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Preventing injuries to the feet is an important part of the running routine. Avid runners often know the importance of tracking their shoes’ mileage, and many will have at least two pairs. The average running shoe is replaced between 300 and 500 miles and may vary with individual gaits, or running styles. It is beneficial to properly warm up and cool down before and after running. Dynamic stretching, consisting of side shuffles, walking, and lunges are done before running, and static stretches can be done after the run. These are stretches that target the glutes, calves, and hamstrings and are beneficial in keeping the body loose. Muscle cramps may be prevented by drinking plenty of water before, during, and after running.  On the days when the body is resting from running, many people choose to add a full-body workout, which is an effective way of building muscular endurance. If you would like additional information about how running injuries can affect the feet and how to prevent them, it is suggested that you confer with a podiatrist. 

All runners should take extra precaution when trying to avoid injury. If you have any concerns about your feet, contact Mack Jay Groves IV, DPM of Practice. Our doctor will treat your foot and ankle needs.

How to Prevent Running Injuries

There are a lot of mistakes a runner can make prior to a workout that can induce injury. A lot of athletes tend to overstretch before running, instead of saving those workouts for a post-run routine. Deep lunges and hand-to-toe hamstring pulls should be performed after a workout instead of during a warmup. Another common mistake is jumping into an intense routine before your body is physically prepared for it. You should try to ease your way into long-distance running instead of forcing yourself to rush into it.

More Tips for Preventing Injury

  • Incorporate Strength Training into Workouts - This will help improve the body’s overall athleticism
  • Improve and Maintain Your Flexibility – Stretching everyday will help improve overall performance
  • “Warm Up” Before Running and “Cool Down” Afterward – A warm up of 5-10 minutes helps get rid of lactic acid in the muscles and prevents delayed muscle soreness
  • Cross-Training is Crucial
  • Wear Proper Running Shoes
  • Have a Formal Gait Analysis – Poor biomechanics can easily cause injury

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in Covington, LA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Wednesday, 22 March 2023 00:00

Heel Pain Can Be Treated!

Do you suffer from heel pain when you get up in the morning? If so, you should seek the professional help of your podiatrist and have a proper diagnosis performed. Heel pain can be caused by several different foot-related conditions.

Many people work in jobs that have them standing, walking, and even running on their feet for long periods on surfaces that may be slippery. In such cases, having footwear with non-slip soles can help to prevent pain, injury, and falls. The Centers for Disease Control has found that trips, slips, and falls are the third most common type of non-fatal workplace injury. Experts say that a slip-resistant shoe can help to reduce the chances of injury on the job. These shoes should have rubber soles and deep treads that improve the grip on the floor. Rubber offers more friction between the shoe and the floor, which decreases the chances of a slip or fall. Grooves in the sole of the shoe offer further gripping protection. But not all grooves are created equal. A pattern with grooves that are parallel can be less effective than one with a crisscross pattern. To find out more about the proper footwear for your job, it is suggested that you meet with a podiatrist. 

While working on the feet, it is important to take the proper care of them. For more information about working on your feet, contact Mack Jay Groves IV, DPM from Practice. Our doctor will treat your foot and ankle needs.

Working on Your Feet

Standing on your feet for long periods of time can cause stress and pain in your feet. Your whole body may experience change in terms of posture, back pain, bunions, callouses and or plantar warts. There are ways to avoid these conditions with proper foot care, smart choices and correct posture.

Positive Changes

Negative heeled shoe – Choosing this shoe type places the heel slightly lower than the ball of the foot. These are great for overall foot health. Find shoes that fit you correctly.

Go barefoot – Our feet were not designed to be enclosed for all hours of the day. Try to periodically expose your feet to air.

Eliminate Pain

Foot Exercises – Performing simple exercises, incorporating yoga and doing stretches are beneficial. This will allow increased blood flow to the area and muscles of the foot.

Achilles tendon – Stretching the foot out flat on the floor will relax the calf muscles and tendon. These exercises can be performed almost anywhere. Make sure you add these exercises to your daily regimen. 

With a little bit of this information and knowing more about foot health, you will notice changes. Foot stretches and proper footwear will help with pain and prevent further issues.

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

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Tuesday, 14 March 2023 00:00

Treatment for Severe Ankle Sprains

Most ankle sprains heal in roughly six weeks, and podiatrists recommend using the rest, ice, compression, and elevation method to help this process along. However, if someone sustains a more severe ankle sprain, termed as a Grade 3 sprain, more serious measures may be needed and healing may take longer. With a Grade 3 sprain, the ligament has been torn completely, and swelling is significant. The ankle is tender and black and blue. Motion is extremely limited, and bearing weight is out of the question. At this point, it is essential to have immediate medical help from a podiatrist. Because the joint is unstable, a cast, brace, or protective boot will likely be prescribed. Crutches also may be required. In addition, a series of exercises to increase strength and help reduce the chances of a re-injury is generally suggested. If you have experienced a severe ankle sprain, it is suggested that you visit a podiatrist as soon as possible.

Ankle sprains are common but need immediate attention. If you need your feet checked, contact Mack Jay Groves IV, DPM from Practice. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

How Does an Ankle Sprain Occur?

Ankle sprains take place when the ligaments in your ankle are torn or stretched beyond their limits. There are multiple ways that the ankle can become injured, including twisting or rolling over onto your ankle, putting undue stress on it, or causing trauma to the ankle itself.

What Are the Symptoms?

  • Mild to moderate bruising
  • Limited mobility
  • Swelling
  • Discoloration of the skin (depending on severity)

Preventing a Sprain

  • Wearing appropriate shoes for the occasion
  • Stretching before exercises and sports
  • Knowing your limits

Treatment of a Sprain

Treatment of a sprain depends on the severity.  Many times, people are told to rest and remain off their feet completely, while others are given an air cast. If the sprain is very severe, surgery may be required.

If you have suffered an ankle sprain previously, you may want to consider additional support such as a brace and regular exercises to strengthen the ankle.

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

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Tuesday, 07 March 2023 00:00

Two Types of Achilles Tendon Injuries

The function of the Achilles tendon is to connect the calf muscles to the heel, and there are two common types of Achilles tendon injuries. Small tears that develop in the tendon from overuse are classified as Achilles tendinopathy and may also be referred to as Achilles tendonitis. If a complete tear occurs, it can indicate an Achilles tendon rupture which is often accompanied by intense pain and discomfort. The latter type of injury is caused by a sudden motion that puts stress on the calf muscle, such as twisting during an intense activity. People who enjoy participating in running and jumping activities can experience an Achilles tendon rupture, and many methods can be implemented can help to prevent this. Achilles tendinopathy can happen gradually from pushing off, or from stop and go motions. Resting the foot and stopping the activity that caused the injury is often the beginning of treatment. If you have either type of injury, it is suggested that you consult with a podiatrist who can help you to manage the condition.

Achilles tendon injuries need immediate attention to avoid future complications. If you have any concerns, contact Mack Jay Groves IV, DPM of Practice. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and 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 create immense 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 injuries 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, which can include an MRI. Treatment involves 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

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office located in Covington, LA . We offer the newest diagnostic tools and technology to treat your foot and ankle needs.

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