Compartment syndrome and your legs and feet
You may not have heard of compartment syndrome, but if you are an athlete or exercise heavily on a regular basis you may have experienced a condition known as chronic exertional compartment syndrome (CECS). Or, if you have suffered a traumatic injury to the foot or leg, you may have experienced acute compartment syndrome. Either way, these are serious conditions that require treatment to prevent permanent disability.
What is compartment syndrome?
The muscles of the body are contained in fibrous sheaths called “compartments.” In the legs, each compartment encloses at least two muscles. Normally, there is room in the fibrous sheath for muscles to move and work without complication, even allowing for some mild swelling. The blood that flows into and out of the compartments and feed oxygen and nutrients to the muscles and other tissues are all under pressure. During an injury or chronic stress, the pressure in the compartment may suddenly increase. This increase in pressure causes the arteries and nerves to essentially shut down -- preventing blood supply to the affected areas. Acute compartment syndrome is considered a medical emergency and requires immediate surgical intervention to prevent permanent disability.
Protect your lower legs and feet from the sun this summer
In sunny weather conditions, most of us are great about protecting our skin from the waist and up. Unfortunately, we often forget our legs and feet until it’s too late. Exposing our legs and feet to the sun consistently can increase the risk for skin cancer and other conditions that can lead to pain and discomfort.
The dangers of sun exposure to the lower legs and feet
Our feet and legs are often at higher risk for sunburn since many of us fail to remember to apply sunscreen to these areas when spending time outdoors. The risk for sunburn is present any time you expose your legs and feet to the sun — even if you are wearing sandals that partially cover the feet. All surfaces of the feet and legs are vulnerable to sunburn, including the soles of the feet, which can become burned when laying out in the sun at the pool, the beach, or even in your own backyard. Those who are paraplegic, have peripheral neuropathy, or are diabetic are especially at risk -- as these conditions may prevent you from feeling your sunburn until it is too late.
The top five running injuries seen by podiatrists
You are a runner. You pride yourself on racking up the miles every week. During your daily run, you de-stress, relax, and re-energize. Then, one day, you go out for your regular run and suddenly something doesn’t feel right. Or, maybe you have a twinge that gets worse with every run. Whether the running-related injury is sudden or gradual, the podiatrists at Kansas City Foot Specialists have seen every running-related injury under the sun. Read on to learn more about the top five running injuries seen by podiatrists.
Common foot problems [infographic]
The human foot is incredibly complex with 26 bones, 33 joints, 107 ligaments, 19 muscles, and many tendons. They also carry the entire weight of the body. As a result of the complexity and the job carried out by the feet, three-fourths of all Americans will suffer from a foot problem at some point. Here we break down the most common foot complaints for you. If you or someone you love is suffering from these or other foot problems, call Kansas City Foot Specialists today at 913-338-4440 for help.