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If you're a runner, it goes without saying that your feet take the brunt of the punishment. In fact, for runners the feet are more vulnerable to injury than any other part of the body. Luckily, both long-distance runners and casual joggers can improve their performance by paying extra attention to their feet and taking steps to prevent common foot problems. Poor fitting footwear is often the source of many foot problems caused by running. A visit to our practice can help you determine the best shoes for your foot structure. and treatment and prevention of Blisters.

A Runner's Roadblock:While many running-related foot injuries can result from a fall or twisted ankle, most running injuries are caused by overuse, meaning the majority of runners experience foot and ankle pain because they do too much for too long. Runners should be aware of the signs of foot problems that can slow them down if not treated promptly. Common foot and ankle injuries experienced by runners include:

Blisters: Blisters are typically caused by excess friction+sheer. Certain socks can add to blister formation, ill fitting shoes and biomecanics can also contribute. Treatment and prevention can include: topical treatments like moleskin and emollients, change in socks or sneakers and inserts with accomodative or offloading pads. 

Achilles Tendonitis: Achilles tendonitis and other calf-related injuries are prevalent in runners. Poor training, overuse and improper footwear are the three most common reasons for this condition. A sudden increase in distance or pace can strain the muscles and tendons in the foot and ankle, causing small tears within these structures that result in pain and inflammation. Appropriate shoes and training are the most important steps to preventing Achilles tendonitis. Conservative treatment includes rest, ice, stretching and sometimes orthotics or physical therapy.

Heel Pain: Runners develop heel pain more than any other foot-related injury. Plantar fasciitis is the most common cause of heel pain, the result of placing excessive stress on the ligament in the bottom of the foot. Rest, stretching and support are the best ways to ease the pain and inflammation. Reduce your mileage and avoid hill and speed workouts. Stretch before and after you run, and ice your heel after each workout. Special splints and shoe inserts from our practice may also provide support and relief for your heel pain.

Stress Fractures: Stress fractures are small cracks in the surface of a bone. Runners generally notice gradual muscle soreness, stiffness and pain on the affected bone, most often in the lower leg or the foot. Early diagnosis is critical, as a small fracture can spread and eventually become a complete fracture of the bone. Stress fractures are typically caused by increasing training more quickly than the body's ability to build up and strengthen the bone.

If you have symptoms of a stress fracture, you should stop running immediately and see a podiatrist. This injury can keep a runner off the track for several weeks, and is not an injury that you can run through. Depending on the severity of the stress fracture, a cast may be necessary.

If you experience chronic foot pain from running, make an appointment with a podiatrist. Leaving foot injuries untreated could result in more serious conditions, ultimately keeping you from your best performance. Keep in mind that these are not the only foot ailments caused by running, and when at-home foot care isn't effective, you'll need to be evaluated by a podiatrist. As in most cases, prevention is the best medicine. Good footwear, proper training and recognizing a problem before it becomes serious are your keys to staying on the road and avoiding foot injuries.

Sincerely,

Advanced Foot & Ankle

972.542.2155

June 08, 2020
Category: Uncategorized
Tags: foot   Pain   bunion   lump   bump   wart  

There can be many causes for a lump or spot on your foot.

Your Podiatrist will assess shape, fluctuance(possibly fluid filled), size, growth rate, if the skin is freely movable over it or what layer of the tissue the mass is in. Your Podiatrist will likely perform an xray to see if there is something underneath it or to see if there is any boney involvement. Is it painful and did you have any injuries? Is it flat or raised? Does it have any satelite lesions?  Have you or your family members ever had anything like this in the past. All of these will help determine the cause. 

Treatment of course varies depending on the cause, area of the foot and pain level. Treatment can include padding or offloading and shoe gear change, topical treatments and medications, aspiration, injectable medications, or in some cases surgical resection or even referral to oncology. 

Its best to seek treatment early, the longer a condition is present usually means the harder it is to treat. 

Common Causes for Lumps or Spots on Feet: 

-Bunions

-Ganglion Cyst 

-Plantar Wart

-Tailor's Bunion

-Accessory Bone

-Foreign Body

-Fractures

-Scares

-Birth Mark

-Athletes foot

-Eczema

See your Podiatrist today for evaluation. 

Advanced Foot and Ankle

McKinney and Prosper Locations

972.542.2155

June 05, 2020
Category: Uncategorized
Tags: Treatments   foot   Pain   bunion   lump on foot   surgery  

 

With the ability to cause nagging discomfort throughout the day and prohibit daily movements as simple as walking, bunions can quickly turn from a barely noticeable bump on your toe, to a painful deformity that detracts from your over wellbeing. Fortunately, if caught early, you can prevent this podiatric issue from developing into a serious problem. Read on to learn if you could be suffering from this condition, and whether you should take a visit to your local podiatrist.

Signs That You May Have a Bunion

Generally forming on the side or top of your big toe joint, bunions are hard, bony lumps that are often caused by wearing poorly-fitted shoes (especially high heels), having genetic predispositions, or experiencing a foot injury. If you think that you may have a bunion, be on the lookout for these symptoms:

  • A bony protrusion at the base of your toe
  • A generally red discoloration
  • A feeling of tightness in previously comfortable shoes
  • pain, swelling or even a shoe bite in this area

The above-listed symptoms describe the beginning stages of a bunion, a point during which your podiatrist will likely recommend a conservative approach to treatment. However, you may require more extensive medical care if you begin to notice these signs:

  • Persistent pain and swelling
  • Periodic numbness of the foot
  • Restricted and slowed movement of the toe/foot
  • under or over lapping toes
  • deformation of shoe gear

Treatments

For less serious bunion cases, ones in which there isn’t pain yet and movement is still unrestricted, your podiatrist may recommend:

  • Soaking your foot in warm water or iceing the area
  • Taking anti-inflammatory medications such as Aspirin
  • Wearing appropriate shoe inserts
  • Avoiding tight-fitting footwear
  • use of a shoe stretcher
  • various padding

In severe bunion cases, your podiatrist will likely recommend a more rigorous treatment approach in order to alleviate pain and increase mobility. Some of these options include:

  • A possible injection to calm the inflamation in the area
  • Custom-made orthotics to maintain toe alignment
  • Regular physical therapy and a specialized exercise regiment
  • Topical pain relievers 
  • Bunionectomy, a surgery to remove the bunion and realign the foot (this is only necessary in the most extreme of cases)

 

Concerned? Contact Us

If your not sure you have a bunion or if you feel that bunions are disrupting your life, then take the pro-active approach and schedule an appointment at our office to learn how to regain your health.

Advanced Foot and Ankle

972.542.2155

McKinney and Prosper Locations

June 05, 2020
Category: Uncategorized
Tags: Sprain   Pain   Ankle   injury   therapy   cold   laser  

Following an ankle injury or ankle surgery, you’ll inevitably lose some strength and range of motion from being immobilized for an extended period of time. A weak ankle can hinder normal mobility, and even lead to additional injuries. So what can you do to strengthen your ankle and get back to your old self again?

Strengthening Your Ankle

Your ankle or leg may feel stiff, especially if your treatment required wearing a cast or a walking boot. Stiffness and instability are common symptoms following an ankle injury that will need to be addressed in order to get you back to your normal range of motion and activity level.

Your podiatrist may recommend post-injury physical therapy or home exercises that will help you strengthen weak muscles surrounding the ankle joint and restore mobility to lower your risk of reinjury. These include range of motion exercises for the injured ankle, which help loosen stiff ankles, and stretching exercises for the calf muscles, which help decrease your risk of hurting your ankle again. As with all exercises, progress slowly and discontinue if painful. Pain is most certainly not gain when it comes to physical therapy!

 

Augmenting your Recovery with the Cold Laser

Cold laser can be an amazing adjuctive therapy to annihilate inflammtion and propel you through your stages of recovery. The sessions are painless, most patients can feel the effect that same night.  

Choosing the Right Shoes

The shoes you wear will also play an important role in protecting your injured ankle and restoring your mobility. Supportive shoes will provide more comfort, better balance and help stabilize the weak ankle to prevent re-injury. Stay off high heels, loafers, ballet flats and flip flops without support until your ankle is completely mended.

Proper care and rehabilitation following an ankle injury is critical to ensure your ankle fully heals. You need to feel like you trust your ankle again. Always consult your Podiatrist if ankle pain or stiffness persists or worsens and before starting any new exercise program. Be patient with yourself!

Contact Advanced Foot and Ankle to discuss your treatment options and regimen or if you are not quite the same after you've sustained an ankle injury. 

Advanced Foot and Ankle 

972.542.2155

5531 Virginia Parkway

McKinney, TX 75071

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Having a second pair of custom orthotics is a great option for:

  • A thinner, narrower orthotic that can fit easier into dress shoes, cleats, ice skates, golf shoes, etc.

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Thanks for your time and have a wonderful day.

 

Sincerely,

 

Advanced Foot and Ankle Center Team

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972-542-2155