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By Dr. Howard Schaengold
February 13, 2014
Category: Heel Pain

X-raySports are big in the Sammamish area, from basketball at Skyline or East Lake High School to the local Boys and Girls Club leagues. Your child can benefit from the exercise and team building that results from participation in organized sports. Conditions like tarsal coalition in athletes (fusing of tarsal bones), though, can put a damper on their enthusiasm. You can help your child through the disappointment and pain of a sports injury by understanding it and choosing to make the right decisions about treatment.

With tarsal coalition, two or more bones in the back part of the foot are joined. The rigidity can cause the foot to have problems performing as it should and make it more prone to injury. Tarsal coalition is a hereditary trait, but it may not show up until the child is 10 – 16 years of age--sometimes even later. Your first indication of a problem may be when your child sustains an injury like a sprained ankle and the fusion shows up on the X-rays.

It is very important that your son or daughter stop the activity that caused the injury right away. This is a hard choice for a child in the middle of a season, but the sooner treatment is begun, the better the foot will heal—and the fewer problems they will have down the road. Start the RICE treatment immediately (Rest, Icing, Compression, Elevation), and get them to The Plateau Foot & Ankle Clinic so we can examine and diagnose the problem. The important thing is to keep weight off as long as there is any pain. Treatment may involve use of crutches or custom orthotics, taping or bracing, or even a cast or cast boot. We may also prescribe anti-inflammatory medication to reduce swelling and pain.

Dr. Howard Schaengold specializes in sports injuries and wants to keep your child’s feet healthy for all their activities. Call (425) 868-3338 today for expert foot care in Sammamish, Issaquah, Redmond, and Bellevue, WA.

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By Dr. Howard Schaengold
December 18, 2013
Category: Cold Weather

If you love to run, you are out in all types of weather. Sun? No problem. Pouring down rain? You can handle that. Chilly temperatures? That might slow you down a little, but you still want to get out there and rack up some miles. The trick is to prepare properly for running in cold weather.

Humans are warm weather animals, and we can’t function as well in cold temperatures without some protection. While you can run in the cold, you may not be able to do it efficiently. The experts at Runner Academy point out that your time per mile will probably not be affected unless temperatures drop below freezing. However, your lungs may not use oxygen as easily in the cold. Your muscles won’t contract as well, and more energy will be used to keep your body warm, leaving less to put towards movement. Your body will burn fuel differently, so you may run out of energy sooner.

Some tricks to handle running in cold weather are to eat enough carbs before you start, dress in layers that wick the sweat away from your body, and make sure your socks and shoes will keep your feet warm on the road. Once you are outside, warm up by starting slowly and gradually increasing until you are up to speed. If it’s windy, run against the wind first, because you may not have as much energy to face it at the end of your run. Pay attention to what your body is telling you. If you are too chilly, you can always turn back and decide to hit the gym that day instead. After a run in the cold, warm up with some hot soup and a warm shower, and then finish by gently stretching out your muscles.

The Plateau Foot & Ankle Clinic specializes in sports medicine, so if running in cold weather has caused an injury or other problems with your feet, contact us for a consultation. Our Sammamish, WA office also serves Bellevue, Issaquah, and Redmond. Call (425) 868-3338, or request an appointment online.