Posts for: November, 2013
Cincinnati cornerback Leon Hall suffered an Achilles injury during a game versus the Lions. The Bengals player covered Calvin Johnson in the end zone, when both players reached for a high pass that went out of bounds. Hall wound up landing awkwardly during that moment and immediately grabbed his ankle in pain.
Despite Hall being able to walk off the field, he appeared to be fighting back pain from a potential season ending injury. Hall was declared out for the rest of the game and there is no assurance of his return.
Injuring your Achilles tendon can be painful and place a burden on your performance as an athlete or the ability to walk. Seek the care of a podiatrist like Dr. Henry Slomowitz of New Jersey who can diagnose your foot or ankle injury, and provide you with the best treatments possible for your condition.
Just What Is the Achilles Tendon?
The Achilles tendon is the strongest tendon in our bodies. As the tendon that connects the heel to the calf muscles, the Achilles tendon helps with even the most basic movement in the legs such as walking. As a result, the Achilles tendon can risk incurring Achilles tendinitis or even a rupture. Those especially at risk include people who overexert themselves during physical activity, namely athletes.
Achilles Tendinitis Symptoms Include:
- Increased Blood Flow
- Tendon Thickening
- Slower Movement Time
- Pain ranging from dull to severe
Achilles Tendon ruptures are caused by the tendon ‘snapping’ or ripping. There are often more painful and immediate as opposed to Achilles tendinitis. There are surgical and non-surgical methods in treating Achilles tendon ruptures, with recovery time possibly taking up to a year.
While no injury is completely avoidable, there are preventive measures that can lower your chances. This includes:
- Incorporating strengthening exercises to your workout regimen such as squats and leg presses
- Stretch your tendon before and after exercise
- Wear comfortable, fitted footwear that is occasion-specific
And of course, if you believe you have injured your Achilles tendon be sure to visit a podiatrist immediately, as they can help diagnose and address your problem.
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San Diego Padres infielder Logan Forsythe has been struggling with an ongoing case of plantar fasciitis. As a result Forsythe wound up being limited to five at-bats since September due to pain in his right foot. While Forsythe has been attempting to avoid surgery, he acknowledges that surgery would be “the only possibility” if he does not heal from a month of immobilization and rest. For now Forsythe has received cortisone shots and wears a protective boot to help his foot recover.
If you are suffering from plantar fasciitis, it is highly recommended to seek the care of a podiatrist, like Dr. Henry Slomowitz of New Jersey. Dr. Slomowitzwill examine your heel pain and determine if you have plantar fasciitis before providing further treatment options.
The Condition Known as Plantar Fasciitis
An inflammation of the connective tissues on the bottom of the foot, Plantar Fasciitis can cause a great deal of pain in the arch and heel of the foot.
Treatments That Can Help Plantar Fasciitis
· Shockwave Therapy- works by sending sound waves to the sites where pain is being experienced. Commonly used for chronic cases of plantar fasciitis, shockwave therapy usually requires multiple sessions
· Ultrasound-guided technique with steroid injections into the plantar fascia. This is from a relatively smaller new study but shown to be effective in most cases treated
· Conservative Measures- ice packs, stretching exercises, orthotic devices, physical therapy and/or anti-inflammatory medication
What Can Cause Plantar Fasciitis?
· Excessive running
· Lack of adequate footwear
· Bad foot support
Read more on Plantar Fasciitis.
The University of Pittsburgh has recently run tests on several aging women discussing the effects osteoporosis has on their feet. It has been discovered that these women are likely to suffer foot fracture complications however not so much for an ankle break. Elder women are supposedly thought to have a radical threat of having a foot and ankle fracture.
A group of 10,000 women aged 65 and older were surveyed and tested by walking a certain distance. The team then pursued to look for those who went on to have a foot or ankle fracture. Those who were more likely to have a foot fracture are to of had osteoporosis, over 50, and were older and less physically active. Younger, overweight, and more physically active were to have ankle fractures.
Maintaining proper foot health once you get older is very crucial to a healthy life. If you are experiencing any foot problems seek the help of a podiatrist like Dr. Henry Slomowitz of New Jersey. Dr. Slomowitz can examine your feet and provide you with the best treatments available.
Geriatrics and Podiatry
When people age, some common issues that may occur are bone density loss, dry skin, poor circulation, and even rough brittle nails. These issues may also affect your foot health if the necessary steps are not taken to alleviate the problems.
It is important to take care of your feet because feet that are injured or diseases can affect your overall health and having painful feet hinders your ability to do daily activities or may decrease your willingness to do the things that you need to do.
As we age, health problems become more likely, so it is essential to visit your doctor for check-ups to ensure that you are doing the best you can to take care of your health. It is recommended to check your feet frequently for any possible cuts, bruises, swelling, corns or anything else that may seem irregular.
Cracked or dry feet can be treated by applying moisturizer often. It is also important not to wear old socks because the older the sock is, the higher the possibility there will be that there is bacteria there. So wear fresh socks and make sure they fit properly.
Lastly, good foot health means you can have a more active lifestyle and you will not be bogged down by pain. Foot health can also lead to good circulation which is paramount to overall health.
Read more on Geriatrics in Podiatry.