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Tuesday, 26 December 2023 00:00

Ankle and Heel Injuries From Running

Runners, whether seasoned athletes or casual enthusiasts, face potential risks of three main types of foot and ankle injuries. Among these common ailments are Achilles tendonitis, heel bursitis and sprained ankles. Achilles tendonitis often results from overtraining or tight calf muscles. The Achilles tendon, which connects the calf muscles to the heel bone, can become inflamed, which limits the ankle's range of motion. Heel, or retrocalcaneal bursitis, is often mistaken for Achilles tendonitis because it also causes pain, tenderness, and swelling at the back of the heel. In fact, it is the result of inflammation of the fluid-filled sac between the heel bone and the Achilles tendon, and can result from excessive walking, jumping, or running, especially uphill. Runners must also be cautious of traumatic incidents like ankle sprains. Unlike overuse injuries, ankle sprains occur suddenly and involve the stretching or tearing of ligaments connecting ankle bones. The immediate pain and swelling, coupled with difficulty bearing weight on the affected foot, distinguish an ankle sprain from other injuries. If symptoms from any of these injuries persist or worsen, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist for an accurate diagnosis and effective treatment plan.

Exercising your feet regularly with the proper foot wear is a great way to prevent injuries. 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

Many common running injuries are caused by overuse and overtraining. When the back of the kneecap starts wearing out and starts causing pain in your knee, this is commonly referred to as runner’s knee. Runner’s knee is a decrease in strength in your quadriceps and can occur if you’re not wearing properly fitted or supporting shoes. To prevent runner’s knee, focusing on hip strengthening is a good idea, as well as strengthening your quads to keep the kneecaps aligned.

What Are Some Causes of Running Injuries?
- One cause of a common running injury is called iliotibial band syndrome.
- Plantar fasciitis is also another common injury.
- Stress fractures can occur from overtraining, lack of calcium, or even your running style.

Best Ways to Prevent Running Injuries
- Wear footwear that fits properly and suits your running needs.
- Running shoes are the only protective gear that runners have to safeguard them from injury.
- Make a training schedule. Adding strengthening exercises as well as regular stretching can help keep you strong and limber and can lessen the possibility of injuries.
- Stretching keeps muscles limber; this will help you gain better flexibility.

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 and ankle needs.

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Tuesday, 19 December 2023 00:00

Preventing Falls During Pregnancy

Pregnancy is a joyous but challenging period, with an increased risk of falls affecting approximately one-third of expectant mothers. To reduce this risk, pregnant women may want to avoid slippery surfaces, use stair rails, opt for flatter shoes, and move at a measured pace. Engaging in regular physical activities, such as yoga or walking, has consistently shown to reduce the likelihood of falls. Research underscores the significance of maintaining ankle stiffness to prevent falls during pregnancy. A recent study revealed that women in their third trimester face challenges with postural equilibrium, detected through stability tests. Wearing a maternity support belt emerges as a practical solution, as it helps to enhance balance and reduce fall risk, especially in the later stages of pregnancy. In addition to these measures, maintaining a well-balanced diet and staying adequately hydrated contributes to overall health during pregnancy. Adequate fluid intake helps prevent dizziness and promotes joint flexibility, which further reduces the risk of accidental falls. By incorporating these lifestyle adjustments, expectant mothers can navigate the physical changes of pregnancy more safely and enjoy a healthier and stable journey into motherhood. For help in dealing with falls during pregnancy, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist.

Pregnant women with swollen feet can be treated with a variety of different methods that are readily available. For more information about other cures for swollen feet during pregnancy, consult with Troy Wilde, DPM from Practice. Our doctor will attend to all of your foot and ankle needs.

What Foot Problems Can Arise During Pregnancy?

One problem that can occur is overpronation, which occurs when the arch of the foot flattens and tends to roll inward.  This can cause pain and discomfort in your heels while you’re walking or even just standing up, trying to support your baby.  

Another problem is edema, or swelling in the extremities. This often affects the feet during pregnancy but tends to occur in the later stages. 

How Can I Keep My Feet Healthy During Pregnancy?

  • Wearing orthotics can provide extra support for the feet and help distribute weight evenly
  • Minimize the amount of time spent walking barefoot
  • Wear shoes with good arch support
  • Wear shoes that allow for good circulation to the feet
  • Elevate feet if you experience swelling
  • Massage your feet
  • Get regular, light exercise, such as walking, to promote blood circulation to the feet

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 and ankle needs.

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Tuesday, 12 December 2023 00:00

Risk Factors for Peripheral Artery Disease

Peripheral arterial disease, or PAD, is a vascular condition characterized by narrowed arteries in the legs, limiting blood flow to the feet. Several risk factors contribute to the development and progression of PAD. Smoking is a primary risk factor, as it damages blood vessels and promotes plaque buildup. Diabetes is another significant factor, as high blood sugar levels can damage arteries. Hypertension, or high blood pressure, places constant stress on arteries and can lead to their narrowing over time. Age is also a non-modifiable risk factor, as PAD becomes more common with advancing age. Genetics can play a role, with a family history of vascular diseases increasing one's susceptibility. Obesity and a sedentary lifestyle contribute by promoting the accumulation of fatty deposits in arteries. Additionally, high cholesterol levels can lead to plaque formation in blood vessels. Lastly, individuals with a history of heart disease are at higher risk for PAD. If you have risk factors for PAD or suffer from its effects on your feet, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist for an examination and necessary treatment.

Peripheral artery disease can pose a serious risk to your health. It can increase the risk of stroke and heart attack. If you have symptoms of peripheral artery disease, consult with Troy Wilde, DPM from Practice. Our doctor will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.

Peripheral artery disease (PAD) is when arteries are constricted due to plaque (fatty deposits) build-up. This results in less blood flow to the legs and other extremities. The main cause of PAD is atherosclerosis, in which plaque builds up in the arteries.


Symptoms of PAD include:

  • Claudication (leg pain from walking)
  • Numbness in legs
  • Decrease in growth of leg hair and toenails
  • Paleness of the skin
  • Erectile dysfunction
  • Sores and wounds on legs and feet that won’t heal
  • Coldness in one leg

It is important to note that a majority of individuals never show any symptoms of PAD.


While PAD occurs in the legs and arteries, Podiatrists can diagnose PAD. Podiatrists utilize a test called an ankle-brachial index (ABI). An ABI test compares blood pressure in your arm to you ankle to see if any abnormality occurs. Ultrasound and imaging devices may also be used.


Fortunately, lifestyle changes such as maintaining a healthy diet, exercising, managing cholesterol and blood sugar levels, and quitting smoking, can all treat PAD. Medications that prevent clots from occurring can be prescribed. Finally, in some cases, surgery may be recommended.

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, 06 December 2023 00:00

Keep Your Feet Healthy So You Can Stay Active

Have your feet inspected by a professional before starting a new sport or physical activity. Taking charge of your foot health will keep you in good physical condition and can help you avoid a potential injury, such as a fracture or sprained ankle.

Prevent injuries and see a foot specialist.

Tuesday, 05 December 2023 00:00

Effects of High Impact Sports on the Feet

Engaging in high-impact sports can be exhilarating, but it is also essential to recognize their potential consequences on the feet. The repetitive stress and force associated with activities such as running, basketball, or soccer can lead to various foot-related issues. The constant pounding on hard surfaces can contribute to stress fractures, impacting the bones in the feet. Additionally, the intense footwork involved in high-impact sports may lead to conditions like plantar fasciitis, where the connective tissue along the bottom of the foot becomes inflamed. Ankle sprains are another common occurrence, as sudden stops or changes in direction can sprain the ligaments. The pressure exerted during high impact activities can also contribute to the development of bunions, calluses, and neuromas. Wearing proper footwear, regular stretching, and attentive foot care are vital for athletes participating in high-impact sports, allowing them to enjoy the thrill of these activities while minimizing the risk of enduring long-lasting foot repercussions. If you are interested in learning more about how high-impact activities can affect the feet, it is suggested that you consult a podiatrist who can offer you additional information on foot protection.

Sports related foot and ankle injuries require proper treatment before players can go back to their regular routines. For more information, contact Troy Wilde, DPM of Practice. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Sports Related Foot and Ankle Injuries

Foot and ankle injuries are a common occurrence when it comes to athletes of any sport. While many athletes dismiss the initial aches and pains, the truth is that ignoring potential foot and ankle injuries can lead to serious problems. As athletes continue to place pressure and strain the area further, a mild injury can turn into something as serious as a rupture and may lead to a permanent disability. There are many factors that contribute to sports related foot and ankle injuries, which include failure to warm up properly, not providing support or wearing bad footwear. Common injuries and conditions athletes face, including:

  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Plantar Fasciosis
  • Achilles Tendinitis
  • Achilles Tendon Rupture
  • Ankle Sprains

Sports related injuries are commonly treated using the RICE method. This includes rest, applying ice to the injured area, compression and elevating the ankle. More serious sprains and injuries may require surgery, which could include arthroscopic and reconstructive surgery. Rehabilitation and therapy may also be required in order to get any recovering athlete to become fully functional again. Any unusual aches and pains an athlete sustains must be evaluated by a licensed, reputable medical professional.

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 and ankle needs.

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