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Shin Splints

Contrary to common knowledge, shin splints are not a specific diagnosis but a feeling of pain over the front of the shin.  The pain referred to as shin splints arise from problems in the muscle, bone, or attachment of muscle to bone.  To provide a specific location, the pain is felt where the tibialis anterior muscle inserts into the tibia bone (just below the knee to ½ way down the leg).  When people speak of shin splints, they most commonly refer to an overuse injury and irritation of the tibialis anterior tendon and the attachment to bone.  Medically, the condition is termed medial tibial stress syndrome.  Pain over the front of the shin can also be caused by stress fractures…

Do you have a bunion?

A bunion–from the Latin “bunio,” means enlargement. A bunion is an enlargement of the joint at the base of the big toe.  This forces the toe to bend toward the little toes. Since this joint carries a lot of the body’s weight while walking, bunions can cause extreme pain if left untreated. The big toe joint itself may become stiff and sore, making even the wearing of shoes difficult or impossible.   Bunions affect people of all ages. Many different reasons for a bunion include genetics, ligamentous laxity, shoe gear, flat feet, your foot mechanics (the way you walk), one leg longer than the other and many more.   There are both surgical and conservative treatments for bunions.  Conservative treatments…

What Your Podiatrist Can Do For You In 2016:

Be there when you need them. Podiatrists treat conditions of both the foot and ankle. If you have pain or questions about your feet, they are well qualified. Each podiatrist goes to a medical school specifically for foot and ankle. Today’s podiatrist also does a three year surgical residency. If you have consistent pain or problems, you don’t have to just live with them. Come see us and we can answer questions and give surgical and non surgical treatment options for anything from discolored or ingrown nails to bunions and fractures. Treat your whole family. Our podiatrists are well qualified to treat feet and ankles from birth. If you have questions about flat feet or otherwise bring your child so…

What your runnning shoes are not giving you.

Dr. Holdren Otis I have spoken with many runners and their trials of trying to find the correct running shoe for their build, running gait, mileage, terrain and foot type. There are many, many types of shoes to choose from and the task can be daunting. Let me start with what a running shoe can offer for you. The first is protection from the road below your feet. Why wear shoes in the first place? The reason is to allow you to run on anything from icy paths, rocky dirt roads, a smooth river trail or a grassy field. The second a running shoe will offer is cushioning to take away a little shock from your body falling to the…

Do you have dry, itchy or scaly feet?

Dry and itchy scaly, feet are common in the fall and winter in the Midwest as we start to use the heat and the air dries out. The treatment of dry feet includes a good skin lotion that is ointment based instead of water based. The effective lotions tend to be thicker. When applied at night and covered with socks it allows the lotion to soak in and moisturize the feet and legs.   When normal lotion doesn't take care of your problem you may have athlete's foot. Athlete's foot, also known as tinea pedis, is caused by a common fungus. This infection affects the skin in between the toes and the bottom of the foot. It does not have…

The Truth About Plantar Warts

As school starts and schedules get busy, don’t forget to check your kids feet and hands for warts. Warts, or verruca is the medical term, are caused by a virus. This virus is very common and can be picked up at the pool, the beach, the shower or in the gym. The microscopic virus enters the skin of your hands and feet through tiny breaks in the skin. Dr. Holdren Otis most commonly sees them in children, specifically ones who like to go barefoot, like gymnasts. Warts are not always painful but when they are on a weight-bearing surface they can build up a thick skin layer and feel like walking on a pebble. Warts usually have a white thick…

Heel Pain=Plantar fasciitis, Well Not Necessarily.

Dr. Holdren Otis "You almost want to pee in your bed rather than go to the bathroom. It's really painful in the morning," Albert Puljos, a baseball player for the Angels, said it best in an interview with USA today in 2013.  Plantar fasciitis, also known as heel spur syndrome, is the most common cause of heel pain. It is seen in individuals  who are physically active or have increased their daily activity. The plantar fascia itself is a thick band of tissue attaching to the heel bone, the calcaneus. Tugging and pain are usually felt at this attachment, but pain can be in the arch as well. Pain in the morning and when getting up to walk after sitting for a period…

Good Luck to All Crim Runners!

Stick with what you know! If you are like me, you have trained for four months (or more!) leading up to the Crim. It is quite difficult to be a runner in the greater Flint area and not consider doing the Crim each year. Flint knows the Crim. People from the area who have never run the Crim know that the longest race is 10 miles and not a “marathon.” I always look forward to seeing Flint in such a positive light. The local bands and cheerleading teams impelling me to run faster always make me smile. I love seeing the people of Flint waking up to come out of their homes around the course and cheer for all the runners.…

Choosing the Correct Running Shoe

Dr. Holdren Otis I am a runner, I also get lots of questions from patients about what shoe to buy. Running shoes are the only essential piece of equipment needed for the distance runner. Studies have shown that 35-60% of runners have minor musculoskeletal injuries EACH year. There are multiple reasons for injury including overuse, running surface, poor strength/flexibility, biomechanics and lastly, shoegear. “Running shoes come in a variety of shapes and sizes, so how do I tell which one is right for me?” First, here is some background on running shoes. Shoe companies try to help with the decision by categorizing their shoes into Cushioning, Stability, Motion Control, minimalist and “barefoot” types. The idea behind these categories is to…

Avoiding Shin Splints This Running/Walking Season

If you are an avid walker or an experienced runner, you have probably experienced shin splints.  Shin splints are one of the most common lower extremity ailments and are characterized as pain in the front inside area of the shin bone and are caused by overexertion.  The most common cause of shin splints is inflammation of the sheath that surrounds the shin bone called the periostum. Other causes include: having flat feet or high arches, inadequate footwear, running on hard surfaces, and increasing your training too quickly. As anyone who has had them can tell you, shin splints can be very painful, and the pain is usually caused by small tears in the muscle where it attaches to the shin…

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