Posts for tag: Dr. Eric Polansky
A very common injury to a person’s lower extremities is a called a shin split. A shin splint causing pain on the front of the leg, or in the shin area. Most patients state that the pain starts out bearable and slowly gets worse. Some people also have small bumps along their shins. Shin splints are small tears in the muscle along the front of leg caused by stress or trauma. Runners and athletes are the most common group of people to experience shins splints. People who have flat feet are also more likely to experience this issue. Treating a shin splint early is key to keep this issue from becoming something more serious like a stress fracture.
Shin splints are often caused by running or standing for long periods of time on hard surfaces. Without proper shoe gear, the stress can cause small tears in the muscles around the shin. Some ways to prevent shin splints from happening to you are make sure you wear supportive shoes, proper shoe gear, and stretch. People with flat feet or high arches are more likely to have this issue due to the stress put on their feet already. Wearing orthotics while working out or standing can help ease some of this pressure. If you think you might be suffering from shin splints, give our office a call. An ultrasound is an easy way to diagnosis the problem.
With summer fast approaching, many people are breaking out their flips flops. While flips flops are immensely popular, they are one of the worst shoe type that you can wear. Some doctors feel that they can wear one every once awhile, but all doctors agree that they should not be a shoe staple for you or your wardrobe.
Flip flops offer little to no support to your foot. This can lead to heel pain, bone spurs, tendonitis and fallen arches. All of these conditions can lead to months of rehabilitation. A more common condition associated with flip flops are blisters. While blisters are painful, unless you have other underlying conditions, like diabetes or Raynaud’s that will only keep you on the bench for a day or two.
Many doctors see injuries like puncture wounds, broken toes, ripped off toenails, sprained ankles or torn tendons. Flips flops offer no protection to the top of the foot which leaves it open to many outside elements. Every summer, Emergency Room doctors see numerous flip flop related injuries. Podiatrists recommend either sandals with a covering and stable arch, or another popular shoe type, the Croc.
A daily workout is a great way to improve and maintain your overall health. However, working out can be painful on your feet, knees and joints. The best way to get your workout in and not do damage to your body, is to be get a great pair of workout shoes. Many issues can arise from having shoes that do not offer the support that your body needs. Improper shoes can cause heel pain, shin splits and possibly stress fractures. All of these are things that can take time off your workout routine.
The first thing to do is get a shoe for the activity you do most. Many trainers and doctors agree that it might be best to get a pair of workout shoes for each activity. For example, if you run most of the time for a workout, then get a great pair of running shoes, and another great pair for all other activities. This helps offer you the support that you really need for each activity.
It is best to keep in mind that your feet swell during the day and especially when you are doing activities like running and walking. Never get a pair of shoes that are too tight or that cannot offer you some room for your feet to expand. This can lead to blisters or stress fractures as it puts pressure on the foot.
The last thing to keep in mind is to know when to change your shoes. Workout shoes tend to wear out faster than other shoes due to the amount of movement that is done in them. You may need to buy workout shoes more often than your other shoes, and that is completely normal. If you would like general checkup of your foot health, give our office a call today!
A common ailment we see here at Advanced Foot and Ankle Care are diabetic foot ulcers. A diabetic foot ulcer is an open wound on the foot, ankle, or lower leg. The most common spot for an ulcer is on the bottom of the foot. There are several factors that lead to an ulcer forming. They are typically caused by friction, but other factors such as alcohol consumption, smoking and being overweight also play a role in their development. Many people with diabetes also have neuropathy, a condition that dulls the feeling to their feet and/or legs. Since they cannot feel the rubbing of shoes, socks, or whatever else maybe causing friction to their feet, they do not feel the initial break in the skin that leads to the ulcer.
Diabetic foot ulcers are treatable, but they are often difficult to get rid of, and they pose a large risk for infection. The best thing to do is to check your feet daily for cuts or redness. Redness could be a sign of rubbing against the skin that could turn into an open wound. If you are diabetic and would like to have your feet checked for any areas of concern when it comes to ulcer formation, please call our office to set up an appt today.
One of the most common appointment types we see here at Advanced Foot and Ankle Care is the checkup. It is also the most cancelled or missed appointment. There is a common misconception that checkups do not matter. Checkups are just as important as procedures and regular testing.
We see many diabetic patients and while they are great at checking their blood sugar, they may not be the best at keeping those regular weekly or monthly check up appointments. Young adults are also guilty of thinking that their younger age will allow them to heal quickly and not need to return. The doctor wants you to come back for your check up to keep an eye on any issues that may occur. This is especially true if you have an in office procedure. No matter the age, keeping your checkup appointments the best way to stay on top of any issues that may emerge. I cannot count the number of times I have had a patient cancel a checkup appointment only to call back a few weeks later with the same issue.
Keeping and showing up to your checkup appointments can keep you from having a more serious, costly issue down the road. It allows the doctor make to sure that you are healing as quickly and as well as possible. I also can allow for them to make sure that the plan of care they are currently using is optimal for you and your issues.