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By Varun Gujral
May 21, 2015
Category: Amputation

Dancing with the Stars is one of the most popular television shows to date and it’s attracting contestants of all shapes and sizes. And the dances they do are surely not made for the faint-hearted—meaning, if you’re not in good shape these dances will get the best of you. Noah Galloway was not going to let what has happened to him hinder him from competing—and nearly winning—in the star-studded television show.

Noah Galloway is a double amputee. He is missing part of his left lower leg and left arm. You would think someone like him would not be able to dance with the sports’ finest. Well, he proved everyone wrong. Not only did he compete, he and his partner took 3rd place! That is absolutely astonishing to me! What makes it more interesting is, dancers usually approach their partner from the left side. But, since he has an amputated left arm (above the elbow), his partner, Sharna Burgess, had to “learn” to dance on his right side. So in all aspects of the competition they were at a disadvantage but they did not let that get between them. I’m not taking anything away from anyone who is an amputee whatsoever, but to see Galloway dance, twist, lift, bend, and whatever else he had to do, in my opinion, puts him on top of one of the greatest dancers I’ve ever seen.

Dancing in and of itself is an extremely tough sport. When you’re missing part of your leg and arm I would imagine the difficulty increases one thousand fold. That’s obviously a very subjective statement, but I’m fairly positive any amputee would agree. Noah Galloway was a Sergeant to the 1st Battalion of the 502nd Infantry, 101st Airborne Division at Fort Campbell, Kentucky, during Operation Iraqi Freedom. From everyone at Affiliate Foot and Ankle Care in Monroe and Edison, NJ we want to thank you for your service and everything you have done for our country and congratulate on such a great performance in this season of Dancing with the Stars!

By Varun Gujral

By Nrupa Shah
May 13, 2015
Category: Ankle Sprain

Prior to musicians performing a concert they must go through hours of practice making sure everything from the sound to the lights is perfect. Along with practicing, however, comes the chance of injuring themselves. Britney Spears unfortunately had that happen to her. She apparently jumped up and landed wrong on her foot and it twisted, potentially spraining or fracturing her ankle. This has caused her to cancel some of her ‘Piece of Me’ concert dates.

It’s not surprising that performers sprain their ankles and I’m not sure why it doesn’t happen more often. Reason being, most of them—women being more common—wear high heels. If you have read any of our past blogs it’s evident that we don’t condone wearing high heels because it increases the chance of foot and ankle injury. Now dancing and spinning on stage while in high heels is a whole other ball game and we at Affiliated Foot and Ankle Care located  in Monroe and Edison, NJ surely don’t tell our patients to do that either. Britney was said to have finished her practice session after injuring her foot which means she probably did not break any bones. This means she will have to be off her foot for at least a week while icing and elevating it and allowing the swelling to subside. The last thing she wants to do is continue twisting on it and potentially tearing some major ligaments or even fracturing part of her foot.

Performers put in a lot more effort than we all think in order to put on the best show possible. A lot of work goes into lighting, sound, and especially the choreography and that is obviously what causes the most damage. It is the repetitive jumping and twisting they do whilst in high heels. If there is any advice I can give to any women out there it would be: do not wear high heels, especially while dancing! We hope Britney has a speedy recovery and gets back on stage as soon as possible.

By Nrupa Shah

Although the Boston Marathon was a few weeks ago, I thought it would be appropriate to pay tribute to those who completed the race; especially those whom were emotionally and physically affected by it secondary to the bombings two years prior. Not to single one person out and not to say one person was affected more than another, but it’s not every day you hear about an amputee running a race, a race that two years ago caused her to lose her leg—and she wasn’t even competing in it; she was spectating. Rebekah Gregory, 27, only ran the last 3.5 miles of the race although I’m sure she would have like to have run the entire 26.2 miles but because her doctor said her leg hadn’t healed completely that limited the distance she was allowed to run.

Rebekah was dressed in a bright pink shoe on her right foot and her left leg was fitted with a cheetah-printed prosthetic, which she calls “Felicia”. I cannot imagine the gratitude she must have felt even after completing only 1/8th of the race. I’m sure she would have been happy just to spectate again let alone cross the finish line. It’s stories like these that show us who the true fighters are in this world. She could have let the fact that she is an amputee hold her back from doing what she wanted to do but instead she fought back and decided to run in a race that changed her life forever, and she did so honorably. Not to steal the thunder from Mrs. Gregory but I wanted to touch on the use of proper shoe gear and training during marathon running—or running in general. It’s imperative that when training for a marathon, the athlete work up to comfortable distances rather than running a marathon to start their training. This will decrease the athlete’s chances of sustaining stress fractures and shin splints while training. On the same hand, runners need to wear proper-fitting shoes and make sure they are broken in and are not over on their mileage. According to Mizuno, most runners will get 250-300 miles of their shoes before they have to replace them. This is extremely important because the structure of the shoe begins to break down which means the integrity of the shoes breaks down as well. If you have any questions about shoe gear or have injured yourself while training for any kind of running event, please do not hesitate to call your local podiatrists at Affiliate Foot and Ankle Care in Monroe and Edison, NJ.

We commend Mrs. Gregory and wish her the best for her and her family!

By Varun Gujral

Dancing is an extremely challenging workout. Now-a-days, many of the more popular workouts involve some sort of dance or up-beat style movements, Zumba being the most popular. The hit television show, “Dancing with the Stars”, is one of the most popular shows to date. It involves a duet between a celebrity and professional dancer in which they compete in different style dances throughout the season. But whether you are a professional dancer or not, anyone is prone to an injury. Unfortunately, professional dancer Derek Hough sustained an injury during a practice run last week. It was reported that Hough broke a toe on his right foot and sprained both sides of his left ankle with a subsequent bone bruise to that same foot. It does not say how he injured himself, but from the sound of it he had to have taken a pretty nasty fall or a spin gone badly.

A broken toe to a dancer is like a torn rotator cuff for a pitcher. Dancers are constantly on their toes or balls of their feet and without a healthy toe they cannot perform the way want. Sadly, broken toes are treated very conservatively because there is really no other treatment because of how small the bones are. So treatment usually consists of rest, ice, compression, and elevation (RICE) for approximately four to six weeks or until you see healing on x-ray. Likewise, ankle sprains are treated pretty much the same way with RICE for the same amount of time. However, prior to administering that treatment, x-rays will be taken to rule out any fractures that may have occurred. Your local podiatrists at Affiliated Foot and Ankle Care located in Monroe and Edison, NJ know exactly what to do when it comes to proper treatment of broken toes and sprains. So if you or someone you know has experienced an injury like this, please do not hesitate to call our office and make an appointment.

 We hope Mr. Hough has a speedy recovery and gets back to doing what he loves most as soon as he can (pending doctor’s orders)!

 By Nrupa Shah

 

By Varun Gujral
April 22, 2015
Category: Fractures

For those of you who follow college basketball—or Big Ten basketball to be exact—the biggest news that surfaced today was that University of Michigan’s senior guard Caris LeVert will be returning for his senior season. LeVert suffered a fifth metatarsal fracture in May 2014 which underwent, what we all thought, successful surgery. However, this past January he suffered another fracture to the same part of his foot requiring him to miss the remainder of the season. Prior to his injury, LeVert was projected to be a first round draft pick in this year’s NBA draft. Sadly, his stock dramatically plummeted after his injury and he was recently projected to be picked early in the second round.

Fifth metatarsal fractures, as we’ve eluded to many times before, are extremely common—in fact, the most common—injuries amongst athletes. With that said, it is also common for athletes to re-injure themselves. This can be avoided, though, with proper technique and proper post-operative care. As far as the technique, the surgeon must make sure the fixation being used fits properly. Sometimes the screw is too small and may break once any kind of weight is put on it; especially weight and force of a collegiate athlete. Post-operatively, patients should not bear weight for at least 4 weeks and even when they do it should be in a CAM (Controlled Ankle Motion) walker. As always, if you have sustained any type of fracture please do not hesitate to call your local podiatrists at Affiliated Foot and Ankle Care in Monroe and Edison, NJ. These types of injuries are easily treatable but they need to be caught early.

 Caris LeVert is Michigan’s top scorer and best all-around player and he is someone they could have used this past season. What’s interesting about Levert’s return to Michigan is, he wants to pursue and finish his degree. That’s not something you hear from a top-tier athlete who could have potentially gone to the NBA. I would like to tip my hat to him and hope he has a pain-free off-season and a stellar season in 2016. Good luck, Mr. LeVert!

 By Varun Gujral

 





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