Posts for: November, 2020
Learn more about the three most common foot and ankle injuries.
Whether you’re training for a marathon, a weekend warrior, or trying to keep your child injury-free while active this year, it’s important to speak with our New Hampshire, podiatrists Dr. Jeffrey Davis, Dr. Thomas Detwiller, and Dr. William McCann about ways to reduce your risk for injury. Of course, injuries can still happen. Here are the top three most common sports injuries we see here in Concord and Meredith, NH, and how to treat them,
This is the most common cause of heel pain, particularly in athletes (even though anyone can develop plantar fasciitis). It often appears over time as a result of overuse. The good news is that rest is the best way to heal this type of inflammatory sports injury. You can also manage it with ice, pain relievers, and bracing/wrapping the arches of your feet. If heel pain subsists or gets worse after a week, it’s a good idea to have your sports injuries evaluated by our Concord and Meredith, NH, foot doctors.
Another cause of heel pain, Achilles tendonitis also goes away with ample rest. You’ll be able to tell the difference between plantar fasciitis and Achilles tendonitis because the pain originates above the heelbone (the Achilles tendon) rather than below the heel bone (plantar fasciitis). You can easily treat this condition the same way you do plantar fasciitis. If symptoms persist or get worse, give us a call.
Ankles are surprisingly delicate, so it’s no surprise that ankle sprains and injuries are some of the most common sports injuries our Concord and Meredith, NH, podiatric team sees. Those who suddenly increase the type of intensity of their training, as well as those who have overworked or fatigued muscles are more prone to ankle sprains.
If you develop pain, tenderness, swelling, and limited range of motion in the ankle after an injury or fall, it’s important that you see your podiatrist for a proper diagnosis. Treatment will depend on the severity of your sprain, ranging from rest and icing to physical therapy and crutches.
If you are dealing with sports injuries here in Concord or Meredith, NH, it’s important that you have a foot care specialist who is there for you.
Call Affiliates in Podiatry at Concord, NH (603) 225-5281 and Meredith, NH at (603) 279-0330 to schedule an immediate evaluation.
Do I really have poor circulation in my feet?
It isn’t always easy to notice the warning signs of bad circulation. After all, it’s normal to feel a lack of sensation in your feet during cold winter days or to notice some aching and tiredness when standing for long periods of time; however, signs of poor circulation in the feet include:
- A “pins and needles” sensation in your feet
- Changes in the color of your feet
- Cold feet
- Numbness or tingling
What causes poor circulation in the feet?
There are many reasons that people may develop poor circulation in their feet as they get older. Some causes can’t be helped but others are due to health conditions or bad habits. Causes of poor circulation include:
- Age: As we get older most people will deal with some degree of decreased blood flow.
- Inactive lifestyle: If you lead a sedentary lifestyle you are more likely to deal with blood flow issues, especially as you get older. We see this most often in seniors who have mobility issues and can’t stay active.
- Overweight or obese: Being overweight or obese also puts a lot of stress on the body, causing the heart to work harder to pump out blood to the rest of the body including the feet.
- Smoking: Smoking restricts blood flow, which makes it more difficult for blood to reach the feet. Smoking can also increase your risk for deep vein thrombosis (DVT) and peripheral artery disease (PAD).
- Diabetes: Diabetes can increase your risk for inflammation, poor circulation, and even nerve damage in the feet (known as neuropathy). You must work with your doctor and a podiatrist to control your blood sugar to reduce your risk.