Foot and Ankle Conditioning Exercises for Everyone

Foot and Ankle ExercisesIf our podiatrists recommend physical therapy for foot or ankle pain, it’s for a good reason. Exercises targeted specifically for the feet and ankles speed up recovery from an injury and help you gain back your strength. But here’s a tidbit you may not have thought about: the kinds of exercises we prescribe post-injury are also great for anyone to perform anytime, anywhere. Foot and…

Achilles Tendon Ruptures are Painful and Serious

Achilles tendonOne of the most painful injuries of the feet and ankles is a ruptured Achilles tendon. The Achilles tendon is thick and long. On one end, it attaches to your heel bone; on the other end, the tendon is embedded in your calf muscle. Ruptures, or tears, in the Achilles tendon can be partial or complete. Both are painful and need the attention of a…

Do You Have Weak Ankles?

ankle painIf you frequently feel unstable when you walk, you may be suffering from weak ankles or what our podiatrists call chronic lateral ankle pain. In addition to feeling unstable or off balance, you may experience. soreness, stiffness, or tenderness in your ankles or your feet ankles that regularly twist inward or outward frequent ankle sprains swollen ankles ankle instability when wearing high heels. Causes of…

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…