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By Dr. Frost
July 18, 2013
Category: Announcements

We are excited to announce that our physicians will now be providing foot and ankle care for the Weber State University athletes!  

Below are some conditions commonly encountered by collegiate athletes and "weekend warriors" alike:

From the repeated pounding that runners’ feet receive on paved surfaces to the side-to-side motion seen in court sports, there’s no question that athletes’ feet and ankles are prime candidates for injuries.  Whether you participate in sports regularly or are just a “weekend warrior,” be on the lookout for some of these common problems:

Ankle sprains – These are one of the most common sports injuries. Prompt evaluation and treatment by a foot and ankle surgeon is important… sometimes that “sprain” is actually an ankle fracture and treatment for these two conditions are very different. And don’t skimp on rehab! An ankle that has not been properly healed and strengthened is more likely to suffer repeated sprains, leading to chronic ankle instability.

Achilles tendon disorders – Athletes are at high risk for developing disorders of the Achilles tendon. Achilles tendonitis, an inflammation of the tendon that runs down the back of the lower leg, can progress into a degeneration of the tendon (Achilles tendonosis). A sudden increase of a repetitive activity, leading to micro-injury of the tendon fibers, can cause these conditions.

Heel pain – This condition is most often caused by plantar fasciitis, although it may also be due to other causes including stress fractures. Although faulty foot structure is the most common cause of plantar fasciitis, it can also result from wearing shoes that are worn out or not designed for the sport in which you’re participating. Keeping the Achilles tendon stretched can help get rid of this pain, but continued pain should be checked out to rule out a fracture or other cause.

Morton’s neuroma – Also called “intermetatarsal neuroma,” this is a thickening of nerve tissue in the ball of the foot resulting from compression and irritation of the nerve. Causes include activities that involve repetitive irritation to the ball of the foot, such as running or court sports. Symptoms start gradually and may come and go when the nerve is irritated due to activity. But it’s important to have it treated early on before the damage becomes more severe.

References:

-http://www.foothealthfacts.org/Content.aspx?id=1143

-http://www.weberstatesports.com

-http://www.wasatchfai.com/library/1937/SportsInjuries.html

 

The Ogden Marathon, often referred to as “Utah's Spring Run-Off” will take place on May 18, 2013 @ 7:15 AM.  This beautiful course starts at an elevation of 5,400 feet above sea level .  The course is characterized by open roads, green fields, pine covered slopes, and a beautiful gushing river.

Shin splints can be a pesky problem for any runner (one of the most common running injuries).  “Shin splints” is a general term for the pain that occurs in the front of the lower leg. The pain you'll feel with shin splints is usually on the outer front portion of the lower leg (anterior shin splints).  Here's how you can try to prevent shin splints: 

  1. Don't increase your mileage too quickly.

    Shin splints are considered an overuse injury because they usually occur when a runner (especially for those who are new to running) increases their mileage or intensity too quickly and does not allow for recovery time. Stick to the 10% rule when training – don't increase your mileage or intensity by more than 10% each week.

  2.  Run on softer surfaces, when possible.

    Running on hard surfaces, such as concrete, increases the stress and impact on your muscles, joints and bones. It's important to vary your running surfaces. Try to find grass or dirt trails to run on, especially for your higher mileage runs. 

  3. Give yourself enough rest and recovery time.

    When you first get started with running, try to avoid running two days in a row, to limit the pounding on your muscles, joints, and bones, and give your body a chance to recover. Even if you're an experienced runner, taking at least one or two days off from running each week reduces your risk of shin splints and other overuse injuries. A rest day can be a complete day off or low-impact cross-training activity, such as swimming or biking. 

  4. Get the right running shoes/ replace your running shoes

    Wearing the wrong shoes may also lead to shin splints, so check your shoes to see if you might need more stability or cushioning. Get advice from a foot & ankle specialist or expert at a running specialty store to make sure you're wearing the right running shoes for your foot and gait.  Running in shoes that have lost their cushioning can lead to shin splints. You should replace your running shoes every 300-400 miles. 

  5. Do heel raises and toe raises.

    Doing simple exercises such as heel raises and toe raises can help strengthen your calf and shin muscles, to help prevent shin pain.

**A foot and ankle surgeon can treat the condition, recommend proper shoe gear, and evaluate whether orthotics are needed. If not treated, shin splints may eventually result in a stress fracture of the shin bone.  

References:
-http://www.getoutandlive.org/races/ogden-marathon-262
-http://www.foothealthfacts.org/Content.aspx?id=1196&terms=shin%20splints 
-http://running.about.com/od/commonrunninginjuries/tp/How-To-Prevent-Shin-Splints.htm