Don’t Trust the Internet to Fix Your Running Injuries

Technology has impacted all areas of our lives. It has not only changed our social interactions – but it’s also altered how we access and view healthcare. Google’s doctors are available to anyone at any time to diagnose health conditions and offer treatment advice. Today, our podiatrist Dr. Hubert Lee of CarePlus Foot & Ankle Specialists discusses why you shouldn’t rely on the internet to treat your sports injuries.

Seek a Professional

The internet can be a valuable source of information. It’s important to understand what issues you can treat yourself and what necessitates a visit to your doctor.

A podiatrist who regularly treats athletes has the skill and first-hand knowledge to diagnose injuries more precisely, speed up healing and prevent the injuries from reoccurring. These doctors can prescribe a series of diagnostic tests, such as x-rays, MRIs, ultrasounds, and blood work to identify underlying problems.

Running Injuries

Swelling and pain in the lower leg can be tendinitis caused by overuse or shoes that don’t fit properly. Deep vein thrombosis (DVT) in the leg can travel into the brain and lungs and be fatal if it remains untreated. Runners are particularly vulnerable to DVT’s following a race due to trauma, dehydration, and inactivity.

Pain in the front of the foot may be the result of nerve irritation or neuroma, but it could also be caused by a stress fracture or tendinitis that can be identified with an x-ray.

Female distance runners face more risk after the age of 35, especially if they over-train and don’t rest enough between races. Nerve pain in the foot may also look like neuropathy and an early sign of diabetes.

Many patients assume that heel pain is the result of plantar fasciitis, but the pain could be caused by nerve irritation, a bone cyst or stress fracture. Often it is the neighboring posterior tendon that is the culprit and requires a different treatment approach. Arthritic disorders such as gout can also cause heel pain.

In Closing

The internet should not be used as a substitute for an in-person assessment by your podiatrist. Rather than spending time reading medical advice on the internet.

If you have unresolved problems in your lower extremity, use your smartphone or computer to make an appointment, not to look for treatment advice. Call the office of Dr. Hubert Lee of CarePlus Foot & Ankle Specialists today at (425) 455-0936 or schedule your appointment online.

Is Your Leg Pain Being Caused By Shin Splints?

Pain in your shin or the front of your lower leg can be challenging, especially when it affects your ability to perform everyday tasks like running and walking. But where is your shin pain originating? Today Dr. Hubert Lee of CarePlus Foot & Ankle Specialists is sharing what you need to know about this sometimes-baffling condition.

What Are Shin Splints?

Shin splints can be a painful condition that restricts your ability to run or walk. The ailment, which is marked by dull or sharp, aching pains in the front of your shins, often seems to appear for no apparent reason and without warning.

While there are things you can do to deal with the problem, it’s a good idea to talk with your podiatrist to thoroughly analyze your condition and determine the right course of treatment.

Could Something Else Be Causing Your Shin Pain?

In some cases, shin splints are not the source of your leg pain, so it is important to visit your podiatrist to ensure you get the proper diagnosis and treatment. Here are some other conditions that may be at the root of your pain.

  • Tibial stress fractures occur when you overstrain your shin bones and don’t allow enough recovery time.
  • Sciatica is a painful condition that originates in your lower back and causes irritation of your sciatic nerve.
  • Compartment Syndrome is a pain in your lower leg that happens when blood fills the muscles of your leg faster than it can escape.
  • Blood Clots in your lower leg usually cause calf pain, but in some rare cases, the symptoms may be felt in your shin.
  • Osteosarcoma or Tumor can be a cause of shin pain.
  • Posterior Tibialis Tendonitis is pain located behind your shin that can become irritated.

Diagnosing Shin Pain

If you are experiencing shin pain, your podiatrist may order diagnostic tests to determine the cause. These tests may include:

  • X-ray to rule out a stress fracture in your shin bone;
  • EMG testing to check on how your leg’s nerves are functioning;
  • MRI tests to view the soft tissue around your lower extremities;
  • Ultrasound to check the lower part of your leg for blood clots;
  • Physical exams that include palpation, range of motion tests, and strength testing.

If you begin experiencing pain in the front part of your lower leg that worsens while walking or running, you may have shin splints. But there may be other causes, so visit your podiatrist when leg pain strikes.

Once an accurate diagnosis is determined, proper treatment can be started, putting you on the road to a quick recovery. So don’t hesitate, call the office of Dr. Hubert Lee of CarePlus Foot & Ankle Specialists today to schedule a consultation so we can determine what’s causing your shin pain.

Athlete’s Foot: 12 Myths and Facts

Smothered inside socks and shoes all day, feet can become sweaty, stinky, and the perfect carriers for all sorts of germs that can cause a red, itchy condition called athlete’s foot. Today our podiatrist, Dr. Hubert Lee of CarePlus Foot & Ankle Specialists is sharing what you need to know about this contagious condition.

Read on to learn more about these common myths

Myth 1: Only athletes can get athlete’s foot. Athlete’s foot earned its name because the fungus that causes it typically hangs out in places that athletes frequent, like locker rooms and showers, not because it’s limited to athletes.

Myth 2: Athlete’s foot is different from jock itch. While jock itch and athlete’s foot are caused by the same fungus, the conditions are named by the part of the body where they occur.

Myth 3: Athlete’s foot can be prevented by regularly showering. Showering alone won’t clear up the fungus that causes athlete’s foot but keeping them clean and dry can help prevent this fungus from coming back.

Myth 4: Only people with poor hygiene habits get athlete’s foot. You can wash your feet several times a day with soap and water and still get athlete’s foot. This is especially true if you don’t dry your feet fully after each washing.

Myth 5: You can only get athlete’s foot if you walk barefoot in areas where the fungus is living. You can get it if you share socks, shoes or towels with someone who has athlete’s foot.

Myth 6: With athlete’s foot, there’s always peeling between the toes. This condition can look different in each person. Some people experience cracking or peeling skin between their toes while others suffer from dryness or redness on the bottom of their feet.

Myth 7: Athlete’s foot only affects the feet. Athlete’s foot can extend to other places if you scratch the area and then touch other parts of your body or through contaminated sheets or clothing.

Myth 8: If you wear shoes and socks all day you can’t get athlete’s foot.  Wet socks and shoes are the perfect environments for this fungus. Your feet are safe, as long as you keep them dry.

Myth 9: Athlete’s foot will heal on its own. Without treatment, your feet we become even itchier and result in a more serious infection. Antifungal creams and pills are the best treatment options.

Myth 10: You can stop treatment as soon as your symptoms are gone. To stop athlete’s foot from returning, continue using the medicine for as long as recommended.

Myth 11: Once you treat athlete’s foot, it won’t return. Even after treatment, athlete’s foot can return if you neglect to take steps to prevent its return.

Myth 12: You can’t get athlete’s foot if you wear cotton socks. The opposite is true. Synthetic fiber socks are the best option due to their better absorption of moisture.

Wondering if your itchy feet are being caused by athlete’s foot? Don’t hesitate – call the office of Dr. Hubert Lee of CarePlus Foot & Ankle Specialists today to schedule a consultation to determine if your condition is being caused by athlete’s foot and to discuss options for treatment.