Ankle Sprain

…nd the foot turns outward. This damages the ligaments on the inside of the ankle. Ankle sprains can range from mild to severe, depending on how badly the ligament is damaged and how many ligaments are injured. With a mild sprain, the ankle may be tender, swollen, and stiff. But it usually feels stable, and you can walk with little pain. A more serious sprain might include bruising and tenderness around the ankle, and walking is painful. In a sever…

“Dunk Out” Injuries This Basketball Season

…: • Wear appropriate equipment. Shoes should fit snugly and offer support. Ankle braces can reduce the incidence of ankle sprains in patients with a history of injury (this should be discussed with your doctor or you have to check the link); protective knee and elbow pads can protect players from bruises and abrasions. Consider wearing a mouth guard. Do not wear jewelry or chew gum while playing. Other helpful equipment may include eye protection,…

Beaumont seeks participants for a research study of a cartilage tissue implant for knee injuries

…edge treatments and technology including minimally invasive surgery, implants and trauma surgery. Beaumont is Michigan’s most experienced orthopedic hospital specializing in surgeries of the back, neck, foot, hand and upper extremities; hip and knee replacement, Ankle Replacement Surgery; Robotic Assisted Knee Surgery; scoliosis treatment; tumor surgery; pediatric orthopedics; and sports medicine. Beaumont Hospital, Royal Oak is Michigan’s top-ran…

Heel Pain

Heel pain is the most common problem affecting the foot and ankle. Every mile that the average person walks places 60 tons of stress on each foot. The repetitive pounding, running or playing on hard surfaces, or wearing improper shoes irritates the sensitive tissue in the feet. Most people ignore the pain and continue their activity which increases the problem from a simple pain that can be relieved with rest to a much more complicated chronic p…

Painful or Unstable Kneecap

…or sisters have had these problems as well. An assessment of hip, knee and ankle alignment, motion and stability are helpful. One needs to check for subtle developmental rotational abnormalities, joints that are too loose or too tight. The knee is checked for joint swelling, tenderness around the kneecap and excessive motion about the patella. An x-ray examination may reveal some abnormal positioning of the kneecap. Treatment will depend on severa…

Overuse Injuries

…in sports shoes can help absorb impact and relieve stress on the heel and ankle. Stretching exercises. Stretches for the Achilles tendon (heel cord) can reduce stress on the heel. Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medication. Drugs like ibuprofen and naproxen reduce pain and swelling. In cases where the pain is bad enough to interfere with walking, a short-leg cast or “walker boot” might be required to immobilize the foot while it heals. The illust…