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By Family Foot & Ankle Care, PC
June 13, 2018
Tags: achilles tendonitis   Orthotics   foot   pain   overuse   trauma  

The Achilles tendon is a very important tendon located on the back portion of the foot within the heel. It connects the heel to the calf muscle and aids in the flexing and moving of our feet and bodies. The Achilles tendon naturally receives a lot of stress during its day to day activities. Overuse, trauma, and other risks can cause problems that prevent a person from moving around freely. Here are some of the most common problems your Achilles can face and how to prevent them.

Achilles Tendonitis

Achilles tendonitis occurs when the Achilles tendon is inflamed. This causes pain in the heel, especially when walking. It tends to come and go and progressively gets worse over time without treatment. The Achilles tendon can get small cuts within itself if inflammation is not properly treated. In rare cases, when this condition gets very bad, it can cause the rupture of the Achilles tendon.

Causes of Achilles Tendonitis

Overuse is the cause of most cases of Achilles Tendonitis. As the Achilles tendon is strained, it becomes more inflamed and swollen. This causes pain and the breakdown of the tendon. Athletes are more likely to suffer from this condition because they push their feet to the max on a regular basis. People who are flatfooted are also more likely to suffer from this condition. This is because more stress is put on the foot due to the lack of the arch.

Symptoms

  • Pain
  • Stiffness
  • Tenderness
  • Intense pain

Treatment

  • Immobilization is commonly used to heal this condition. This is because it prevents the tendon from being used and exacerbating the problem. It also gives the tendon time to heal properly.
  • Ice is often used to reduce swelling, inflammation and pain.
  • Over-the-counter anti-inflammatory and pain medications may be prescribed to help relieve discomfort.
  • Orthotics can be made by a foot doctor that are custom for your feet. They fit right into the shoe and can alleviate symptoms and prevent further progression of Achilles tendonitis.
  • If your tendon hurts a lot at night, a night splint may be used to help prevent movement during sleep.

Achilles tendonitis can be a very painful condition. It can hurt so much that it can leave you immobile. If you are suffering from Achilles pain, call Dr. Alan J. Discont and Dr. Krahn of Family Foot & Ankle Care, PC located in Chandler, Arizona. The number is 480-732-0033 or make an appointment online today. Achilles tendonitis doesn’t have to interrupt your day.

By Family Foot & Ankle Care, PC
February 22, 2018
Category: Proper Foot Wear
Tags: corns   Calluses   blisters   snowboarding   lacing   foot  

Snowboarding is a fun pastime that many people take part in during the winter. They go out, buy their gear, and have a weekend away in the tranquility of the snowy mountains. When buying gear, they are sure to have their board, their snow pants, jacket, mittens, goggles and even their snowboard boots. Snowboard boots are key to having a good experience while snowboarding. If you do not have the proper pair, then you can suffer severe injury. One key thing to look out for when buying snowboard boots is the lacing.

There are many types of snowboarding boots available on the market, and one of the biggest differences is the lacing. Although there are all sorts of pros and cons, it really comes down to the fact that there are many different lacing styles available. The most important thing is that it suits your preference and riding style.

Boa lacing systems feature a super-convenient twist-to-tighten cable reel design that also easily releases tension. This makes it ideal for getting boots on and off quickly. Boa dials are easy to operate even while you’re wearing bulky gloves. One of the drawbacks of lower-cost Boa lacing can be uneven pressure throughout the boot due to the inability to adjust the tension in specific areas. Higher-end Boa boots feature multiple reels and lacing zones to address this problem and help prevent blisters, calluses, and corns on your feet.

Speed lace systems combine convenience and customizable tension, as most designs feature multiple lacing zones that are individually adjustable. Most speed lacing systems tighten each zone with the yank of a handle, which then locks the lace into place. Unfortunately, this type of boot can also be prone to loosening or slipping if the lace isn’t properly locked into place. This can be a hazard when out on the slopes, especially if your foot slips out of the boot.

Traditional lace systems allow you the ability to fine-tune lace tension. While traditional laces take a little more time and effort to tighten and adjust, it’s tough to top the customizable fit and support they can provide. Their main inconvenience is that they usually take more time to strap on.

Snowboarding is a great activity, but if you choose the wrong lace style it can cause severe injuries such as a break or fracture of the foot. If you suffer from an injury due to poor fitting snowboard boots, do not panic! Call Dr. Alan J. Discont and Dr. Krahn of Family Foot & Ankle Care, PC located in Chandler, Arizona. Call 480-732-0033 or make an appointment online today. A snowboarding injury can be fixed.