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By Family Foot & Ankle Care, PC
February 08, 2018
Category: Exercise injury

In a physically challenging sport such as aerobics, injuries are common, and often involve the foot, ankle, and lower leg. Podiatrists say that most injuries from aerobics result from improper shoes, surfaces, or routines, and overuse of muscles through too vigorous a regimen. This can be detrimental to the foot, ankle, and legs as they need a lot of protection when they are constantly in use. If the feet and ankles are not protected, they can suffer from disorders such as bunions, heel spurs, plantar fasciitis, shin splints and more.

If you are attending an aerobics class, make sure it is led by a certified instructor. Hardwood floors, especially with padded mats, are the best surfaces possible for the feet and body during the high impact of the activity. If you can, start with a multi-impact class where you can start at a low-impact level and work your way up as your conditioning improves. This will allow your feet and ankles to get used to the vigorous activity and build up a tolerance. Be sure to give the feet and ankles breaks in between classes so that they can rest and heal.

Exercising at home with a video can be cost-efficient, but it is still important to be very careful. Read the label to determine whether the video is produced by certified aerobics instructors and whether you can handle the degree of impact. While it's safe to do low-to-moderate impact aerobics on the living room carpet, that's not a proper surface for high-impact routines. At-home aerobics can cause an array of foot and ankle problems if you have not done it before.

Any time you partake in aerobics, be sure to include a proper warm-up period. Make sure there are no rapid, violent movements. Knees should always be loose during warm-up. A static stretch held for 10 seconds can help avoid overstretching injuries as well.

Drink adequate water to avoid dehydration during workouts. Dehydration can cause nausea, dizziness, muscle fatigue, and cramping. For exercise lasting longer than 45 minutes, a sports nutrition drink may be superior to water.

Don't underestimate the importance of the cool-off period. It burns off lactic acid (which makes muscles feel tired) and adrenaline while keeping blood from pooling in the extremities.

Be sure to start slow. Unless you have been doing aerobics all of your life, it is not likely that you will be able to keep the pace of a professional who does it every day, multiple times a day. Be sure to invest in the proper equipment and footwear prior to the start of your regimen to prevent injury. If you do injure yourself while partaking in the activity, see a podiatrist right away. Immediate treatment of foot and ankle problems can prevent severe problems down the road. 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. Don’t let the fear of an aerobic injury prevent you from enjoying it.

By Family Foot & Ankle Care, PC
January 31, 2018
Category: Foot Conditions
Tags: Swelling   Acrocyanosis   frostbite   tumors   podiatrists  

As we grow, we often hear the saying “Until I’m blue in the face” and know that it is associated with something happening for a long, seemingly endless time. This is a common phrase and is generally accepted among most people of us. But when it comes to our feet, being blue in the feet is not something you think of as a normal occurrence.  In fact, most people often link blue feet to frostbite and coldness, but podiatrists know that it can also be due to a disorder called Acrocyanosis.

Acrocyanosis is persistent blue discoloration of the extremities, most commonly occurring in the hands, although it also occurs in the feet and some parts of the face.  Unfortunately, the reason behind the disorder is still unknown. The primary form of acrocyanosis is that of a benign cosmetic condition, sometimes caused by a gentle neurohormonal disorder.

Acrocyanosis may be a sign of a more serious medical problem, such as

  • Connective tissue disorders
  • Infections
  • Toxicities
  • Certain blood clotting syndromes
  • Abnormal blood proteins
  • Tumors in the respiratory tract

Signs and Symptoms

Acrocyanosis is characterized by skin discoloration, especially of the extremities. The extremities often are cold and clammy and may exhibit some swelling This tends to be even more predominant in warm weather. The palms and soles begin to sweat moderately to profusely. Exposure to cold temperatures worsens the discoloration of the skin. Aside from the color changes, there are not typically any other symptoms and therefore there is usually no associated pain. The most common sign, discoloration, usually is what prompts patients to seek medical care.

Treatment

There is no standard medical or surgical treatment for acrocyanosis, and treatment, other than avoidance of cold, is usually unnecessary. If the discoloration is due to an underlying medical condition, it is recommended that the underlying medical condition be treated to help relieve the discoloration of the skin.

Prognosis

While there is no cure for acrocyanosis, patients otherwise have an excellent prognosis.  Unless acrocyanosis results from another condition, there is no associated increased risk of disease or death, and there are no known complications.

Are your feet blue without cause? Tried warmer clothes, vascular exercises, and other tricks to get them back to their healthy glow? 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. Your feet may be blue, but we are here for you.