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    An Overview of Osteoarthritis in the Foot and Ankle

    Last updated 6 days ago

    Osteoarthritis, also called wear and tear arthritis, occurs as the cartilage in the joints breaks down, causing pain and inflammation. This condition is typically associated with aging and may grow progressively worse over the course of many years. Because osteoarthritis in the foot and ankle can affect mobility, it’s important to understand your prevention and treatment options. Your orthopedic doctor can help you develop a treatment plan to minimize the symptoms of osteoarthritis so you can live a healthy and happy life. 

    How Does Osteoarthritis Affect the Feet and Ankles?

    Your feet contain a large number of joints—more than 30 joints, in fact—any of which can be affected by swelling and pain. However, arthritis most commonly affects certain joints in the feet and ankles: the joint that connects your big toe to your foot, the joint that connects your shinbone and ankle, and the three major joints of the heel, mid-foot, and outer mid-foot. If you develop osteoarthritis in these joints, you may experience pain or tenderness and swelling or stiffness in your feet. You may also have trouble putting weight on the affected joints or walking comfortably.

    How Is Osteoarthritis Treated in the Feet and Ankles?

    If you are suffering from the symptoms of osteoarthritis in your feet or ankles, visit your orthopedic doctor for diagnosis. Your doctor will determine the best treatment for you based upon your condition and needs. Osteoarthritis can be treated via both surgical and non-surgical means. Often, non-surgical treatments are sought first. These include custom pads or arch supports for the shoes, braces to support the joints, physical therapy to build strength and maintain flexibility. If non-surgical treatments do not alleviate your symptoms, orthopedic surgery may be suggested to relieve pain and restore comfortable movement.

    Able Orthopedic & Sports Medicine of NYC offers non-surgical and surgical treatment for arthritis, sports injuries, and more. You can reach our office by calling (718) 690-9520 to schedule an evaluation with one of our experienced doctors. Check out our blog for more information about joint pain and treatment options.

    How to Cope with a Muscle Pull

    Last updated 14 days ago

    Muscle pulls or strains are caused by stretching a muscle past its limits, which causes tears in the fiber of the muscle. If you pull a muscle, it’s important to rest the injury for at least a week. Apply ice for 15 minutes at a time and take over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medications to help with pain and swelling. Once the muscle has healed, you can slowly begin using it again. Strengthening exercises can help to prevent re-injury. If you have suffered a severe muscle pull, see your orthopedic doctor for an evaluation. In most cases, even severe injuries will heal without the need for invasive treatment, although physical therapy may be recommended to rebuild strength. However, if your injury is very severe or has damaged nearby tissues, surgical treatment may be needed.

    Able Orthopedic & Sports Medicine is here to help you handle sprains, strains, fractures, and more in New York City. Our orthopedic specializes utilize state-of-the-art treatment techniques to treat sports injuries and other musculoskeletal conditions. Click through our blog to learn more about first aid for common injuries, or call (718) 690-9520 to speak with a doctor today.

    Learn How Wrist Fractures Are Treated

    Last updated 19 days ago

    The wrist is a complex system that connects your forearm and hand. Because of its complex properties, the wrist can fracture in many different ways.

    In this video, you will learn more about various types of wrist fractures and how they are treated. While a simpler break may be treated with a cast or splint, some types of wrist fractures must be treated surgically. Surgery restores the surface of the wrist joint’s cartilage to prevent chronic joint pain or the early development of arthritis.

    Able Orthopedic & Sports Medicine offers treatment for all types of fractures in NYC. Our orthopedic surgeons will ensure you get the treatment you need to restore comfort, strength, and range of movement after a broken bone. Contact us by calling (718) 690-9520 or visit us on the web to learn more about our comprehensive orthopedic services. 

    Is There an Emotional Component to Sports Injuries?

    Last updated 26 days ago

    Most people think of an injury as a purely physical ailment. However, there are many ways in which a physical injury can have an emotional impact. If an injury prevents you from working, for example, you might struggle with feelings of uselessness while you recover. If you suffer a physical injury that also affects your emotional wellbeing, the best thing you can do is seek professional treatment from an orthopedic doctor. Here are a few emotions that people experience when they suffer a sports injury:

    Anger

    Many people feel angry at themselves or others while nursing an injury—especially if the injury could have been prevented. No matter how much you wish that your injury didn’t happen, you can’t change the past. Getting angry after your injury will only prolong your recovery. For help confronting your anger, consider talking to a close friend or a mental health professional. 

    Depression

    Some people take pride in their athletic ability. When these people get injured, it’s easy for them to slip into depression—especially when their injury prevents them from participating in a big game or competition. To prevent depression from setting in after your injury, try to focus on all the things you’ll accomplish after your recovery. Try to think of your injury as an excuse to get some rest.

    Stress

    If your injury has made your future unclear, you could experience plenty of stress and anxiety. Unfortunately, stress can be very counterproductive to the healing process. One way to get over your stress is to obtain a better understanding of your injury by asking your orthopedic doctor plenty of questions. Taking away the mystery of your injury can help you feel more relaxed as you recover.

    The orthopedic surgeons at Able Orthopedic & Sports Medicine can answer all the questions you have about your injury and provide the treatment you need to recover. Call our Queens office at (718) 690-9520 to set up an appointment and get one step closer to healing from your injury.  

    Advice for Beating Injuries on the Basketball Court

    Last updated 1 month ago

    Though basketball is a fun way to get exercise, it could be dangerous for some people. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission reports that in 2009, more than 500,000 people visited American emergency rooms with basketball-related injuries. Here are a few pieces of advice that can help you stay on the court and out of the emergency room:

    Warm Up and Stretch

    Many basketball injuries occur because players forget to warm up and stretch beforehand. Cold, tight muscles are much more susceptible to sprains and strains than warm, loose muscles. Before you start stretching, spend five minutes warming up your body by running, walking, or doing jumping jacks. After breaking a sweat, stretch your quads, Achilles tendons, hamstrings, and arm muscles. Experts recommend spending at least 30 seconds on each stretch.

    Don’t Overtax Yourself

    Even if you remember to stretch, you can still suffer an injury if you push yourself too hard. Thousands of people suffer injuries every year because they’re not realistic about their level of fitness. Getting in shape doesn’t happen overnight—you need to gradually increase the intensity your workout over time. If you’re feeling exhausted during a game of basketball, take a break. Remember to drink plenty of water before, during, and after your workout.

    Don’t Play Aggressively

    Some basketball injuries are inflicted by other players, whether intentional or not. To reduce your chances of suffering an injury caused by another player, refrain from playing too aggressively. If you have a disagreement about a certain call, let it go. Remember, it’s just a game—the goal of which is to improve your health, not put it at risk.

    If you suffer an injury on the court, make an appointment with Able Orthopedic & Sports Medicine. Our orthopedic surgeons have been providing the people of Queens with high-quality care for over 20 years. Call (718) 690-9520 to set up a consultation and find out which treatment option is best for your injury.



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