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Monday, 29 March 2021 00:00

Running, Warming Up And Cooling Down

The benefits of exercising generally affects the overall body. Preventing running injuries is important in keeping the body strong, and can be accomplished in several ways. These can include properly stretching and warming up before any running activity begins, and cooling down when it is completed. It is beneficial to practice running that coincides with your fitness level, and wearing shoes that fit correctly may help to prevent painful running injuries. Many people who enjoy running often find it is helpful to gradually increase the time, mileage, and type of running that is pursued. If you would like more information about how running injuries can affect the feet, and how to prevent them, please schedule a consultation with a podiatrist.

All runners should take extra precaution when trying to avoid injury. If you have any concerns about your feet, contact one of our podiatrists of New Jersey Foot & Ankle Centers. Our doctors 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 Oradell, NJ . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Sever’s disease, also known as calcaneal apophysitis, is an overuse injury of the growth plate in the heel. This condition is common among active children between the ages of 8 and 14. While the child is still growing, the growth plates in their heel bones are vulnerable to injury and inflammation. This is often caused by participating in repetitive activities that put excess strain on the heels, such as the running and jumping common in sports like soccer or basketball. Sever’s disease is also more common in children who are overweight, as the extra weight can put pressure on the heels. Symptoms of Sever’s disease include heel pain, swelling, and difficulty walking or bearing weight on the affected foot. If your child complains of heel pain, please seek the care of a podiatrist. 

Sever's disease often occurs in children and teens. If your child is experiencing foot or ankle pain, see one of our podiatrists from New Jersey Foot & Ankle Centers. Our doctors can treat your child’s foot and ankle needs.

Sever’s Disease

Sever’s disease is also known as calcaneal apophysitis, which is a medical condition that causes heel pain I none or both feet. The disease is known to affect children between the ages of 8 and 14.

Sever’s disease occurs when part of the child’s heel known as the growth plate (calcaneal epiphysis) is attached to the Achilles tendon. This area can suffer injury when the muscles and tendons of the growing foot do not keep pace with bone growth. Therefore, the constant pain which one experiences at the back of the heel will make the child unable to put any weight on the heel. The child is then forced to walk on their toes.

Symptoms

Acute pain – Pain associated with Sever’s disease is usually felt in the heel when the child engages in physical activity such as walking, jumping and or running.

Highly active – Children who are very active are among the most susceptible in experiencing Sever’s disease, because of the stress and tension placed on their feet.

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

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Wednesday, 17 March 2021 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.

Friday, 05 March 2021 18:29

Top Five Causes of Itchy Feet

itchyfeetThere’s a colloquial saying that itchy feet means you’re going to start a great journey soon. That’s definitely an appealing notion, but unfortunately, itchy feet typically just mean there’s something wrong with your feet. That’s why our podiatrists are here though! 

It’s important to take itchy feet seriously and figure out the issue before it turns into a major problem. 

That’s why we put together the top five common itchy foot ailments.

  1. Athlete’s foot is one of the most common culprits. This frustrating fungal infection causes itchiness between the toes, along with inflamed, scaly skin. This is one situation where scratching will definitely spread the fungal infection, so avoid scratching no matter how itchy it gets. Your podiatrist can help you find the right anti-fungal medication that will fight your foot fungus.

  2. Dry skin can make you itch everywhere, but particularly on your feet. Since your feet don’t produce natural oils like other parts of your body, they are particularly susceptible to drying out. Yet again, scratching dry, flaky feet can damage them, opening yourself up to dangerous bacterial infections. There are plenty of foot creams and hydrating lotions that you can get to help clear up dry skin issues. Check with our podiatrists to find the best solution.

  3. Sunburns can damage the skin on your feet badly, leaving them itchy and painful. Going barefoot during the hot months or wearing flip-flops exposes your skin to the sun’s harsh rays. Sunscreen is an incredibly important tool, especially in the hotter months - apply often! If you are suffering from a sunburn, calamine lotion and can help relieve the itchiness. For incredibly severe sunburns, check with your doctor immediately for relief.

  4. Chilblains can cause itchy red swelling on your toes. Almost the opposite of a sunburn, chilblains develop during cold, wet weather. When your toes are cold, the surface blood vessels narrow. If they warm up too quickly, those blood vessels can’t cope, causing blood to leak into the surrounding tissues. Calamine lotion can also soothe chilblains, but if they don’t clear up within a week, you should come in to see our podiatrists ASAP.

  5. Diabetic neuropathy occurs when high blood sugar levels cause nerve damage in your extremities. Your feet may start to itch from damaged nerve fibers in your skin’s outer layers, or you might experience severe burning or shooting pains or tingling in your feet. If you are diabetic, you should regularly check in with our podiatrists to prevent common issues like ulcers and neuropathy and to keep your feet healthy. If you suspect you’re developing diabetic neuropathy, consult with your doctor to discuss diabetic management.

High quality care for your feet

No matter the source of your itch, New Jersey Foot & Ankle Centers is here to help! Our dedicated foot care specialists, Dr. Daniel MargolinDr. Justin Donovan, and Dr. Alandra Greenlee, provide the best foot care and use advanced technologies to ensure that your feet can stay strong and healthy! Whether you have a fungal infectionheel pain, or have an injury that needs therapy, we are here to walk beside you to health and recovery! Book an appointment with our trusted New Jersey podiatrists by calling (201)261-9445 today! Telemedicine video appointments are available!

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