Posts for tag: Stress Fractures

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.

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.

There are many different types of athletes in the world--runners, swimmers, basketball and football players, ballerinas and the list goes on and on. But running can be incorporated into ANY sport; for the most part. Your every day runner may disagree by saying it is its own sport, but that’s for another discussion. Alan Webb, world record holder of the 1-mile run (at 3:46.91) recently stated that he is going to transition from track and field to triathlon running.

A triathlon competition consists of the athlete completing three tasks in succession of one another and it usually starts with a swim followed by cycling and is completed by a long-distance run. As podiatrists, we are highly concerned with the long-distance running. Any type of running over long periods of time always puts athletes at higher risk for such things as shin splints, ankle sprains, and even more commonly stress fractures. Stress fractures are seen mostly in the metatarsal bones of the foot. There are many things; however, the athlete can do to prevent any of these from occurring with the most important being proper training. It’s extremely important that an athlete gradually increases their training (or mileage) rather than starting off running a triathlon for their first part of training. Many athletes sadly do this and can sustain the aforementioned injuries. If any of these injuries have happened to you please do not hesitate to call your local podiatrists at Affiliated Foot and Ankle Care located in Monroe and Edison, NJ. Treatment of these conditions consists mainly of rest, ice, compression, and elevation. Sometimes athletes may need to be put in a walking boot for an extended period of time to make sure the fracture is healed completely. Very rarely will surgery be performed as these injuries prove to be fairly benign.

The first modern triathlon event was the Hawaiian Ironman Triathlon which consists of a 2.4-mile swim, a 112-mile bike, and a marathon run of 26.219 miles. While Mr. Webb did not say in his interview which type of triathlon (sprint, intermediate, long, or ultra) he is planning on doing, I’m sure either of them will be extremely challenging.

By Varun Gujral

By Varun Gujral
August 06, 2014
Category: Sports Injury

There’s a lot of people out there who hear the word “run” and instantly moan and groan because they don’t like to do it and they continue these efforts until the “run is over--and that is just the warm-up run! Is it possible, however, that those people would be more inclined to run if they knew they were adding years to their lives? Would they be more inclined to run if they knew all they HAD to run was that warm-up run and that’s it? I think so! As podiatrists, we stress healthy eating and exercising to most, if not all, of our patients and of all the exercise regimens we recommend, running is definitely part of it...because after all, you have to use your feet!

A study that was recently published in in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology has stated that “running at a slow speed for just 5-10 minutes a day can significantly reduce mortality risk...any longer may actually do more harm than good”. The study also found that those who participated in the study were 45% less likely to die from cardiovascular causes compared to those who didn’t run. Cardiovascular disease is the most common cause of death among diabetic patients so this statistic is remarkable in the fact that such a little of an exercise can decrease mortality by almost half! Along with continuous running though, increases the chances of stress fractures throughout your foot so it’s imperative to wear proper shoe gear. It has been found that running increases a person’s body weight by 250% per heel strike. That is a lot considering a person’s foot is so small. If you have any questions at all about shoe gear or if you are experiencing any sort of heel pain due to running, please call your local podiatrists at Affiliated Foot and Ankle Care in Monroe and Edison, NJ.

Running is not always the most pleasurable of activities and, at times, it can even cause more harm than good but if helps decrease mortality rates and increase the number of years you get to spend with your family, why not give it a try?

By Varun Gujral

Of all the sports now-a-days, horse racing, in my opinion, is the last that comes to my mind when one is talking about injuries. It’s just rare, for example, to hear about the winningest jockey, Russell Baze to be out for the season due to a hip or foot injury. While this is not true, it is still common that jockeys get injured...and to quite an extent. Some often require hip surgery due to the repetitive standing in the stirrups while whipping the horse down the backstretch. With that said, foot position in the stirrups has caused some debate in the horse racing world. A topic that has recently gained some attention is whether it’s safer to have just the ball of the foot in the stirrups or to have your weight supported by the arch of the foot?

It has been proclaimed that the manufacturing of the stirrup has two flaws. One being the size of the stirrup. If it is too large for the rider, the foot has an increased chance of slipping through causing the jockey’s foot to be wedged in. This is extremely dangerous in that if the rider falls he/she will be trapped and potentially dragged by the horse. Second, the stirrup in general affects the health of the human foot. It’s said that at times, the entire weight of the human body is held up by the stirrup. Subsequently, this can cause a lot of strain to be applied to the lateral side of the foot; more precisely to the base of your fifth toe which is the site where two tendons attach to. Enough strain to this particular area increases the rider’s chances of getting stress fractures or even avulsion fractures. If you ride horses and if this happens to you, do not hesitate to make an appointment with your local podiatrists at Affiliated Foot and Ankle Care located in Edison and Monroe, NJ.

From basketball and lacrosse to horse racing and polo, there are injuries in every single sport being played today. Although it may be uncommon to hear about them, it’s still very important that all injuries are addressed the same no matter the sport. So, with the Triple Crown wrapping up in Elmont, New York this week on June 7th, if you’re in the area, try and stop by Belmont Park and place a bet...who knows, it just might be your lucky day!

 By Nrupa Shah