Foot Pain from Running

Although running is a fabulous form of exercise since it requires very little investment to get started, the repetitive movements and stress encountered during the pounding that your body endures while engaged in this exercise can lead to a variety of debilitating injuries or even the occasional broken bone. Despite the risk, regular exercise is essential to good health and any effort towards movement is better for you than sitting in a chair pounding the keyboard all day, or languishing on the couch like a huge potato.

Some Common Running Injuries

While just getting out for a daily walk can do wonders for your physical and mental wellbeing, running can become a passion, and even the minor injuries you may encounter are worth the reward.

Some of the stubborn problems that may affect the feet and ankles of runners include the following:

  • Heel pain—The cause of heel pain is frequently from a condition called plantar fasciitis, although a similar condition known as a heel spur may also be involved. The tissue that fans out across the bottom of your foot is called the plantar fascia. It connects to your heel bone on one side and transits the bottom of your foot where multiple connections are made to your metatarsal bones and all the way to your tippy toes.
  • Shin splints—If you have this condition you will most likely notice soreness and agitation on the inner part of your shinbone often accompanied by some swelling in the calf muscle. Shin splint pain is quite irritating and may stop when you rest, but oftentimes it can become continuous and even lead to a stress fracture or other illness.

Some mild pain and discomfort in your feet and ankles is actually a good thing as you ramp up an exercise program! You can always contact your foot doctor if you run into more debilitating problems. The foot specialists at ETL Podiatry in Briarwood and Melville, NY, have unparalleled experience in treating all aspects of foot and ankle problems. Our team of doctors is dedicated to serving you with all of the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies. If you have any questions or would like to make an appointment, please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Melville, NY (631-549-8637) and Briarwood, NY (929-336-4523).

Types of Foot & Ankle Fractures

While professional and Olympic athletes may be more susceptible to experiencing fractures due to the intense level of force and strength they encounter on a regular basis in competition and training, a fracture of the foot or ankle can happen to anyone and is one of the most common injuries treated by podiatrists.

 

Two main types of foot and ankle fractures

 

The type of fracture depends upon the varying degrees of force applied to the bone:

 

  • Stress fractureThis type of fracture occurs over time rather than being the result of a single traumatic event. A common cause of a stress fracture is the repetitive motions involved in sports such as running and tennis. They can also be triggered when one changes workout surfaces from hard to soft or vice versa. Problems with bone density, such as from osteoporosis, can contribute to the severity of a stress fracture.

 

  • Acute fractures—These are the types of breaks that occur suddenly and may involve either a complete or partial break of the bone. Inability to walk on the affected foot, pain, swelling, and bruising are usual symptoms. An acute fracture can be one of several different types:

 

Stable—the ends of the bones only slightly out of place

Compoundthis is the most serious type of fracture since the skin is usually broken and an infection can easily occur

Oblique—characterized by a diagonal break

Transverse—a horizontal fracture

Comminuted—this is a complex break in which the bone is shattered into multiple pieces

 

Whatever the type of fracture you may have experienced, it is extremely important to enlist the services of a foot care professional to ensure a timely and successful recovery. The foot specialists at ETL Podiatry in Briarwood and Melville, NY, have unparalleled experience in treating all aspects of foot and ankle problems. Our team of doctors is dedicated to serving you with all of the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies. If you have any questions or would like to make an appointment, please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Melville, NY (631-549-8637) and Briarwood, NY (929-336-4523).

Peripheral Artery Disease & Your Feet

Many people experience issues with peripheral artery disease and aren’t even aware they are suffering from the condition. Since September is Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD) Awareness month, this is an excellent opportunity to get the word out so more people can be treated for this potentially severe ailment.

Peripheral artery disease (PAD) is caused by a buildup of fatty deposits along your arterial walls which causes a decrease in blood flow throughout the body, but is especially noticeable in the extremities.

One of the complications from peripheral artery disease is claudication, which is muscle pain and cramping in your arms and legs during activity. This can range from mild to severe, and depends upon the location of the clogged or narrowed artery. Very severe claudication can make it difficult to walk, climb stairs, or do other physical activity.

Peripheral artery disease symptoms include the following:

  • Debilitating cramps—especially in your thigh, hip, and calf muscles after certain activities like climbing stairs.
  • Numbness and weakness in the legs and arms
  • Shiny skin
  • Slow nail and hair growth
  • Weak pulse in your legs and feet
  • Erectile dysfunction
  • Cuts or sores on toes, feet and legs that don’t heal properly
  • One foot (or lower leg) is much colder than the other

Smokers and people with diabetes are at particular risk for developing peripheral artery disease.

Other risk factors for developing PAD include:

  • Obesity
  • High blood pressure
  • High cholesterol
  • Genetic predisposition
  • High levels of homocysteine in the blood

If you are experiencing the symptoms of PAD, it is important to seek treatment from your foot care specialist for early detection and to avoid complications including higher risk of a heart attack, stroke, critical limb ischemia, gangrene, and amputation. The foot specialists at ETL Podiatry in Briarwood and Melville, NY, have unparalleled experience in treating all aspects of foot and ankle problems. Our team of doctors is dedicated to serving you with all of the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies. If you have any questions or would like to make an appointment, please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Melville, NY (631-549-8637) and Briarwood, NY (929-336-4523).

Foot Ulcers & Diabetes

Patients with diabetes need to be particularly wary when it comes to cuts and scrapes on the feet. Two common complications of diabetes include peripheral neuropathy and peripheral artery disease. These conditions can combine to create a potentially dire situation requiring aggressive treatment including amputation of a toe or foot.

 

What is peripheral neuropathy?

 

Nerve damage is often a result of diabetes, although there are also other causes. When the endings of the nerves become damaged, it causes a loss of feeling or numbness in the feet, making it difficult to know if you have a cut, scrape, or puncture wound that is becoming infected. Even something as simple as a blister can cause unnoticed damage to the skin, allowing bacteria to enter. This may eventually cause the underlying tissue to become infected and possibly lead to gangrene and amputation.

 

What is peripheral artery disease?

 

This condition causes the arteries to build up blockages that decrease blood flow to the extremities, greatly slowing the healing process for any cuts, scrapes, and other wounds.

 

If you have diabetes it is important to keep your blood sugar under control and to take good care of your feet to avoid serious complications. Additional foot care guidelines include the following:

 

  • Inspect your feet—Check your feet daily for any injuries, cuts, blisters, etc. Use a mirror to check the bottom of your feet.
  • Keep feet clean and dry—Wash your feet daily and dry carefully, especially between the toes. Keep skin supple with moisturizer to avoid cracking.
  • Trim nails straight across—Improper cutting of toenails can lead to an ingrown nail problem that can lead to infection.
  • Get help with corns and calluses—Have your foot care specialist treat any corns and calluses. Don’t cut your skin and cause an infection.

 

If you suffer from diabetes, frequent visits to your podiatrist for inspections and treatment can help ensure you won’t be blindsided by a foot ulcer. The foot specialists at ETL Podiatry in Briarwood and Melville, NY, have unparalleled experience in treating all aspects of foot and ankle problems. Our team of doctors is dedicated to serving you with all of the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies. If you have any questions or would like to make an appointment, please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Melville, NY (631-549-8637) and Briarwood, NY (929-336-4523).