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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
January 27, 2014
Category: Cold Weather

Skiing

If you like to hike—even during our dark and rainy Sammamish winters—nearby Cougar Mountain Regional Wildland Park offers a number of trails to enjoy. Go out on a sunny day if you can, and watch the scampering squirrels or hear the birds trilling as you enjoy the brooks, falls and wooded scenery. Whether you head out for a brisk hike in the park, over to the mall for a day of shopping, or around the block to walk the dog, you want to keep your feet comfortable, warm, and pain free. That can be a problem if you have a bunion.

That bony bump sticking out at the base of your big toe can rub against your shoe and make you grimace with every step. Shoe choice to head off bunion pain can be even trickier in winter. The same shoes designed to keep your feet warm and dry in cold weather can sometimes be heavy or stiff, and fashion boots can be even worse with their high heels and narrow toes.

Don’t despair, though. Several companies specialize in bunion shoes, and offer attractive styles—from clogs and slip-ons to Mary Jane’s and boots—that will keep your feet warm and dry in winter weather. Bunion shoes also have wider toe boxes and lower heels to treat your feet kindly. You don’t need to give up on style to find comfortable shoes that won’t cause pain.

Podiatrists are a good source when you are looking for information about the best shoes for your feet. Dr. Howard Schaengold at The Plateau Foot & Ankle Clinic can expertly evaluate your feet, treat your bunions, and recommend the best shoe type for you. Contact our Sammamish office at (425) 868-3338, or request information online. Then, whether you live in Sammamish, Issaquah, Redmond, Bellevue or Kirkland, you can find shoes that will let you step out in style and comfort.

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