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.
There are many different orthopedic injuries and conditions that can occur. Some orthopedic conditions are more common than other orthopedic conditions. Everyday in our office, we see a variety of different orthopedic injuries and conditions. We have put together a list of the most common conditions and injuries we see in our office.FracturesFractures are seen frequently in our office. Fractures can occur anywhere from the hand and wrist to the spine to the foot and ankle. When a fracture occurs, it is important to see an orthopedist soon after the injury, because fractures begin to heal themselves soon after the initial break. An orthopedist needs to be able to assess the fracture, before it starts to heal, in order to create a plan for the bone to heal correctly. Treatments such as using a brace or possibly even surgery, may be used to treat the fracture. ArthritisArthritis is a condition that can cause pain, swelling, and stiffness in the joints. There are a few different kinds of arthritis, such as osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. Arthritis can decrease the range of motion of a joint, which can interfere with normal daily activities. Treatment for arthritis can include physical therapy, medications to reduce inflammation, and possibly surgery. Ankle and Foot InjuriesAnkle and foot injuries are some of the most common orthopedic injuries that occur. Ankle and foot injuries can affect all aspects of life because they keep you off your feet. Injuries that occur in the foot and ankle can keep you from doing the things you love to do. When an injury happens in the foot or ankle, it is important to see an orthopedist as soon as possible so that they can help you get back on your feet and be able to do the things you love to do.Knee PainExperiencing knee pain can be a symptom of an orthopedic condition. Knee pain can make it difficult to walk and do daily activities. An orthopedist will be able to discover the cause of the pain and create a treatment plan. Depending on the source for the pain, the treatment plan can include physical therapy, injections, and possible surgery. Back and Neck painBack and/or neck pain can range from mild to severe. Depending on the intensity of the pain, it can cause reduced mobility and even limit normal activities. Orthopedists can help identify the root of the pain and create a plan of treatment for back and neck painIf you are experiencing any of the conditions, symptoms, or any other musculoskeletal conditions, please contact our office at 239 - 325 - 4090 to schedule an appointment for