Strengthening Your Ankles to Increase Athletic Performance

Most people don't realize that your feet and ankles, as the base of movement and shock absorption in the body, need to be trained and strengthened like any other part of the body. Athletes in particular put a great deal of stress on the ankle and surrounding muscles as they run and jump around. The stronger the ankle musculature, the greater the force it can withstand before sustaining injury. 

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RICE (Not the Food!)

So, the weather in the Chicago area has been a little crazy! It was 75 degrees last week, and then 50, then 60. The warmer weather is a great excuse to start running and exercising outside. Remember to take precautions when running outside, as it's easier to sprain your ankle running on uneven pavement or twist your ankle off a sidewalk curb than hitting the indoor treadmill. 

 

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Caring for Your Feet with Diabetes

Diabetes, a condition that affects nearly 26 million people in the U.S., prevents the body from making or properly using insulin. Without insulin, the body cannot process and convert sugars, starches, and other foods to energy, which elevates glucose levels in the blood and raises the body’s blood pressure. Over time, this condition can damage your eyes, heart, kidney, nerves, and even your feet.

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What Causes Heel Pain?

Your feet are the foundation for your whole body; if something is amiss with your foot or ankle it can have a radiating effect through the rest of the body. Heel pain, a seemingly innocuous condition, is a very common condition treated by Dr. Parikh. Often patients wait to see if the pain will ease on its own before seeing a podiatrist, but heel pain can be symptomatic of more serious conditions, such as plantar fasciitis or heel spur syndrome, which require medical treatment

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Custom Orthotics: What Can They Do For You?

Custom orthotics are devices designed to help restore natural foot function and correct foot mechanics. They are placed inside the shoe and help redirect and reduce motions that place strain on the body while you're walking. They can be used to treat a number of different foot problems, including: heel pain, hammertoes, bunions, foot ulcers, and even back pain - conditions often caused by poor foot mechanics. 

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New Resolutions

Happy new year! It's that time again, resolutions for the new year. A lot of us want to start exercising to lose weight and to be healthy. Its great to start an exercising program but it can be a bummer if your feet start to hurt. Make sure you get gym shoes with good arch support. Look at the side of the shoe and examine the arch, does it have an arch?

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