Tuesday, 18 June 2024 00:00

Preventing running injuries involves a combination of proper techniques, consistent training, and adequate recovery. It is essential to wear well-fitted shoes that provide ample support and cushioning to reduce impact stress on your joints. Gradually increasing your mileage and intensity allows your body to adapt and strengthen muscles, tendons, and ligaments over time. Incorporating a comprehensive warm-up routine before running prepares your muscles for the exertion ahead and can help prevent strains. Strength training and flexibility exercises are vital as they enhance muscle balance and joint stability. Listening to your body and taking rest days when needed can prevent overuse injuries, ensuring long-term sustainability in your running routine. Hydration and proper nutrition also play vital roles in maintaining muscle function and recovery. If you have sustained a foot or ankle injury while running, it is suggested that you visit a podiatrist who can treat foot conditions while guiding you toward effective running injury prevention techniques.

All runners should take extra precaution when trying to avoid injury. If you have any concerns about your feet, contact Troy Wilde, DPM of Practice. Our doctor will treat your foot and ankle needs.

How to Prevent Running Injuries

There are a lot of mistakes a runner can make prior to a workout that can induce injury. A lot of athletes tend to overstretch before running, instead of saving those workouts for a post-run routine. Deep lunges and hand-to-toe hamstring pulls should be performed after a workout instead of during a warmup. Another common mistake is jumping into an intense routine before your body is physically prepared for it. You should try to ease your way into long-distance running instead of forcing yourself to rush into it.

More Tips for Preventing Injury

  • Incorporate Strength Training into Workouts - This will help improve the body’s overall athleticism
  • Improve and Maintain Your Flexibility – Stretching everyday will help improve overall performance
  • “Warm Up” Before Running and “Cool Down” Afterward – A warm up of 5-10 minutes helps get rid of lactic acid in the muscles and prevents delayed muscle soreness
  • Cross-Training is Crucial
  • Wear Proper Running Shoes
  • Have a Formal Gait Analysis – Poor biomechanics can easily cause injury

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our offices located in Phoenix, Gilbert, and Chandler, AZ . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Tuesday, 11 June 2024 00:00

Cracked heels, also known as heel fissures, are characterized by dry, thickened skin on the heels that splits or cracks. This condition often occurs due to factors such as dry weather, excessive standing or walking, improper footwear, or lack of proper foot care. When the skin becomes dry and loses its elasticity, it can crack under pressure, leading to painful fissures that may bleed or become infected, if left untreated. Prevention of cracked heels involves regular moisturizing to keep the skin hydrated and supple. Use a thick, emollient foot cream or lotion containing ingredients like urea or glycerin to help soften and moisturize dry skin. Exfoliating the heels regularly with a pumice stone or foot file can help remove dead skin cells and prevent the buildup of calluses. Additionally, wearing properly fitting shoes with adequate support and cushioning can reduce pressure on the heels and minimize the risk of developing cracked heels. If you have developed cracked heels that persist or become infected, it is strongly suggested that you visit a podiatrist for treatment.

If the skin on your feet starts to crack, you may want to see a podiatrist to find treatment. If you have any concerns, contact Troy Wilde, DPM from Practice. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Cracked Heels

It is important to moisturize your cracked heels in order to prevent pain, bleeding, and infection. The reason cracked heels form is because the skin on the foot is too dry to support the immense pressure placed on them. When the foot expands, the dry skin on the foot begins to split.

Ways to Help Heal Them

  • Invest in a good foot cream
  • Try Using Petroleum Jelly
  • Ease up on Soaps
  • Drink Plenty of Water

Ways to Prevent Cracked Heels

  • Moisturize After Showering
  • Skip a Shower
  • Keep Shower Water Lukewarm
  • Don’t Scrub Your Feet

If you are unsure how to proceed in treating cracked heels, seek guidance from a podiatrist. Your doctor will help you with any questions or information you may need. 

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our offices located in Phoenix, Gilbert, and Chandler, AZ . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Wednesday, 05 June 2024 00:00

If you are suffering from tenderness, pain, or stiffness in the joints of your feet or ankles, call us to schedule an appointment.

Tuesday, 04 June 2024 00:00

Ankle pain from arthritis can impact your daily life substantially. Ankle arthritis occurs when the joints in your ankles become inflamed. This can lead to pain, stiffness, and restricted movement. The three types of arthritis that can affect the ankles are osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, and gout. Osteoarthritis is caused by the gradual wearing away of cartilage in the joints, causing the bones to rub against other bones. Rheumatoid arthritis is a type of arthritis where the body's immune system attacks the joints by mistake and causes inflammation. Gout is a type of arthritis that causes pain, redness, and tenderness in your joints for a week or two, then returns to normal. No matter what the type is, ankle arthritis can make daily activities like walking or standing painful and challenging. If you are experiencing ankle pain, especially in the joints, it is suggested that you consult a podiatrist, or foot doctor, to find the best treatment options. 

Ankle pain can have many different causes and the pain may potentially be serious. If you have ankle pain, consult with Troy Wilde, DPM from Practice. Our doctor will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.

Ankle pain is any condition that causes pain in the ankle. Due to the fact that the ankle consists of tendons, muscles, bones, and ligaments, ankle pain can come from a number of different conditions.


The most common causes of ankle pain include:

  • Types of arthritis (rheumatoid, osteoarthritis, and gout)
  • Ankle sprains
  • Broken ankles
  • Achilles tendinitis
  • Achilles tendon rupture
  • Stress fractures
  • Tarsal tunnel syndrome
  • Plantar fasciitis


Symptoms of ankle injury vary based upon the condition. Pain may include general pain and discomfort, swelling, aching, redness, bruising, burning or stabbing sensations, and/or loss of sensation.


Due to the wide variety of potential causes of ankle pain, podiatrists will utilize a number of different methods to properly diagnose ankle pain. This can include asking for personal and family medical histories and of any recent injuries. Further diagnosis may include sensation tests, a physical examination, and potentially x-rays or other imaging tests.


Just as the range of causes varies widely, so do treatments. Some more common treatments are rest, ice packs, keeping pressure off the foot, orthotics and braces, medication for inflammation and pain, and surgery.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our offices located in Phoenix, Gilbert, and Chandler, AZ . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.


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