Tuesday, 23 July 2024 00:00

Ankle pain while cycling can stem from various factors related to bike fit, technique, or underlying conditions. Improper bike setup, such as incorrect saddle height or pedal position, can strain the ankles during pedaling. Poor cycling techniques, like excessive ankle flexion or inadequate warm-up, may also contribute to discomfort. Common parts of the ankle affected by cycling include the Achilles tendon, which can become inflamed due to repetitive motion, and the ankle joint itself, which is susceptible to overuse injuries like sprains or strains. Additionally, conditions such as tendonitis or arthritis can exacerbate pain. Ensuring proper bike fit, warming up before rides, and maintaining good ankle flexibility and strength through targeted exercises can help prevent ankle pain. If you enjoy cycling and have endured an ankle injury, it is suggested that you consult a podiatrist who can offer treatment solutions, in addition to providing ankle injury prevention tips.

Ankle pain can be caused by a number of problems and may be potentially serious. If you have ankle pain, consult with Dr. Steven Sheridan from Ankle & Foot Specialty Clinics. Our doctor will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.

Ankle pain is any condition that causes pain in the ankle. Due to the fact that the ankle consists of tendons, muscles, bones, and ligaments, ankle pain can come from a number of different conditions.


The most common causes of ankle pain include:

  • Types of arthritis (rheumatoid, osteoarthritis, and gout)
  • Ankle sprains
  • Broken ankles
  • Achilles tendinitis
  • Achilles tendon rupture
  • Stress fractures
  • Bursitis
  • Tarsal tunnel syndrome
  • Plantar fasciitis


Symptoms of ankle injury vary based upon the condition. Pain may include general pain and discomfort, swelling, aching, redness, bruising, burning or stabbing sensations, and/or loss of sensation.


Due to the wide variety of potential causes of ankle pain, podiatrists will utilize a number of different methods to properly diagnose ankle pain. This can include asking for personal and family medical histories and of any recent injuries. Further diagnosis may include sensation tests, a physical examination, and potentially x-rays or other imaging tests.


Just as the range of causes varies widely, so do treatments. Some more common treatments are rest, ice packs, keeping pressure off the foot, orthotics and braces, medication for inflammation and pain, and surgery.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in Sandusky, MI . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.


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Tuesday, 16 July 2024 00:00

Proper arch support is essential for maintaining foot health and preventing discomfort. While over-the-counter arch supports are available at many sports and shoe stores, custom orthotics prescribed by a podiatrist can offer personalized relief for those suffering from arch pain. These medical devices are designed and created specifically for your foot. Customized orthotics for arch support help to rebuild the foot’s natural strength by providing targeted support, thereby preventing further injury and aiding in the repair of existing damage. The rigidity of these supports ensures that the arches remain elevated while allowing some flexibility for natural movement. In severe cases, continuous support methods like taping can be beneficial, providing consistent arch stability even when barefoot. Consulting with a podiatrist is vital for ensuring the proper fit and function of your orthotic device, as improperly fitted supports can cause additional harm. If you are experiencing arch pain, it is suggested that you make an appointment with a podiatrist for an exam and treatment.

If you are having discomfort in your feet and would like to try orthotics, contact Dr. Steven Sheridan from Ankle & Foot Specialty Clinics. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

What Are Orthotics?

Orthotics are inserts you can place into your shoes to help with a variety of foot problems such as flat feet or foot pain. Orthotics provide relief and comfort for minor foot and heel pain but can’t correct serious biomechanical problems in your feet.

Over-the-Counter Inserts

Orthotics come in a wide variety of over-the-counter inserts that are used to treat foot pain, heel pain, and minor problems. For example, arch supports can be inserted into your shoes to help correct overarched or flat feet, while gel insoles are often used because they provide comfort and relief from foot and heel pain by alleviating pressure.

Prescription Orthotics

If over-the-counter inserts don’t work for you or if you have a more severe foot concern, it is possible to have your podiatrist prescribe custom orthotics. These high-quality inserts are designed to treat problems such as abnormal motion, plantar fasciitis, and severe forms of heel pain. They can even be used to help patients suffering from diabetes by treating foot ulcers and painful calluses and are usually molded to your feet individually, which allows them to provide full support and comfort.

If you are experiencing minor to severe foot or heel pain, it’s recommended to speak with your podiatrist about the possibilities of using orthotics. A podiatrist can determine which type of orthotic is right for you and allow you to take the first steps towards being pain-free.

If you have any questions please contact our office located in Sandusky, MI . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Tuesday, 09 July 2024 00:00

Everyday foot care is essential for maintaining overall health and mobility. Often overlooked, our feet are complex structures that endure significant wear and tear daily. Proper foot care involves several steps to protect and maintain their health. Start with daily washing and thorough drying to prevent infections. Moisturize to keep skin supple, but avoid the spaces between toes to reduce fungal growth. Regularly inspect your feet for cuts, blisters, and signs of infection, as these can indicate underlying health issues like diabetes. Trim toenails straight across and file the edges to prevent ingrown nails. Wearing well-fitting shoes that provide adequate support and cushioning is imperative. Shoes should have enough room for toes to move comfortably, and high heels or tight footwear should be avoided to prevent deformities and pain. Paying attention to foot problems and addressing them early can prevent complications. If you have persistent foot issues needing specialized care, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist.

Everyday foot care is very important to prevent infection and other foot ailments. If you need your feet checked, contact Dr. Steven Sheridan from Ankle & Foot Specialty Clinics. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Everyday Foot Care

Often, people take care of their bodies, face and hair more so than they do for their feet. But the feet are a very important aspect of our bodies, and one that we should pay more attention to. Without our feet, we would not be able to perform most daily tasks.

It is best to check your feet regularly to make sure there are no new bruises or cuts that you may not have noticed before. For dry feet, moisturizer can easily be a remedy and can be applied as often as necessary to the affected areas. Wearing shoes that fit well can also help you maintain good foot health, as well as making it easier to walk and do daily activities without the stress or pain of ill-fitting shoes, high heels, or even flip flops. Wearing clean socks with closed shoes is important to ensure that sweat and bacteria do not accumulate within the shoe. Clean socks help to prevent Athlete’s foot, fungi problems, bad odors, and can absorb sweat.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office located in Sandusky, MI . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Wednesday, 03 July 2024 00:00

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