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September 2023

Tuesday, 26 September 2023 00:00

Essential Exercises to Prevent Running Injuries

Running is an excellent way to stay fit and enjoy the great outdoors, but it can also come with the risk of injuries. Fortunately, there are specific exercises you can incorporate into your routine to reduce the likelihood of these setbacks. Strengthening your lower body muscles, particularly the quadriceps, hamstrings, and glutes can help stabilize your legs and absorb shock more effectively. Lunges, squats, and calf raises are all beneficial exercises. Additionally, it is important to prioritize core strength. A strong core helps maintain proper running form, reducing strain on your limbs and joints. Planks and bridges are excellent exercise choices for building core stability. Flexibility is another key factor in injury prevention. Regular stretching, especially for the calves, hamstrings, and hip flexors, can improve your range of motion and reduce the risk of strains. Balance exercises, such as single-leg stands and stability ball exercises, can enhance your coordination and reduce the risk of sprains. Incorporating these exercises into your regular regimen can keep you injury-free and can help you to enjoy running for years to come. If you would like more information on what exercises and stretches to perform that can help prevent running injuries, it is suggested that you speak with a podiatrist who can provide you with useful tips.

All runners should take extra precaution when trying to avoid injury. If you have any concerns about your feet, contact Dr. Tupper of Coshocton Foot Health Center. Our doctor will treat your foot and ankle needs.

How to Prevent Running Injuries

There are a lot of mistakes a runner can make prior to a workout that can induce injury. A lot of athletes tend to overstretch before running, instead of saving those workouts for a post-run routine. Deep lunges and hand-to-toe hamstring pulls should be performed after a workout instead of during a warmup. Another common mistake is jumping into an intense routine before your body is physically prepared for it. You should try to ease your way into long-distance running instead of forcing yourself to rush into it.

More Tips for Preventing Injury

  • Incorporate Strength Training into Workouts - This will help improve the body’s overall athleticism
  • Improve and Maintain Your Flexibility – Stretching everyday will help improve overall performance
  • “Warm Up” Before Running and “Cool Down” Afterward – A warm up of 5-10 minutes helps get rid of lactic acid in the muscles and prevents delayed muscle soreness
  • Cross-Training is Crucial
  • Wear Proper Running Shoes
  • Have a Formal Gait Analysis – Poor biomechanics can easily cause injury

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

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Tuesday, 19 September 2023 00:00

Fascinating Facts About Children's Feet

Children's feet are remarkable in their growth and development. Understanding the unique aspects of pediatric foot health can help parents and caregivers provide better care and support for their little ones. Babies are born with a soft and pliable structure in the foot called cartilage, which gradually ossifies into bones, and this process continues into late adolescence. Infants have a naturally wide and flat foot arch that develops into a more pronounced arch as they grow and their muscles strengthen. Additionally, children's feet contain approximately 200,000 sweat glands, which can make them more prone to odor and fungal infections. It is important to note that children often experience rapid growth spurts, and this can require frequent shoe replacements. Wearing ill-fitting shoes can result in foot problems, so regular foot measurements are crucial. Children's feet are a marvel of nature, constantly evolving as they mature. Paying attention to their unique characteristics and addressing issues early can promote healthy foot development and overall well-being. If you would like more information about specific details about children’s feet, it is suggested that you consult with a podiatrist.

The health of a child’s feet is vital to their overall well-being. If you have any questions regarding foot health, contact Dr. Tupper of Coshocton Foot Health Center. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Tips for Keeping Children's Feet Healthy

  • Make sure their shoes fit properly
  • Look for any signs of in-toeing or out-toeing
  • Check to see if they have Clubfoot (condition that affects your child’s foot and ankle, twisting the heel and toes inward) which is one of the most common nonmajor birth defects.
  • Lightly cover your baby’s feet (Tight covers may keep your baby from moving their feet freely, and could prevent normal development)
  • Allow your toddler to go shoeless (Shoes can be restricting for a young child’s foot)
  • Cut toenails straight across to avoid ingrown toenails
  • Keep your child’s foot clean and dry
  • Cover cuts and scrapes. Wash any scratches with soap and water and cover them with a bandage until they’ve healed.

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

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Wednesday, 13 September 2023 00:00

Heel Pain Can Be Treated!

Do you suffer from heel pain when you get up in the morning? If so, you should seek the professional help of your podiatrist and have a proper diagnosis performed. Heel pain can be caused by several different foot-related conditions.

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Tuesday, 12 September 2023 00:00

Understanding Poor Foot Circulation

Foot circulation is an important aspect of overall foot health, and when it falters, it can lead to discomfort and serious issues. Several factors can contribute to poor foot circulation. One common cause is peripheral artery disease, abbreviated PAD, in which arteries narrow due to plaque buildup, limiting blood flow to the extremities. Diabetes can also damage blood vessels and nerves, leading to circulatory problems. Obesity puts extra pressure on the circulatory system, making it more difficult for blood to flow freely. Additionally, smoking can constrict blood vessels and reduce circulation. Prolonged periods of inactivity can also hinder circulation. Finally, cold temperatures can cause blood vessels to constrict, reducing blood flow. Understanding these causes is vital for prevention and early intervention to ensure optimal foot circulation and overall well-being. If you have poor foot circulation, it is suggested that you speak with a podiatrist who can determine the cause and help you manage this condition.

Poor circulation is a serious condition and needs immediate medical attention. If you have any concerns with poor circulation in your feet contact Dr. Tupper of Coshocton Foot Health Center. Our doctor will treat your foot and ankle needs.

Poor Circulation in the Feet

Poor blood circulation in the feet and legs is can be caused by peripheral artery disease (PAD), which is the result of a buildup of plaque in the arteries.

Plaque buildup or atherosclerosis results from excess calcium and cholesterol in the bloodstream. This can restrict the amount of blood which can flow through the arteries. Poor blood circulation in the feet and legs are sometimes caused by inflammation in the blood vessels, known as vasculitis.

Causes

Lack of oxygen and oxygen from poor blood circulation restricts muscle growth and development. It can also cause:

  • Muscle pain, stiffness, or weakness   
  • Numbness or cramping in the legs 
  • Skin discoloration
  • Slower nail & hair growth
  • Erectile dysfunction

Those who have diabetes or smoke are at greatest risk for poor circulation, as are those who are over 50. If you have poor circulation in the feet and legs it may be caused by PAD and is important to make changes to your lifestyle in order to reduce risk of getting a heart attack or stroke. Exercise and maintaining a healthy lifestyle will dramatically improve conditions.

As always, see a podiatrist as he or she will assist in finding a regimen that suits you. A podiatrist can also prescribe you any needed medication. 

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

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Tuesday, 05 September 2023 00:00

Adequate Foot Protection While Working

In various jobs, the safety and well-being of the feet are paramount. Different workplaces present unique risks, making appropriate foot protection crucial. For those in construction or industrial settings, sturdy steel-toed boots guard against falling objects and heavy machinery. In healthcare environments, non-slip shoes prevent slips and falls, while providing support during long shifts. Electricians and those exposed to electrical hazards can benefit from wearing footwear with insulating properties. For workers exposed to chemicals or biohazards, impermeable and chemical-resistant boots are essential. Properly fitting footwear with proper arch support minimizes strain for jobs requiring long periods of standing. Assessing your work environment, identifying potential hazards, and choosing footwear that meets safety standards are vital for safeguarding your feet. Prioritizing foot protection ensures a productive and injury-free work experience. If you would like more information about what type of shoes to wear for your job, it is suggested that you speak with a podiatrist.

While working on the feet, it is important to take the proper care of them. For more information about working on your feet, contact Dr. Tupper from Coshocton Foot Health Center. Our doctor will treat your foot and ankle needs.

Working on Your Feet

Standing on your feet for long periods of time can cause stress and pain in your feet. Your whole body may experience change in terms of posture, back pain, bunions, callouses and or plantar warts. There are ways to avoid these conditions with proper foot care, smart choices and correct posture.

Positive Changes

Negative heeled shoe – Choosing this shoe type places the heel slightly lower than the ball of the foot. These are great for overall foot health. Find shoes that fit you correctly.

Go barefoot – Our feet were not designed to be enclosed for all hours of the day. Try to periodically expose your feet to air.

Eliminate Pain

Foot Exercises – Performing simple exercises, incorporating yoga and doing stretches are beneficial. This will allow increased blood flow to the area and muscles of the foot.

Achilles tendon – Stretching the foot out flat on the floor will relax the calf muscles and tendon. These exercises can be performed almost anywhere. Make sure you add these exercises to your daily regimen. 

With a little bit of this information and knowing more about foot health, you will notice changes. Foot stretches and proper footwear will help with pain and prevent further issues.

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

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