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 Billy BundLake Forest runner Billy Bund will be participating in a run for Michigan in the fall. For now, he will be taking a break from running after enduring injuries to his foot and hip. "Today's my last day of being on active rest for 10 days. I've been trying to sleep, which I need to work on. Trying to give my mind and body a break. After today I get to start training again,” said Bund.

He became one of the school's most successful runners completing a solid high school career with a fifth place finish in the 1,600-meter run (4:14.84) at the state track meet this spring. The stress fracture in his left foot caused Bund to miss two months of his final track season.  "My plan is to give it my best. The only thing you can control is the effort you put into something. I'll do everything I can and see what happens from there," said Bund.

Dealing with a stress fracturelike Bund’s can be a painful endeavor. Treatment and recovery can be aided with the help of a podiatrist, like Dr. Zahid Ladha, F.A.C.F.A.S. of Foot First Podiatry. Dr. Ladha can help by examining the stress fracture and determining the best course of treatment.

Coping with Podiatric Stress Fractures

Stress Fractures occur on the foot and ankle when muscles in these areas weaken as a result of overexertion or underuse.  As a result, the ankles and feet lose support when walking or running from the ground. Since these bones are not protected, they receive the full impact of each step. The stress on the feet causes the bones to form cracks.

What are Stress Fractures?

Stress Fractures are very common among those who are highly active and involved in sports or activities that make excessive use of their legs and feet. Stress fractures are especially common among:

-athletes (gymnasts, tennis players, basketball players)
-runners/joggers
-osteoporosis patients
-those who engage in high-intensity workouts

Stress Fracture Symptoms

Pain from the fractures occur in the area of the fractures, and can be either constant or periodic. The pain is usually sharp or dull, accompanied by swelling and tenderness. Engagement in any kind of high impact activity will exacerbate the pain.

Treating Stress Fractures

- Set a routine regimen for any activities that involve running
- Choose footwear that provides good support
- Take bone-healthy supplements (Vitamin D, Calcium)
- Surgery with supportive pins around the ankle

If you have any questions, contact our office located in New Albany, IN. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle injuries.

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ERIN McCRACKEN / COURIER & PRESSJeff Williams, a minimalist runner, runs along trails at Angel Mounds on May 30.$RETURN$$RETURN$ERIN MCCRACKEN / Scripps newspapersJeff Williams, a minimalist runner, is training for an 100 mile race in Alabama in November and typically logs 45 to 65 miles a week. Williams says minimalist running has helped get rid of some aches and pains he regularly had when he ran with a more cushioned shoe.$RETURN$$RETURN$48-year-old Jeff Williams ran competitively for more than a decade. But after 15 years away from the sport, Williams found difficulties getting back into his groove. “I realized very quickly that something had to change. When I started, my knees were consistently bothering me a lot, said Williams.” Williams then discovered minimalist or barefoot running, in a book he read; and it changed everything.

“I was pretty intrigued by it and decided to try it out,” said Williams, who runs 45 to 65 miles a week in minimalist running shoes. With minimalist running, the runner lands on the front of the foot or the balls of the foot. While with conventional running, a runner usually lands on the heels of the feet.   

Allowing your body time to adjust properly to barefoot running is essential, and part of this preventative care involves talking to a podiatrist like Dr. Zahid Ladha, F.A.C.F.A.S. of Foot First Podiatry. Dr. Ladha can advise you on a running regimen, as well as provide information on techniques of barefoot running to help avoid foot pain, heel pain, and injury.

Barefoot Running

Barefoot Running Impact

-Running without shoes changes the motion of your running
-Running barefoot requires landing be done on the front part of the feet as opposed to the heel

Barefoot Running Advantages

-Running and landing on the front feet reduces the impact on the knees and ankles
-It strengthens muscles in the feet and ankles and the lower legs.
-Balance of the body is improved
-Greater sensory input from the feet to the rest of the body.

Barefoot Running Disadvantages

-No protection while running results in cuts and bruises if the runner lands on something sharp.
-Blisters may form.
-Possibility of plantar fascia problems.
-Risk of getting Achilles tendonitis.

So what can runners do to make barefoot running safe? It’s best to make a slow transition from running shoes to barefoot running. Once the feet begin to adjust, try walking, then jogging and gradually increasing the distance. Minimalist running shoes may also be an option.

If you have any questions, contact our office located in New Albany, IN. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle injuries.

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Marcia Gay HardenTelevision and film actress Marcia Gay Harden is hobbling everywhere on the set of the TV drama The Newsroom following foot surgery according to Contactmusic.com. The Oscar winner took on the part that was initially being played by Rosemarie DeWitt. Co-star Jane Fonda states Harden has been suffering from foot problems in between takes. Fonda wrote on her private blog that Harden had an procedure, and even put up a photo of her in a attractive dress with practical shoes, after her surgery.   

It is important to carefully consider all treatment options before choosing a surgical treatment. If you are experiencing foot or ankle pain and are considering surgery, you should see a podiatrist like Dr. Zahid Ladha, F.A.C.F.A.S. of Foot First Podiatry to understand how crucial foot surgery is before making adjustments. With Dr.  Ladha’s help, your injury can be evaluated properly and the right treatment options can be provided for you.

When is Foot Surgery Needed?

Foot surgery is usually required in events where regular therapy has proven to be ineffective. Surgeons often use foot surgery as a last resort because of its invasive nature. In many cases physical therapy, medication, rest, exercise, and casts can help to heal a foot injury.

However, sometimes you may need to have surgery done without ever having an injury. Foot surgery can correct a birth defect or deformity or be used for reconstructive purposes. Foot surgery is designed to improve the quality of your feet and to help you return to your daily life.

In extreme cases where the foot cannot be saved, or is beyond repair and is hinders the health of nearby parts of the body, amputation may be a necessary. However the main goal is to save the feet, making such options a last resort.

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Usain BoltAccording to the British Journal of Sports Medicine regular shoes are just as good for runners regardless of their feet’s pronation. This new research study that has been completed has revealed that normal shoes work in the same ways for runners with under and over-pronating feet.

Researchers from Aarhus University in Denmark gave 927 novice runners with different pronation types the same pair of neutral non corrective running shoes. After one year of 100,000 miles of running, 252 of the new runners suffered injuries. Results, showed that the over/under pronators had fewer injuries than the people with neutral pronation.

While the creation of this product hopes to help prevent injury, injuries may still occur.  If you have sustained an injury while running or wish to learn more about how to prevent running injuries you should seek out the care of a podiatrist such as Dr. Zahid Ladha, F.A.C.F.A.S. of Foot First Podiatry.  Dr. Ladha can diagnose any injuries you may have as well as provide you with treatment options.

Choosing the Right Running Shoes for Your Foot Type

Determining your type

Speak with a shoe specialist or retail professional to see what your foot type is. They will be able to identify and measure your arch type, stride and gait.

Running Mechanics

When you are running or walking in your shoes, every step determines how your foot is landing. Pronation is the natural rolling of your ankle from outside to inside during foot strike.

Pronation is a correct form of walking or running. It helps absorb shock and store energy from your lower extremities. Neutral runners who pronate correctly do not need specific shoes, since they have stability and control.

Over-pronators

those people who run with excessive ankle rolling. Over-pronators tend to have ankles that angle inward, flat feet, and or bowed legs. This can cause a series of injuries: of the knees, ankles and Achilles tendons. Finding a shoe with extra stability and control is vital to well-balanced walking and overall foot health.

Under-pronation

is less common than over-pronation. This usually happens to those who have inflexible feet and high arches. When the feet land, they are unable to roll inward. Even though there is less rotational stress on the ankles and knees, it prevents any kind of shock absorptions.  This can often lead to fractures, ligament tears and muscle strains. Under-pronations need shoes with increase in cushion and flexibility.

If you have any questions, contact our office located in New Albany, IN. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle injuries.

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