Frequently Asked Questions and fun foot facts all in one location! Our patients love to ask a myriad of questions! We try to answer them all - sometimes we even have to write a full length article on them, so take a look at our library as well. Have a question about your feet and ankles? You may find your answer here. Gait issues? Problems with shoes and socks? We have answers. Want more? Contact us and ask a question. We will answer!
The appropriate footwear should:
- Have a good-quality foot bed, which can help provide proper support for the arch and user’s foot type.
- Leather is most often the way to go, it fits snug to the foot and breathes well which decreases blisters and sliding injury in the shoe. For wet surfaces think synthetic.
- Feature the stud type for the ground that will be played on most often: soft, hard, firm, or turf. Longer cleats for wet surfaces.
- Use molded rubber cleats rather than the screw-on variety.
Bone marrow aspirate is a surgical procedure where your own bone marrow is siphoned through a large bore needle, spun down into stem cells and then injected into the plantar fascia. There are 2 areas of concern here with the use of BMA for the treatment of chronic heel pain.
- This is invasive and often requires general anesthesia as the best place to harvest bone marrow is your pelvis. If you are trying to avoid surgery, this is not your best option.
- The stems cells generated by our own bodies are not extremely potent. If they were, we would all heal like we did when we were infants and still growing. Our stem cells can aid in fracture healing when used in the right manner, but do they have enough power to completely change the severe pain of plantar fasciitis.
If you have questions about BMA and your heel pain, call us today and make an appointment to see one of our experts in heel pain.
Exercise can slow the aging process not only physically, but mentally, too. In a recent study of Canadian women older than age 65, a link was found between physical exercise and the brain. Those who did regular aerobic exercise had better blood flow to the brain, which helps its ability to process information. In fact, the women who exercised scored 10 percent higher in brain function tests. And you wondered why the runners in your life were so smart?
If you are having pain in the top of your foot only when you are wearing shoes, you are probably irritating the nerve on the top of your instep with your shoes. Many people have a prominance in this area due to a high arch and this rubs on their shoes and pinches the nerve causing a burnong pain in the area.
The quick fix to this problem is to loosen your shoes. Padding the area can be helpful. Stop wearing clog-like shoes if you do. If you are still having pain, an injection may be necessary to calm down the nerve. Orthotics may also be necessary to stop excessive motion in the area.
Your shins can hurt after running for a variety of reasons. The most common is a shin splint. This is actually a term commonly used to describe medial tibial stress syndrome. What? Yes, stress causes pain along your shin bone and can even cause a stress fracture. In the early stages the painis actually myositis (irriation of the muscle that runs along the shin bone) and this will “warm up” when you run. Stress fractures don’t “warm up.”
Why does this happen? Most common reason is either worn out running shoes or inappropriate shoes to start with. If you have a very high arch, you need a more cushioned shoe. If you have a flat or low arched foot, you need a more stable shoe. Lots of times you just need to part with your old beloved super worn-out running shoes.
Other reasons can be a change in surface like going from the treadmill to concrete. Or a rapid increase in training mileage or increased speed.
When is it time to stop the home remedies and go to the doctor?
- Pain 5-7/10 or in a pinpoint spot can indicated a stress fracture!
- Pain that has lasted more than a few weeks with rest, ice and over-the-counter anti-inflammatories.
- Lastly, if you have changed shoes, tried stretching and icing and still have pain daily….time to come in for a visit.
Some people need help buying shoes, some people need functional foot orthotics to re-align their gait and some people need to rehab their injury with physical therapy.
So the take home point is that your shins shouldn’t hurt after you run!! If they do, you should take a look at you shoes and training patterns! When in doubt, give us a call so we can take a look and make your shin pain go away!