July 2023

Methods That Can Help to Prevent Running Injuries

Research has shown that runners incur more injuries than other athletes. This can happen from a lack of stretching, in addition to the repetitive force that accompanies running. There are methods to prevent running injuries that can be applied to any type of running, ranging from running in several marathons to jogging on the weekend. It is beneficial to increase mileage and speed gradually, which can give the muscles and ligaments adequate time to adjust. Additionally, drinking enough water is important in preventing dehydration, especially after running is completed. It is helpful to consume sources of protein and carbohydrates, which can repair the muscles. It is important to stretch the legs properly before and after running, which is needed to prevent running injuries. If you would like to learn about foot-strengthening stretches that can help to prevent running injuries, it is suggested that you confer with a podiatrist who can provide you with useful information.

Exercising your feet regularly with the proper foot wear is a great way to prevent injuries. If you have any concerns about your feet, contact Kaveh Panahi, DPM of Acacia Foot and Ankle Surgeons. Our doctor will treat your foot and ankle needs.

How to Prevent Running Injuries

Many common running injuries are caused by overuse and overtraining. When the back of the kneecap starts wearing out and starts causing pain in your knee, this is commonly referred to as runner’s knee. Runner’s knee is a decrease in strength in your quadriceps and can occur if you’re not wearing properly fitted or supporting shoes. To prevent runner’s knee, focusing on hip strengthening is a good idea, as well as strengthening your quads to keep the kneecaps aligned.

What Are Some Causes of Running Injuries?
- One cause of a common running injury is called iliotibial band syndrome.
- Plantar fasciitis is also another common injury.
- Stress fractures can occur from overtraining, lack of calcium, or even your running style.

Best Ways to Prevent Running Injuries
- Wear footwear that fits properly and suits your running needs.
- Running shoes are the only protective gear that runners have to safeguard them from injury.
- Make a training schedule. Adding strengthening exercises as well as regular stretching can help keep you strong and limber and can lessen the possibility of injuries.
- Stretching keeps muscles limber; this will help you gain better flexibility.

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

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Why Do Bunions Develop?

A bunion is a bone disorder that is on the side of the big toe, and it will gradually become larger if treatment is not received. Bunions can develop as a result of wearing shoes that do not have enough room in the toe area to move freely in. Severe bunions may cause the other toes to shift together and larger shoes may need to be purchased. Some people are born with an abnormal foot structure causing the feet to be out of alignment. This may affect the metatarsophalangeal joint, possibly causing a bunion to form. Overpronation, or the amount the foot rolls inward while walking, may lead to a bunion developing. Additionally, people who have flat feet may have bunions, and wearing orthotics may help to stabilize the arch of the foot. A protective pad can be worn over the bunion to help prevent corns from developing on top of it. This can happen as the top of the bunion rubs against the shoe, causing pain and discomfort. If you have a bunion, it is strongly suggested that you are under the care of a podiatrist who can help you with permanent relief options.

If you are suffering from bunion pain, contact Kaveh Panahi, DPM of Acacia Foot and Ankle Surgeons. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

What Is a Bunion?

Bunions are painful bony bumps that usually develop on the inside of the foot at the joint of the big toe. As the deformity increases over time, it may become painful to walk and wear shoes. Women are more likely to exacerbate existing bunions since they often wear tight, narrow shoes that shift their toes together. Bunion pain can be relieved by wearing wider shoes with enough room for the toes.

Causes

  • Genetics – some people inherit feet that are more prone to bunion development
  • Inflammatory Conditions - rheumatoid arthritis and polio may cause bunion development

Symptoms

  • Redness and inflammation
  • Pain and tenderness
  • Callus or corns on the bump
  • Restricted motion in the big toe

In order to diagnose your bunion, your podiatrist may ask about your medical history, symptoms, and general health. Your doctor might also order an x-ray to take a closer look at your feet. Nonsurgical treatment options include orthotics, padding, icing, changes in footwear, and medication. If nonsurgical treatments don’t alleviate your bunion pain, surgery may be necessary.

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

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Why Live with Pain and Numbness in Your Feet?

Suffering from this type of pain? You may have the foot condition known as Morton's neuroma. Morton's neuroma may develop as a result of ill-fitting footwear and existing foot deformities. We can help.

What Can Cause Gout?

The foot condition that is known as gout can happen suddenly. It is accompanied by severe pain and discomfort, and it is often difficult to walk. It is an ailment that affects the joints in the big toe, causing it to throb and have a burning sensation. Gout can happen if there is a family history of it occurring or possibly from the foods that are eaten. These types of foods have purines in them and include red meat, shellfish, and drinks that are made with large amounts of sugar. Eating these foods can prompt excess uric acid to form in the joints, possibly causing gout to develop. Gout attacks may be reduced when a healthy diet is implemented, in addition to engaging in a gentle exercise program. Also, it is helpful to avoid sugary foods, and it can be beneficial to drink plenty of water daily. If you have pain in your big toe, it is strongly suggested that you do not hesitate in contacting a podiatrist who can provide effective relief options and additional prevention methods.

Gout is a painful condition that can be treated. If you are seeking treatment, contact Kaveh Panahi, DPM from Acacia Foot and Ankle Surgeons. Our doctor will treat your foot and ankle needs.

What Is Gout?

Gout is a form of arthritis that is characterized by sudden, severe attacks of pain, redness, and tenderness in the joints. The condition usually affects the joint at the base of the big toe. A gout attack can occur at any random time, such as the middle of the night while you are asleep.

Symptoms

  • Intense Joint Pain - Usually around the large joint of your big toe, and it most severe within the first four to twelve hours
  • Lingering Discomfort - Joint discomfort may last from a few days to a few weeks
  • Inflammation and Redness -Affected joints may become swollen, tender, warm and red
  • Limited Range of Motion - May experience a decrease in joint mobility

Risk Factors

  • Genetics - If family members have gout, you’re more likely to have it
  • Medications - Diuretic medications can raise uric acid levels
  • Gender/Age - Gout is more common in men until the age of 60. It is believed that estrogen protects women until that point
  • Diet - Eating red meat and shellfish increases your risk
  • Alcohol - Having more than two alcoholic drinks per day increases your risk
  • Obesity - Obese people are at a higher risk for gout

Prior to visiting your podiatrist to receive treatment for gout, there are a few things you should do beforehand. If you have gout you should write down your symptoms--including when they started and how often you experience them, important medical information you may have, and any questions you may have. Writing down these three things will help your podiatrist in assessing your specific situation so that he or she may provide the best route of treatment for you.

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

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Top of the Foot Pain

There are several reasons the top of your foot can hurt, including fractures and bruises. However, chronic foot conditions can also result in pain in this area. It is easy to forget how complex the foot is with its many tendons, muscles, joints, and bones. Health issues and foot injuries can upset the balance of the foot and cause pain and movement problems. The middle of the foot is referred to as the Lisfrank area, or the midfoot. It is made up of small bones that help form the arch of the foot. Pain in this area can be due to dropping something heavy on the foot, falling, or possibly from a  ganglion cyst pressing on a muscle or joint in the foot. A hairline fracture in this area of the foot from overuse or prolonged running can cause pain. Treatment ranges from rest to surgery. Due to the preponderance of reasons for this type of foot pain, it is suggested that you visit a podiatrist for a thorough evaluation and treatment based on an actual diagnosis.

Foot Pain

Foot pain can be extremely painful and debilitating. If you have a foot pain, consult with Kaveh Panahi, DPM from Acacia Foot and Ankle Surgeons. Our doctor will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.

Causes

Foot pain is a very broad condition that could be caused by one or more ailments. The most common include:

  • Bunions
  • Hammertoes
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Bone Spurs
  • Corns
  • Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Ingrown Toenails
  • Arthritis (such as Gout, Rheumatoid, and Osteoarthritis)
  • Flat Feet
  • Injury (from stress fractures, broken toe, foot, ankle, Achilles tendon ruptures, and sprains)
  • And more

Diagnosis

To figure out the cause of foot pain, podiatrists utilize several different methods. This can range from simple visual inspections and sensation tests to X-rays and MRI scans. Prior medical history, family medical history, and any recent physical traumatic events will all be taken into consideration for a proper diagnosis.

Treatment

Treatment depends upon the cause of the foot pain. Whether it is resting, staying off the foot, or having surgery; podiatrists have a number of treatment options available for foot pain.

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

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