Posts for: April, 2010
Spring is now upon us and running season has begun. It is quite common thatmany injuries occur in the foot and ankle. Stretching is extremely important before a long run. Stretching can prevent things like tendonitis which is an inflammation of the tendons; usually due to overuse. The achilles tendon is a very common tendon and nuscle which gets sore and tight after a long run. a simple stretching exercise can decrease fatigue of the muscles of the foot ankle and leg. Linements such as biofreeze create a deep heaty of the foot and ankle and help to relieve the soreness which may occur from long runs. Make sure you wear light clothing which is breathable. The science of footwear hasbecome high tech. For patients that are overpronators(which basically means the arch flattens more when walking) there are a multitude of special sneakers that can help control the mechanics of the foot and ankle when running. With overpronation which occurs typically in running muscles and tendlons are pulled abnormally and torqued in different directions. Custom made orthotics help to provide balance and control of the foot and ankle and can prevent injury. We know that the device that controls the foot is only as good as the shoe that holds it. We now have a shoe store in our our office where we have a large assortment of running shoes, walking shloes and dress shoes that accomodate orthotics as well as patients with multiple bony deformities and large widths.