Form, footwear, and running injuries

proper-running-formAsk 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.

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An athlete’s best friend may be a podiatrist

podiatrist-for-athletesYou 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.

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Diagnosed with flatfoot (pes planus) and what it means to you

flatfoot diagnosisHigh arches, low arches, medium (or neutral) arches — do you know which one you have? For those who have high or low arches, a number of considerations should be taken into account when selecting footwear and avoiding injury or complications. However, what happens when you are diagnosed not just with a low arch, but without flatfoot, also called pes planus? Left untreated, flatfoot may lead to further complications and foot deformities. As a result, it is important to have a complete examination and evaluation in order to develop a comprehensive treatment plan and improve foot health.

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Diabetes and the way you walk

diabetes and walkingIf you are a diabetic patient, you may already spend focused time maintaining your blood sugar and monitoring your overall health and diet. However, did you know that diabetic patients are at greater risk for walking, abnormalities than non-diabetic patients? For some, the changes are subtle, maybe walking a tiny bit slower than others, while for others the difference is obvious as the patient leans to one side or relies on a walker to get around. As diabetes complications arise, it is not uncommon for a patient’s gait to change significantly. Unfortunately, such changes may also increase risk of additional complications and injuries. If you are a diabetic patient, here is what you need to know about walking and related concerns.

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Swimming, biking, running: Common triathlon injuries

Triathletes are a special breed of people, usually fully dedicated to their sport. Unfortunately, such dedication often comes with risk of a number of injuries and other maladies. Triathlons have grown significantly in popularity, and as a result, so have the number of associated injuries. The vast majority of injuries suffered by triathletes involve the feet, ankles, and lower legs, and are typically due to overuse.

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