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Posts for tag: Shin Splints

By Affiliated Foot & Ankle Care
March 12, 2019
Category: Sports Injuries

March is National Athletic Training Month, and at Affiliated Foot & Ankle Care we want our patients to be aware of the important resources these health care professionals offer. Athletic trainers are found on sports fields and in professional settings like the physical therapist’s office. They play an important role in helping diagnose injuries related to exercise and sports and finding ways to decrease pain and make exercise more comfortable.

Overuse Injury Management

Many sports injuries, such as shin splints, Achilles tendonitis, and stress fractures are the result of overuse. Dramatically increasing the duration or intensity of an activity in a short period is often the cause of these types of injuries. If you have symptoms such as pain, swelling, inflammation, and difficulty bearing weight on one or both feet, an athletic trainer can evaluate you and may recommend that you see the podiatrist.

Our podiatrists, Dr. Varun Gujral, and Dr. Nrupa Shah may order imaging studies such as an x-ray, MRI or bone scan to get a complete picture of the condition of your foot, ankle or leg. The foot doctor will recommend the best treatment for you. The athletic trainer can help with recovery in a number of ways, including:

  • Modifying your training schedule to reduce stress to the affected area
  • Offer suggestions about the appropriate footwear for your activity
  • Help with flexibility and strength training for your lower extremity muscles
  • Discuss nutrition and ways to ensure you get enough calcium and vitamin D in your diet for strong bones
  • Devise cross-training programs that will help you maintain your fitness level while decreasing repetitive stress on your legs, feet, and ankles

Podiatrists and athletic trainers are partners in your podiatric health care. If you are experiencing pain or discomfort related to exercise or a sport, don’t delay. Contact our Edison, Monroe or Monmouth Junction office today by calling: 732-662-3050.

Winter brings many opportunities for outdoor fun and sports you can only do in snow and ice like skating, sledding, skiing, and snowboarding. At Affiliated Foot & Ankle Care, we want our patients to enjoy these activities but know that there are also risks that come along with them. Common podiatric injuries related to winter sports are sprains, fractures, and dislocations. Fortunately, you can prevent many winter sports injuries. Below are some tips for keeping your feet and ankles safe while enjoying cold-weather fun.

  • Know your sport. Improper technique can lead to injuries. If you are new to a skiing, snowboarding, skating or another winter sport, consider taking a lesson from a qualified instructor. Professionals can teach you basics about a sport, including something as important as how to fall to prevent fractures.
  • Know your limits. Choose an activity and intensity level that suits your current level of physical fitness. If you’ve been inactive for a long period, your muscles are likely to be unconditioned, and shin splints, ankle sprains and other damage to your lower extremities are more likely to occur.
  • Know how to prepare. Warming up is just as essential for cold weather sports as it is for indoor activities. Stretch and try a couple of slow runs or an easy skate or sled before tackling more rigorous activity.
  • Know what to wear. The right gear is important for comfort and safety. In particular, your footwear needs to be specifically designed for the sport you are doing and also properly fitted. You’ll want your feet to stay warm and dry and also to have good support for your ankles. If you have a chronic problem or deformities such as Achilles tendonitis or Haglund’s deformity, have one of our podiatrists, Dr. Varun Gujral, and Dr. Nrupa Shah conduct an examination of your feet and ankles. Ask the foot doctor for suggestions on how to best accommodate your foot problem in your sport.
  • Know what to do if you are injured. Always have a buddy with you and seek help promptly if you do sustain an injury. Contact our Edison, Monmouth Junction or Monroe office for non-emergent injuries or follow-ups by calling: 732-662-3050.
By Affiliated Foot & Ankle Care
January 30, 2019
Category: Fitness

Patients who make New Year’s resolutions to get in shape usually start very enthusiastically. However, often by the end of January, the sneakers are shoved in the back of the closet and dreams of getting fit have faded. At Affiliated Foot & Ankle Care, we have seen some common reasons why this occurs. Here are 3 reasons exercise plans fail and what to do to ensure that doesn’t happen:

  1. You chose the wrong program. It’s important to choose an exercise program that syncs up not only with your fitness goals but also with your current physical condition. If you’ve been inactive for a while, you need a program that starts slow and easy and then gradually increases in intensity and duration. Trying to go from zero to sixty in an exercise program is a fast track to burning out before you even get started.
  2. You didn’t get the proper footwear. Having the right shoes for the activity, you are doing can mean the difference between exercise success and failure. Today’s fitness shoes are designed to support your feet for the specific movement of a sport. Also, if you have a chronic podiatric condition or a toe deformity such as a bunion or hammertoe, you may need a special orthotic device to wear in your shoes to make exercise comfortable.
  3. You injured yourself. Not knowing how to execute a specific exercise, failure to stretch before and after working out or just doing too much too soon can result in injuries such as Achilles tendonitis, shin splints, and even stress fractures. Not only can an injury bring your exercise plan to a halt, it may make you nervous to try again, even after the injury has healed.

At the first sign of pain or discomfort when starting a new exercise routine, you should make an appointment at our Edison, Monroe ore Monmouth Junction office. Our podiatrists, Dr. Varun Gujral and Dr. Nrupa Shah will examine your feet and help you pinpoint the problem before it derails your exercise plan. Contact us today by calling: 732-662-3050.

Although the Boston Marathon was a few weeks ago, I thought it would be appropriate to pay tribute to those who completed the race; especially those whom were emotionally and physically affected by it secondary to the bombings two years prior. Not to single one person out and not to say one person was affected more than another, but it’s not every day you hear about an amputee running a race, a race that two years ago caused her to lose her leg—and she wasn’t even competing in it; she was spectating. Rebekah Gregory, 27, only ran the last 3.5 miles of the race although I’m sure she would have like to have run the entire 26.2 miles but because her doctor said her leg hadn’t healed completely that limited the distance she was allowed to run.

Rebekah was dressed in a bright pink shoe on her right foot and her left leg was fitted with a cheetah-printed prosthetic, which she calls “Felicia”. I cannot imagine the gratitude she must have felt even after completing only 1/8th of the race. I’m sure she would have been happy just to spectate again let alone cross the finish line. It’s stories like these that show us who the true fighters are in this world. She could have let the fact that she is an amputee hold her back from doing what she wanted to do but instead she fought back and decided to run in a race that changed her life forever, and she did so honorably. Not to steal the thunder from Mrs. Gregory but I wanted to touch on the use of proper shoe gear and training during marathon running—or running in general. It’s imperative that when training for a marathon, the athlete work up to comfortable distances rather than running a marathon to start their training. This will decrease the athlete’s chances of sustaining stress fractures and shin splints while training. On the same hand, runners need to wear proper-fitting shoes and make sure they are broken in and are not over on their mileage. According to Mizuno, most runners will get 250-300 miles of their shoes before they have to replace them. This is extremely important because the structure of the shoe begins to break down which means the integrity of the shoes breaks down as well. If you have any questions about shoe gear or have injured yourself while training for any kind of running event, please do not hesitate to call your local podiatrists at Affiliate Foot and Ankle Care in Monroe and Edison, NJ.

We commend Mrs. Gregory and wish her the best for her and her family!

By Varun Gujral