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It’s a little more than a month since those New Year’s Resolutions were made—how are you doing? If increasing your activity level was part of your plan, you may be well on your way to achieving a higher level of fitness. Here at Philip S. Pinsker, DPM, we want to remind you to be on guard against overdoing it. There are a number of exercise-related injuries that affect your feet; here are 4 common ones you should be aware of:

  1. Shin Splints—Pain and swelling in the front of the lower part of your leg are signs of shin splints, a common condition that results from activities that put repetitive stress on your legs and feet, such as walking and running. This is not a discomfort that you should try to power through. Continuing to do the same exercise when you have shin splints can lead to a more debilitating problem like a stress fracture.
  2. Plantar Fasciitis—One of the disorders that can strike patients who start up a new exercise routine too quickly is plantar fasciitis. The plantar fascia is the long ligament that runs along the bottom of the foot from heel to toe. When the ligament gets irritated or inflamed, you may experience sharp, stabbing pains in your heels that are usually worst first thing in the morning. Being overweight and wearing unsupportive shoes can increase the risk of plantar fasciitis.
  3. Achilles tendonitis—A well-known affliction among “weekend warriors,” Achilles tendonitis is a common occurrence when the tendon in the back of your lower leg starting at the top of your heel becomes overstretched or inflamed due to suddenly increasing the intensity or duration of your workout. It also is more likely to happen in people who are doing hill running or stair climbing.
  4. Turf toe—This injury occurs when the big toe joint gets hyperextended and the heel is off the ground. Although it can happen when pushing off in running, turf toe is more common for patients who participate in team sports like basketball or football.

If you are experiencing any pain or discomfort above and beyond normal muscle soreness that comes from exercise, make an appointment at our Washington office to see our board certified podiatrist, Dr. Philip S. Pinsker. In many instances simply resting your feet and alternating your current routine with some low-impact activities may be all that’s needed to eliminate a foot problem. The foot doctor, however, has many other tools available to help correct foot issues resulting from exercise. By examining your foot and analyzing your gait, the podiatrist can suggest footwear modifications, custom orthotics and other means of decreasing pain and increasing your fitness performance. Call for an evaluation today at:  (724) 225- 7410.

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