Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Bridge Run Injury: Tendonitis

One of the injuries you may incur while training for the Cooper River Bridge Run is tendonitis -- an inflammation of a tendon. Tendons are thick cords of tissue that connect muscles to bone.
Achilles tendonitis, or an inflammation of the Achilles tendon, is one of the most common causes of foot or ankle pain.

~Improper stretching prior to exertion
~Incorrect form during physical activity
 ~Those with “flat feet,” tight tendons or arthritis, are prone to tendonitis.

What you can do at home:
Rest and ice
Stay off your foot or ankle as much as possible
Apply ice for up to 15 minutes at a time, three to four times a day.

When to visit Carolina Foot Specialists:
If the pain doesn't go away with ice and rest, or if the pain persists beyond a week, it's time to make an appointment to see us. We have an easy online appointment request.

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Bridge Run 2014 TIP

Try to slightly lean forward into the up slope as you run up the bridge. Running shorter strides makes your running technique more efficient. Keep your head and eyes focused ahead, but not all the way up.

Make sure you don't lean over at the waist which may cause strain on the lower back and overworks the hamstrings. When you run up hill on the bridge try to stand tall which will engage your glutes to help power you up more efficiently. www.carolinafootspecialists.net 

Monday, January 13, 2014

What's recommended for me?

Often, people will ask us for recommendations for products. From shoes to wound care, they want to know what we think, as podiatrists, is best for their feet. Thankfully, due to technology there are many products nowadays that are taking our feet into consideration. But you must remember each person is different and so are our feet, but it's always good to look for The APMA Seal of Acceptance and Seal of Approval.

The Seal of Acceptance is awarded to shoes, socks, insoles, materials, electronic health records/practice management software, and equipment. The Seal of Approval is awarded to therapeutic products such as lotions, deodorizers, wound care treatments, regulated medical devices, and medicines. Products awarded the Seal of Approval may be available over the counter or by prescription only. For more, visit HERE. 

If you're struggling to know what's right for you, we're happy to sit down with you for a consult. Call us or visits us at www.carolinafootspecialists.net

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Mount Pleasant Office

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Training for Bridge Run 2014

In just three months from now, the third largest 10K race (according to Active.com) the Cooper River Bridge Run will take place. And every year Dr. Saffer and Dr. Brown, along with their staff and families, will make the 10K trek over the Ravenel bridge from Mount Pleasant to Downtown Charleston together. Some walking, some running...but all having a good time doing it. Each year, they train for this event and help their patients train for it as well.

To keep up the tradition of helping runners and walkers have healthy feet for the Bridge Run, Dr. Saffer and Dr. Brown will be providing some helpful hints to stay healthy and train properly.

Here's some training tips from Dr. Andrew Saffer:

Two important factors can aid in proper training and prevention of overuse foot injuries. The first is a new pair of running shoes. As a shoe is worn over time it gradually loses its stability and cushioning, which would normally help decrease strain to the foot. Visit any of our knowledgeable running stores in Charleston to be fitted properly.

The second factor is a plan to gradually increase your mileage each week. If you are just getting off the couch and have not been very active then try a walk/jog program for the first week or two. I generally start my patients out with 3 minutes of walking and 2 minutes of jogging for a total of 15 or 20 minutes. If there are no increased aches and pains the following day then we will progress to 2 minutes of walking and 3 minutes of jogging and continue this pattern until you are able to jog for 20 minutes straight. Try to avoid consecutive training days if possible. I prefer for my patients to run 2 sessions at the same rate and distance before progressing to the next stage. A gradual increase over the next several weeks of short and long runs should have you ready for the Bridge Run.

If at any point in your training you begin to have constant aches and pains try returning to a time and distance of a previous run where no foot pain was present and try to progress at a slightly slower rate. If pain continues try taking several days off with rest and ice or see a foot specialist.
Good luck with your training. See you on the bridge!

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