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October 2020

When an injury occurs, a runner may feel disappointment at not being able to to run. Common foot problems among runners can include plantar fasciitis and Achilles tendon injuries. There are methods that can be implemented which may help to prevent running injuries. These consist of participating in a strength training routine, which can help muscles become stronger by lifting weights. When the hip abductors are properly trained, the risk of enduring an injury may be diminished. Additionally, it is beneficial to have your running style assessed, as this may help to improve posture. For more information about how to prevent running injuries, it is suggested that you speak with a podiatrist.

Exercising your feet regularly with the proper foot wear is a great way to prevent injuries. If you have any concerns about your feet, contact Frank Henry, DPM of Victoria and Marble Falls, TX. Our doctor will treat your foot and ankle needs.

How to Prevent Running Injuries

Many common running injuries are caused by overuse and overtraining. When the back of the kneecap starts wearing out and starts causing pain in your knee, this is commonly referred to as runner’s knee. Runner’s knee is a decrease in strength in your quadriceps and can occur if you’re not wearing properly fitted or supporting shoes. To prevent runner’s knee, focusing on hip strengthening is a good idea, as well as strengthening your quads to keep the kneecaps aligned.

What Are Some Causes of Running Injuries?
- One cause of a common running injury is called iliotibial band syndrome.
- Plantar fasciitis is also another common injury.
- Stress fractures can occur from overtraining, lack of calcium, or even your running style.

Best Ways to Prevent Running Injuries
- Wear footwear that fits properly and suits your running needs.
- Running shoes are the only protective gear that runners have to safeguard them from injury.
- Make a training schedule. Adding strengthening exercises as well as regular stretching can help keep you strong and limber and can lessen the possibility of injuries.
- Stretching keeps muscles limber; this will help you gain better flexibility.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our offices located in Victoria and Marble Falls, TX. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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If you are suffering from tenderness, pain, or stiffness in the joints of your feet or ankles, call us to schedule an appointment.

The medical procedure that is known as shockwave therapy may be helpful in monitoring chronic foot pain. Shockwave therapy is a type of non-invasive therapy which may accelerate the healing process. It is administered by a machine that delivers high-energy sound waves. This procedure generally causes little or no pain, in addition to minimal time missed from work and other activities. The conditions that are commonly treated with shockwave therapy can include plantar fasciitis, ankle discomfort, and general foot pain. If you are suffering with chronic foot pain, it is strongly suggested that you are under the care of a podiatrist who can discuss the benefits of shockwave therapy with you.

Shockwave therapy is a treatment commonly used to treat various injuries and conditions, particularly plantar fasciitis in the feet. To learn more, consult with Frank Henry, DPM from Victoria and Marble Falls, TX. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Shockwave Therapy

Shockwave therapy is a new treatment option designed to treat bone conditions such as tennis elbow, shoulder pain, and others. Shockwave therapy uses high intensity sound waves that are directed to the affected tissues of the body with pinpoint accuracy. The effects are very beneficial, leading to a production of collagen fibers, eliminating inflammation.

Who Benefits from Shockwave?

Shockwave is recommended for patients suffering from heel pain and associated problems. Heel pain is a common condition which can be caused by obesity, overexertion, and spending a substantial amount of time on hard floors with your feet exposed and unsupported.

Fast and Easy

The therapy is actually a simple process that can leave patients feeling better the very next day. Shockwave therapy is not as dramatic as it sounds. It enables more blood flow to effected areas, addressing the source of the problem and allowing treatment to last for a long time.

Treatment & Recovery Time

Shockwave treatment will enable your feet to recover quickly. This is especially important since surgery is not required. It is cost effective and does not require the use of anesthesia. This treatment is a better option to surgery, since it is proven safe.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our offices located in Victoria and Marble Falls, TX. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Monday, 12 October 2020 00:00

Do I Have a Stress Fracture?

Shin splints and stress fractures can often be mistaken for one another. Stress fractures are tiny cracks in the bones, while shin splints can cause pain in the tendons, muscles, and tissues surrounding the shin bone, also known as the tibia. Stress fractures are often caused by overuse or repetitive force, which is why it is fairly common among runners. Long-distance running, as well as repeated jumping, can lead to a stress fracture, as well as weaken the bones due to osteoporosis. For more information on how to treat stress fractures, and help on differentiating them from shin splints, please speak with a podiatrist.

Activities where too much pressure is put on the feet can cause stress fractures. To learn more, contact Frank Henry, DPM from Victoria and Marble Falls, TX. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep your pain free and on your feet.

Dealing with Stress Fractures of the Foot and Ankle

Stress fractures occur in the foot and ankle when muscles in these areas weaken from too much or too little use.  The feet and ankles then lose support when walking or running from the impact of the ground. Since there is no protection, the bones receive the full impact of each step. Stress on the feet can cause cracks to form in the bones, thus creating stress fractures.

What Are Stress Fractures?

Stress fractures occur frequently in individuals whose daily activities cause great impact on the feet and ankles. Stress factors are most common among:

  • Runners                                  
  • People affected with Osteoporosis
  • Tennis or basketball players
  • Gymnasts
  • High impact workouts

Symptoms

Pain from the fractures occur in the area of the fractures and can be constant or intermittent. It will often cause sharp or dull pain with swelling and tenderness. Engaging in any kind of activity which involves high impact will aggravate pain.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our offices located in Victoria and Marble Falls, TX. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Monday, 05 October 2020 00:00

Defining and Treating Plantar Fasciitis

One common source of heel pain is plantar fasciitis, which occurs when the plantar fascia, the tissue connecting the heel to the bottom of the foot, is inflamed. Common symptoms of plantar fasciitis include sharp heel pain, pain after resting, heel tenderness, pain while flexing, and tingling or burning in the bottom of the foot. Upon experiencing symptoms, it is important to visit a podiatrist. During the exam, a podiatrist will examine any swelling, tenderness and pain points. After the examination, your podiatrist will suggest a variety of treatment options that can include rest, orthotics, stretching, icing, and massages. Medicine may also be prescribed. If you think that you are suffering from plantar fasciitis, it is suggested that you visit a podiatrist.

Plantar fasciitis can be very painful and inconvenient. If you are experiencing heel pain or symptoms of plantar fasciitis, contact Frank Henry, DPM  from Victoria and Marble Falls, TX. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

What Is Plantar Fasciitis?

Plantar fasciitis is the inflammation of the thick band of tissue that runs along the bottom of your foot, known as the plantar fascia, and causes mild to severe heel pain.

What Causes Plantar Fasciitis?

  • Excessive running
  • Non-supportive shoes
  • Overpronation
  • Repeated stretching and tearing of the plantar fascia

How Can It Be Treated?

  • Conservative measures – anti-inflammatories, ice packs, stretching exercises, physical therapy, orthotic devices
  • Shockwave therapy – sound waves are sent to the affected area to facilitate healing and are usually used for chronic cases of plantar fasciitis
  • Surgery – usually only used as a last resort when all else fails. The plantar fascia can be surgically detached from the heel

While very treatable, plantar fasciitis is definitely not something that should be ignored. Especially in severe cases, speaking to your doctor right away is highly recommended to avoid complications and severe heel pain. Your podiatrist can work with you to provide the appropriate treatment options tailored to your condition.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our offices located in Victoria and Marble Falls, TX. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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