Posts for: November, 2013
Mel Williams is a Groundpounder, a title bestowed to members of an exclusive club of runners who have finished every edition of the Marine Corps Marathon. In an impressive record; Williams has finished the Washington, D.C.’s Marine Corps Marathon 37 times, winning 18 times in his age group.
For three years Williams was on top at the Boston Marathon according to Runner’s World. But in June, walking on the treadmill at three miles per hour caused the 75 year old such an enormous amount of pain he had to stop.
“I know what’s happening to my body,” he said. “The question is: how can I work around it? I realize it’s the aging process. I’m trying to understand it physiologically and I can’t,” Williams said. After another completing another marathon in October of last year, Williams finished in his slowest run to date, with his legs continuing to bother him. Williams wound up receiving a suggestion to undergo surgery on his calf.
Everyone should take care of feet, but some foot problems require undergoing foot surgery. If you are suffering from a foot condition that may require foot or ankle surgery, consult a podiatrist like Dr. Greg Khaimov of Foot and Ankle Center of Fort Lee, LLC. Dr. Khaimov can help you with your foot and ankle needs.
When Surgery is Necessary
Foot and ankle surgery are reserved in cases when less invasive procedures and treatments do not help with the problem. Although surgery is generally considered to be a last resort, when undertaken it can provide a permanent pain relief than before and allows you to resume the activities your foot problem has prevented you from enjoying otherwise. This includes:
· Foot deformities (bunions, bone spurs)
· Painful nerves
· Congenital deformities
· Misaligned bones
The type of surgery you will undergo is dependent on the problem at hand. For painful bunions, you may undergo a bunionectomy. Surgical fusions can help realign bones while nerve removal can help get rid of painful nerves and the tissues that surround them. With advancing, evolving technology and surgical techniques becoming more sophisticated, many procedures are now being performed with small incisions and more precise instruments, allowing for faster recovery times.
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“My plantar fascia is torn,” Camby told the Houston Chronicle, “I’m trying to do whatever I can to avoid surgery. We’re just going to rehab it and see how it goes in the next two weeks and take it from there. We don’t want to rehab it and nurse it and still have it lingering. That is something I’m going to sit back and figure out and definitely look toward long term, as the season progresses to the second half of the season. I have to be smart about it.” The plan for Camby’s recovery is undisclosed but it is probable to last between weeks and months.
If you are suffering from plantar fasciitis, it is highly recommended to seek the care of a podiatrist, like Dr. Greg Khaimov of Foot and Ankle Center of Fort Lee, LLC. Dr. Kahimovwill examine your heel pain and determine if you have plantar fasciitis before providing the appropriate treatment options.
What is Plantar Fasciitis?
Plantar fasciitis is an inflammation of the connective tissues on the bottom of the foot, causing pain in the heel and arch of the foot.
What Causes Plantar Fasciitis?
· Lack of adequate footwear
· Excessive running
· Poor foot support
How Can Plantar Fasciitis Be Treated?
· Conservative measures – anti-inflammatories, ice packs, stretching exercises, physical therapy, orthotic devices.
· Shockwave therapy – sends sound waves to the areas where pain is experience. Requires multiple sessions. This is used for very persistent cases of plantar fasciitis.
· Ultrasound-guided technique with steroid injections into the plantar fascia. This is from a relatively new and small study, but was shown to be effective in most cases treated.
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‘Elementary school studentswear all kinds of shoes - big, blocky basketball shoes, barely flats, slip-ons, Chuck Taylors. But not all these students have running shoes, and it can be difficult to jog a mile in a pair of flats’ according to Rob Rogers of Billings Gazette.
“They could, it’s just not good for them,” said volunteer coach Ceci Bentler. Parents of McKinley Elementary school schoolchildren united and went through their storerooms, and searched for running shoes no longer in usage and contributed them to the cross-country club. The result of the shoes received at the school was awe-inspiring.
Making sure your child’s feet are healthy is crucial to their overall health and development. Seeking the help of a podiatrist like could be a benefit to your child. Dr. Greg Khaimov of Foot and Ankle Center of Fort Lee, LLC. Dr. Khamiov will examine your child’s feet and provide the right care and treatment for them.
Keeping Children's Feet Healthy
Having healthy feet in childhood can help prevent medical problems later in life, namely in the back and legs. As children grow, their feet require different types of care from birth to school-age.
Although babies do not walk yet, it is still very important to take care of their feet.
- Avoid putting tight shoes or socks on his or her feet
- Allow the baby to stretch and kick his or her feet to feel comfortable
As a toddler, kids are now on the move and begin to develop differently. At this age toddlers are getting a feel for walking, so don’t be alarmed if your toddler is unsteady or ‘walks funny’. Be sure the child wears comfortable and protective shoes so that they can grow into their feet properly.
As your child gets older, it is important to teach them how to take care of their feet
- Show them proper hygiene to prevent infections such as fungus
- Be watchful of any pain or injury
- Have all injuries checked by a doctor as soon as possible
- Comfortable, protective shoes should always be worn, especially at play
Children of all ages are constantly developing and growing, and as a parent you want to make sure that nothing is hindering their maturation. This includes caring for their feet, as healthy feet are important in order to live a normal, fulfilling life.
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