When regular socks aren’t enough: Making the most of therapeutic hosiery
Your legs tire easily. They swell for no apparent reason. Your feet seem to develop sores frequently. If you have diabetes, cardiovascular disease, or any other condition, these might be common concerns. You may already be experiencing such symptoms, or perhaps you are hoping to avoid them before they begin. If so, it’s possible you may benefit from the use of therapeutic hosiery or compression stockings. Read on to learn more about when these types of stockings are indicated and what properties to look for when selecting therapeutic hosiery.
Diagnosed with heel spurs, but what are they?
You saw your primary care doctor for heel pain, had some x-rays, and went home with a seemingly simple diagnosis of heel spurs. But what exactly are heel spurs and what does this diagnosis mean to you? Is your heel pain actually caused by the heel spurs or were they found incidentally on your x-rays? For many years it was thought that heel spurs were the cause of many cases of heel pain; however, more recent research has revealed that this may be a flawed idea. Perhaps it’s time to have your heel pain and diagnosis of heel spurs investigated by a podiatrist, a doctor specially trained in diagnosing and treating conditions of the foot, ankle, and lower leg.
Form, footwear, and running injuries
Ask a dedicated runner what annoys them more than anything else, and they are likely to answer, “running injuries.” Runners by nature tend to be incredibly dedicated to the point of running through pain and injuries when they shouldn’t, or returning to training before they are fully healed. This in turn may lead to frustration due to recurring injuries or worsening of previous injuries.
Runners also often have a near fanatical dedication to specific types of shoes, sometimes to the point of sacrificing form in preference of footwear. While the proper shoes may help stabilize the foot or improve biomechanics, they can only do so if the runner already practices good running form. Form and how one trains have just as much, if not more, to do with running injuries as footwear.
An athlete’s best friend may be a podiatrist
You are an athlete and you are injured. You’ve sprained your ankle, ruptured your Achilles tendon, or are suffering from heel pain. For an athlete with these or any number of other injuries, getting sidelined may feel devastating. You may wonder how long you will be sidelined, if you will be able to return to your original level of training, or if your injury might get worse instead of better. Athletic injuries induce fear and worry, no matter the age of the athlete. Athletes tend to be highly motivated and anxious to return to training as soon as possible, and a podiatrist may be crucial to achieving such goals. In short, a podiatrist may be an athlete’s best friend.