Get Answers to Your Questions About Foot and Ankle Care in Pennsylvania
When you have foot and ankle pain, you want answers to your concerns fast. Browse through our collection of answers to frequently asked questions. Our hope is that you will find the information you need to get relief for your foot and ankle pain in Pennsylvania.
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How long should my child rest before returning to activities?
In the case of children's sports injuries to the foot and ankle, it is always wise to follow the advice of your podiatrist in determining when it is best to begin returning to activities. In some cases, trying to resume activity to soon can result in re-injury and chronic pain or weakness. It might also be essential to resume activity slowly or after physical therapy to condition the bones and muscles back to their prior strength.
In more minor cases, however, a child should maintain rest of an injured foot or ankle until he or she is able to demonstrate that they can resume activities without pain, and no sooner. The child should be able to walk and run without any sense of pain or showing any form of a limp.
The doctors at Martin Foot and Ankle are happy to advise you on your child’s recovery. Call (717) 757-3537 to schedule an appointment at our offices in Hanover, Lancaster, Lititz, or York.
Should I apply heat or ice to a child’s foot injury?
Heat or ice for an injury is a question that has prevailed through the ages, but both have their benefits for your child in certain situations.
Cold constricts blood flow by narrowing blood vessels. This makes it an effective tool for helping to reduce inflammation from your child’s foot injury within the first day or so of it occurring. Allowing inflammation to run unabated will increase pain and swelling, which makes it more miserable for your child. A good way to tell if an injury can benefit from ice is whether it feels overly warm to touch. Heat is a sign that inflammation is ongoing.
Heat therapy on the other hand, increases blood flow. It tends to be most effective after inflammation begins to decrease and nutrients can be brought in to help the healing process.
Sometimes, however—and especially with children—you’ll want to go with what feels better for them. If ice continues to keep them happy after a few days, let them continue with it. Just make sure not to expose their skin to either extreme of temperature for too long. For advice on home treatment and pain relief, the doctors at Martin Foot and Ankle can help. Contact our offices in Hanover, Lancaster, Lititz, and York, PA by calling (717) 757-3537.
What are common causes of children’s heel pain?
Children’s heel pain can have several different causes. Typically the culprit is some kind of overuse injury. Sever’s disease, or inflammation in the heel bone’s growth plate, is the most common source of pediatric heel pain. It creates an aching discomfort that feels worse when your child is active. A stress fracture is the result of repetitive pounding and strain on the bone. The hard tissue cracks under the pressure and grows progressively more uncomfortable. Active children may be prone to Achilles tendon issues, too, including Achilles tendinitis and bursitis between the tendon and the heel bone.
Since these are overuse issues, you can help your child recover with a little time and care. The sooner you have your son or daughter’s heel pain diagnosed, the sooner it can be treated and begin feeling better. Let the Martin Foot and Ankle team help. Call (717) 757-3537 to make an appointment at our York, Hanover, Lancaster and Lititz, PA locations.