Posts for tag: Dr. Jeffrey Carlson
Those who watched the Elite Eight game of Louisville against Duke won’t easily forget the injury that guard Kevin Ware suffered during the game. After attempting to guard a shot taken by Duke, Ware landed awkwardly and fractured his tibia (shin bone). Those watching saw the bone protrude through the skin – this type of fracture is known as an “open fracture.” While fractures are a common sports injury, open fractures occur most often in contact sports like football. These fractures can occur in any bone, including the bones of the feet. Recently, UFC fighter Jon Jones suffered an open fracture of his big toe during a match against Tito Ortiz. Unlike Ware’s injury which stopped the game, Jones’ injury was not noticed until after the match was over.
These types of fractures are not only more gruesome than other fractures, but also more difficult to treat for two reasons. First the fact that bone is exposed increases the risk of infection. Before the fracture can be fixed, the bone must be cleaned to reduce the risk of infection. Second, whereas many fractures that don’t break the skin can be treated with a cast, the bone pieces in open fractures are often further apart and need to be held in place with special surgical hardware.
Open fractures can take between 6 months and a year to heal, which is more than the time required for fractures that don’t break the skin. While their injuries may have been gruesome, both Ware and Jones got prompt treatment to fix the fracture and should go on to heal just fine.
While open fractures may be more obvious than other fractures, all injuries with possible fractures need to be examined. Please make an appointment to see one of our four physicians at Advanced Foot and Ankle Care if you injure your lower leg or foot and suspect that one of the bones might be broken. If fractures are not properly identified and treated correctly, the bones may not heal, or they may heal in an inappropriate alignment, which can both be prevented with prompt care.
With the Sweet Sixteen chosen, March Madness is nearing an end. But with the NBA playoffs set to run from about mid-April to June, basketball fans still have a lot to look forward to. For those that play basketball, or those who have loved ones who play basketball, I thought I’d offer some suggestions on what to look for when purchasing a new pair of basketball sneakers.
First, and this goes for whatever shoes you buy, you need to make sure to have the proper shoe size. January 23rd was “Measure Your Feet Day”, which reminds us that, unfortunately, many people wear the wrong shoe size. Don’t hesitate to ask someone who works at your local shoe store to measure your shoe size for you - they should know how to measure your feet correctly.
Next, you have to decide what type of sneaker you want to get. Basketball shoes come in three main varieties, which offer different levels of ankle support. High tops are the best at preventing ankle sprains, the most common basketball injury involving the foot. For this reason, players who have suffered ankle sprains in the past may particularly want to look into these types of sneakers, as their ankles may not be as stable as other players.
Unfortunately, some people may find high tops uncomfortable and restrictive. Those that do may want to consider mid-tops, which offer increased flexibility but sacrifice some ankle stability. There are also low top sneakers, which don’t offer much ankle support but are the lightest of the three options; for this reason I don’t recommend them as much as the other two options.
Finally, consider style and price. Preventing injury should be your first consideration. After this is taken care of, go for a style that you like, at a price that fits your budget.
Jeffrey Carlson, DPM