Tips from well-trained foot and ankle orthopaedic surgeons
Staying active may seem like a challenge during coronavirus with shelter-in-place orders. However, there are many online exercise classes that involve stretching, bodyweight lifting, yoga, and other simple exercises that can be done at home. As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, it may be challenging to determine if your Foot and Ankle condition requires immediate attention.
Below tips from foot and ankle, orthopedic surgeons can help you take charge of your foot health, prevent injuries, and stay active during this challenging time.
Your foot and ankle orthopedic surgeon likely set up telemedicine or limited office hours to ensure continuity of care and answer a specific question regarding your condition. Although there is no substitute to consultation, Dr. Feinblatt offers these tips to manage foot and ankle conditions non-operatively during this time:
- To limit the amount of force put on your foot or ankle, use offloading devices such as a controlled ankle motion (CAM) boot, a cane, crutches, or a walker
- Manage pain with nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), topical pain creams, and Tylenol
- Wear shoes that fit properly and keep your feet flexible to prevent injuries
- Remain as active as possible to maintain strength and avoid weight gain
“Most foot and ankle surgical procedures will not occur during the current healthcare crisis in efforts to prevent the spread of COVID-19, but let’s not forget your orthopaedic surgeon is still available,” said foot and ankle orthopaedic surgeon, Jeffrey S. Feinblatt, MD, from Regenerative Orthopedic Center (ROC) in Portland, Oregon.
Depending on your foot or ankle condition, this may not be feasible, but try to keep your uninjured muscles and joints moving.
Foot and ankle orthopaedic surgeons are medical doctors who specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of musculoskeletal disorders and injuries of the foot and ankle. These specialists care for patients of all ages, performing reconstructive surgery for deformities and arthritis, treating sports injuries, and managing foot and ankle trauma.