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By Philip S. Pinsker, DPM PC
January 17, 2018

If you are like many people getting into better shape may have been on your list of New Year’s resolutions. At Philip S. Pinsker, DPM, we find that in mid to late January we see an increase in a number of common injuries and disorders that are related to fitness and sports. Don’t let your resolution to get in shape get derailed by one of these problems:

  1. Achilles Injuries—the Achilles tendon is the long band of tissue that runs down the back of your lower leg between your calf and the top of your heel. In fact, it is the strongest tendon in your body and yet, it is also the frequently injured. You can aggravate your Achilles tendon and cause it to become inflamed resulting in Achilles tendonitis or you may actually partially or completely rupture the tendon. The cause of injury to this tendon is overuse or a sudden increase in force on the tendon such as pushing off intensely or running hills. Achilles tendon injuries often occur when people who have been inactive for a long period of time start up an exercise program that is too intense for their level of conditioning. You can avoid aggravating the Achilles tendon by stretching and warming up properly before working out and also by gradually increasing the intensity and duration of your routine.
  2. Blisters—the most common cause of this minor but painful problem is improper footwear. Before beginning a new sport or exercise routine make sure that you have footwear that is designed specifically for the activity you are engaging in. Shoes should fit well with adequate room to wiggle your toes. Laces provide a better fit and the heel should be snug to avoid excess movement of the foot which can cause the friction that leads to blisters.
  3. Shin Splints—pain on either side of the bone in your lower leg is actually a result of muscle or tendon inflammation. Shin splints can be caused by a collapsing arch or a muscle imbalance in your leg. Stretching before and after exercise and corrective shoes or custom orthotics may provide relief from shin splints.

If you have recently started a new fitness routine and are experiencing foot pain our podiatrist, Dr. Philip S. Pinsker, can help track down the cause of your discomfort and prescribe the correct treatment so you can get back on track fast. Contact our Washington office for an appointment by calling: (724) 225-7410.

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