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Dr. Paul F Brezinski
847-359-5550
Dr. Maria Chon
847-359-1600

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Dr. Paul F. Brezinski
Dr. Maria Chon
Palatine Podiatry Center
317 E. Dundee Rd.
Palatine , IL , 60074
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9-11:30 1-5:30
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Sports Injuries and Conditions

Our feet are necessary in any sports or exercise program. Whether you are just starting out, or have made exercise a part of your lifestyle, whether you are an amateur or professional athlete, foot injuries can and will occur. Although the causes of injury are many, there are highly effective methods available to treat and relieve the associated pain and return to normal function.

Injuries an be superficial like a blister or laceration or deep like a sprain or fracture of the bone. Injuries can be acute like a laceration, sprain, or fracture or can be chronic like a bruise or inflammation of the tendons. Injuries can occur from long periods of normal activities such as walking, resulting in a strain or in a sudden event like a slip and fall.

Everything that was just mentioned has one thing in common: medical attention is required.

If you develop bruising or swelling after activity or a traumatic event, medical attention is needed. It is a myth that “If you can move it , it is not broken.” Only an X ray can determine if a bone is broken or not.

Heel pain, arch pain, or pain under the ball of the foot can and will worsen over time if left untreated. These problems rarely, if ever, go away untreated or under treated. The condition can lead to prolonged recovery necessitating longer and more involved treatment or worse still lead to more permanent knee or back complications. Loss of cushioning and wearing a worn shoe exaggerates biomechanical conditions you may already have. A loss of support and cushioning in a shoe can cause shin splints, Achilles tendinitis, knee pain, or plantar fasciitis. The worn heel or sole of a shoe can increase the likelihood of an ankle sprain. In some cases, old worn shoes can cause stress fractures. Stress fractures are breaks or cracks in the bone that occur from overuse or the “too much , too soon” syndrome that happens when a person fails to increase their activity and/or frequency of activity gradually.

It is a dangerous myth to think that a little foot pain is acceptable. Pain is our body’s way of saying “Stop! I need help.”

Prevention

Most athletic injuries occur by doing too much, too soon, too fast.

• Pace yourself and progress slowly. It is impossible to get in shape in a few weeks after extended periods of little to no activity.

• Always warm up and cool down with stretching exercises before and after exercising. This cannot be emphasized enough. Over time, this will help build up your strength, flexibility and endurance.

What should I do if I injure my foot?

If you injure your foot and ankle, stop exercising. There are several safe steps you can take to treat the injury until you can receive medical attention.

• Gently place a plastic bag of ice on the injured area for 10 minutes every 60-90 minutes.

• Elevate your foot so that it is higher than your waist.

• For bleeding cuts, cleanse well, apply pressure with gauze or a towel and cover with a clean dressing.

• When in doubt, it is always best to seek immediate medical attention at the nearest hospital emergency room.

If your feet hurt after exercise, or as a result of it, see your podiatrist. Remember, many cases of foot pain can be relieved with simple treatment if caught early.

If you have diabetes, please go to our request an appointment page to see us the first sign of trouble.