Southern Oregon Podiatrists Answer Your Top Questions About Foot and Ankle Pain
Stop questioning your foot and ankle pain. Start getting answers! Read our FAQ articles for tips from our Southern Oregon podiatrists to help you feel better and get healthy.
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How can I avoid shin splints?
We can certainly provide treatment when issues arise, but your best move is to take measures to prevent shin splints from developing in the first place. Fortunately, these methods are not particularly difficult and will help you avoid a lot of pain.
Here are some of the best tips for shin splint prevention:
Cross-train – Incorporate low-impact activities into your workout program to help you avoid excessive wear and tear on your body’s tissues.
Stretch – Keep your muscles and connective tissues limber by performing stretching exercises that we can provide for you.
Make gradual increases – Trying to do too much on the front end does not give your body time to adjust. Start new exercise routines at an easy level and make gradual progressions with intensity and duration.
These tips will lower your risk of developing shin splints, but if this is an issue that keeps arising, come see us here at our Medford, OR office. We will determine the root cause of the problem and provide any necessary treatment. Contact Southern Oregon Foot & Ankle, L.L.C. by calling (541) 776-3338, or schedule your appointment with us online today.
Do I need surgery for a stress fracture in my foot?
It really depends on your particular situation, but surgery for a stress fracture is rarely necessary. We are more likely to treat one of these fractures with the use of conservative, nonsurgical methods. A major component of treatment is centered on reducing the weight-bearing load on your injured bone until it has healed.
Rest and walking boots help reduce pressure on your foot. Ice can relieve pain and reduce swelling in the affected area. Once you are able to resume activities (with approval from Dr. Evan Merrill), they must progress on a gradual basis. There are instances where surgery may be necessary, but we always try conservative measures first.
When you think that you may have suffered a fracture in your bone, even one of these tiny hairline cracks, make an appointment with Southern Oregon Foot & Ankle, L.L.C. We will properly diagnose your condition and evaluate the extent of any damage before developing an effective treatment plan for you. Our Medford, OR office is here to provide any information and treatment you may need. Simply give us a call at (541) 776-3338 or use our convenient online form to schedule an appointment today.
What is a stress fracture?
A stress fracture is a tiny crack in bone, often the result of overuse. Most of these fractures happen in the weight-bearing bones of your lower limbs and appendages. When your muscles become fatigued due to the repeated stresses that happen with high-impact sports like basketball or long distance running, they do not absorb as much shock as they typically would. This transfers the pressure (stress) to your bones.
Your bone tissue undergoes a perpetual cycle of resorbing and regenerating cells. When it is tasked with handling the extra pressure, it resorbs at a faster rate than it regenerates and this leads to tiny fissures in the tissue. With repeated trauma, these fissures become fractures.
If you feel that you may have fractured one of the bones in your toes, feet, or ankles, contact Southern Oregon Foot & Ankle, L.L.C. Our office is conveniently located in Medford, OR and Dr. Evan Merrill will be happy to help. We’ll provide an accurate diagnosis and create an effective treatment plan so that you can resume normal activities in a timely fashion. Call us at (541) 776-3338 or use our online form to schedule an appointment today.