The Dangers of Overuse

Sports injuries to the feet, ankles and legs are commonly caused by overuse—when athletes, whether professional and amateur, put too much strain on their muscles, bones and tendons. This can happen, for instance, when runners add too much mileage too quickly, or when an athlete returns to a sport after an off season with very minimal training.

These injuries of overuse can include pulled muscles, ruptured Achilles tendons, plantar fasciitis and many more. In most cases, though, they are preventable through proper training.

When you begin an exercise regime or other physical activity, it’s important to gradually build up to your desired level of activity. Over time, your feet, ankles and legs can adjust to the demands your activity places upon them, reducing your risk of injury tremendously.

If you need advice on starting a new exercise regime or suffer from an injury of overuse, the expert podiatrists at Ankle & Foot Care Centers can help. To schedule your appointment today at one of 19 locations, visit the website at http://www.ankleandfootcare.com/.

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Use the PRICE Method for Injury Treatment & Pain Relief

In many cases, when you suffer a sports injury like an ankle sprain, you can’t see a doctor right away. Some injuries may respond to home treatment, but only a podiatrist like those at Ankle & Foot Care Centers can determine that for sure. Until you can make an appointment at one of our locations, you should utilize the PRICE method for treating an immediate injury.

PRICE is an acronym that stands for:

  • Protect
  • Rest
  • Ice
  • Compression
  • Elevation

When your foot, ankle or leg sustains an injury during activity, it’s important to cease the activity immediately in order to protect the affected body party from further injury. After that, you must rest the area.

Next, applying ice to an injury can reduce swelling and irritation as well as pain. During this stage of treatment, you should alternate applying ice and leaving it off so the skin does not become too cold.

Compression can also reduce swelling. An ACE bandage wrapped securely, although not too tightly, around the affected part is ideal for compression.

Lastly, elevating the foot or ankle above the level of the heart can further reduce swelling and speed up healing.

Following the PRICE method of injury treatment is important until you can see a doctor about your injury. If you need to schedule an appointment with one of Ohio’s expert podiatrists, then visit our website at http://www.ankleandfootcare.com/ or call the location nearest you.

The Care and Healing of Blisters

Blisters on the feet can affect anyone, no matter how active they may be. Blisters are caused by friction, and are common when people wear new shoes or shoes that don’t fit properly.

It’s important to try to prevent blisters, not only because they’re painful, but because they can become infected, requiring more serious medical intervention by a skilled podiatrist. People can take a number of precautions to prevent blisters before they begin, such as:

  • Break in new shoes gradually
  • Wear high-quality socks made of acrylic or other synthetic fibers
  • Apply a petroleum jelly like Vaseline to a spot where blisters might occur before exercising
  • Wear a Band-Aid on an area prone to blistering to protect it from irritation

If you do develop a blister, know that it will go away with time. It’s best to avoid puncturing or lancing a blister in order to let it heal on its own, but in some cases, it can’t be avoided. If you must puncture the blister, simply make a small hole with a sterilized needle or blade. Do not remove the skin that covers a broken blister, as it will protect the new skin underneath from infection. Cover the area with a bandage and let it heal.

Most everyone will develop a blister on their feet at some point in their lives, but it doesn’t have to prevent you from enjoying exercise and athletics. Just take care of your blisters and you’ll be back on your feet in no time.