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By Foot & Ankle Specialists of Nashville
April 23, 2015
Category: Heel Pain

Is your first step out of bed painful? Do your heels hurt after you've been sitting for a while? If so, the likely cause of your heel pain is a condition known as plantar fascitis. This condition is caused by an inflammation of the plantar fascia, the strip of strong body tissue extending from the bottom of the heel bone to the ball of the foot. It's job is to hold the foot bones and joints in place. When it becomes stressed, the heels hurt during your first few steps in the morning, after any periods of rest, or long intervals of standing. Plantar fascitis can result in heel spurs, which are small pieces of bone that can grow on the bottom of your heel. The cause of plantar fascitis is not always known but common causes can be changes in activity or recent weight gain.

Some of the common treatments to relieve heel pain may include steroid injections, strapping, stretching exercises, and custom made orthotics. Your feet aren't supposed to hurt and there are ways to alleviate your discomfort. Please call the Foot & Ankle Specialists of Nashville for an appointment.

P.S. Causes of heel pain other than plantar fascitis could include stress fractures, entrapped nerves, bruises, bursitis, arthritis, deterioration of the heel's fat pad, improper shoes, and weight gain.

By Foot & Ankle Centers, PC
December 29, 2014
Category: Foot Care
Maintaining healthy feet and legs is a must-have for anyone, but especially for athletes.
 
Whether you’re an avid runner or your child plays high school football, being active is a wonderful way to stay fit and healthy. While sports have its obvious advantages, there are also some cons to these otherwise fun activities. Sometimes injuries occur during the heat of the game and you need someone to turn to who can help treat your foot, ankle or leg problems. That’s where your Nashville sports podiatrist comes in.
 

What kinds of problems do you treat?

We offer a full range of podiatric treatments in Nashville, so we treat everything from Achilles tendonitis and sprains to Athlete’s foot, bunions and fractures. When you come in with a sports-related injury, the first thing we will do is run certain physical tests to check your lower limb function and to see where your pain originates. We will check your posture and alignment and determine if there are any structural imbalances. We will also obtain proper imaging to assist in diagnosing your problem (i.e. x-rays, MRI, CT Scan). From there we will provide you with a diagnosis and treatment plan.
 

How do you treat sports-related injuries?

Since there are some many different diagnoses, it’s difficult to tell you exactly what treatment would work best for you and your foot problems; however, here are some of the standard rules of treatment that we tend to follow:
  • Over-the-counter medications
  • Orthotics
  • Physical therapy
  • Alternative therapies
  • Surgery

Here is some advice we recommend athlete’s take seriously if they want to stay in the game and off the bench:

Sports Podiatry

Check your shoes: make sure your athletic shoes have good support and fit properly. If you’re involved in high-impact sports, you want a shoe that can really provide sturdy protection for your ankles and feet so they don’t take a beating.
 
A good rule of thumb for runners: most athletic tennis shoes begin to break down around the 300 to 400-mile mark. For other athletes, examine the outsoles of your shoes. If they are starting to smooth over, they are losing their tread. That means it’s time to get a new pair!
 
Condition your body: Even if your sport isn’t in season, it’s important to still keep your body strong and flexible. This means participating in pre-season conditioning so that you don’t risk injury the next time you start playing again.
 
Always warm-up: You should always warm up for about 5 to 10 minutes before getting on the field. This includes a low level of cardiovascular exercise that mimics the movements of your chosen sport.
 
Use proper equipment: Besides shoes, it’s important that you have the proper protective gear for your sport. This includes helmets, padding and face masks. Make sure these items aren’t worn, cracked or broken. They should be in pristine condition if you expect them to provide the best protection.
 

Call Foot & Ankle Specialists of Nashville Today!

If you’re an athlete worried about aches and pains, then give our Nashville office a call. We know what to do to get you back on your feet and back in the game.
 
Are you a patient of Foot & Ankle Specialists of Nashville? If so, we would love to hear about your experiences below!
December 17, 2014
Category: Nail Spa
Tags: Saftey  
Lots of ladies (and even some gents!) like to polish their piggies with lovely lacquers. But in recent years,
some have become concerned that the rainbow on your toes could perhaps be harmful to your health. Your
Tennessee foot specialists at Foot & Ankle Specialists of Nashville and The Nail Spa at FAC want to make sure you’re
fully informed about the safety of your manicure in Nashville.
 
What are the dangerous claims about nail polish?
 
Certain brands and colors of nail polish were tested in a 2012 California study to see if they contained various dangerous chemicals. Remember dissecting frogs back in junior high? The animals were preserved in the chemical formaldehyde, a known carcinogen, and a known ingredient in some nail polishes. 
 
Formaldehyde is used in polish as a hardening agent, while DBP (dibutyl phthalate) provides sheen and flexibility to the formula and toluene evenly suspends the color. These two are known to cause birth defects and should probably be avoided by pregnant women. Additionally, they can also lead to developmental issues so some pediatricians recommend not painting the nails of children, especially ones that bite their fingernails.
 
What is the reality?
 
The Nashville foot doctors at Foot & Ankle Specialists of Nashville don’t want you to worry too much, though. Unless you’re around nail polish fumes for extended periods of time, your risks aren't terribly high. Since the study was published, many of the companies, largely lesser-known names, have said they’ve removed these chemicals from their products, while others simply no longer state that their polishes are free of these materials.
 
However, with major brands such as OPI, the some most serious risks are irritation to the eyes, lungs and skin. As any frequent polisher knows, these are traditionally mild and go away quickly.Nail polish is, overall, a relatively safe product. As with any chemical, it must be used with caution in order to avoid any possible negative effects. Research a brand to make sure it doesn’t use any harmful materials 
any only use as directed.
 
When getting your manicure in Nashville, choose wisely. The specialists at Foot & Ankle Specialists of Nashville and The Nail Spa at FAC want to ensure you are in good health from head to painted toes.
 
October 17, 2014
Category: Uncategorized
Tags: Untagged

Fall is a great time of year in the state of Tennessee... Cooler temperatures, sunshine filled days, and beautiful changes in scenery. This allows a great opportunity for many to make their way to the Smoky mountains or other parks/trails for a day or weekend worth of hiking. However, one must carefully select their gear for such trips, and this certainly includes what to wear on your feet. Here are a few tips to ensure your hiking adventures are enjoyable and easy on your feet:

1. Proper shoe gear - For many of you, hiking may be an activity only enjoyed a few times a year. As a result, several people simply select tennis shoes/sneakers or cross trainers for their trip. However, these shoes are not made for that terrain. Select a good hiking boot with a stiff sole and good traction, and preferably one that extends and laces up past the ankle. This will provide more support and decrease your chances of a sprained ankle or tendinitis. 
 
2. Know your feet - Address and/or plan for any problems you may have experienced in your feet in the past. For example, if you have a history of ingrown nails, be sure to trim them well prior to stepping onto the trail. If you have flat feet or pain with long walks/runs, make sure to wear your inserts/orthotics (or have an evaluation for these issues prior to departure).
 
3. Socks - All that hiking will undoubtedly cause sweating, and depending on the weather/trail, you may find yourself in wet socks/shoes. Be sure to bring extra socks with you and keep them dry in your pack. Change them if your current pair becomes wet/saturated. This will help prevent from developing any fungus and/or blisters. Powder for your shoes and feet will also help. Synthetic socks are good for warmer climates, and wool for hikes on cooler days. Also be sure your socks extend up your foot/ankle past the top of your shoes. This will help prevent blister formation on the back of your heels and ankle. 
 

Hopefully these few simple tips will help make your hike enjoyable and easy on your feet. Stay safe and stay active!

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