Protect Your Children from Sports Injuries With These 3 Top Tips

As parents, we always want to protect our children, so when it comes to them taking part in sports, it can be challenging to just sit by and not concentrate on the possible problems that could happen. Luckily you don’t have to spend the season worrying or covering your eyes whenever your child is put into the game!

Relax and enjoy the game with these tips from Dr. Hubert Lee of CarePlus Foot & Ankle Specialists 
  1. Put them in the proper gear. Ensure that they have all the protective equipment they need for the sport, including the proper shoes. Inspect the gear on a regular basis to make sure that it fits properly and is in good condition. And make sure your child is wearing their equipment the right way.
  2. Motivate them to practice. Practicing the required skills and working on proper form is vital to staying safe in sports. Properly warming up and stretching prior to any activity and progressively building up one’s fitness level can also help to avoid injuries in younger athletes.
  3. Monitor and prepare for the weather. Ensure that your child is prepared for the weather conditions to avoid overheating or tightened muscles in the colder temperatures. Layers are recommended so children can remove or put on what they need. It’s also a great idea to keep gloves, hats and extra clothes and socks in your child’s game bag – and don’t forget the water!

While it might be less stressful for you if your children stuck to non-impact sports like competitive reading or chess, our kids do tend to love sports. And let’s face it, parents enjoy watching their kids participate, even if an injury is a possibility.

Hopefully, by following these tips to protect your young athlete, you can watch with a little less concern! Of course, nothing is foolproof, so if your child is injured, get in touch with Dr. Hubert Lee at CarePlus Foot & Ankle Specialists.  Call our office today at (425) 455-0936 to book your visit or schedule an appointment online so your child can get back in the game.

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.

 

 

 

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.