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Posts for tag: tendonitis

By Affiliated Foot & Ankle Care
March 23, 2016
Tags: heel pain   tendonitis   blisters   calluses   corns  

Spring is in the air and that means more people are going to be looking to bring their exercise routines out of hibernation and start getting in shape. Often overlooked, however, are prepping your feet for your fitness routine. According to the American Podiatric Medical Association, not properly caring for your feet during fitness activities is a contributing factor in more than 300 foot ailments. These include common and not so common conditions, such as: blisters, calluses, corns, heel pain, Achilles tendonitis, sesamoiditis, stress fractures and many more.

Getting Fit Without Hurting Your Feet

At Affiliated Foot & Ankle Care, we recommend that patients come in for a podiatric check up before beginning a new exercise routine. After examining your feet and ankles, our podiatrist, Dr. Varun Gujral and Dr. Nrupa Shah will be able to diagnose new conditions and checking on previously existing ones. Knowing certain “weak spots” in your feet will help you make informed decisions on the type of activity best suited to your body as well as special shoe needs. If you have flat feet, for example, you will need athletic shoes that have strong arch support to prevent injury.  Some other ways that you can ensure good health for your feet when you exercise are:

  • Buy shoes specifically designed for the sport or activity you are doing. It’s worth investing a little extra and buying good quality shoes from a specialty store that understands fitness needs for your feet.
  • Always take the time to warm up properly before beginning your workout. This means stretching your calf, Achilles tendon and toes.
  • Listen to your feet while you are working out. If they start to hurt, stop. Pain is never normal!

If you would like more information about fitness and your feet, make an appointment at our Edison, Monroe or Monmouth Junction office by calling: 732-662-3050.

Even though it has been rainy the past few weeks here in New Jersey, springtime weather will be here before we know it! Memories of spring remind us of blooming flowers, farmers’ markets, and… you guessed it! New shoes! Ok, so it might not have been the first thing that comes to mind, but it’s true. We replace our heavier, warmer winter shoes for lighter springtime sneakers. As the weather transitions, so does what we put on our feet! While it is certainly exciting to be wearing those new heels, we can’t forget that what we put on our feet’s main job isn’t just to look stylish, but to provide the necessary support as well.

Too often, our shoes simply cannot support our feet. This is where a podiatrist can help. Custom orthotics in your new springtime shoes will help you keep the spring in your step this spring. Many common foot problems can be alleviated with the help of a custom fit orthotic. Some examples of where an orthotic can help are: plantar fasciitis, tendonitis, diabetic foot ulcers, bursitis, or many different types of foot, ankle, and heel pain!

Frequently, we wear shoes that don’t provide the support that our feet desperately need to function painlessly. It’s easy to be tempted to buy the cheap shoe inserts we see at the drugstore. The problem is that everyone’s feet are different and these shoe inserts do not properly address your foot’s specific needs.  Your podiatrist can determine if custom orthotics are right for you before you waste your money buying cheap shoe-inserts at the big-box store. Here at Affiliated Foot and Ankle Care, we examine your feet and the way that you walk thoroughly to insure you are made the perfect orthotic to fit your needs. We talk to you about your unique needs to design a custom orthotic that is perfect for you. So, keep the spring in your step this spring, and make an appointment with your local podiatrist at Affiliated Foot and Ankle Care in Edison and Monroe NJ today!

Nrupa Shah

 

In your calf there are deep layers of muscles; one of these muscles is known as the tibialis posterior muscle. The tendon of this muscle attaches the muscle to the bones on the inside of the foot. This tendon functions to support the arch of the foot, and to support the foot while walking.  If the tendon simply becomes inflamed, you will most likely be diagnosed with posterior tibial tendonitis. In some occasions the tendon can actually tear. A posterior tibial tear is the most common reason for an adult’s flatfoot.

The common symptoms of this tendonitis include pain on the inside of the foot and ankle, this area may also be swollen, and the pain will get worse with activities like walking or running. Sometimes there can also be pain on the outside of the ankle due to the heel bone shifting outwards due to the inflammation of this tendon. This injury is common in runners, basketball players and tennis players. Also women are more likely to get this than men, and people over the age of 40 are at a higher risk for developing this.

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms it is important to make an appointment with a podiatrist at Affiliated Foot and Ankle Care in Edison and Monroe NJ to get a proper diagnosis. Your doctor will do a few things to confirm this diagnosis; they will look for swelling in the indicated area, a change in shape of the foot due to the heel bone moving and a very important test they will do is ask you to stand on your tip toes on one let at a time. When this tendon is healthy anyone should be able to do that without a problem, but when there is tendonitis trying to do this will be painful and most likely won’t be able to do it.

After a diagnosis is made your podiatrist will recommend rest, ice and Tylenol to help with the pain and inflammation. Your doctor will also recommend custom orthotics to help relieve the stress off the tendon so it can heal. In severe cases steroid injections or braces may be required to help the tendon heal.

By: Varun Gujral