Foot Notes...

A Foot & Ankle Centers Newsletter

Foot & Ankle Centers
WILLIAM A. COHEN, DPM
4230 Harding Pike
Suite 202
Nashville, TN  37205
  
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Did You Know??

~ Warts on the bottom of the foot are called plantar warts to indicate where they occur on the body (plantar surface)

~ Toeprints, just like fingerprints, are unique to each individual

~ Your foot length is equal to the distance between your wrist and elbow

  
 
September, 2013 
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We often get asked how soon you can get a pedicure after an ingrown nail procedure.  Dr. Cohen said that as long as there is no longer any infection you can generally get a pedicure after your 2 week follow up.  If you want to schedule a pedicure and have recently had a nail procedure please be sure to get clearance from Dr. Cohen first.  

 

If you have any further questions feel free to call 425-0668 to speak to our nail technician, Treao Jackson. 

Shin Splints...Too Much, Too Soon 

If you are an avid walker, have begun a new exercise program, or are an experienced runner, you may have experienced one of the most common lower extremity ailments, shin splints. Shin splints are characterized as pain at the front inside area of the shin bone due to overexertion of the muscles. Shin splints usually involve small tears in the leg muscles where they are attached to the shin bone.

The most common cause of shin splints is inflammation of the periostium of the tibia (sheath surrounding the bones). Some other common causes include flat feet (overpronation), a high arch (underpronation), inadequate footwear, running on hard surfaces, and increasing training too quickly.  
 
Use the following tips to treat and prevent shin splints:
✓ For immediate pain relief:
o Ice the area to reduce pain and inflammation;
o Take an over-the-counter anti-inflammatory (e.g., ibuprofen)
✓ Rest to allow the injury to heal
✓ Stretch and strengthen the leg muscles
✓ Wear insoles or orthotics that offer arch support
✓ Make sure you have the right running 
shoe for your foot type       and for the activity 
✓ Avoid running on hard surfaces 
✓ Shorten your stride
✓ Contact our office if your pain is really bad. You should get a       full diagnosis to find out if there is a stress fracture in the area

References 
1. The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine. "My Shin is  
Feeling Kind of Splinty." Accessed February 5, 2013. 
www.healingfeet.com/blog/uncategorized/my-shin-is-feelingkind-of-splinty. 
2. Sports Injury Clinic. "Shin Splints." Accessed February 6, 2013. 
www.sportsinjuryclinic.net/sport-injuries/ankle-achilles-shin-pain/ 
shin-splints.
3. www.apma.org
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