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Tuesday, 16 July 2024 00:00

Common Running Injuries and Treatment

Common running injuries include shin splints, Achilles tendinitis, plantar fasciitis, and stress fractures. Shin splints cause pain along the shin bone due to overuse or wearing improper footwear. Achilles tendinitis involves inflammation of the Achilles tendon, while plantar fasciitis affects the band of tissue that connects the heel to the toes, causing heel pain. Stress fractures are tiny cracks in bones due to repetitive force. Evaluation involves a physical examination, imaging tests like X-rays or MRI scans, and a review of the runner's history and habits. Prevention includes proper warm-ups, wearing appropriate shoes, gradually increasing running intensity, and incorporating strength and flexibility training. Treatment varies but often includes rest, compression, elevation, gentle stretching, and sometimes anti-inflammatory medications or orthotics. If you are a runner who has sustained an injury to your feet or ankles, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist for a proper diagnosis and treatment.

Ankle and foot injuries are common among athletes and in many sports. They can be caused by several problems and may be potentially serious. If you are feeling pain or think you were injured in a sporting event or when exercising, consult with Thomas Vail, DPM from Step Alive Foot & Ankle Center. Our doctor will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.

Common Injuries

The most common injuries that occur in sporting activities include:

  • Achilles Tendonitis
  • Achilles Tendon Rupture
  • Ankle Sprains
  • Broken Foot
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Stress Fractures
  • Turf Toe


Symptoms vary depending upon the injury and in some cases, there may be no symptoms at all. However, in most cases, some form of symptom is experienced. Pain, aching, burning, bruising, tenderness, tightness or stiffness, sensation loss, difficulty moving, and swelling are the most common symptoms.


Just as symptoms vary depending upon the injury, so do treatment options. A common treatment method is known as the RICE method. This method involves rest, applying ice, compression and elevating the afflicted foot or ankle. If the injury appears to be more serious, surgery might be required, such as arthroscopic or reconstructive surgery. Lastly, rehabilitation or therapy might be needed to gain full functionality in the afflicted area. Any discomfort experienced by an athlete must be evaluated by a licensed, reputable medical professional.  

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in Findlay, OH . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Tuesday, 09 July 2024 00:00

Causes and Definition of Heel Spurs

A heel spur, medically known as a calcaneal spur, is a bony growth that develops on the underside of the heel bone. This condition often results from long-term strain on the foot muscles and ligaments, commonly associated with repetitive activities such as running or jumping. Over time, this strain leads to the accumulation of calcium deposits, forming the bony protrusion. Heel spurs are frequently linked to plantar fasciitis, an inflammation of the plantar fascia tissue that runs along the bottom of the foot. Factors contributing to heel spur development include wearing ill-fitting shoes, excessive weight, and having flat feet or high arches. If you have heel pain, it may be indicative of a heel spur, and it is suggested that you consult a podiatrist who can accurately diagnose and offer a comprehensive treatment plan for heel spurs.

Heel spurs can be incredibly painful and sometimes may make you unable to participate in physical activities. To get medical care for your heel spurs, contact Thomas Vail, DPM from Step Alive Foot & Ankle Center. Our doctor will do everything possible to treat your condition.

Heels Spurs

Heel spurs are formed by calcium deposits on the back of the foot where the heel is. This can also be caused by small fragments of bone breaking off one section of the foot, attaching onto the back of the foot. Heel spurs can also be bone growth on the back of the foot and may grow in the direction of the arch of the foot.

Older individuals usually suffer from heel spurs and pain sometimes intensifies with age. One of the main condition's spurs are related to is plantar fasciitis.


The pain associated with spurs is often because of weight placed on the feet. When someone is walking, their entire weight is concentrated on the feet. Bone spurs then have the tendency to affect other bones and tissues around the foot. As the pain continues, the feet will become tender and sensitive over time.


There are many ways to treat heel spurs. If one is suffering from heel spurs in conjunction with pain, there are several methods for healing. Medication, surgery, and herbal care are some options.

If you have any questions feel free to contact our office located in Findlay, OH . We offer the latest in diagnostic and treatment technology to meet your needs.

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Tuesday, 02 July 2024 00:00

How to Manage Ankle Sprains

Ankle sprains occur when the ligaments that support the ankle stretch or tear, often due to sudden twisting, turning, or rolling of the foot. They are common in sports and activities that involve quick changes in direction. Symptoms can include pain, swelling, bruising, and difficulty walking or bearing weight on the affected ankle. Severe sprains may also cause instability and a popping sensation at the time of injury. Complications can include chronic ankle pain, instability, and arthritis if not properly treated. Treatment generally involves rest, compression, elevation, and anti-inflammatory medications to help manage the pain and swelling. Targeted stretching exercises are important for restoring strength and flexibility. Recovery time varies depending on the severity of the sprain but usually takes several weeks to a few months for full strength to return. If you believe you have sprained your ankle, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist for a proper diagnosis and treatment.

Ankle sprains are common but need immediate attention. If you need your feet checked, contact Thomas Vail, DPM from Step Alive Foot & Ankle Center. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

How Does an Ankle Sprain Occur?

Ankle sprains take place when the ligaments in your ankle are torn or stretched beyond their limits. There are multiple ways that the ankle can become injured, including twisting or rolling over onto your ankle, putting undue stress on it, or causing trauma to the ankle itself.

What Are the Symptoms?

  • Mild to moderate bruising
  • Limited mobility
  • Swelling
  • Discoloration of the skin (depending on severity)

Preventing a Sprain

  • Wearing appropriate shoes for the occasion
  • Stretching before exercises and sports
  • Knowing your limits

Treatment of a Sprain

Treatment of a sprain depends on the severity.  Many times, people are told to rest and remain off their feet completely, while others are given an air cast. If the sprain is very severe, surgery may be required.

If you have suffered an ankle sprain previously, you may want to consider additional support such as a brace and regular exercises to strengthen the ankle.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office located in Findlay, OH . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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