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Running is very accessibleit doesn't require any special equipment or a gym membershipwhich is why so many individuals decide to do it. Running can take a toll on the body, especially when the body is not used to the training or the training intensity changes too much in a short period of time. Injuries are more likely to occur when running without the proper warm-up or attire.Listed below are some common injuries that runners may face, as well as signs and symptoms to look out for.Plantar FasciitisThe plantar fascia is a band of tissue that connects the heel bone to the base of the toes. It supports the arch at the bottom of the foot. Plantar fasciitis occurs when the fascia tissue that links the heel to the base of the toes becomes inflamed. One of the main symptoms of plantar fasciitis is pain in the heel, especially after exercise or first thing in the morning.Achilles TendonitisThe achilles tendon is the band of tissue that connects the calf muscles at the back of the leg to the heel bone. Achilles tendonitis is an overuse injury to the achilles tendon. Symptoms can include a mild to severe ache or pain in the back of the leg or above the heel. Tenderness and stiffness in the morning, which gets better with activity, can also occur.IT (Iliotibial) Band SyndromeThe IT band is a thick band of tissue (ligament) that runs on the outside of the leg; it starts at the hip and extends to the outer side of the shinbone below the knee joint. IT band syndrome occurs when the band of tissue gets swollen and irritated from rubbing against the hip or knee bone. Symptoms can include hip or knee pain, redness, and warmth around the outside of the knee. The symptoms may start after exercise, and as they worsen, you will feel pain during exercise and during rest periods.Runners KneeRunners knee is a dull and aching pain that is felt behind the knee cap, especially where it meets the femur. Symptoms of runner's knee can include swelling, popping or grinding of the knee, and pain around or behind the knee.Ankle SprainAnkle sprains are one of the most common injuries that occur at all ages and at all activity levels. Ankle sprains occur when the ankle ligaments are stretched beyond their limits and tear. Sprains can range from a tiny tear to a complete tear of the ligament. Symptoms of ankle sprains can include swelling, pain, bruising, tenderness, and instability of the ankle.FracturesFractures are breaks or cracks in a bone. There are different kinds of fractures and different severities. Symptoms of fractures can include swelling, bruising, tenderness, or deformity. Fractures can occur in most bones; the most common area for fractures to occur in runners is in the foot or ankle.If you are experiencing any of the conditions or symptoms listed above, please call our office at 239 - 325 - 4090 to schedule an appointment for evaluation.
An orthopedic surgeon is a doctor who treats musculoskeletal conditions and injuries, and is trained to perform surgery when needed. Orthopedic surgeons are responsible for treating and diagnosing musculoskeletal conditions and injuries. Many people believe that orthopedic surgeons only use surgery as an option to treat orthopedic injuries and ailments. That is not true. Orthopedic surgeons use a variety of treatment options, surgery is only one option that orthopedic surgeons use to treat orthopedic injuries or ailments. Other treatment options that orthopedic surgeons use are injections, physical/ occupational therapy, braces, and splints. The injury or condition is what determines what kind of treatment options will be available.Orthopedic surgeons can see patients and treat a variety of different orthopedic conditions. Some orthopedic surgeons may choose to specialize in one area which could be foot and ankle, spine, or hip and knee. Other orthopedic surgeons may choose to not specialize, and work in general orthopedics. Conditions that orthopedic surgeons treat can include:ArthritisOsteoporosis FracturesSports InjuriesTendon or Ligament Issues Nerve ConditionsDegenerative Bone & Joint ConditionsOrthopedic surgeons provide both surgical and non-surgical treatment options for a variety of different treatment options. They are in charge of getting their patients back to doing what they love to do. If you are looking to make an appointment with an orthopedic surgeon, please contact our office at 239 - 325 - 4090. 325 - 4090.
Millions of American adults live with bone and joint-related conditions. According to the Nation Poll on Healthy Aging from the Institute for Healthcare Policy and Innovation at the University of Michigan, 60 percent of people between 50 and 80 have arthritis, which can cause severe joint inflammation and discomfort. And that number doesnt include the nearly 70 percent of seniors who experience joint pain but dont have an arthritis diagnosis. Beyond joint conditions, many seniors also experience bone-related injuries, such as fractures and breaks, most commonly due to falling. According to the CDC, nearly 300,000 adults 65 and older will have a hip fracture that requires hospitalization. In addition, some have to undergo a hip replacement. Hip replacement surgery is not all that common, but Cleveland Clinic states elbow replacements are becoming increasingly common.The primary risk factor leading to bone and joint-related conditions is age. This is because the body undergoes significant changes with age, leading to increased discomfort and a greater chance of injury. While you cant stop aging, understanding how the body changes can provide insight into maintaining healthy bones and joints. What happens to bones and joints with ageHuman bones have a skeleton made of bones. Bones meet at joints, allowing for flexibility and movement. Cartilage surrounds the end of the bone where it meets at a joint, which cushions the bones and keeps them from grinding against each other. The bones, joints, and cartilage undergo many changes as the body ages. Bones lose calcium and other minerals, resulting in decreased bone density, making it easier for them to break or fracture. Many seniors also experience stiffer joints because of reduced fluids in the joints or the wearing away of cartilage. These changes can lead to various bone and joint-related conditions like osteoporosis and certain types of arthritis. Tips for maintaining healthy bones and joints You cant stop your bones and joints from aging, but there are steps you can take to maintain healthy bones and joints and reduce your chances of injury. Visit your doctor. The best first step for your health is to speak with your doctor. Let them know if youre feeling discomfort or noticing stiffness. Tell them if youve had a fall or hurt yourself, even if it feels embarrassing. Consider working with a dietitian or nutritionist. What you eat can play a vital role in the overall health of your body. For example, foods may trigger symptoms, such as joint inflammation, while other foods provide ease. Get to know your family medical history. Having a family history of certain diseases can put you at risk for them. For example, talk to your immediate family about joint or bone-related conditions like osteoporosis. Be sure to share whatever you learn with your doctor so they can provide prevention plans. Working with Visiting Angels If youre experiencing bone and joint changes that make caring for yourself challenging, the Visiting Angels team can help. Our professional caregivers provide nonmedical assistance so clients can have a more accessible and safer at-home life. Caregivers can help with light housekeeping, medication reminders, meal preparation, transportation, personal grooming, mobility assistance, and more. Our Wayzata office works with seniors in Minneapolis and the West and Southwest communities. If youd like to learn more about our services or schedule a complimentary consultation, send us a message or call (952) 935-0789.