What’s Causing Your Lower Leg, Ankle, or Foot Pain?

107509143 S Woman Runner Heel PainNow that we’ve seen some serious hints of spring weather here in Cuyahoga, Portage, Summit, and Geauga Counties, people are bursting out of their homes to walk, run, and play outside. And some of them are feeling some foot, ankle, or lower leg pain that they shouldn’t ignore. If this sounds like you, consider what might be causing your pain: Too much too soon. If…

How Bad is Your Ankle Sprain?

38075936 Basketball Player Holding Ball, On Dark BackgroundThe NBA is living and competing in a bubble to protect its players from contracting COVID-19. But it doesn’t mean they’re safe from injuries on the court. Gordon Hayward’s awkward fall and severe ankle injury earlier this month is a reminder where there is a basketball game; there will always be ankle sprains. The Celtics announced Hayward would be out for four weeks with a…

Win the War Against Foot and Ankle Pain

Shutterstock M 1132197617 Foot Pain Girl Holds Her Hand 1Who hasn’t uttered the words “my feet are killing me!” at one time or another? It’s just one example of how we talk about our health. We seem to use a lot of words associated with confrontation. “She’s battling pain.” “He’s going to beat this.” We can have a gall bladder or gout attack. Early on in the current pandemic, President Trump told us we…

Some Ankle Sprains are Worse than Others

14805063 Injured Ankle With Bandage On A White BackgroundRaise your hand if you’ve ever sprained your ankle. How about knowing someone else who’s sprained theirs? We perceive lots of hands in the air. That’s because every single day in the United States, thousands of people will experience an ankle sprain. It’s no wonder: the ankle is a complex joint made up of bones held in place by several ligaments. A misstep, accident, or…

What’s Causing Your Ankle Pain?

32055108 S Achilles Pain Man Fit Runner Sneakers Grass HeelPatients from all over Cuyahoga, Geauga, Summit and Portage Counties regularly limp into Foot & Ankle Associates of Cleveland with ankle pain of some sort. It’s no surprise to our podiatrists Dr. Megan L. Oltmann and Dr. Craig B. Frey that ankles are injured so much. There’s a lot going on in your ankle, structurally speaking. Here’s what makes the ankle a complex part of…

Injuries of the Achilles Tendon

67060020 Ankle Pain In Men. Pain ConceptWe’re not sure this headline could be any more brutally honest: “Say Goodbye to Kevin Durant as you Knew Him” proclaims bleacherreport.com, a website that serves the sports world and its fans. Kevin Durant is a forward for the Golden State Warriors basketball team. The multiple MVP is highly regarded as one of basketball’s greatest players. Well, perhaps he’s not anymore, suggests the online article.…

World Health Day 2019: Health Care for All

33033803 A Man Has Soreness In His Arch.The World Health Organization has designated World Health Day 2019 (April 7) as a time to advocate for equal access to health care. Here in the United States, the debate over universal health care is fraught with strong opinions. Depending on which side of the political aisle you’re standing, a single-payer health plan might cost us $33 trillion over the next several years, or it…

How to Deal With Achilles Tendon Pain

13973734 A Man Tends To His Sore AnkleThe Achilles tendon is the thickest, strongest tendon in the entire human body. This large band of tissue, which connects your heel bone to your calf, makes it possible for you to walk, run, and jump.  Such a responsibility comes with a price, though. Because we place such high demands on our Achilles tendon every day, injuries are pretty common. Here are two types of…

Treat a Sprained Ankle Correctly the First Time

14805063 Injured Ankle With Bandage On A White BackgroundOne minute all is going well and the next you’ve gone and twisted your ankle. It’s as quick as one false step off a curb, one crash landing on the football field, or one off-kilter bounce off a trampoline. Ankle injuries happen to the best of us. In fact, a sprained ankle sends almost 30,000 people in the U.S. to the emergency room every day!…

You Sprained Your Ankle – Now What?

14899582 S. Ankle Pain Shoes Sprain FeetAccording to the New York Times, the International Ankle Consortium, a group of researchers who study ankle injuries (yes! this isn’t an April Fool’s Day prank, such a group really exists), has determined that among all people who sprain their ankle, only 55% of them ever seek a doctor’s care. Dr. Megan L. Oltmann and Dr. Craig B. Frey of Foot & Ankle Associates of…