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Powerful TLC for Your Feet and Ankles

Eric James, MD is a Fellowship Trained orthopedic foot and ankle surgeon at Sarasota Orthopedic Associates. He specializes in foot and ankle advanced techniques and reconstruction of complex foot deformities. Dr James shares with us the importance of not neglecting our feet … they need a workout as much as the rest of our body!

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Stretch, Stretch, Stretch

Many common conditions affecting the foot and ankle can be attributed to, or worsened by, having a tight calf muscle. A large percentage of people have overly tight calf muscles and could benefit from a daily stretching routine. I prefer the runner’s stretch where the leg being stretched is straight behind you with the heel on the ground. This is done for varying periods of time, but I generally encourage a long, deep stretch.

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Use the Little Muscles

The small muscles in our feet are often neglected and as they weaken, so does our foot’s ability to maintain correct alignment. Keep your feet strong by using them frequently. I recommend using the toes to pick up and grab objects off the floor. Spare sock on the ground? Grab it with your toes and avoid having to bend over while providing a work out for your feet.

Wear the Right Shoes

Finding the right pair of shoes can be challenging but makes a big difference in your foot health. Make sure you plan to try on shoes later in the day when your foot has done any swelling so you don’t end up buying shoes that are too small. Wear activity appropriate shoes. Try to limit high heel wear and shoes that are too small or pointy in the toe box. These shoes can lead to numerous problems like foot pain, bunions, hammertoes and neuromas.

Check Your Feet

It is a good idea to do a check on your feet daily when you shower or bathe. Check for any skin irritation, blistering, or other abnormalities. This is particular important if you have diabetes or neuropathy (loss or abnormal sensation) in the feet.

Our feet and ankles are very important and we need to keep them healthy! Let us know if we can help in maintaining your foot and ankle health!

NOTE: Eric James, MD is one of 13 physicians at Sarasota Orthopedic Associates treating conditions of the joints, spine, and muscles. We offer same day appointments when needed. Call 941-951-2663 for an appointment at any of our four locations: Sarasota, Lakewood Ranch, Venice, or Bradenton.

A CLOSER LOOK AT DR ERIC JAMES – Orthopedic Foot & Ankle Surgeon

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In our ongoing series of SOA physician interviews, we’re getting an up close and personal look at each of our physicians.  This week, we asked Eric James, MD, orthopedic foot & ankle surgeon at Sarasota Orthopedic Associates, to answer some questions and share his thoughts with us.

What inspired you to become a physician?

In middle school I began shadowing a family friend who was an orthopedic surgeon. I found it to be very interesting and it really stuck with me. I studied engineering in college so I would have a broad background, but knew I wanted to work in orthopedics… so, here I am!

Why orthopedics?

I have always been more of a mechanically minded person and there is no better field than orthopedics for the mechanic/engineer/tinkerer. A lot of what we do on a daily basis is correcting biomechanical abnormalities, so it really fit me well.

What do you love most about your job?

Seeing someone complete the process of healing and have an opportunity to get back to doing the things they love.

If I weren’t an orthopedic physician I’d be an __________________.

Engineer, programmer, product designer, something in the technology field.

Where is the most interesting place you’ve travelled?  Why?

Costa Rica for a surfing trip before college started. We spent a good deal of time immersed in the culture and I have a lot of great memories from that trip

Any hobbies?  Activities?

I enjoy being outside and particularly on the water. I grew up surfing, fishing and diving, so I am starting to get back into some of that. I just took up paddle boarding, which is a lot of fun and great exercise too!

What’s your next adventure?

I am in the process of getting recertified for diving and I am looking to get back into spearfishing. Otherwise, I am looking forward to a relaxing vacation as season winds down!

Your guilty pleasure food?

Mint chocolate chip ice cream

Note: Eric James, MD is a fellowship trained orthopedic foot & ankle surgeon at Sarasota Orthopedic Associates.  You may read his professional biography  and watch his video on our website here. SOA has four locations in Sarasota, Lakewood Ranch, Venice, and Bradenton and we offer same day appointments when needed. For an appointment with Dr James or any of our 13 physicians, please call 941-951-2663.  Our commitment is to get our patients back on their feet, back to work, back in the game, and back to life.

YOU’RE GOING TO STICK A CAMERA IN WHERE? The Basics of Ankle Arthroscopy

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You have probably heard of, or know someone who has had, a knee or shoulder arthroscopy or “scope.” What you may not know is that we can also perform arthroscopy of the ankle. This can be a quite useful procedure for some common ailments of the ankle. This is frequently performed as an outpatient procedure with a few small incisions.

During ankle arthroscopy a small incision about ¼” long is made over the front of the ankle. This small incision allows us to place the camera into the ankle joint and see the cartilage covering the tibia, talus and fibula (the bones that make up the ankle joint). We then make a second 1 /4“ incision that allow us to insert a second tool such as a probe or motorized shaver that we can use to assess and clean up damaged tissue. Being able to visualize the ankle joint from the inside out allows us to treat some conditions with much smaller incisions than would be possible otherwise.

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We commonly clean up damaged cartilage or inflammation of the lining of the joint through the ankle scope. We can also perform procedures such as micro-fracture or grafting which can help stimulate healing of damaged cartilage. Recently, we have been using ankle arthroscopy to prepare the ankle joint for fusion by scraping out any remaining cartilage. This has been incredibly helpful because it allows us to perform an ankle fusion procedure through 4 or 5 small incisions instead of 1 or 2 quite large incisions. This has resulted in lower levels of pain and fewer issues with wound healing.

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If you have been having problems with your ankle, whether it is new or quite old, come see me at Sarasota Orthopedic Associates. We have many options both surgical and nonsurgical for getting you back on your feet… back to work… back in the game… back to life.

For an appointment with Dr. Eric James, orthopedic foot and ankle surgeon, call 941-951-2663.

For more detailed information on foot and ankle arthroscopy, check out this excellent article at the American Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Society website.

http://www.aofas.org/footcaremd/treatments/Pages/Ankle-Arthroscopy.aspx

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WHY SEE AN ORTHOPEDIC FOOT & ANKLE SURGEON IF YOU DON’T WANT SURGERY?

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Foot and ankle pain affects a large part of the population at any given time and can be quite disabling. Even if your pain doesn’t keep you from work or play, it can significantly affect your quality of life.

I frequently have patients that are surprised when I give them exercises, medications or other lifestyle modifications to help with their foot and ankle pain. They are often even more surprised when their pain gets better with simple changes! Many of the conditions that cause significant pain in the foot and ankle result from mild biomechanical imbalances and can be addressed without surgery.

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As an orthopedic foot and ankle surgeon, I consider myself an expert in treating disorders of the bones, muscles, tendons, and ligaments of the foot and ankle. Taking care of foot and ankle problems can be challenging and requires extensive knowledge of the anatomy and biomechanics of not only the foot and ankle, but the entire body. Knowing how to expertly perform the surgery is important, but perhaps more important is knowing when it is appropriate. My approach is to use surgery as a last resort when non-surgical options have been exhausted.

If you have been dealing with pain, instability or weakness in the foot and ankle, come see me, Eric R. James, MD at Sarasota Orthopedic Associates to discuss the options we have to get you back on your feet, back to work, back in the game, and back to life. We have three locations in Sarasota, Lakewood Ranch, and Venice and offer same day appointments.

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HAVE YOU BEEN TOLD YOU HAVE FOOT OR ANKLE ARTHRITIS?

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Do you find yourself limiting your activities due to pain and stiffness in your foot and/or ankle?

Arthritis of the foot and ankle is a common problem that can frequently occur as a result of previous injuries or as a degenerative process related to aging. It is also seen as a result of inflammatory conditions such as gout, rheumatoid, or psoriatic arthritis.

Arthritis of the foot and ankle doesn’t have to limit your ability to enjoy your daily activities. Unfortunately, we haven’t yet discovered the ‘fountain of youth,’ or a true cure for arthritis, but we do have ways to improve your pain and functional level. Numerous non-surgical options including bracing, shoe wear changes, activity modifications, physical therapy, oral or topical medications, or injections are available. These can make a big difference in your ability to enjoy life.

On occasion, non-surgical methods can’t give quite enough relief and a discussion of surgical options may be beneficial.

If you are struggling with foot or ankle arthritis, let us help get you back on your feet… back to work… back in the game… back to life!

For more information or an appointment with Dr. Eric James, orthopedic foot and ankle surgeon at Sarasota Orthopedic Associates, call 941-951-2663.  You may read more about Dr. James at our physician page by clicking HERE or, for more information on this topic, go to THIS LINK.