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Posts for: December, 2014

By Dr. Petty
December 23, 2014
Category: Uncategorized
Tags: Leg Cramps  

What causes muscle cramps?

A muscle cramp is a strong, painful contraction or tightening of a muscle that comes on suddenly and lasts anywhere from a few seconds to several minutes. Leg and foot cramps may have many different causes. Let’s discuss some of the main causes because it has been a frequent patient question at the Corsicana Foot Clinic.   foot pain

  • Dietary deficiency- Specifically minerals such as Potassium, Calcium and Magnesium.
  • Dehydration- Not drinking enough water daily.
  • Overuse of specific muscles- certain foot problems or worn shoes can contribute to this.
  • Medications such as diuretics, statins and steroids
  • Certain medical conditions such as kidney disease, thyroid disease and peripheral artery disease.
  • Sometimes they’re simply the result of your feet and legs being tired.

How to stop a muscle cramp

  • Stretch the calf muscle by straightening the leg and pulling your foot toward you. Try walking it off if possible.
  • Massage the muscle with your hand and apply heat with a heating pad or warm shower/bath.
  • Take off your shoes or socks, or anything else that might be constricting your foot or leg.
  • Do some simple stretches: a) flex your toes up and down or b) grab your toes and pull them towards you as far as you can, hold them a moment, then repeat until you feel the cramp passing.

How can you avoid muscle cramps?

  • Drink plenty of fluids or sports drinks, such as Gatorade, provide hydration and electrolytes.
  • Limit drinks with alcohol or caffeine. These can make you dehydrated.
  • Take a multivitamin supplement daily to insure you are getting the nutrients necessary for correct muscle function.
  • If you suffer from night cramps, stretch your calf muscles before going to bed.
  • If you are taking medicines that are known to cause leg cramps, ask your doctor if he may be able to prescribe a different medication. Do not just stop taking the medication.

Persistent leg or foot cramps may be a sign that there is something else going on in your body, such as poor leg circulation. If you keep on having cramps, you should see a doctor. Dr. Petty performs a simple in-office test to check circulation in the legs and feet. Please call the Corsicana Foot & Ankle at 903-872-9910 for an appointment.

By Jeff Petty DPM
December 11, 2014
Category: heel pain

With football season well underway and now in playoffs, Corsicana Foot & Ankle is seeing an influx in children/teenagers suffering from heel pain. Even though there are a number of possible causes for this heel pain in children, the vast majority of these kids are 

suffering from a condition known as Sever’s Disease (Calcaneal Apophysitis).  This is most commonly seen in kids from 8-15 years old that are active.

Sever’s Disease is inflammation of the growth plate in the heel. In Sever’s Disease it is the Achilles tendon that applies the force to the  heel bone and irritates the growth plate. Symptoms include pain at the back/bottom of the heel bone near to the insertion of the Achilles tendon which can be present  during or after playing a sport or being active. This causes the child to walk or run with a limp due to the pain. Right now, many of our local young people are playing football in non supportive cleats and without proper stretching technique. This helps cause Severs Disease and brings them into theCorsicana Foot Clinic.

Treatment of Sever’s Disease

The immediate goal of treatment is pain relief. Because symptoms generally worsen with activity, the main treatment for Sever’s disease is rest, which helps to relieve pressure on the heel bone, decreasing swelling and reducing pain. Corsicana Foot & Ankle recommends reducing or avoiding all activities that cause pain until symptoms are gone.  The child is able to do things that do not put pressure on the heel, such as swimming and biking.

It is also very important to perform foot and leg exercises to stretch and strengthen the leg muscles and tendons as well as to apply ice to the heel for 20 minutes two or three times per day to help reduce swelling and pain. Take an over-the-counter medicine to reduce pain and swelling, such as acetaminophen (Tylenol) or ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin, Nuprin). In some cases, Dr. Petty will place the child into orthotics or even use a walking cast to reduce pressure and allow for healing.

If your child suffers from heel pain or limps after activity, call Corsicana Foot & Ankle and we will get them pain free. We cater to cowards so call today. (903) 872-9910.

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