such as plantar fasciitis or tendonitis.

What are PRP Injections?

For humans, blood is composed of red blood cells, white blood cells, plasma, and platelets. Plasma is the liquid portion of blood that transports cells and contains a protein that catches platelets at the site of a wound or injury to begin clotting. Platelets are responsible for maintaining stability within the body by restoring the blood supply to an area after an injury and constructing new connective tissue. Normal blood contains 93% red blood cells, 6% platelets, and 1% white blood cells. In contrast, PRP contains 94% platelets, 5% red blood cells. Thus, by injecting a concentrated solution of PRP, it can help spur the body’s natural healing process.

Are they safe?

PRP injections are very safe as they use the patient’s own blood, so the risk of immune reactions or disease transfer are eliminated.

What are they used for?

PRP has been used for over 20 years to help treat acute and chronic conditions including:

  • Peroneal tendonitis
  • Posterior tibial tendonitis
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Achilles tendinitis
  • Ankle ligament sprains
  • Osteoarthritis

When platelets are placed into areas of the foot and ankle, they release factors necessary for growth and healing, thus resulting in a decrease in pain, improved function, an increase in activity and decrease in recovery time.

What type of procedure is involved?

The process involves drawing the patient’s blood, placing the blood in a centrifuge and then drawing off the platelet concentration.  The platelet concentration is then injected in and around the affected area.

To learn more about PRP injections or to schedule an appointment with one of our podiatrists, Marc A. Borovoy, DPM, and John D. Miller, DPM, feel free to contact our office at (248)348-5300 or schedule an appointment online!