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Foot Conditions: How to Avoid Common Running Injuries

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Whether you’re a running novice or you’ve made running a part of your daily routine; it’s no secret that foot conditions of any kind can put a damper on your favorite activity. Nothing causes more problems for runners than avoidable and common running injuries.

There are many types of running injuries, all caused by a variety of scenarios. While some may be inevitable, some can be avoided if you’re careful and aware. Below are some of the most common running injuries and their causes:

  • Plantar fasciitis occurs when the small tendons and ligaments on the foot have small tears or inflammation. In runners, plantar fasciitis happens when the force absorbed by the foot coming down in a run is too much to be sustained.
  • Achilles Tendinitis is an injury to the Achilles tendon, which connects the two calf muscles with the back of the heel. In runners, this is often the result of a rapid increase in running frequency.
  • Iliotibial Band Syndrome happens when the iliotibial band, which runs between the knee and the hip bone, rubs against the femur, causing friction and irritation on the outside of the knee. In runners, this injury is especially painful when the heel connects with the ground.
  • Runner’s Knee, also known as patellofemoral pain syndrome, occurs when the cartilage under the kneecap is irritated. This is commonly a result of overuse.

Other common injuries include: Shin splints, hamstring problems and stress fractures.

How to prevent painful foot conditions while running

It is absolutely critical that runners take care of their feet to avoid injury and worsening of any condition. Foot pain symptoms can appear at any point, for any reason, and it’s important to be aware in order to prevent any serious issues. Avoiding injury is one of the easiest things you can do to ensure that you’re enjoying your running routine with no problems. Here are some cautionary measures to take:

  1. Warm up and stretch, but don’t overdo it. Overstretching can put a strain on some of your tendons and muscles resulting in injury.
  2. Don’t let running be the only thing you do. In order for you to enjoy running more, it’s important to incorporate strength training. The stronger your body’s muscles and ligaments are, the less prone to injury you will be.
  3. Get the right shoes for you. The importance of using the right gear in your running regimen cannot be overstated. It is vital for runners to use the proper footwear to protect against shock, high impact and stress fractures. Proper footwear will also allow you to maintain a good running posture and stay comfortable for longer.
  4. Run in a variety of terrains to minimize injury. Also, be aware of the type of terrain you’ll be running in and consider whether or not it should be part of your routine. Sandy terrain, for example, is uneven and unstable, which can cause problems and injury, whereas a synthetic track can help those who need a smooth surface to run.

If you do injure your foot, it’s important to seek foot pain treatment immediately to prevent any permanent damage. Foot conditions can be debilitating for runners, but with the right plan of action to avoid injury, they do not have to signify the end of a cherished exercise routine.

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Bunion Treatment 101: What to Know from MISI

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People who wear tight, poor-fitting shoes and those who suffer from arthritis may find themselves in a constant battle with bunions. Bunions are a bone malformation at the base of the big toe (or, in some cases, the little toe) resulting from the toe being pushed inward against the joint. Bunions are painful and uncomfortable. Luckily, there are a number of bunion treatment options.

What Causes Bunions?

Bunions are typically caused by one of four factors:

  • Wearing high heels. Did you know women are ten times more likely to develop bunions then men? One of the reasons may be due to wearing high heels. High heels are pointed, narrow and shift the weight of the body forward, forcing toes into the front of the shoe. This forces the bones in the toes to be pushed together unnaturally, which can result in bunions over time.
  • Wearing ill-fitting shoes. Shoes that don’t fit properly, namely shoes that are too small or narrow, can also cause bunions. In people who suffer from bunions, when shoes don’t fit well or offer support, the bunion becomes the support, causing pain and discomfort.
  • Arthritis. Those who suffer from inflammatory types of arthritis, such as rheumatoid arthritis, are at a greater risk than most for developing bunions.
  • Family history. A propensity for bunions can be hereditary. So if bunions run in your family, there’s a chance you may suffer from bunions too.

Bunion Treatment and Prevention

While they can be uncomfortable and sometimes painful, it is important to remember that bunions are fairly common and not dangerous. There are a number of non-surgical bunion treatment options designed to relieve pain and discomfort associated with this ailment. They include:

  • Changing your footwear. Tight, poor-fitting shoes put pressure on the toes and can result in bunions or irritate existing bunions. Wear roomy, comfortable shoes to relieve pressure and provide plenty of space for your toes.
  • Adding proper support to your shoes. Padded shoe inserts help to evenly distribute pressure as you walk. This can help relieve pain and prevent the bunion from getting worse. Taping and padding your foot is also an option for keeping bones in position and relieving pressure and stress from the bunion area.
  • Taking pain relievers. Pain relievers such as Tylenol, Aleve or Advil can help by reducing swelling and relieving pain. In serious cases, cortisone shots can help relieve pain and inflammation caused by bunions.
  • Ice packs can relieve inflammation. Ice packs work by decreasing blood flow to the chilled area, thereby reducing inflammation and swelling. Try icing your bunion after a long day to relieve inflammation.

In most cases, surgery isn’t necessary, but rare cases require bunion removal surgery to get the foot back to where it should be. Bunion removal surgery works to realign the bone, ligaments, tendons and nerves in order to bring the big toe back into position.

How do you prevent bunions? Wearing shoes that are not too tight or narrow is a good start. Choose footwear that is wide enough to give your toes room to be comfortable and avoid being on your feet for long periods of time in shoes that irritate your feet. Find out more about bunion treatment and prevention from Minimally Invasive Foot Relief today.

Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery and More | How MISI Treats Football Injuries

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minimally-invasive-spine-surgeryDuring football season, you’ll often hear the same thing from your fantasy football-loving friends: “I can’t believe my player is injured!” As the season for this punishing sport rolls on, so does the potential for damage, at every level of play.  We often see patients with injuries similar to those that take your favorite quarterbacks and wide receivers out of the game, some of which we treat with innovative pain management procedures and if needed, minimally invasive spine surgeries, including:

  • Herniated Discs:

    You may remember Tony Romo suffering a herniated disc toward the end of the 2013 season. This type of injury can create serious pain and numbness in the lower back and legs. While the traditional surgical method requires stripping away back muscles and exposing the spine, we perform minimally invasive spine surgery, which is much less traumatic and avoids damaging muscles and surrounding tissues. Instead, the procedure often involves the use of real time X-rays and the insertion of a small tube system through a 3-7mm incision. Through minimally invasive spine surgery, patients can recover faster and get back to living.

  • Finger Fractures:

    Dez Bryant delayed treatment for his pinkie fracture for three games in the 2012-2013 season. Putting off finger fracture treatment is something you should never do. A fractured finger may seem like a small thing, but in reality it can be a complex injury. There are many bones in the hand that work together to perform specialized tasks, so an injury to one of them can cause the entire hand to be misaligned. Usually, fractured fingers can be repaired non-surgically using a splint, but in particularly bad cases surgery is required to promote and allow for proper healing.

  • Torn Meniscus:

    This is one of the most common sports injuries. When he landed awkwardly after a jump during this season opener, Jadeveon Clowney tore a meniscus, taking him out for four to six weeks. When one is torn, a person can experience pain, stiffness, swelling and the knee “giving way.” Similar to our minimally invasive spine surgery, we treat torn menisci using minimally invasive knee arthroscopy by inserting a tiny camera through a small incision to provide a clear view inside of the knee. Once inside, the surgeon repairs or trims the tears using state-of-the-art instruments and techniques.

  • Whiplash:

    This happens when an impact or blow causes the head to jerk forward or backward abruptly. Jay Cutler was forced to take some time out when he suffered this injury in 2012. A person suffering from whiplash has pain and stiffness in the neck and often in the muscles of the head, chest, shoulders and arms. For whiplash pain, we use real-time X-rays to map out pain trigger points, letting the doctors know exactly where to apply medicine.

Football players can benefit from minimally invasive surgery, but so can the rest of us! MISI is the most advanced option for treating spine, hand, foot and general pain. Call the Minimally Invasive Surgical Institute today at 855-466-6741 or visit our website to set up an appointment.

Meet MISI | Your Choice in Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery and More

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Minimally Invasive Spine SurgeryAt the Minimally Invasive Surgical Institute (MISI), our fellowship-trained doctors offer procedures including minimally invasive spine surgery to help decrease your pain without large incisions or lengthy recovery times. While traditional open neck and spine surgery require large incisions, long hospital stays and painful recoveries, minimally invasive spine surgery involves incisions so small that they can often be covered with a single Band-Aid®. Our team of certified doctors is dedicated to getting you back on your feet and back to your life more quickly.

While MISI is an innovator in spine procedures, we don’t just treat back pain and perform spine surgery. Our team specializes in a variety of areas, including the neck, hand, foot and general pain, to help our patients alleviate their symptoms and get back to living their lives stronger, healthier and happier.

Our doctors are more concerned with patients than procedures and will explore every possible treatment before suggesting surgery, which is always the last option. This might include rehab, physical therapy, outpatient pain management procedures or a variety of other options. If necessary, our team may then suggest an endoscopic procedure, laser spine surgery or minimally invasive spine surgery.

The primary difference between MISI and other clinics is our team of experienced and innovative surgeons.

Our doctors are fellowship-trained, educated to be thought leaders in their field and are on the cutting-edge of minimally invasive procedures.  As field authorities, they’re also advisors to international technology companies, helping design groundbreaking tools for minimally invasive surgery.

Why suffer with pain when you have an alternative? Get back to your life. Call the Minimally Invasive Surgical Institute today at 855-466-6741 to set up an appointment, and learn how you can benefit from minimally invasive spine surgery or our other minimally invasive treatments.