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Posts for: July, 2013

http://images.mnn.com/sites/default/files/e-spring-running-shoe.jpgRecently, researchers in the UK have discovered a unique way of designing running shoes. According to their findings, the tiny springs usually found in mattresses would help runners if they were put in their shoes. The springs would absorb the shock that occurs when striking the ground. Jim Richards, the lead scientist at the University of Central Lancashire said injuries occur more frequently and to more than 70 percent of leisure runners in a given year; in spite of the improvements in the design of running shoes.

Shockwaves are generated when a runner’s foot hits the ground, which may lead to foot and leg injuries such as shin splints, runner’s knee, or stress fractures, states Elizabeth Palermo of TechNewsDaily. "If you had a car suspension with just a damper and no spring in it, then you'd have a very bumpy ride," Richards said in a statement about this year's Summer Science Exhibition. "Therefore, having a shoe that incorporates both provides a much-improved shock-absorbing system compared with existing technology."    

While the creation of this product hopes to help prevent injury, injuries may still occur.  If you have sustained an injury while running or wish to learn more about how to prevent running injuries you should seek out the care of a podiatrist such as Dr. Nicholas Crismali of Crismali Foot & Ankle.  Dr. Crismali can diagnose any injuries you may have as well as provide you with treatment options.

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. Runner’s knee usually is treated with strengthening exercises focusing on the quad muscles and sports orthotic.

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.

Best Ways to Prevent Running Injuries

- 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.

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foot exerciseResearch from the European Journal of Preventive Cardiology suggests a good indication of your potential lifespan is your ability to rise from the floor unassisted.  The researchers wrote: "We found that the inability to sit and rise from the floor was related to lower survival, irrespective of age, sex and body mass index.” For those with difficulty doing so, however, could exercise help? The official report has no comment, “but exercise sure can't hurt,” Josh Karow, fitness director at the Rochester Athletic Club commented.

Experts blame excessive eating and drinking for the increase in those prone to obesity. Your feet are an important part of your body, and if you think you may have sustained a foot injury or developed a foot illness due to weight you should seek out the care of a podiatrist like Dr. Nicholas Crismali of Crismali Foot & Ankle. Dr. Crismali can diagnose your condition as well as provide you with treatment options that work for you.

Obesity and your Feet

Since your feet are what support your entire weight when standing, any additional weight can result in pain and swelling.

Problems & Complications

Extra Weight– Even putting on just a few extra pounds could create serious complications for your feet.

Diabetes– People who are overweight are at serious risk of developing type-2 diabetes, which has an impact on your feet.

Plantar fasciitis – Pressure and stress that is placed on muscles, joints, and tendons can trigger this, which is an inflammation of tissue along the bottom of the foot. 

Solutions 

Footwear – Specially made footwear that supports your joints, arches, and ankles, and allows room for good circulation is a great option to mitigate pressure and pain.

Orthotics– These special inserts are inserted into shoes to absorb shock and also support your arches to keep your feet properly aligned.

If you have any questions, please contact our offices in Hesperia, CA. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Jessica Ennis-HillTrack and fielder Jessica Ennis-Hill had to cancel her scheduled heptathlon in Tallinn because of an ankle injury. According to the UK Athletics, the athlete will continue to receive training, and treatments, instead of undergoing strenuous activity which can impact her ankle further.

There have been questions regarding whether Ennis-Hill will able to compete in the World Championships in Moscow. "I have been running and putting some force through the ankle but (coach) Toni (Minichiello) and I feel that doing a heptathlon is not the best option to achieving a full recovery, and day by day it is feeling much more free and comfortable. My job is to get her to Moscow in one piece, and in good shape, and that is my priority," said Ennis-Hill.  

If you are an athlete or are trying to get back into sports after suffering a foot injury you should seek the care of a podiatrist like Dr. Nicholas Crismali of Crismali Foot & Ankle. Dr. Crismali can assess your condition and provide you with the care needed for your feet.

Getting Back into Sports after Foot and Ankle Injuries

While one of the most common injuries among athletes may be a sprained ankle, there are still many other types of injuries that plague athletes in any sport. But for less severe foot and ankle injuries, it is recommended by physical therapists and sports medicine doctors that athletes use the R.I.C.E. method to help alleviate pain and to speed up the healing process.

The acronym R.I.C.E. stands for rest, ice, compression, and elevation. These four steps help in the healing process, not only to reduce pain, swelling, and inflammation, but also to improve overall health of the affected area, allowing you to get back on to your feet again. Although resting is usually the key to all healing, it is necessary to see a doctor to ensure treatment for any other problems that may not be obvious to you right away.

It is best for injured athletes to allow themselves time to heal. Some athletes need hours of re-training, exercise, check-ups with their physical therapist, and other remedies. But with the right attitude and motivation, it is not hard to get back into sports after foot and ankle injuries.

If you have any questions, please contact our offices in Hesperia, CA. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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http://www.fashion.ie/imagebank/article_images/article_2598/large/babies-carousel-img4.jpgThe first footsteps a baby takes are very thrilling. To make sure those little feet are treading on a positive path to foot wellness, ensuring they are wearing the right shoes is crucial and important.

Until they are about 6 months old, babies have little more than cartilage in their feet. As they become toddlers as much as 25 bones begin forming in their feet. Make sure to allow them to wear shoes that are comfortable yet have a firm grip on their toes. A simple test involves placing your finger in the infant’s potential shoes. If your finger gets stuck, then those shoes are too tight for his or her feet.  

Finding shoes for infants may be tricky for new parents because it is a new experience for everyone involved. If you are having trouble finding the right shoes for your baby, you can seek the help of a podiatrist like Dr. Nicholas Crismali of Crismali Foot & Ankle. Dr. Crismali can help you with all your questions and foot care needs.

Fitting Shoes for Infants

Taking care of a baby to ensure proper development is highly important and necessary to make sure that they grow up to be healthy and happy. Finding shoes for infants may be tricky for new parents because it is a new experience for everyone involved. Also, since infants cannot speak, they cannot tell you which one feels best, which hurts, and which styles they like more. Although often crying is a signal for them being unhappy, it is still difficult to know what fits.

Since their feet are so tiny, it might be easier to go around a store and try to see which shoes fit them best. Most infant shoes are very soft and you will not have to worry about fancy laces or intricate shoe designs. For infants, all that matters is that they are warm, well-protected and comfortable so that they can grow properly.

Once a baby is able to stand or start walking after they pass their crawling phase, it is important to change their shoes as often as they grow, and since they tend to grow and change fast, it is best to keep up with them to ensure safety and comfort.

If you have any questions, please contact our offices in Hesperia, CA. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Diabetic Shoes HD.bmpAccording to Mike Tran of the Missoulian and Therapist of the Rehabilitation Institute of Montana, shoes you wear can either perpetuate or diminish the effects of arthritis throughout your lower body, and upper body as well. Since we are on our feet for most of the day, the type of shoe we wear can have a significant effect on our feet but other parts of our body as well. Tran also adds, that the type of shoe worn should be decided by the kind of arch one has, rigid or flexible. Tran recommends people to be cautious on minimal running or barefoot-style running shoes. According to Tran, these shoes have lack of arch support, and are appropriate for only a very select number of people.    

Early detection of foot deformities arthritis can help prevent more severe secondary mechanical strains. If you are suffering from foot pain and think it might be caused by arthritis, you should seek the care of a podiatrist like Dr. Nicholas Crismal of Crismali Foot & Ankle. Dr. Crismali can examine your foot pain and rule out other conditions, such as plantar fasciitis or Achilles tendonitis, to help in a diagnosis of arthritis.

Arthritic Foot Care

In an average lifetime, we walk approximately 75,000 miles. This can put a great deal of stress on the 26 bones and 30 joints that we have in our feet. As we get older, our feet lose flexibility and elasticity. Our shock absorbers weaken, and if arthritis comes into play, the joints become inflamed and distorted. Arthritic foot care and treatment would become imperative at this point.

It is best to take care of your feet by wearing well-fitted shoes. Certain conditions may develop when you wear shoes that don’t fit properly, for example hammertoes, neuroma, and bunions. Wearing shoes that have a lower heel and extra room in the shoe can help your feet be comfortable. In cases of rheumatoid arthritis, the arch in your foot may become problematic. Buying shoes with arch support will help; it is also a good idea to buy shoes that contour to your foot.

Alleviating Arthritic Pain

-Specific exercises may help; stretching the Achilles tendon can prevent further pain and injury. Stretching can also increase your mobility.
-Most of the pain can be alleviated with anti-inflammatory drugs, heat, as well as topical medications with Capsaicin.
-Massages can also help to alleviate pain temporarily.

It is best to see your doctor for the treatment that is right for your needs and symptoms. Conditions may vary, and a foot specialist can help you determine the right health care for your feet.

If you have any questions, please contact our offices in Hesperia, CA. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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