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Long distance coach: Radcliffe is currently in Kenya advising Mo Farah and UK AthleticsPaula Radcliffe, last run was thought to be at the 2011 Berlin Marathon. Radcliffe continued to suffer a nagging, uncomfortable foot injury. But, believes running one last top-level marathon will help her persevere and just remain competitive—rather than trying to beat her world record.

Not only that, but it will allow her to make up for remaining on the sidelines of the 2012 London Olympics, but most importantly, let her end her career on a note of her choosing.

The runner has this to say about preparing and training for the Virgin Money London Marathon this April, “I will never say ‘retire’ because I am never going to finish running. I am still going to be getting out for a run and I don’t want to jeopardize that because it’s important.But I want to ask [my feet] to run one more marathon.”

If you are an athlete and want to know more about rehabilitation for foot and ankle injuries, consider contacting a podiatrist like Dr. Nicholas Crismali of Crismali Foot and Ankle. Dr. Crismali can teach you about the different rehabilitation options that are available and help you decide on one that’s right for you.

Foot Rehabilitation for Athletes

Injured athletes are always looking for better, faster ways to aid their recovery and get back to the sport they love. To do this, podiatrists and physical therapists are often consulted so the injured athlete can get back onto the field as soon as possible. But rehabbing an injury is just as serious as the injury itself, and going through the motions of physical therapy or rehabilitation is a necessary process to keeping that injury at bay.

Sports Therapist or Physical Therapist?

If an athlete gets a foot injury, it is essential to receive foot rehabilitation to ensure proper healing. Sports therapists are more focused on athletic-related injuries than general physical therapists. It is important for an athlete to become healed properly because if they attempt to get back into their game before they are physically well, they could re-aggravate the original injury or even suffer a new one due to their weakened state.

Physical Therapy Gives Hope

Physical therapy helps to keep athletes as active as they are physically capable, which will get them ready to return to the field once their feet become healed. Physical therapy often gives hope to athletes.

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

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arthritic foot careAccording to the authors of new research on arthritis, the University of Cincinnati’s Health Promotion and Education program, Yoga can act to mitigate the physical and the psychological pain of arthritis.

Arthritis is a condition that is very painful, “…yoga can provide physical relief of symptoms around the…joints.” The Daily Mail states that about 1.5 million people in the United Kingdom see some type of medical personnel for osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis; the former affects the lower extremities and the hands, the latter affects the feet and the hands. Clearly, yoga is turning out to be a very large benefit to those suffering from the condition.

If you are suffering arthritic pain in your feet or ankles, be sure to consult podiatrist Dr. Nicholas Crismali of Crismali Foot and Ankle. Dr. Crismali can diagnose and treat your arthritic pain.

Caring for the Arthritic Foot

Humans will walk approximately 75,000 miles in the average lifetime. 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 the joints become inflamed and distorted if arthritis occurs, making medical foot care and treatment crucial.

It is best to take care of your feet by wearing proper shoes. Certain conditions can develop as a result of poor footwear, such as hammertoe, neuromas, or bunions. Wearing shoes that have a lower heel and extra room can help your feet be comfortable. In cases of rheumatoid arthritis, the arch in your foot can be problematic. Buying shoes that contour to your feet with good arch support can help immensely.

Alleviating Arthritic Pain

-Specific exercises that stretch the Achilles tendon can prevent further pain and injury and increase mobility
-Most of the pain can be alleviated with anti-inflammatory drugs, heat, and topical medications with Capsaicin.
-Massages can help to alleviate pain temporarily.

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

If you have any questions, please contact our office which is located in Hesperia, CA. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle problems.

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foot and ankle injuriesResearchers from Carnegie Mellon University, Harvard University, the University of Southern California, MIT and Biosenses have developed a soft but wearable robotic device for patients with ankle-foot disorders, such as drop foot. The device is powered by pneumatic artificial muscle actuators beneficial for rehabbing patients.

The orthotic device uses these soft plastics and composite materials combines with pneumatic artificial muscles (PAMs), sensors to achieve the realistic and natural motions in the ankle. Researchers were able to attach the device to four test subjects and found that the prototype was capable of generating an ankle range of 27 degrees sagittal motion. The device may be suitable for aiding patients with neuromuscular disorders of the feet.

If you have experienced a foot or ankle injury, there may be a variety of therapy options available to you. For help choosing one, consult podiatrist Dr. Nicholas Crismali of Crismali Foot & Ankle. Dr. Crismali can analyze your recovery and offer you advice on what therapy would be most effective. 

Most common injuries

People who are constantly on their feet are prone to a variety of injuries. Therefore, it is important to take part in physical therapy in order to get back on the right track quickly.

What to do when injured

Physical Therapy – This specialized treatment will focus on the affected area, speeding up recovery and the overall healing process. This is important for those wanting to get back into the game quickly. It is a proven method that has helped millions of people return from any injury.

During physical therapy you will undergo regimented training to get back into full form. Training is often very difficult, especially at first when the foot feels weak. These are some steps physical therapy often involves:

  1. Basic stretching & twisting exercises – getting the feet’s mobility and flexibility up.
  2. Massaging – the therapist will massage the injured area in order to activate and relax the muscles.
  3. Strengthening Exercises – this allows the muscles in the affected area to regain their full strength, a vital step towards full recovery.

With the advancements in technology and greater knowledge of how muscles and joints work, physical therapists can turn things around dramatically.    

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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Timberline High School senior donaven dorseyDonaven Dorsey fractured his left ankle during his team’s game against Lincoln. Because the severity of the injury is unknown, whether or not Dorsey will be able to return this season is still unclear.  Dorsey fractured his ankle when a player from the opposing team stepped on it, forcing it to roll in the opposite direction. Dorsey currently wears an air-cast and has not returned to the court.  

“It was one of those weird, little tweaks,” coach Allen Thomas said. “I could tell how he was yelling that it wasn’t a good sign.” “We’re still optimistic he’s going to be back by the playoffs if he doesn’t need surgery,” Thomas said. “Right now, it’s a chip in his ankle. If that’s the case, then it depends on how bad it is."."

Broken ankles are a common injury. If you injured your ankle, seek out podiatrist Dr. Nicholas Crismali of Crismali Foot & Ankle. Dr. Crismali can treat your ankle injuries as well as any other foot and ankle condition.

Broken Ankles

The ankle consists of three bones- the tibia, the fibula, and the talus. The tibia and the fibula are the two bones that connect to your knees. They sit directly above the talus bone, which is protected by a fibrous membrane and allows slight movement in the ankle joint. A break usually occurs in one of these bones after the foot is twisted too far, a strong impact like jumping from a great height, or repeated stresses like running.

Diagnosis

If you suffer an ankle injury, it is essential that you receive a correct diagnosis. One of the first signs that the ankle is broken is an inability to put any weight on it. There will often be severe bruising and swelling at the sight of the injury. Your doctor may also order an x-ray be taken to determine the exact location and extent of the injury.

Treatment

Without proper care, a broken ankle may not heal properly and could cause arthritis and instability later in life. Therefore, seeking proper treatment is essential to making a full recovery.

There a number of steps you can take to accelerate the healing process however. Elevating your feet above your head and icing the ankle can reduce pain and swelling. Your doctor may decide that surgery is the best option, meaning you will likely be in a cast for at least three months.

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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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Nathan van BerloAdelaide Crows captain Nathan van Berlo will be out for the rest of the season after a weighted training sled cut open his heel and ruptured his Achilles tendon. Training sleds are weighted equipment that athletes pull around to build their strength. Injuries caused by sleds are very rare, and since the particulars of the incident are still unconfirmed, the Crows have decided to perform their own internal examination of the events.

Achilles tendon injuries are often serious, and leaving them untreated is usually impossible. For help caring for this type of injury, you can turn to Dr. Nicholas Crismali of Crismali Foot & Ankle. Dr. Crismali can present you with a wide array of treatment options to assist you in getting back on your feet.

What is the Achilles Tendon?

The Achilles tendon is a tendon that connects the lower leg muscles and calf to the heel of the foot. It is the strongest tendon in the human body, and is essential for making movement possible. Because this tendon is such an integral part of the body, any injuries to it can cause severe difficulties and should immediately be presented to a doctor.

What are the symptoms of an Achilles Tendon Injury?

There are various types of injuries that can affect the Achilles tendon. The two most common are Achilles tendinitis and ruptures of the tendon.

Achilles Tendinitis Symptoms

- Inflammation
- Dull to Severe Pain
- Increased blood flow to the tendon
- Thickening of the tendon

Rupture Symptoms

- Extreme pain and swelling in the foot
- Total immobility

Treatment and Prevention

Achilles tendon injuries are diagnosed by a thorough physical evaluation. Often the doctor will order an MRI to confirm the diagnosis. Treatment will involve rest, physical therapy, and in some cases, surgery. However, various preventative measures can be taken to avoid these injuries, such as:

- Thorough stretching of the tendon before and after exercise
- Strengthening exercises like calf raises, squats, leg curls, leg extensions, leg raises, lunges, and leg presses
- Proper fitting shoes
- A healthy diet

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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