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By Dr. Rion Berg
May 27, 2016
Category: Uncategorized
Tags: tennis  

Serena Williams is looking mighty good to win the French Open to defend her title. But that wasn't the case the other day when she sustained a foot injury while playing a doubles match with her sister Venus. She had to take a medical time out early in her second set. Fortunately her athletic trainer taped her injury and together the women won the game, 6-2, 6-2.

Most injuries caused by playing tennis and other quick action sports will need more than just taping. Quick stops and starts and playing on hard courts can lead to tendon injuries and fractures. And athletes who ramp up their training quickly or train excessively are at risk for overuse injuries including.

To avoid injuries it's important to build overall body stretch and to stretch your calf muscles. Tight calf muscles can be one of the factors in developing heel pain and Achilles tendonitis, so doing it right is important. Dynamic Warm-ups recommended for runners and other athletes can be very helpful.

Wearing the right shoes for the sport you play is also essential. Athletic shoes are created to support you in the ways you move your body when you play that particular sport.

Post-menopausal women need to be especially careful when it comes to preventing stress fractures. Check your bone density to be sure it is normal; if not, work with your physician to ensure you're eating a diet that is rich in calcium and that you're taking the necessary supplementation such as Vitamin D. You also may need to add some weight lifting to your routine to build up your bones.

If you're experiencing pain in your feet and you're concerned you might miss out this summer's tennis season call us today at 206-368-7000 for an appointment, often same day. You can also request an appointment online.

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Seattle foot and ankle specialist, Dr. Rion Berg offers foot care for patients with bunions, heel pain, diabetes, fungal toenails, ingrown nails, and surgical solutions when needed to residents of Seattle, Bellevue, Kirkland, Shoreline, Lake Forest Park, Mountlake Terrace, Lynnwood and other surrounding suburbs.

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By Dr. Rion Berg
January 31, 2013
Tags: foot pain   athletic shoes   running   tennis   football  

athletic shoesAs you get ready to watch the Super Bowl this weekend, getting in shape may be the last thing you’re thinking about.  However, after you’ve attended your Super Bowl party you might start thinking about getting back in shape after all that beer and junk food you just ate.  Just as football players need to change their athletic shoes on a regular basis, so do you.

When you look at your shoes, you’ll probably notice that the sole is worn down but it is another to know whether the materials in the middle, the midsole, are compressed. This midsole is primarily made of shock absorbing material, EVA, and it does have a limited lifespan. 

How do you know it’s time to replace your shoes?

A simple rule is to replace them after 400 miles of usage.  Given that you might not have a mileage meter on your shoes, this translates to approximately one year of active exercise.  You might resole a pair of dress shoes, but don’t do this to athletic shoes.  In addition to the midsole wear, your feet will wear out the upper portion of the shoe as well. This can sometimes be seen as the upper part of the shoe pushing out over the top of the sole.

If you have no clue how much wear has taken place, the best thing to do is replace your athletic shoes now.  Shape up your shoes as you set out to get in shape, and you might just prevent the development of a host of foot and ankle problems.