The Risks of Being a Weekend Warrior

Eugene Pascarella
Dr. Eugene Pascarella, with a desire to help people, began Foot & Ankle Associates of Florida in July 1984.

Running a raceWeekend warrior alert: If you’ve been on the couch all week and suddenly decide you’re going to run that Saturday race, beware! When you jump into activities without proper preparation, you are putting yourself at an increased risk for injury. Even the warrior Achilles had his limits, and trust us – an Achilles tendon isn’t the only thing that can bring a mere mortal down!

A host of foot and ankle injuries can occur if you ask your body to go from doing nothing to suddenly doing too much. Not warming up or training sufficiently can cause tight muscles to strain or tear. It can put so much stress on bones that they crack. Heel pain is another common complaint of the weekend warrior. However, this does not have to be your destiny if you change your weekend warrior ways!

Be sure to adequately warm up prior to events and have a training program in place. Start slowly and gradually build upon your fitness routine so that by race time, you’re not only ready, but you’ve also significantly decreased the odds of getting hurt!

Of course, if you already did too much too soon and are paying for it now, we’re here to help! We’ll assess your injury and determine the best course of action – whether it’s returning to your couch with an ice pack and pillows to prop up your feet, or an alternative option like regenerative medicine. This could include treatments like MLS laser therapy that stimulates cell repair and regeneration (while also easing pain), or an injection that uses placental connective tissue to supplement or replace damaged tissue. This innovative and minimally-invasive approach also addresses inflammation and pain and is a great solution for hurting heels – too bad it wasn’t around when Achilles went down!

No matter what treatment we find to be best for you, rest assured that we’ll get you back on your feet as quickly as possible. All we ask is that next time, be a prepared warrior, not a weekend one!

Call Foot & Ankle Associates of Florida to find out more about regenerative medicine and other treatment options. Dial 407-339-7759 or 352-589-9550 (if calling from Lake County). We’ll help you stay active and injury-free.

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