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The frequent rising on the toes of an aerobics routine often creates pain and tightness in the large muscles in the back of the legs, which can create pain and tightness in the calf and inflammation in the Achilles tendon. Again, stretching the calf muscles gently and gradually before and after the workout will ordinarily help alleviate the pain and stiffness.

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Common Running Injuries-Shin Splints

May 9th, 2017 by Mallory Snow

Aside from ankle sprains, shins splints are perhaps the most common injury to the lower body, as the muscles attached to the shin bone bring the foot up and down. The pain is usually an inflammation of the shin muscle and tendon due to stress fractures. Treat shin pain with cold compress immediately after a workout to reduce inflammation. Proper stretching before the workout should prevent the onset of shin splints. Strengthening of muscles also helps reduce shin splints.

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Common Running Injuries-Sesamoiditis

May 4th, 2017 by Mallory Snow

What is Sesamoiditis?

Sesamoids are sometimes referred to as the ball bearings of the foot. They are a set of accessory bones found beneath the large first metatarsal bone. Incredible forces are exerted on the sesamoid bones during aerobics, and inflammation and fractures can occur. Proper shoe selection and custom orthotic devices can be useful in treating sesamoiditis.

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Common Running Injuries-Heel Spurs

April 25th, 2017 by Mallory Snow

Heel spurs are a common injury that many runners experience along with plantar fasciitis. Below is a brief description of heel spurs, and how you may be available to avoid this uncomfortable injury.

Heel spur syndrome, related to plantar fasciitis, occurs after calcium deposits build up on the underside of the heel bone. Heel spurs form gradually over many months. Both plantar fasciitis and heel spurs can be avoided by proper warm-up that includes stretching the band of tissue on the bottom of the foot. The soft tissue injury is usually the cause of the pain, and not the spur itself. If you are having pain in this area of the foot, please give Blue Ridge Foot & Ankle a call!

Common Running Injuries-Plantar fasciitis

April 20th, 2017 by Mallory Snow

Common Running Injuries-Plantar fasciitis

Plantar fasciitis is a common injury that many runners experience. Below is a brief description of the injury, and what you may be able to do to prevent plantar fasciitis.
Plantar fasciitis (arch pain)—Arch Pain is often caused by frequent stress on the plantar aspect, or the bottom of the foot. When the plantar fascia, a supportive, fibrous band of tissue running from the heel to the ball of the foot, becomes injured, pain on the bottom results. Forefoot or rear-foot instability with excessive pronation may result in plantar fasciitis. Overtraining may contribute. Shoes with good mid-foot stability may prevent plantar fasciitis. If pain persists, visit us at Blue Ridge Foot & Ankle!

Colleen Law graduated from Temple University School of Podiatric Medicine in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and completed her residency at St. Luke’s University Health Network in Allentown, Pennsylvania. At St. Luke’s, she underwent extensive training in elective and reconstructive forefoot, rearfoot, and ankle surgery, as well as experience in wound care and diabetic limb salvage.

Prior to her medical education, Dr. Law attended Lehigh University, where she was a member of the cross country and track and field teams. Through this experience, she developed an interest in sports medicine, which led her to pursue a career in podiatry. In addition to her interest in sports medicine, she is also interested in elective and reconstructive foot and ankle surgery and diabetic limb salvage.

During her free time, Dr. Law enjoys spending time running and hiking with her husband Matt and vizsla.

Dr. Law is accepting new patients beginning July 17, 2017.

Blue Ridge Foot and Ankle Clinic Signs a New Doctor

March 21st, 2017 by Mallory Snow

The doctors of Blue Ridge Foot and Ankle Clinic are pleased to welcome a new colleague. Dr. Colleen Law will be joining the Blue Ridge Foot and Ankle’s team of podiatrists in July 2017. Dr Law is coming to the Blue Ridge Foot and Ankle Clinic from the exceptional and renowned podiatry foot and ankle surgical residency training program at St. Luke’s University Health Network in Allentown, Pennsylvania. We are busy getting ready for Dr Law’s arrival. Dr Law is accepting new patients beginning July 17, 2017.

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Foot Issues and Weight Loss

March 9th, 2017 by Mallory Snow

70 Million Americans are obese. Unfortunately, obesity aggravates foot problems, such as, heel pain and flat feet. To make matters worse, sore feet makes it harder for someone to exercise and lose weight. If a person is unable to exercise, obesity can worsen and can increase the progression of diabetes, heart disease, and other serious health threats and conditions.

Don’t let that stop you from losing weight! Foot and/or ankle pain should not stop a patient from exercising, but it is important to take the first step. Seek evaluation and treatment by a foot and ankle surgeon for any chronic, activity limiting foot and ankle problems, so you can stay compliant with any physician-directed exercise programs.

If you are moderately to severely overweight, a physical exam is mandatory and necessary prior to beginning an exercise program. Once you have been cleared to exercise, be sure you don’t try too much too soon. It is important that you ramp up your routine gradually so your body is able to adjust appropriately to the stress of consistent physical activity. If you are overweight, you should avoid high impact machines like treadmills to help minimize stress and pounding on joints.

If you are experiencing foot pain, it is important to remember that many causes can be relieved non-surgically. Stretching exercises, orthotics, and good athletic socks can all help alleviate foot pain. If you have a bunion, heal pain, or another condition that requires surgery, you can still be able to participate in exercise during recovery. Non-weightbearing exercises like riding a stationary bike, swimming, or weight training can all be done during this time.

If you have diabetes, shedding the excess weight can help you control your disease. You can still exercise, even if you have experienced a foot ulceration or vascular problem caused by diabetes. However, if you have diabetes, make sure you are receiving regular foot exams to check for sore spots and assess nerve sensation. Proper foot care and footwear can help you follow a safe and appropriate exercise regimen.

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Many athletes, who play winter sports as well as spring sports, are at a higher risk for incurring a sports-related injury. These athletes and parents of athletes are encouraged, by the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons, to play it safe and to take precautions to prevent foot and ankle injuries. These injuries can occur when going from indoor activities and sports to outdoor activities and sports.

There is a different set of concerns when athletes transition from the winter sports season to the spring season. Athletes are often moving from one playing surface to another and the varying impact can cause stress to the foot and ankle. In addition, transitioning from sport to sport can cause overuse injuries due to muscles and bones not having time to rest.

If you, or your child, plan to participate in spring sports or activities after participation through the winter, please consider these six tips. These tips will hopefully help prevent foot and/or ankle injuries:

1.Make sure to get a preseason checkup. This can help identify any concerns that might lead to injury.

2. Be sure to take it slow. Gradually increase practice time and don’t push too hard. Make sure the athlete’s feet and ankles become accustomed to the specific sport or activity. Conditioning is VERY important in order to stay injury free, and to improve performance.

3. Make sure shoes are appropriate and broken-in. Different sport require different gear. This includes shoes. Make sure they are well-fitting and broken-in. It is also important that they are designed for the specific sport or activity. This can improve performance and eliminate heel and toe discomfort.

4. Check technique. Be sure to notice changes in form and technique. This can signal that something is wrong. Pay close attention to favoring one side, or a limp.

5. Communicate openly about pain. Inform the coach if any pain or discomfort is experienced. This can help prevent overuse injuries that are often subtle and develop over time. The sooner an injury is detected, the sooner it can be resolved.

6. Don’t forget RICE. When a foot or ankle injury is noticed, it can often be resolved with REST, ICE, COMPRESSION, and ELEVATION. If pain occurs take a break and allow time for recovery. If pain and discomfort persists, give Blue Ridge Foot & Ankle Clinic a call!

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Your Risk of a Stress Fracture Increases in the Winter

February 1st, 2017 by Mallory Snow

In the cold winter months, it is important to be aware of your injury risks. Cold weather-related injuries are possible and it is important to take precautions, and know appropriate treatments for such injuries.

Believe it or not, many hospitals report a 500 percent increase in visits to the emergency room in the winter. Many of these visits are related to slips and falls. Stress fractures are a common injury in the winter and can make everyday activities uncomfortable, and even painful. If you do not treat a stress fracture it can lead to a complete break in the bone.

Many people ignore stress fractures because they often are unable to connect recent activity/accident and foot pain. Stress fractures can occur during relatively benign activities according to the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons. Athletes often have stress fractures due to repetitive activity, but slippery winter conditions can also lead to this type of injury. In addition, seasonal sports can also lead to foot-related injuries.

Knowing the signs and symptoms of a stress fracture is extremely important, so you can seek appropriate medical treatment and care. Symptoms of a stress fracture can include pain, swelling, redness, and bruising. The symptoms can subside when you stop activity. Often when you rest, the injury will feel better, but the pain typically returns once activity is resumed. If you are still having persistent pain, and other symptoms after resting, icing, and using an anti-inflammatory medication, it is important to see a specialist.

Once diagnosed, it is important to rest. You may even need to wear a surgical shoe or boot. A small percentage of patients may require surgery.

If you are experiencing symptoms of a stress fracture, please call Blue Ridge Foot & Ankle Clinic to set up an appointment!

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