Gymnastics is a very demanding sport that requires considerable dedication and strenuous preparation in order to compete at the highest levels of international competition. Injuries to young gymnasts occur at an alarming rate, with many thousands of doctor visits necessitated each year. While many of these injuries are the result of accidents, a large number of them can likely be prevented with some common sense approaches.
Young gymnasts are particularly prone to these types of injuries:
- Fractures—Too much sudden pressure can cause a bone to crack or completely break. Another type of fracture caused by repetitive motion is the stress fracture, which occurs over time and frequently affects the metatarsal bones in the toes.
- Ankle sprains and strains—An inward or outward rolling of the ankle is a frequent occurrence in gymnastic training and competition. If the ligaments and tendons are stressed excessively, a painful injury can result with a concomitant increase in swelling and bruising.
- Strained muscles—While stressed out ligaments and tendons can cause a variety of complications, muscle strain is also a major cause of debilitation among gymnasts.
Preventing these types of injuries involves:
- Safety measures—Special footwear, harnesses, and various orthotic and padding devices may be used. Spotters should be on duty for difficult maneuvers. Protected floors are also a huge benefit.
- Warm ups—Stretching and warming up before training and competitions are essential to avoiding injury.
- Regular checkups—Seeing a podiatrist for treatment before symptoms become worse is an excellent proactive measure.
Many of these common injuries can be avoided with care and diligence, but having an experienced podiatrist in your corner is invaluable when injuries do occur. For more expert advice on treatment for gymnastics injuries, consult with our board certified podiatrists at Foot and Ankle Center of Fort Lee, LLC. The center offers convenient locations in Fort Lee NJ, Ringwood NJ, Flushing Queens NY, Woodhaven NY, Brooklyn NY, and Forest Hills NY. Contact us at (201) 363-9844 and schedule an appointment today!
Many athletes have experienced the debilitating pain and discomfort of plantar fasciitis. One of the best ways to avoid this injury and the time consuming rehabilitation process is to take preventative measures involving stretching and strengthening exercises.
The plantar fascia is the connective tissue that runs along the bottom of your foot between the toes and the heel. Specific stretching and strengthening exercises that will keep the Achilles tendons and calf muscles flexible and robust can prevent putting too much stress on the plantar fascia.
These exercises include:
- Arch stretching—From a seated position, place one foot over your lap and pull the toes back to stretch out the plantar fascia. Hold for 30 seconds and repeat five times.
- Calf stretching—While facing a wall with one leg forward and one leg back, bend the knee of the front leg for a good stretch. Hold for 30 seconds and repeat several times.
- Step stretching—While standing on the edge of a step, gradually lower your heels to produce a stretch in the Achilles tendons and calf muscles. Raise your heels up and repeat five times.
- Calf strengthening—While standing, raise your heels to stretch your calf muscles. Repeat ten times
- Toe strengthening—With an elastic band wrapped around your toes, spread your toes wide and release. Repeat ten times. Another good toe exercise is to pick up marbles with your toes and drop them in a cup. You can also perform towel scrunches by placing a small towel on the floor and scrunching it back and forth with your toes.
If despite your best efforts you run into any problems with plantar fasciitis, consult with our board certified podiatrists at Foot and Ankle Center of Fort Lee, LLC. The center offers convenient locations in Fort Lee NJ, Ringwood NJ, Flushing Queens NY, Woodhaven NY, Brooklyn NY, and Forest Hills NY. Contact us at (201) 363-9844 and schedule an appointment
When the corner of your toenail grows into the soft skin on the side of your toe, not only can it be extremely painful, but also it can lead to a serious infection. One of the leading causes of ingrown toenails is cutting the nails too short and rounded instead of straight across. Wearing shoes that are too tight can also cause a poorly trimmed nail to push harder into the skin.
Symptoms will include pain, redness, and swelling of the skin on the edge of the nail, tenderness to touch, and a yellowish discharge that may be the sign of an infection.
Treatment for ingrown toenails:
Often an ingrown toenail will heal with the help of warm water foot soaks and elevation to take the pressure off the toe, but any signs of pus or redness accompanied by increasing pain should be addressed promptly to avoid possible spreading of the infection to the underlying tissue and bone. In some ingrown toenail cases, your foot doctor may need to cut out the infected tissue and trim the nail. This can be done on an outpatient basis on a local anesthetic, and the recovery period is minimal.
Patients with diabetes should be extremely careful to visually check for ingrown toenails, since the pain may not be noticeable due to peripheral neuropathy.
Preventing ingrown toenails:
You can help prevent this condition by always cutting your toenails straight across, and not rounded on the sides. Make sure your shoes are not too tight, and that there is plenty of room in the toebox. Your shoes should also be appropriate for the activity to help prevent injuries to your feet.
For more expert advice on ingrown toenail treatment, consult with our board certified podiatrists at Foot and Ankle Center of Fort Lee, LLC. The center offers convenient locations in Fort Lee NJ, Ringwood NJ, Flushing Queens NY, Woodhaven NY, Brooklyn NY, and Forest Hills NY. Contact us at (201) 363-9844 and schedule an appointment today!
While nail fungus is more likely to spread in warm conditions, no matter what the temperature is outside the temperature in your shoes is still just right for the proliferation of fungal bacteria which can spread from your skin to your nails and vice versa. The fungi are also rather hardy and thrive in public areas such as shower rooms. When the fungi spread under your nail the result is not very attractive. The nail becomes brittle, yellow, and may emit a foul odor. Once nail fungus is entrenched it can be difficult to eradicate, which is why it is important to take steps to avoid getting an infection in the first place.
Some tips for preventing nail fungus include:
- Keeping your feet clean and dry—Wash and dry your feet regularly and change socks often. It’s also a good idea to let your shoes air out between wearings by alternating them every other day or so.
- Nail trimming—Since an ingrown toenail problem can lead to a fungal infection, it is very important to always trim your nails straight across rather than on a curve so that the edge of the nail won’t grow into the skin.
- Breathable footwear—In addition to breathable and moisture wicking socks, it is important to wear shoes that are made with a breathable fabric such as Gortex.
- Protect your feet—In public areas such as swimming pools, locker rooms, and showers, it is important to wear shower shoes or sandals to minimize your contact with problematic bacteria and viruses.
If you notice any changes in the color or texture of your toenails that may include a terrible odor, then it is important to see a foot specialist for proper treatment. Topical or oral antifungal medicines may be prescribed and be sure to ask about our new laser treatment for fungal nails.
For more expert advice on nail fungus treatment, consult with our board certified podiatrists at Foot and Ankle Center of Fort Lee, LLC. The center offers convenient locations in Fort Lee NJ, Ringwood NJ, Flushing Queens NY, Woodhaven NY, Brooklyn NY, and Forest Hills NY. Contact us at (201) 363-9844 and schedule an appointment today!
Your ability to walk, run, and jump is highly dependent on the proper functioning of your Achilles tendon. So when you have an injury to this large tendon that connects your heel to your calf muscle, the resulting pain and discomfort can be quite debilitating. The Achilles tendon can become inflamed, swollen, and tender from repetitive stress and overuse, and requires immediate attention to avoid a worsening of symptoms and to avoid a longer term recovery process.
Achilles tendonitis is common in runners, other athletes, and dancers who perform repetitive exercise and stress that can combine to severely overload the tendon causing stretching, a tear, or possibly even a complete break. It often happens when the intensity of a particular exercise is rapidly increased or decreased.
Ignoring the mild symptoms that may be present at the outset of an Achilles tendon problem and continuing to perform the exercise can cause the severity of the condition to quickly accelerate.
There are many therapies that you and your podiatrist have available to treat Achilles tendonitis.
Some of these therapies may include the following:
- Hot and cold therapy
- Compression and elevation
- Physical therapy exercises and stretches for the heel and calf muscles
- Use of custom orthotics
- Switching to low-impact activities like swimming
- For a severely damaged or torn Achilles tendon, surgery may be required
Don’t allow your tendonitis to worsen. For more expert advice on Achilles tendonitis treatment, consult with the board certified podiatrists at Foot and Ankle Center of Fort Lee, LLC. Whether you have nail fungus, a sports injury, diabetic foot problems, or need foot or ankle surgery, we have the advanced technologies and expertise to get you back on your feet. The center offers convenient locations in Fort Lee NJ, Ringwood NJ, Flushing Queens NY, Woodhaven NY, Brooklyn NY, and Forest Hills NY. Contact us at (201) 363-9844 and schedule an appointment today!
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