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Posts for: April, 2014

By Dr. Howard Schaengold
April 08, 2014
Category: Sports Injuries

Baseball batThe bat cracks and the crowd goes wild. The crowd’s roar can be heard from high school ball diamonds all the way to Safeco Field. Spring is here. Whether you warm the bleachers at your kids’ games or take in a Mariners game this weekend, one thing you hate to see is a player down on the field with an injury. Baseball injuries may be an inevitable part of the game, but proper treatment can lead to full healing and help players avoid future complications.

Ankle sprains are so common that we sometimes underestimate their damage. Running the bases, dashing sideways to field a ball, or sliding into second can all cause the ligaments in your ankle to stretch too far. Pain may keep you off your feet for a while, but many players don’t take the proper time to heal properly from a sprain. The end result is weak ankles, future sprains, and chronic problems throughout their lives.

Overtraining can lead to Achilles tendinopathy and heel pain from plantar fasciitis, further limiting you from playing your best game. These conditions will get worse if you try to tough it out and play through the pain. You need to rest and seek proper treatment to avoid permanent damage to your lower limbs.

Wearing cleats can aggravate forefoot problems like neuromas and sesamoid injuries. Many cleats fit too tightly in the toe and bother bunions and hammertoes, too. Make sure your cleats are fitted snugly but contain enough room for your toes.

Finally, there are always those odd injuries, like getting hit with a bat or a ball or being stomped on by somebody’s cleats. Whatever form your baseball injuries take, Dr. Howard Schaengold at The Plateau Foot & Ankle Clinic in Sammamish is the place to go for expert diagnosis and treatment. In Sammamish, Bellevue, Issaquah, and Redmond, we’re only a phone call away at (425) 868-3338. We specialize in sports medicine and will help you heal completely so you can get back in the game without pain.

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By Dr. Howard Schaengold
April 03, 2014
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Calluses   proper shoes   corns  

With warmer weather on the way, you may be consigning your boots to the back of your closet, and readying space for lighter spring shoes. If a shopping trip to check out the new spring styles is in your plans this week, don’t forget that your feet may be tender after a winter of being enclosed in socks and shoes. Finding a new pair that fits well can help prevent corns and calluses from forming as you transition to sandals and barefoot styles that don’t protect your feet as well.

Shoes are the major source of the friction that causes hard calluses to build up on the soles of your feet, or corns to form where your bones rub against the inside. Extra dry heels can crack and split, and open shoe styles can expose them to infection as they encounter the environment. Corns can be aggravated by heels and tight shoes, and the added pressure can cause quite a bit of pain. Eliminating the friction with the right shoes reduces your risk of getting these patches of dry skin.

There are other things you can do, too, to prevent corns and calluses. Soaking your feet in warm water and then gently abrading the built up layers of skin with a pumice stone can help keep them under control. Using a good lotion or cream will also help to keep the skin softer and reduce the pressure from hard corns. Don’t underestimate the power of hydration, either. When warm weather has you perspiring more, make sure you drink enough fluids to keep your skin supple and smooth.

Don’t let corns and calluses ruin your fun this spring. For this and any other foot problem, come to the experts at The Plateau Foot & Ankle Clinic in Sammamish, WA. Call (425) 868-3338 for excellent foot care in a caring environment. We also serve the Bellevue, Issaquah, and Redmond areas, and you can request an appointment right on our website.