Tuesday, 16 July 2024 00:00

Foot and ankle injuries are common among ultramarathon runners, yet research shows that these injuries are not significantly influenced by arch type or foot strike pattern. Whether a runner has a high arch, flat feet, or uses a forefoot or heel strike, the occurrence of injuries remains relatively constant. Instead, most ultramarathon runners prioritize comfort when selecting their footwear. Comfortable shoes help reduce fatigue and support long-distance running, playing a vital role in preventing injuries. This focus on comfort allows runners to maintain performance and endurance, minimizing the risk of overuse injuries. If you have endured a foot or ankle injury while preparing for the marathon, it is suggested that you consult a chiropodist who can treat any foot condition, and guide you on proper shoe selection.

Injuries to the foot and ankle are very common among athletes. If you have experienced an injury, please consult with Chiropodist Stephanie Poupore from North Bay Foot & Ankle. Our clinician will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment. 

Common Injuries Among Athletes: 

  • Achilles tendon injuries

  • Ankle strains or sprains

  • Plantar fasciitis

  • Fractures

  • Turf toe 

  • Joint dislocations

  • Sever’s disease

  • Morton’s neuroma

Symptoms

Symptoms will depend on the cause and severity of the injury. Common symptoms for a foot or ankle injury include pain, swelling, tenderness, bruising, a reduced range of motion, and difficulty bearing weight or walking on the affected foot or ankle. 

Diagnosis

Sports injuries are typically diagnosed after carefully examining the affected foot or ankle. This includes moving the injured area to test its range of motion. Medical history will need to be provided, as well as detailed information about how the injury occurred. Imaging studies, such as X-rays or MRIs, may be used to confirm or rule out certain diagnoses. 

Treatment

Just like symptoms, treatment will depend on the type of injury and its severity. Initial treatment for many sports injuries is aimed at controlling inflammation and promoting the healing response. The acronym R.I.C.E is a helpful guide to implement for most acute injuries. This method involves resting, icing, compressing, and elevating the affected foot or ankle. In addition, anti-inflammatory medications may be administered and orthotic devices may be prescribed. For more severe injuries, surgery may be required. Lastly, rehabilitation or physical therapy may be needed to gain full functionality in the afflicted area.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Friday, 12 July 2024 00:00

Plantar warts are small growths that develop on parts of the feet that bear weight. They're typically found on the bottom of the foot. Don't live with plantar warts, and call us today!

Tuesday, 09 July 2024 00:00

Finding the right pair of running shoes is key to enjoying a comfortable and injury-free run. Start by understanding your foot shape and width, as well as the type of terrain you'll be running on. Different surfaces, such as roads, tracks, or trails, require specific running shoes to provide the necessary support and cushioning. Knowing your pronation type, or how your foot rolls when you walk or run, is also important. A chiropodist can conduct a gait analysis to determine your pronation type and suggest the possible use of orthotics. Proper fit of running shoes includes ensuring extra toe room. Also, your running shoes should be about a half size larger than your regular shoes to accommodate foot expansion during long runs. The shoe should be snug but not too tight. With various widths available, you can find a shoe that matches your foot's dimensions. Also, consider the weight of both the shoe and your body. Heavier runners may need more supportive shoes, while all runners benefit from lighter shoes for greater comfort over long distances. Try shoes on in the evening, when your feet are naturally slightly larger, and wear proper running socks for a better fit. If you suffer from foot pain after running, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a chiropodist for an exam and treatment options.

The right running shoes can sometimes be difficult to find. With so many options on the market, it’s important to know the unique needs of your feet prior to buying running shoes. If you require assistance, please consult with Chiropodist Stephanie Poupore from North Bay Foot & Ankle. Our clinician can help you maintain the health of your lower limbs and your mobility. 

When looking for running shoes, take into consideration:

  • The type of running you will be doing

  • The terrain you plan to run on

  • Your gait or running pattern

  • Your arch type 

  • Other unique foot needs

A chiropodist can help by examining your feet and your gait to determine what types of shoes may be best for you. Some runners may require motion control shoes, which prevent your foot from rolling too far inward while you run. Others may need stability shoes, which offer more balance, cushioning, and support. When shopping for shoes, make sure that they are the right size, fit comfortably, and are made of breathable materials. 

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Tuesday, 02 July 2024 00:00

An ingrown toenail occurs when the edge of a toenail grows into the surrounding skin, leading to pain, swelling, and sometimes infection. Common causes include improper nail trimming, where nails are cut too short or at an angle, tight footwear that places pressure on the toes, and injuries to the nail. Additionally, some individuals have naturally curved toenails, which increases the likelihood of developing ingrown toenails. To prevent this condition, it is important to trim toenails straight across, avoiding rounded edges. Wearing shoes that fit well and provide ample toe room can also help. Keeping feet clean and dry reduces the risk of infection. An ingrown toenail generally causes pain and discomfort. If you have a painful ingrown toenail, it is suggested that you visit a chiropodist who can successfully treat this ailment.

Ingrown toenails may require medical attention. If you have significant pain or notice signs of infection from an ingrown toenail, please consult with Chiropodist Stephanie Poupore from North Bay Foot & Ankle. Our clinician will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment. 

What Is an Ingrown Toenail? 

An ingrown toenail occurs when the edges of a toenail grow into the surrounding skin. The toenails of the big toe are usually affected, however, an ingrown toenail can happen on any toe. Sometimes, the area can become infected leading to potentially serious complications. The ingrown toenail may be caused by improper trimming of the toenail, wearing ill-fitting shoes, or injury to the nail.

Symptoms

The symptoms of an ingrown toenail include: 

  • Pain

  • Swelling

  • Redness

  • Warmth

  • Pus or drainage from the affected nail or a fever may indicate an infection of the area. 

Treatment

Treatment depends on the severity of the ingrown toenail. In less severe cases, home treatment may be adequate. Soaking the affected foot in warm water and gently lifting the nail from the skin with a piece of clean cotton can help. In more severe cases, you may need to use topical or oral antibiotics to treat an infection. Surgical removal of the ingrown toenail may be required if more conservative treatments fail. 

Ingrown toenails may be prevented by wearing well-fitted shoes and properly trimming the toenails. Toenails should be trimmed straight across and not too short when using nail clippers. 

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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