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Tuesday, 28 May 2024 00:00

Strong ankles are vital for runners to maintain stability, prevent injuries, and enhance performance. Incorporating specific exercises into your routine can help strengthen the muscles, ligaments, and tendons surrounding the ankles. Simple exercises like calf raises, where you lift your heels off the ground and lower them back down, target the calf muscles and improve ankle stability. Ankle circles are done by rotating your ankles in both directions, which can help to improve flexibility and range of motion. Additionally, balance exercises, such as single-leg stands or using a balance board, can enhance proprioception and strengthen the ankle-stabilizing muscles. Strengthening exercises, such as toe curls and marble pickups, focus on the muscles of the foot and can contribute to overall ankle strength and stability. By incorporating these exercises into your regular training regimen, you can help reduce the risk of ankle injuries while enjoying the benefits of running for improved health and fitness. If you have an ankle injury, it is suggested that you consult a podiatrist who can treat this condition and offer you future running injury prevention tips.

All runners should take extra precaution when trying to avoid injury. If you have any concerns about your feet, contact Dr. Stephen Petrofsky of Florida. 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 Port Charlotte, FL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Tuesday, 21 May 2024 00:00

Cuboid syndrome, though less common than other foot ailments, can cause significant discomfort and impairment in affected individuals. This condition occurs when the cuboid bone, located on the outer side of the foot, becomes displaced from its normal position within the foot's arch. The exact cause of cuboid syndrome is often attributed to overuse or repetitive stress, such as excessive running, jumping, or wearing poorly fitting shoes. Symptoms of cuboid syndrome typically include pain and tenderness along the outer edge of the foot, difficulty in walking or bearing weight, and limited range of motion in the ankle and midfoot. While cuboid syndrome is considered a rare injury, it is important to seek prompt medical attention if suspected, as delayed diagnosis and treatment can lead to prolonged discomfort and complications. Treatment options for cuboid syndrome may include rest, orthotics, and in severe cases, manipulation or mobilization techniques performed by a podiatrist to realign the cuboid bone and restore proper foot function. If you have pain in this part of your foot, it is suggested that you consult a podiatrist who can provide an accurate diagnosis and treatment.

Cuboid syndrome, also known as cuboid subluxation, occurs when the joints and ligaments near the cuboid bone in the foot become torn. If you have cuboid syndrome, consult with Dr. Stephen Petrofsky from Florida. Our doctor will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.

Cuboid syndrome is a common cause of lateral foot pain, which is pain on the outside of the foot. The condition may happen suddenly due to an ankle sprain, or it may develop slowly overtime from repetitive tension through the bone and surrounding structures.

Causes

The most common causes of cuboid syndrome include:

  • Injury – The most common cause of this ailment is an ankle sprain.
  • Repetitive Strain – Tension placed through the peroneus longus muscle from repetitive activities such as jumping and running may cause excessive traction on the bone causing it to sublux.
  • Altered Foot Biomechanics – Most people suffering from cuboid subluxation have flat feet.

Symptoms

A common symptom of cuboid syndrome is pain along the outside of the foot which can be felt in the ankle and toes. This pain may create walking difficulties and may cause those with the condition to walk with a limp.

Diagnosis

Diagnosis of cuboid syndrome is often difficult, and it is often misdiagnosed. X-rays, MRIs and CT scans often fail to properly show the cuboid subluxation. Although there isn’t a specific test used to diagnose cuboid syndrome, your podiatrist will usually check if pain is felt while pressing firmly on the cuboid bone of your foot.

Treatment

Just as the range of causes varies widely, so do treatments. Some more common treatments are ice therapy, rest, exercise, taping, and orthotics.

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

 

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Tuesday, 14 May 2024 00:00

Foot stretches offer a simple yet powerful way to improve flexibility, relieve tension, and prevent injuries. One effective stretch is the toe stretch, where you sit back on your heels, gently pressing your toes into the ground to stretch the top of the foot. Another beneficial stretch is the calf stretch, achieved by placing hands on a wall, stepping one foot back, and pressing the heel into the ground while keeping the back leg straight. Additionally, the plantar fascia stretch targets the sole of the foot, as you sit with one leg crossed over the other, gently pulling your toes back towards the shin. These stretches can alleviate discomfort caused by conditions like plantar fasciitis and Achilles tendonitis, while also enhancing overall foot mobility and function. Incorporating these stretches into your daily routine, especially before and after physical activity. If you are interested in learning more about specific foot stretches and how they can help relieve foot pain, it is suggested that you contact a podiatrist.

Stretching the feet is a great way to prevent injuries. If you have any concerns with your feet consult with Dr. Stephen Petrofsky from Florida. Our doctor will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.

Stretching the Feet

Stretching the muscles in the foot is an important part in any physical activity. Feet that are tight can lead to less flexibility and make you more prone to injury. One of the most common forms of foot pain, plantar fasciitis, can be stretched out to help ease the pain. Stretching can not only ease pain from plantar fasciitis but also prevent it as well. However, it is important to see a podiatrist first if stretching is right for you. Podiatrists can also recommend other ways to stretch your feet. Once you know whether stretching is right for you, here are some excellent stretches you can do.

  • Using a foam roller or any cylindrical object (a water bottle or soda can will do), roll the object under your foot back and forth. You should also exert pressure on the object. Be sure to do this to both feet for a minute. Do this exercise three times each.
  • Similar to the previous one, take a ball, such as a tennis ball, and roll it under your foot while seated and exert pressure on it.
  • Grab a resistance band or towel and take a seat. If you are using a towel, fold it length wise. Next put either one between the ball of your foot and heel and pull with both hands on each side towards you. Hold this for 15 seconds and then switch feet. Do this three times for each foot.
  • Finally hold your big toe while crossing one leg over the other. Pull the toe towards you and hold for 15 seconds. Once again do this three times per foot.

It is best to go easy when first stretching your foot and work your way up. If your foot starts hurting, stop exercising and ice and rest the foot. It is advised to then see a podiatrist for help.

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

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Sunday, 12 May 2024 00:00

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.

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