Thursday, March 27, 2014

Training Safely for the Cooper River Bridge Run PART 3

Hopefully these last three videos have helped you safely train for the upcoming Cooper River Bridge Run. Both Dr. Brown and Dr. Saffer know the importance of you training properly. If you have any questions about an injury you many have, you can make an appointment online HERE. 

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Training Safely for the Cooper River Bridge Run PART 2

Did you have a chance to see Friday's blog post on training safely for the Bridge Run? Here's the second part and stay tuned as we will also post the final installment. 

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Kids Run & Wonderfest

WOW! The Cooper River Bridge Run is just around the corner on April 5th. The night before they host a fabulous event for the kids, the Kid's Run and Wonderfest. This event helps make fitness fun for kids and benefits local charities. Be sure that if your children are running that their shoes are ready for the run! If they experience any foot pain, call us at 843-225-5575 or 843-654-8250 to schedule an appointment. 


Hugs for Harper:
Happy Wheels:
Abby’s Friends:
Keys for Hope:

Here are some tips when purchasing shoes for children:

Both feet should be measured every time you shop for new shoes since those little feet are growing. If, as is common, the feet are two different sizes, shoes should be fitted to the larger foot.

The child's foot should be sized while he or she is standing up with full weight-bearing.

There should be about one-half inch of space (or a thumb's width) between the tip of the toes and the end of the shoe. The child should be able to comfortably wiggle his or her toes in the shoe.

Have the child walk around the store for more than just a few minutes wearing the shoe with a normal sock. Ask the child if he or she feels any pressure spots in the shoe. Look for signs of irritation on the foot after the shoe is tested.

Put your hand inside the shoe and feel around for any staples or irregularities in the glue that could cause irritation. Examine where the inside stitching hits the foot.

Examine the shoe itself. It should have a firm heel counter (stiff material on either side of the heel), adequate cushioning of the insole, and a built-in arch. It should be flexible enough to bend where the foot bends at the ball of the foot, not in the middle of the shoe.

Never try to force your child's feet to fit a pair of shoes.

Shoes should not slip off at the heels. Children who have a tendency to sprain their ankles will do better with high-top shoes or boots.

Monday, March 17, 2014

Bunions ~ Not so lucky?

It's St. Patrick's Day, a holiday that is often about LUCK. But when it comes to bunions, you're far from lucky because you have to deal with pain and other symptoms. A bunion is a bone deformity caused by an enlargement of the joint at the base and side of the big toe (metatarsophalangeal joint). Bunions form when the toe moves out of place. The enlargement and its protuberance cause friction and pressure as they rub against footwear. Over time, the movement of the big toe angles in toward the other toes, sometimes overlapping a third toe (known as Hallux Valgus). The growing enlargement or protuberance then causes more irritation or inflammation. In some cases, the big toe moves toward the second toe and rotates or twists, which is known as Hallus Abducto Valgus. Bunions can also lead to other toe deformities, such as hammertoe.

But there are new technologies that can help with your bunions. Dr. Andrew Saffer of Carolina Foot Specialists explains more about bunions HERE. 

Monday, March 10, 2014

Achilles Tendonitis/Bridge Run 2014

The Cooper River Bridge Run is right around the corner (April 5th) and one of the more common issues that I have seen this month is Achilles tendonitis. The Achilles tendon is the largest tendon in the body and undergoes a tremendous amount of stress and strain while running. Many of you since the weather has improved this past weekend are now training on the bridge to prepare for the race. Running uphill and downhill is much different that running on flat surfaces without an incline. If you haven't stretched or trained properly you can injure yourself. Achilles tendonitis is common and can be a nagging injury if not treated properly. We recommend that you need to be evaluated by our foot specialists if you are having any tenderness on the back of the achilles tendon. This could lead to a chronic injury or worse case scenario a partial or complete tear of the achilles tendon. Initially we recommend rest, ice, NSAIDS, updating your running shoes, heel lifts, and night splints. We are able to evaluate if you have a stress fracture or even a tendon tear through our Digital x-ray and diagnostic Ultrasound both at the West Ashley and Mt. Pleasant offices.

If you experiencing any foot pain or achilles tendon issues please make an appointment at either are West Ashley or Mt. Pleasant offices so we can keep you running and prevent chronic injuries of your  feet.