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By contactus@westlawnpodiatry.com
February 26, 2016
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How do bones heal?

 

 

The bone healing process goes thru three phases, inflammation, bone production and bone remodeling.  Bone inflammation starts right after a fracture and will last for several days.  Bone production begins when the clotted blood formed is replaced with fibrous tissue and cartilage known as soft callus.  Bone remodeling is the final phase of bone healing and goes on for SEVERAL months.  As a rule of thumb most bone healing can take 6-8 weeks to heal. 

 

Several things will help your bones heal faster.  You will need to stop smoking, control your blood sugar, immobilize the break by a cast or brace, and of course minimize the amount of movement to allow time to properly heal. 

 

There are some things that can hinder a bone from healing.  Smoking, diabetes, hormone related problems, vascular disease, certain medications, and poor diet. 

 

If the bone is not healing as expected several things can be done to improve your outcome.   Your doctor might continue longer immobilization, bone stimulation, or surgery with bone grafting, or the use of bone growth proteins.   

By contactus@westlawnpodiatry.com
February 23, 2016
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What is Foot drop?

When the person with foot drop walks, the foot slaps down onto the floor. The foot drop patient may use a tip-toe walk on the opposite leg, raising the thigh, as if walking upstairs, while letting the toe drop. This serves to raise the foot high enough to prevent the toe from dragging, and prevents the slapping.

Causes of Foot Drop

Foot drop is caused by weakness that occurs in muscles of the ankle and the foot. The affected muscles participate in the downward and upward movement of the ankle and the foot.

Treatment

Foot drop that can’t be treated by surgery is often treated using an AFO custom brace that provides normal range of motion to the foot and ankle during walking. Other people with foot drop can benefit from nerve stimulation therapy. 

When the cause of foot drop is a muscular or nerve problem surgery can be beneficial. Surgery can relieve the pressure on a trapped nerve, repair a muscle, and even restore a normal gait by lengthening the Achilles tendon or replacing a defective tendon.

AFO Braces

There are many different types of AFO braces.  Once Dr. Lafata would evaluate you he would be able to make a professional decision as to the best treatment option for your condition.  

 

 

By jennifer@westlawnpodiatry.com
October 23, 2014
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Did you know that diet and exercise have a profound effect on your feet?  Your entire body is connected.  Everything from things like gout to diabetic foot issues can stem from your diet and lack of exercise.  We encourage you to visit some of our boards on Pinterest that relate to diet and exercise.  You will find valuable tricks and tips to stay healthy.  What a better time to get going on your diet and exercise plan right before the holidays.   As always we are here to provide you with the best expert advice from our Board Certified Podiatrist.   We hope that you are having a wonderful autumn and we are excited to meet you and provide the best advice that we have to offer. 

Look no further than our very own Board Certified Foot and Ankle Surgeon, Dr. Paul C LaFata for all of your foot and ankle concerns.  




 

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