Running Through the Foot Pain Can Cause Permanent Damage!

One of the most challenging things for a runner to decide is when it’s acceptable to run through pain vs. when it’s time to ease up a bit. It’s very common for runners to feel various pains and aches due to sore muscles, so not every pain felt will be a substantial cause for concern. Today, Dr. Hubert Lee of CarePlus Foot & Ankle Specialists is sharing important information regarding the permanent damage that can result from running through your foot pain.

There are times when it’s necessary to pay attention to what your body is saying to avoid any long-term, or even permanent, damage. Pain appears in various forms, making it challenging to determine what is causing it.

So if pain can be misleading, is it okay to just keep running when you’re in significant foot pain? And if you do decide to keep going, does that put you at risk of permanent nerve damage?

The correct answer will depend upon where you’re experiencing the pain, and how severe it is. If you run often and are experiencing unexplained pain coursing through your foot, you may a nerve issue.

Injured Nerves

When a nerve is injured or irritated, it can cause weakness, loss of motor function, numbness, burning sensations, or shooting pain through your foot. If you have any of these symptoms, you should not continue to run, as this may exacerbate the injury, possibly causing more permanent damage.

In some cases, muscle inflammation from overuse can lead to nerve problems. This condition can have an effect on various areas of the foot and is often treated with cortisone injections.

Another condition known as neuroma affects the nerve located between the toes, making it difficult to put weight on the ball of the foot. Repetitive and excessive high-impact exercises can further irritate neuroma, and cortisone injections are also used to treat this condition.

A good rule of thumb to follow is that if something is so painful that it’s hard for you to walk on it, you should not be running on it. And while it may be tempting to just power through, it is always better to be safe than sorry when it comes to maintaining your good health.

If you’re experiencing pain when running, don’t take chances by powering through it. Contact the office of Dr. Hubert Lee at CarePlus Foot & Ankle Specialists to schedule a consultation. Call our office today at (425) 455-0936 to book your visit or schedule an appointment online.

 

 

 

Are Your Feet Ready for Spring?

Keeping your feet healthy is fundamental to enjoying all that life has to offer. And by the time individuals reach the age of 50, they will have logged an astounding 75,000 miles on their feet. Today, Dr. Hubert Lee of CarePlus Foot & Ankle Specialists is sharing his tips for getting your feet healthy for spring and the warmer weather.

As you age, it becomes imperative that you find a podiatrist who can help you care for your feet properly, especially if you have bunions, diabetes, nail disorders, high blood pressure, cardiovascular problems, or undiagnosed pain.

The spring months are a popular time for people to think about their feet for the first time after a long winter in socks and boots. We all want our feet to look clean and well-maintained in sandals when the warmer weather hits.

Unfortunately, feet that are neglected can end up with a variety of disorders such as calluses, corns, ulcers, plantar warts, athlete’s foot, cracked heels, infections, fungal nails, ingrown nails, and dry skin, to name a few.

Here are some tips for getting your feet sandal-ready for spring.

  • Soak your feet. Soak your feet in a bath of warm water, a few drops of coconut oil and Epsom salts. This will soften the feet to make it easier to get rid of the dry skin.
  • Apply an intensive moisturizer to cracked heels and soles. Cracks in the feet can lead to infection if not remedied. But don’t use the moisturizer between your toes – that area should remain dry.
  • Smooth rough, troublesome corns and calluses. There are several ways to soften rough patches, including gels, files, electronic devices, and pumice stones. If you apply moisturizing cream and wear spa socks overnight, it can go a long way in softening the feet.
  • Reduce debris from keratin on the toenails. The nails can become unattractive after months of reduced airflow inside shoes and boots. Nails that are particularly thick, chalky, or yellow can be a sign of toenail fungus, which requires professional treatment.
  • Keep toenails trimmed. Trim toenails straight across and smooth the edges using a file so they can’t grow and cut into your skin. If you have trouble completing the task, ask your podiatrist to take over the job.

Don’t hide your feet this spring! By following these tips from our podiatrist, Dr. Hubert Lee of CarePlus Foot & Ankle Specialists, you and your feet can face spring fearlessly. If you notice a condition that needs expert help, call our office today at (425) 455-0936 to book your visit or schedule an appointment online.

If You Have Diabetes, You’ve Got to Stay Active!

Many people who suffer from diabetes are concerned about engaging in vigorous physical activity or exercise, and that’s understandable. One of the most challenging aspects of diabetes is how it makes a person more susceptible to injury, especially in the lower legs and feet. Today, our podiatrist, Dr. Hubert Lee of CarePlus Foot & Ankle Specialists is sharing information to alleviate your worries.

If you’re suffering from neuropathy and/or poor circulation, it can be easy to overlook a minor injury for so long that it becomes a bigger problem.

Regular exercise is a critical part of diabetes treatment and management. Engaging in an active lifestyle has major benefits for a person living with diabetes, including, but not limited to:

  • Weight loss;
  • Improved sugar regulation;
  • Better blood pressure and cholesterol regulation;
  • Improved blood flow to the feet;
  • Cells that are more efficient at absorbing nutrients.

Getting (or staying) in shape and living an active life is one of the best ways to keep your condition from worsening, and therefore preventing complications.

As a diabetic, you should be active but do so safely and responsibly

One element of this approach is the activities you select. Depending on the seriousness of any circulatory or neuropathy problems, running or high-impact sports might not be the best choice for you.

However, there are much lower-impact strength, aerobic, and range-of-motion exercises you can perform, including bicycling (outdoor or stationary), brisk walking, weight training, and swimming.

Another component is protection – you should always make sure you’ve got the proper gear for your activity. That includes comfortable shoes that breathe well, fit correctly, and are a good fit for the activities or sports you’ll be engaging in.

Lastly, determine how the exercise is affecting your sugar levels and prepare accordingly. That means always testing yourself before, during (if possible) and after exercising, at regular intervals. Stay hydrated, and pack some quick-acting carbs in the event if your sugar level gets too low. A great idea is to document how your sugar level varies with different activities, so you know what to expect going forward.

You should aim for at least 30 uninterrupted minutes of moderate exercise and stay active throughout the day. Try not to remain sedentary for long stretches of time.

If you have any additional questions regarding your diabetic foot care and how your activity level may be affecting it, call the office of Dr. Hubert Lee of CarePlus Foot & Ankle Specialists today at (425) 455-0936 to schedule a consultation.