We’ve come up with some ways to sneak in some foot exercises while you’re at work. After all, we spend at least 8 hours a day at our workplace, so why not try to maximize our time there?
There are some foot problems that you might associate with Halloween. Read on for some tips of avoiding foot problems on this night of terror and joy.
There are a few ways to reduce the risk of foot pain during and after exercising. Follow some of these tips to stay comfortable as you stay fit.
If you thought that you were safe from foot problems by wearing flats instead of high heels, sorry think again! Unfortunately, flats are not always the better alternative to high heels.
Athletes, dancers, and women who wear high heels are all at risk of the same thing: metatarsalgia. This overuse injury is usually a consequence of some other problem.
Morton’s neuroma is a painful condition of the foot caused by thickened nerve tissues. The inflamed tissue irritates the nerve and causes painful symptoms.
For whatever reason (genetics, metabolic disorders, kidney or thyroid problems, and even certain medications), your body is having trouble eliminating uric acid properly. The buildup is causing painful arthritic attacks on the joints in your feet, ankles, and even knees.
"Growing pains” in the feet are not normal for children. Instead, they could indicate much more serious issues. What are some signs and symptoms to look for, especially if your child doesn’t always express his or her painful symptoms?
The Achilles tendon is the longest, widest, and strongest tendon of the body. It is located at the back of the leg where the gastrocnemius and soleus muscles attaches with the heel bone. The Achilles tendon plays a major role when walking, running and jumping. Which exposes the Achilles tendon to a lot of stress and abuse.
Blood supply comes from the muscles above and the bony attachment below. Because of its anatomy, there is an area in the center where blood supply is inadequate. It creates a weak spot due to inadequate nutrition.
Achilles tendinitis is a condition that refers to the deterioration of the Achilles tendon due to inflammation. It can be caused by an overused Achilles tendon. Repetitive activities, postural problems, sudden twisting injuries, or degenerative conditions like arthritis contribute to the development of Achilles tendinitis. This condition can also be seen in young people, especially athletes and active individuals.
Diagnosis of Achilles Tendinitis
Podiatrists look for tell-tale signs such as enlargement of the tendon, pain that can be experienced just by gently squeezing of the tendon, or weakness just by walking. Other tests that can help in the diagnosis of the Achilles tendinitis include: Magnetic resonance imaging, x-ray or ultrasound. The doctors of The Podiatry Group are podiatrists who specialize in helping people suffering from Achilles tendinitis.
Managing Achilles Tendinitis
The patient should always consult a podiatrist first and strict compliance with the treatment regimen is a must. Pain medications are prescribed for chronic pain. Other treatments include:
1. Over-the-counter anti-inflammatory drugs
2. Wearing of orthotics or arch supports
3. Using of proper foot wear
4. Physical therapy
5. Applying hot and cold compress to the affected area
6. Steroid or cortisone injections
7. Wearing of brace or cast
If pain persists, other modes of treatment can be planned. This includes Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy (ESWT) that is used to break up early calcification within the tendon, low-level laser therapy of the Achilles tendon and surgery that may involve the tendon itself or the bone where the tendon is attached.
At The Podiatry Group, located in Jonesboro, Walnut Ridge, Pocahontas and Cherokee Village, we specialize in helping people find relief from Achilles Tendinitis and other foot problems. To schedule an appointment call (870) 931-3338.