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Running is a fantastic way to stay fit, boost cardiovascular health, and enjoy the great outdoors. Despite its many benefits, running can also take a toll on your feet and ankles. More than 80 percent of running injuries are attributed to repetitive stress, making it important for runners to be aware of the potential pitfalls and methods to prevent and address them. The repetitive impact of every foot strike during your runs can put significant stress on your muscles, joints, and connective tissues, increasing the risk of injury. Foot injuries are a significant concern for runners. Plantar fasciitis, metatarsalgia, and stress fractures are some of the more common conditions that can affect the feet. These injuries can cause intense pain, particularly during the push off phase of running. Ankles are susceptible to sprains, strains, and ligament injuries in runners. Running on uneven terrain and wearing improper footwear can contribute to these injuries, which may result in instability and limited mobility. If you experience pain or discomfort in the feet or ankles from your running, it is suggested that you make an appointment with a podiatrist for an exam, diagnosis, and tips for preventing injuries.

All runners should take extra precaution when trying to avoid injury. If you have any concerns about your feet, contact one of our podiatrists of Foot & Ankle Associates of Southern NH. Our doctors will treat your foot and ankle needs.

How to Prevent Running Injuries

There are a lot of mistakes a runner can make prior to a workout that can induce injury. A lot of athletes tend to overstretch before running, instead of saving those workouts for a post-run routine. Deep lunges and hand-to-toe hamstring pulls should be performed after a workout instead of during a warmup. Another common mistake is jumping into an intense routine before your body is physically prepared for it. You should try to ease your way into long-distance running instead of forcing yourself to rush into it.

More Tips for Preventing Injury

  • Incorporate Strength Training into Workouts - This will help improve the body’s overall athleticism
  • Improve and Maintain Your Flexibility – Stretching everyday will help improve overall performance
  • “Warm Up” Before Running and “Cool Down” Afterward – A warm up of 5-10 minutes helps get rid of lactic acid in the muscles and prevents delayed muscle soreness
  • Cross-Training is Crucial
  • Wear Proper Running Shoes
  • Have a Formal Gait Analysis – Poor biomechanics can easily cause injury

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in Derry, NH . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Tuesday, 24 October 2023 00:00

Benefits of Foot Massage

Foot massage is a practice that offers numerous benefits and is something that can be incorporated into a good foot care routine. Our feet work tirelessly, supporting us daily, and deserve regular pampering. Foot massages can induce profound calmness and psychological well-being. These massages promote overall foot health by stimulating muscles, enhancing circulation, reducing stiffness, and detecting issues like blisters, bunions, corns, and toenail problems. For heel pain, especially in plantar fasciitis cases, foot massages provide immediate relief, beneficial for flat-footed individuals. Improved circulation, critical for diabetics, is another advantage. Additionally, they expedite injury recovery and reduce the risk of future ones when combined with strengthening exercises. If you have foot pain or would like to learn more about therapies like foot massage and good foot care practices, it is suggested that you make an appointment with a podiatrist who can provide treatment and information you are seeking.

Foot therapy is often necessary for those recovering from either foot deformities or foot injuries. If you have concerns regarding therapy, consult with one of our podiatrists from Foot & Ankle Associates of Southern NH. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Most Common Injuries

People who are active or athletes are prone to a variety of injuries. Therefore, it is often important to take part in physical therapy in order to quickly get back on the right track. 

What to Do When Injured

Physical Therapy – This specialized treatment will focus on the affected area, speeding up recovery and the overall healing process. It is a proven method that has helped millions of people return from any injury.

During physical therapy you will undergo regimented training to get back into full form. Training is often very difficult, especially at first when the foot feels weak. Physical therapy often involves:

Basic stretching and twisting exercises – getting the feet’s mobility and flexibility up.

Massaging – the therapist will massage the injured area in order to activate the muscles and relax them.

Strengthening Exercises – this allows the muscles in the affected area to regain their full strength, a vital step towards full recovery.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office located in Derry, NH . We offer the newest diagnostic tools and technology to treat your foot and ankle needs.

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Tuesday, 17 October 2023 00:00

Caring for Diabetic Foot Wounds

Managing diabetic foot wounds is important for individuals with diabetes, as they are susceptible to slow healing wounds that can escalate into severe complications. First, meticulous wound care is essential. This can begin with cleaning the wound daily with mild soap and warm water, followed by applying an antibiotic ointment and covering with a sterile dressing. Offloading pressure from the affected foot is suggested, as this can be achieved with special footwear, custom orthotics, or using assistive devices, such as crutches. Regular monitoring for signs of infection, such as increased redness, swelling, or discharge, is vital. Keeping blood sugar levels under control is fundamental, as high blood sugar can impede the healing process. If you have diabetes, it is strongly suggested that you are under the care of a podiatrist who can help you to manage any foot wounds that may develop.

Diabetic foot care is important in preventing foot ailments such as ulcers. If you are suffering from diabetes or have any other concerns about your feet, contact one of our podiatrists from Foot & Ankle Associates of Southern NH. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Diabetic Foot Care

Diabetes affects millions of people every year. The condition can damage blood vessels in many parts of the body, especially the feet. Because of this, taking care of your feet is essential if you have diabetes, and having a podiatrist help monitor your foot health is highly recommended.

The Importance of Caring for Your Feet

  • Routinely inspect your feet for bruises or sores.
  • Wear socks that fit your feet comfortably.
  • Wear comfortable shoes that provide adequate support.

Patients with diabetes should have their doctor monitor their blood levels, as blood sugar levels play such a huge role in diabetic care. Monitoring these levels on a regular basis is highly advised.

It is always best to inform your healthcare professional of any concerns you may have regarding your feet, especially for diabetic patients. Early treatment and routine foot examinations are keys to maintaining proper health, especially because severe complications can arise if proper treatment is not applied.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office located in Derry, NH . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Sunday, 15 October 2023 00:00

Reminder: When Was the Last Time...?

Custom orthotics, or shoe inserts, should be periodically replaced. Orthotics must fit properly to give you the best results. Protect your feet and ankles!

Tuesday, 10 October 2023 00:00

Alternatives to Flip-Flops

If you are a fan of flip-flops, it is essential to consider their impact on foot health. While these airy sandals are convenient, they may not be the best choice of footwear because they offer minimal arch support, heel cushioning, and shock absorption, possibly leading to foot discomfort and pain. Wearing flip-flops forces your toes to grip tightly to keep the sandals on. Over time, this can lead to conditions such as hammertoe, where toes become permanently bent. Researchers have found that flip-flops can change your natural walking pattern, potentially causing pain and problems from your feet up to your hips and lower back. The majority of flip-flops have thin soles that offer little foot protection. This can result in increased heel-strike impact and foot discomfort. Flip-flops can also increase the risk of falls and injuries due to their minimal attachment to the feet. Substitutes for flip-flops that are better for your feet should fit snugly without being too tight, provide proper arch and heel support, and have ankle straps or toe rests to prevent slipping. In general, flat-soled shoes are not ideal for foot health. If you desire the comfort and ease of flip-flops but want to protect your feet, it is suggested that you make an appointment with a podiatrist for recommendations

Flip-flops are not always the best choice of footwear. If you have any concerns about your feet or ankles, contact one of our podiatrists from Foot & Ankle Associates of Southern NH. Our doctors will assist you with all of your foot and ankle needs.

Flip-Flops and Feet

When the weather starts warming up, people enjoy wearing flip-flops.  Flip-flops are comfortable, stylish, and easy to slip on and off; they're perfect for any summer beach goer.  However, these shoes can cause harm to the feet.

How Can Flip-Flops Affect Me Long-Term?

  • Ankle problems
  • Hip problems
  • Lower back problems
  • Pain in the balls of the feet
  • Problems with foot arches
  • Changes in the way you walk

Are There Injuries Associated with Flip-Flops?

Yes.  Since flip-flops are relatively weak and do not provide the same amount of support as sneakers, people who wear flip-flops regularly are more susceptible to injuries. On top of that, the open nature of the shoe makes your feet more prone to other problems, such as cuts and even infections.  Common injuries and ailments include:

  • Sprained ankles
  • Blisters
  • Infections
  • Cuts and Scrapes

I like Wearing Flip-Flops. Are There Safe Alternatives?

When buying flip-flops, try to find ones that have sturdy soles and that are made of high-quality materials that will support for your feet.  These flip-flops will cost more but will also last longer as a result.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office located in Derry, NH .  We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Tuesday, 03 October 2023 00:00

What Is Laser Therapy for Fungal Nails?

Laser therapy for fungal nails is an innovative treatment approach gaining popularity in the realm of podiatry. This non-invasive procedure harnesses the power of laser light to target and eliminate the fungal infection affecting the toenails. The laser's heat destroys the fungal cells while leaving the surrounding healthy tissue unharmed. This treatment is often preferred over oral antifungal medications as they can have side effects and may require prolonged use. One of the key advantages of laser therapy is its quick and virtually painless nature. Most patients require multiple sessions for optimal results, and there is typically no downtime after each session. Although laser therapy for fungal nails shows promise, it may not be effective for all cases, and results can vary from person to person. Ultimately, the goal is to restore healthy, clear nails and enhance overall foot health.  If you have developed toenail fungus, it is strongly suggested that you contact a podiatrist who can determine if laser therapy is the correct treatment method for you.

Laser treatment can be an effective way to get rid of toenail fungus. If you have any questions about laser treatment, consult with one of our podiatrists from Foot & Ankle Associates of Southern NH. Our doctors will assess your condition and provide you with quality treatment for fungal nails.

What Are Toenail Fungal Infections?

Onychomycosis, or fungal infection of the nail, is a relatively common and non-serious condition. Around 10 percent of U.S. citizens are afflicted with fungal nails. Common forms of fungus that infect the nail include dermatophytes, yeasts, and molds.

Symptoms of Toenail Fungal Infections Include:

  • Nail thickening
  • Brittleness of the nail
  • Discoloration of the nail

Diagnosis for Fungal Nails

Fungal infections are diagnosed by fungal culture and microscopy. This will rule out any other conditions such as nail trauma, psoriasis, lichen planus, and onychogryphosis.

What Is Laser Treatment?

Laser treatment is a non-invasive, safe, quick, and painless procedure that uses the heat from a laser to kill fungus in the nail. Each infected nail is targeted with a laser for several minutes. The treatment is usually utilized several different times over a select period. During this time, a podiatrist will keep an eye on the infection.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in Derry, NH . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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