Happy 2014!

How are you ringing in the New Year? Are you one of the many people who hope to lose weight and become a new you in 2014? If so you must go about this strategically. You must build a good foundation for your long term training plan. If not you risk injury and a serious setback.

It is especially easy for the untrained athlete to injure their foot or ankle if they start a training program before consulting their podiatrist. For instances, if you start out training at a high intensity after taking the entire holiday season off, you are at a higher risk for a sprain or strain. What’s the difference you might be asking yourself? Well a strain is a pulling of the muscle tendon juncture where the muscle attaches to the bone. With enough force this might very well result in an avulsion fracture. An avulsion fracture is where the muscle fore is so high it pulls a chip of bone off with the motion. Strains can be caused by over use of the muscle or by sloppy technique due to premature muscle fatigue.

On the other hand, a sprain is the stretching or tearing of the ligaments. Ligaments are the fibrous attachments that hold bone to bone. Sprains can be caused by a misstep in certain exercises or running on uncharted trails.

If you or someone you know might be interested in revving up training schedule in hopes to fulfill your New Years Revolution, come on into our office Frederick Foot & Ankle Specialists. We would be more than happy to schedule an appointment, at either of our locations in Frederick, MDand Urbana, MD. We can set you up the proper evaluation and treatment plan to help you on your way to the new you in 2014; don’t hesitate visiting your local podiatrists!

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