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.

 

 

 

An Exciting New “Fix” for Achilles Tendinitis and Plantar Fasciitis

Foot problems cannot only be incapacitating, but they can also be quite frustrating at times. Many sufferers have tried everything from corticosteroid injections to acupuncture only to find temporary relief from their pain. Today, our podiatrist, Dr. Hubert Lee of CarePlus Foot & Ankle Specialists is sharing news about a new treatment for common foot problems.

Plantar fasciitis affects more than one million people each year, and Achilles tendinitis plagues many runners and athletes. There is now a new treatment option called Amnio-Fix to help patients recover.

Here are answers to some of the most common questions we receive regarding the Amnio-Fix injection:

  • What is Amnio-Fix? Amnio-Fix is a human-derived composite tissue membrane that is made from donated tissue. It is taken from healthy, consenting mothers who have had cesarean sections. Once the tissue has been cleaned, sterilized, and dehydrated, it is blended with sterile saline to produce an injectable mixture that possesses amazing healing capabilities.
  • Is it Safe? There have been no accounts of serious side effects or complications to date. Patients may face some minor discomfort near the injection site for up to three days, but it can be managed using ice and elevation to reduce any swelling.
  • How Does Amnio-Fix Differ from Other Treatments? An Amnio-Fix injection is different from platelet-rich plasma injections and corticosteroid injections because it helps regenerate damaged tissue.

Corticosteroid shots are typically administered after other conventional treatments methods fail, but they only mask the pain, so the cause remains unresolved. Moreover, platelet-rich plasma injections do not possess the growth factors needed for tissue regeneration.

  • Is There Any Research About its Effectiveness?

A study published in Foot & Ankle International found that a single injection of Amnio-Fix generated significant improvement in plantar fasciitis symptoms within one week of treatment. Over the course of the trial (which lasted 8 weeks) patients exhibited improvements in terms of pain levels and function.

Comparable findings were presented in the Journal of Sports Medicine regarding the usage of amniotic tissue to treat plantar fasciitis.

If you are experiencing symptoms of plantar fasciitis or Achilles tendinitis, call the office of Dr. Hubert Lee of CarePlus Foot & Ankle Specialists at (425) 455-0936. To schedule a consultation to learn more about treatment using Amnio-Fix injections.

Can Custom Orthotics Ease Your Foot Pain?

If your feet are constantly aching, you may be wondering if store-bought nonprescription inserts can help. In some cases, it might, but depending on your particular problem, you might need orthotics instead. Today, our podiatrist, Dr. Hubert Lee of CarePlus Foot & Ankle Specialists is sharing what you need to know to make a decision.

The inserts purchased in stores without a prescription can offer some support. They are typically constructed of materials such as plastic, foam or gel and are designed to fit inside shoes, but they are not custom-made. In addition, while inserts might make your shoes feel more comfortable, they are not intended to correct foot problems.

How Are Orthotics Different?

Custom orthotics are prescription devices that are worn inside shoes to correct foot problems. They can also ease foot pain caused by medical issues such as arthritis, plantar fasciitis, bursitis, and diabetes and flat feet.

During an appointment, your podiatrist will take 3-dimensional pictures of each foot and conduct a comprehensive exam. If you do need orthotics, your podiatrist will capture the structure of your feet using plaster casts to achieve a perfect fit. When ready, they turn into rigid or soft orthotics.

Types of Orthotics

Rigid orthotics are constructed from materials like carbon fiber or plastic and are best for dress shoes that have a closed toe and low heel or walking shoes. They are specifically designed to relieve aching feet and soreness in the legs, thighs, and lower back.

Soft orthotics are made from soft compression materials and provides support to take pressure off painful spots from conditions such as plantar fasciitis or diabetic-related foot problems. There are also special orthotics specifically designed for sporting equipment such as ice skates and ski boots.

While orthotics cost more than inserts, keep in mind that you’re also getting a medical assessment of any foot problems, a customized fit, and high-quality materials that will last for several years (with proper care). In addition, since orthotics are prescription medical devices, your insurance company might help cover the cost.

Not every patient will need custom orthotics – in some cases; a proper, supportive shoe may be all that is required to relieve or prevent pain.  Based on your diagnosis by Dr. Hubert Lee of CarePlus Foot & Ankle Specialists, a custom orthotic may be an excellent treatment for what is ailing your feet.  Call our office today at

(425) 455-0936 or schedule an appointment online.