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By The Wisconsin Podiatric Medical Association
August 09, 2019
Category: Podiatry
Tags: Runner’s Injury  

Running is a great way to stay fit, gain strength and reduce stress. In fact, it could even help you live longer; however, while there are a number of benefits to running it’s also important that you recognize and do what you can to prevent injuries from happening. Recognize the warning signs of a runner’s injury and know when to visit a podiatrist for care. The Wisconsin Podiatric Medical Association has been providing patients with the names of doctors in the Milwaukee, Green Bay, Madison, Wausau and LaCrosse, WI areas.

When Muscle Soreness is a Problem

It’s normal for there to be some soreness and achiness in the muscles after working out or running. In some cases, this may even be a sign of muscle growth and development; however, repeated and excessive stress on muscles can also lead to injury. Here are the top causes of runner’s injuries,

  • Poor form
  • Improper stretching and warming up prior to working out
  • Incorrect or worn-out footwear

You Might be Overtraining

While most of us can recognize the importance of exercise and its numerous benefits, there is also too much of a good thing. Overtraining can also lead to injury and be harmful to your health. Signs of overtraining include,

  • Mood changes (e.g. irritability; increased anxiety)
  • Frequent illness
  • Constant exhaustion and fatigue
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Heaviness in the legs

The areas that most often experience pain and discomfort in runners include the shins, legs, feet, knees and ankles. While limiting or avoiding high-impact activities for a couple of days can eliminate minor aches and pains, depending on the severity of the injury the pain may last for weeks.

Common Types of Runner’s Injuries

While a foot and ankle specialist can treat a wide range of conditions and injuries, they most often see these injuries and issues in runners,

  • Shin splints
  • Runner’s knee
  • Plantar fasciitis (heel pain)
  • Strains and sprains
  • Stress fractures
  • Achilles tendonitis

Spot the Difference Between Normal Aches and a Running Injury

It isn’t always easy to tell the difference especially during or after a workout when your body may feel fatigued or sore; however, here are some ways to distinguish between the two,

Normal Aches and Pains

  • Burning or tenderness during exercise that is minor or goes away at rest
  • Pain that appears within 1-3 days after working out
  • The feeling lasts for 2-3 days before improving
  • Discomfort is muscle-related

A Running Injury

  • The pain is sharp and persistent both during exercise and at rest
  • The pain doesn’t lessen or go away by itself or with at-home care
  • The pain feels deeper or also affects the joints
  • The pain will appear either during exercise or within the first day

Everyone’s pain tolerance is different and those with especially high pain tolerances may not recognize when they may be dealing with the beginning stages of an injury. It’s best to play it safe and if you experiencing any of these symptoms of a foot or ankle injury that you take time to rest and see a podiatrist if symptoms don’t go away.

If you are looking for a podiatrist in the Milwaukee, Green Bay, Madison, Wausau OR LaCrosse, WI, area then turn to Wisconsin Podiatric Medical Association. Our association has been helping people of all ages find the foot and ankle care they need for the last 70 years. Call (608) 381-3530 today to find a podiatrist in your area.

By The Wisconsin Podiatric Medical Association
July 24, 2019
Category: Podiatry
Tags: Diabetic Foot Care  

When it comes to handling diabetes it’s important that you have a podiatrist that you can trust. After all, those with diabetes often face foot problems at some point during their lifetime, and it’s important that they have the right foot specialist to turn to.

For over 70 years, Wisconsin Podiatric Medical Association has been providing patients with the names of the top doctors in Milwaukee, Green Bay, Madison, Wausau and LaCrosse, WI to make sure they get the care they need when they need it. If you have diabetes, nerve damage or circulation issues in your feet this can lead to more serious complications. With diabetic foot problems being one of the most common causes of long-term hospitalizations for those with diabetes it’s important that you maintain a healthy lifestyle to promote healthy feet.

Managing your blood sugar levels and maintaining a healthy lifestyle is key to keeping your diabetes in check. Along with visiting your foot doctor regularly for checkups, it’s also important that you have the proper diabetes medication to keep your blood sugar within a healthy range. This involves some trial and error, so make sure you are working with your doctor to find the right medication. You should also make sure you are eating a healthy, balanced diet and getting regular exercise.

While this is the best way to stay healthy when you have diabetes, here are some everyday habits you should follow to keep your feet healthy and complication-free,

  • Perform self-exams on your feet everyday to look for redness, swelling, sore spots, calluses, corns, blisters and other problems that require attention.
  • Wash your feet everyday with soap and warm water. Dry your feet off thoroughly after bathing to reduce the risk of a fungal infection.
  • Always apply a moisturizer after bathing to prevent dryness and cracking.
  • Wear shoes and socks both indoors and outdoors to prevent injury or sores.
  • Don’t try to treat a corn, callus or wart on your own. See your podiatrist for treatment.
  • Keep toenails trim and always trim them straight across (not at an angle) to prevent ingrown toenails.
  • Consider getting custom orthotics from your foot doctor. These shoe inserts could provide your feet with additional support when walking or standing.

If you are looking for a podiatrist in Milwaukee, Green Bay, Madison, Wausau or LaCrosse, WI, then it’s time to turn to Wisconsin Podiatric Medical Association to help you find the podiatrist that will fit your needs. Call (608) 381-3530 today or visit The Wisconsin Podiatric Medical Association website with the convenient "Find a Podiatrist" feature.

By The Wisconsin Podiatric Medical Association
April 04, 2019
Category: Podiatry
Tags: Ingrown Toenails  

Are you susceptible to painful ingrown toenails? Find out what you can do to stop them.

While an ingrown toenail may not seem like a big deal at first, in reality, they can grow to be so uncomfortable that you have difficulty ingrown toenailputting on shoes or walking around. A common complication with ingrown toenails is that they sometimes can lead to infection, so it’s important to be able to recognize the symptoms and visit one of our members of the Wisconsin Podiatric Medical Association for treatment in Madison, Milwaukee, Green Bay, Wausau, or LaCrosse, WI. If ingrown toenails are happening to you rather regularly, here’s what you can do to prevent them in the future,

Know How to Care for Your Nails

If you find that you deal with ingrown toenails recurringly, it could be the way you trim your nails. It’s always a good idea to soak your feet before trimming the nails, as this will help soften them and make them easier to cut. From there, you will want to cut your nail straight across, never at an angle.

If you shape your toenails at an angle or at a curve this can cause them to grow into the side of the skin, leading to an ingrown toenail. Also, make sure to trim toenails so they are level with the tips of your toes (any shorter than that and you also risk developing an ingrown toenail).

Wear the Proper Shoes and Socks

The shoes that you wear can also affect the health of your toenails, as well as your feet. Women may be particularly prone to ingrown toenails as they often wear tightly fitted shoes, pointed shoes, or high heels. Furthermore, tight stockings can also put enough pressure on the toenails to cause an ingrown toenail. It’s important that shoes and socks do not confine your toes.

Avoid Foot Trauma

Obviously, no one wants to deal with traumatic foot injuries and we know you can’t always prevent them from happening, but if you play sports you may be particularly at risk for developing an ingrown toenail. To prevent this it is important that you wear the appropriate and protective footwear for your sport, and particularly for dancers, runners, and soccer players.

Concerned? Call Us Today!

If you are dealing with foot problems in Milwaukee, Green Bay, Madison, Wausau, or LaCrosse, WI, then it’s time to call The Wisconsin Podiatric Medical Association to find a podiatrist who can help you! Call (608) 381-3530. The Wisconsin Podiatric Medical Association website offers a convenient "Find a Podiatrist" feature to help you find a podiatrist in your area.

By The Wisconsin Podiatric Medical Association
March 27, 2019
Category: Podiatry
Tags: Runner's Injuries  

Foot and ankle injuries keep you from enjoying your favorite activity, whether you're a beginning runner or a marathoner. Prompt treatment Runner's Injuriesfor Achilles tendonitis, plantar fasciiitis, stress fractures, and other injuries is essential if you want to get back on your feet as soon as possible. Luckily, members of the Wisconsin Podiatric Medical Association offer effective treatments for common runner's injuries. Whether you live in Milwaukee, Green Bay, Wausau, LaCrosse, or Madison or another part of Wisconsin, you're never far from a foot doctor.

What causes runner's injuries?

Overuse injuries are the most common type of running injuries. If you've ever pushed yourself too hard or long or suddenly increased the intensity of your workout, you may have experienced one of these injuries:

  • Plantar Fasciitis: Plantar fasciitis occurs due to inflammation of the plantar fascia, a tough band of connective tissue that connects your toes to your heels on the bottom of your foot. If you have plantar fasciitis, you may notice worsening heel pain first thing in the morning or after standing for long periods. Podiatrists treat the condition with stretching exercises, night splints, physical therapy, corticosteroids, and orthotics.
  • Achilles Tendonitis: Inflammation in the long tendon at the back of your heel is the cause of Achilles tendonitis. Symptoms include burning pain, stiffness, thickening of the tendon and bone spurs. Pain may increase after running but may be even worse the next day. Ignoring these symptoms can lead to a partial or full tear in your tendon. Treatments for Achilles tendonitis include stretching exercises, physical therapy, heel cups, or orthotics, a cast or boot to reduce pressure on the tendon, and night splints.
  • Stress Fractures: Stress fractures occur when your muscles are overtaxed and transfer pressure to your bones. The pressure causes small cracks in the bones. Symptoms of stress fractures include worsening pain after activity, tenderness in the foot or ankle, and swelling. Rest is an important factor in your recovery. Your Madison, Green Bay, Milwaukee, Wausau, or LaCrosse podiatrist may also recommend a boot or cast and crutches to reduce pressure on your foot or ankle while it heals.

Do you need a podiatrist? The Wisconsin Podiatric Medical Association website offers a convenient "Find a Podiatrist" feature that can help you find a Madison, Green Bay, Milwaukee, Wausau, or LaCrosse, WI, foot doctor and ask any questions about runner's injuries.

By The Wisconsin Podiatric Medical Association
January 29, 2019
Category: Podiatry
Tags: Plantar Fasciitis  

Find out when you should turn to a podiatrist to treat your heel pain.

While anyone can develop heel pain did you know that women are actually more likely to experience this issue than men? Often times this plantar fasciitisis due to the footwear choices. Of course, no matter if you are a man or a woman, child or adult, if you are experiencing heel pain then our podiatrists at The Wisconsin Podiatric Medical Association serving Milwaukee, Green Bay, Madison, Wausau and LaCrosse, WI are here to help you figure out what’s going on and how to best treat it.

What causes plantar fasciitis?

The plantar fascia is a thick band of tissue that runs along the soles of the feet, connecting the heel bone with your toes. There are many factors that can affect the health of this tissue, resulting in inflammation or microtears. One common cause is wearing shoes that do not provide the feet with enough support, particularly around the arches. Those who are overweight or obese are also at a risk for developing plantar fasciitis because of the additional weight and pressure being placed on the feet.

Plantar fasciitis is also common in athletes, particularly runners, dancers and those involved in high-impact sports. It is very important that athletes wear the appropriate footwear for their chosen sport.

How can I treat this problem?

For some people, this inflammatory condition is acute, which means that it will go away with the proper care and rest. There are at home steps that your podiatrist may recommend to tackle the symptoms of plantar fasciitis. Common at-home measures you can take to treat plantar fasciitis include:

  • Taking an over-the-counter painkiller
  • Avoiding high-impact activities
  • Elevating and resting the foot
  • Bracing or splinting the foot to support the arches
  • Wearing supportive footwear
  • Using custom orthotics (shoe inserts)
  • Performing stretching and strengthening exercises

If your condition is more extreme, or if your symptoms don’t respond to at-home care, then our foot doctor may recommend physical therapy, corticosteroid injections (for severe or unresponsive pain and inflammation), shockwave therapy or surgery (only in rare cases).

Are you dealing with heel pain in Milwaukee, Green Bay, Madison, Wausau or LaCrosse, WI? If you are having trouble getting your symptoms under control then it’s time to call in the experts at Wisconsin Podiatric Medical Association. Call us today at (608) 381-3530 to find a podiatrist in your area.