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Feet: Overuse Injuries

From the Show: Life's Too Short
Summary: Learn about possible foot injuries due to overuse.
Air Date: 7/25/17
Duration: 15:59
Guest Bio: Jeffrey Ross, MD
Dr. Jeffrey RossJeffrey A. Ross, MD, is an associate professor in the Division of Vascular Surgery and Endovascular Therapy in the Michael E. DeBakey Department of Surgery at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, TX. Dr. Ross graduated with his Doctor of Podiatric Medicine degree in 1979 from New York College of Podiatric Medicine. He later fulfilled a two-year residency with the Harris County Podiatric Residency Program, Podiatric Medicine and Surgery from 1979-1981. Dr. Ross pursued additional podiatric training by completing a fellowship in Ein Kerem, Israel in December of 1988, with the American College of Foot Surgeons. Seeking to expand his knowledge base even further, Dr. Ross graduated with his Doctor of Medicine degree from the University of Health Sciences, Antigua School of Medicine in 2003.

Since 1985, Dr. Ross has served as the podiatric attending chief for Ben Taub Hospital and the Quentin Meese Diabetic Foot Clinic. He has also served as the associate chief for the foot service at Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center (1995) and a clinical associate professor in the Department of Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine since 2006.

With over three decades of experience in his field, he has participated in over 150 lectures and/or presentations, and published 132 publications in various industry journals. He presents nationally and internationally on subjects ranging from sports medicine and biomechanics to wound healing and limb preservation. Dr. Ross served as past president of the American Academy of Podiatric Sports Medicine and served here in Texas as the co-chair of the Governor’s Advisory Council on Physical Fitness. Presently, he serves on the Texas Department of State Health Services Council.
We spend a lot of time on our feet. Foot injuries are fairly common.

Forefoot Injuries

  • Bunions - big toe angled inward at an unusual angle.
  • Sesamoiditis - pain under the big toe joint, especially in runners and kickers.
  • Morton’s neuroma - pain and numbness between the third and fourth toes caused by a nerve entrapment.
  • Metatarsalgia - pain under the ball of the foot.
Arch Injuries

  • Plantar fascia strain - pain along the inside of the arch.
  • Stress fractures - frequently appearing in athletes and those with C-curved feet.
Heel Injuries

  • Heel spur - irregular bone formation resulting from arthritic change.
  • Tendonitis is also common throughout the foot from overuse.
Shoes are the base of support for your entire body. Stilettos don’t have the infrastructure to support you. Stilettos also shorten the calf muscle and Achilles tendon. Ballet flats can also be troublesome because the support isn’t there.

It’s best to wear a running shoe for exercise, even if you’re just walking. Running shoes are more supportive. You might need insoles to provide extra support.

Stretch your feet by sitting with your legs in front of use. Use a towel or band to gently pull the top of your feet toward you. Lie back, bend the knee and gently pull your foot back again. Extend the leg and use the band with each foot to stretch your leg muscles. Stand with your back to the wall and lift your toes a few times. Turn around and raise your heels for a few repetitions.

Listen as Dr. Jeffrey Ross joins Melanie Cole, MS, to discuss overuse injuries to the feet.

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