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Jumper’s knee is a condition that involves an inflamed patellar tendon. This is why it is also called patellar tendonitis. The patellar tendon is the tendon that connects the kneecap to the shin bone. This is a condition that gradually weakens the tendon and can eventually lead to muscle tears if left untreated.
Jumper’s knee arises from overuse in the joint. This is often from sports that require a lot of jumping on hard surfaces. The constant jumping and force of the leg hitting the ground causes strains and stress to the tendon. If left untreated, the condition usually worsens.
It is important if you think that you have jumper’s knee to go see a specialist. They can help diagnose and come up with a treatment plan to prevent the condition from worsening. Some symptoms include:
- Pain under the knee cap
- Bruising or redness
- Leg or calf weakness
- Pain when bending
- Stiffness when squatting, kneeling, or jumping
Once someone with this condition comes in and is diagnosed with “jumper’s knee” there are a few ways it is often treated. The biggest thing doctors typically say is to take a break from the sports or activities that caused the injury.
Tips on treatments for the condition:
- Compression (taping, wraps or straps just under the knee cap)
- Ibuprofen or other pain relieving, swelling reducing medicine
- Physical Therapy (this can be at home or with a physical therapist to start to know the best exercises and strategies for each individual)
It is important to note that sometimes, when the condition is not treated or the person does not rest the knee to allow it to heal, it can worsen. In some situations, surgery can be required. This is another reason why it is crucial to come in and see a doctor when you start exhibiting symptoms. It is also always a good idea to see a physical therapist upon diagnosis to help provide some guidance on the best way to get you back in the game more quickly.
Miller Orthopedic Specialists offers a free, walk-in sports injury clinic in Council Bluffs from 10:00 – 11:00 a.m. and by appointment in Omaha. The initial consultation is free, but extra will be charged for x-rays, supplies, or follow-up visits if needed. This is a great opportunity to come in and see a specialist to get peace of mind without having to pay a hefty doctor bill. Your specialist can also provide input on what activities you are able (or unable) to participate in. Getting a general timeline and advice on what to do while recovering can make the recovery go more smoothly.
Contact us today for more information or to schedule your FREE* consultation.
Some people choose their shoes because they like the style or color. Other people choose their shoes because they fit the requirements by their job. Then, there are the people that choose shoes based on the comfort and support provided. A combination of these things can often contribute to the choosing of shoes. However, many people do not realize the importance of properly fitting footwear.
When choosing shoes is it important to look for a few things. Some people do not know not know why the fit of a shoe really matters. Improperly fitting footwear is a common cause of foot and ankle injuries. They can also further exacerbate other health conditions that are common. Seeing a podiatrist to assist in the process of choosing properly fitting footwear is also a great idea. It will help eliminate some of the guess work for what kind of shoes to get.
First, it is important to choose shoes that take the natural shape of the foot. The heel should not be slipping around and the ball of the foot should fit into the widest part of the shoe. Pointed toes often cause the foot to be squished into the shape of the shoe, which is not good.
Signs Your Shoes Don’t Fit
- Pain and discomfort
- Bruising on toenails
- Skin irritation (especially around toenails)
- Bruising on the tips of toes
Here are some tips when going to the store to buy footwear:
- Keep heels less than 2 ¼ inches tall. Too high of a heel can put unnecessary pressure on the ankle and balls of the feet that can cause injuries over time.
- Consider shopping at the end of the day after walking around. This means your feet are more swollen than usual, and thus it is easier to be sure the shoes still fit, even with swollen feet.
- Make sure the shoes are not ones that have to be broken in later. Walk around in them some to make sure they are comfortable both walking and standing.
- Remember that not all shoes fit the same way, so do not rely solely on size, and be sure to try on both shoes to ensure they do not only fit one foot properly.
Another thing to consider if foot pain persists no matter what type of shoe, is a custom orthotic. Many people think it is only important to get orthotics if they have a specific condition such as plantar fasciitis, arthritis or diabetes. However, custom orthotics are a good idea for most people. A custom orthotic will help provide the kind of comfort needed for the individual. A certified podiatrist would be best suited to help each individual find the orthotic that works best for each individual’s feet.
Shoes and orthotics cannot solve everyone’s foot problems. They can help reduce some of the pain, but it is important to see a podiatrist to understand what things are causing the issues. Podiatrists can help devise a diagnosis and treatment plan to help reduce foot pain or injuries. Dr. Panesar is a Board Certified Podiatric Surgeon who can provide advice on what kind of shoes or orthotics would work best for each individual, and he can determine whether the problem goes deeper than just improperly fitting shoes. Even if a custom orthotic or shoe is not ordered, a podiatrist can help provide recommendations for things to avoid or to purchase in order to help avoid any further foot problems that might occur from improperly fitting shoes.
Do you have pain in your feet? Our podiatry doctor is here for you. Click here to Contact us today for a consultation.
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