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Heel spurs and their treatment

Every day, our feet support for hours the weight of our bodies and of everything that we carry. We use them to walk, run, stand, jump and turn around once and again. They are constantly under certain amounts of stress that depend on our activities and lifestyle. This stress, just as any stress, can get to be too much for them to take. In these cases, the feet become damaged and develop a series of conditions that will be briefly discussed in this article.

Plantar Fasciitis

Our feet are very complex structures meant to support the weight of our entire body as well as provide us with the mobility to walk around carrying that weight. Not many people know that our feet are made of several bones, and also other structures like tendons, muscles and connecting tissues. Our feet rest on a series of layers that connect our heels with the base of our toes, under the skin of our soles. This series of layers is called plantar fascia

Any time our feet are exposed to mechanical stress, in example when we carry a lot of weight on them or bring them under shocking pressure like a run on a hard surface or a hard fall, some microlesions occur within their tissues, especially the plantar fascia, which is the part that is most exposed to these forces. When these microlesions accumulate because of repetitive strain on the plantar fascia, our soles can hurt, especially when we step on the ground. Due to the risk factors, people who expose their feet to constant stress are more likely to develop plantar fasciitis. Some examples are: obese or overweight people, athletes, people with too high or too low arches of the feet, and people who spend many hours a day standing on hard surfaces. Read More...

The most common types of foot pain explained

Our feet keep us on the ground and take us to where we need to go. They are important; yet, they are being neglected on a daily basis by many. This results in a number of foot problems such as:

•    heel pain
•    heel spurs
•    plantar fasciitis
•    ball of foot pain
•    metatarsalgia
•    achilles tendonitis
•    hammertoes

It is important that you understand what these foot problems are, how they can be identified and how they can be treated. Read More...

Shin Splints and Shin Pain during running

One of my resolutions for 2014 was to reduce weight, especially fat deposit around my waist. Since spot reduction does not work, I decided to start regular exercise so it helps to reduce weight and maintain a healthy body. I’m not a big fan of gyms or health clubs, so I decided to take up running.

The first week was tough as I could not run with a consistent speed and found myself gasping after every 100-150 meters. The second week was even tougher as I started to feel pain in my lower leg. I continued running (in pain) for another 3-4 days until I found it difficult to even walk. I consulted with a doctor who diagnosed me with Shin Splints, a common running injury. After following his treatment and exercises, I have never experienced shin pain. Read More...

Achilles Tendonitis: Symptoms, Causes and Treatment

In simple terms, tendinitis can be called an inflammation of a tendon. Inflammation or swelling is a natural response of the body to a disease or an injury. Achilles tendinitis also causes swelling and pain. When one is affected by this medical condition he or she would experience substantial amount of pain along the back of the leg close to the heel bone. Most commonly it is seen among athletes who suddenly increase the length or the intensity of their exercise or runs. This condition is also prevalent among people who engage in sports like basket ball, tennis, gymnastics, dance, softball, volleyball or some other sports that require the use of excessive foot activity.

Achilles tendinitis should not be neglected. Though it is fairly easy to treat this condition at home with the doctor’s advice at its initial stages, yet if uncared for, it may lead to a rupture. Once there is a rupture or a tendon tear then surgical treatment may be required.

Common Cases

This common foot condition is widespread among the persons who are engaged in active sports. The overuse of any affected limb could cause this condition. It is more common among athletes who do not train under ideal conditions  such as missing regular warm ups, uncomfortable and improper sports foot wear, no proper running surface etc. Persons engaged in different kind of sports may have tendinitis in different parts of the body. The swimmers most of the time develop this condition in their shoulders whereas the rock climbers are likely to get tendinitis in their fingers. Most of the times, it is possible to take care of Achilles tendinitis at home with proper guidance from a doctor.  Read More...

Different types of heel pain explained

Why do people get heel pain?

When you walk or run, the heel absorbs the shock. This is what the heel was designed to do; however, excessive walking and running combined with your body weight can cause a series of heel pain. Heel pains are generally caused by small but repetitive mechanical injuries that happen so fast that the body cannot heal them and as a result, they turn into foot problems.

Different types of heel pain

There are many different types of heel pain; however, some of the most common ones include:


Orthotics for Flat Feet

Is too much physical activities not good?

Physical activity is the key ingredient to maintaining good health. If you ask anyone for advice on how to maintain good health, one of the first things that they will tell you is that you need to exercise. You need to be physically active. Many people, however, do not warn you that too much physical activities might have harmful effects. The body part that is the most involved with physical fitness is your feet and as a result, too much physical activities can place too much stress on the feet and can result in overuse injuries. This is why you need to be mindful of the quantity, level and frequency of physical activities that you partake in. Overuse Injuries in the Foot can result in a number of foot conditions including raptured tendons, stress fractures and inflammation of the plantar fascia. Too much physical activity is not the only thing that can cause damage to your feet. Where women are concerned, high heels can cause damage to the feet as well. This is why women need to be considerate of the shoes that they wear making sure that they are not too high nor too tight. 

What are Flat Feet?

Unfortunately, not all foot conditions are cause by overuse of the feet or by wearing the wrong shoes. Some people are born with certain foot conditions such as flat feet. A person who has flat feet is a person whose feet have very low arches or no arches at all. The arch which is also known as the instep is the part of your fee that is raised off of the ground when you stand and varies in height from person to person. For many people, having low or no arches are normal. They are just born that way because it is in their genes and has been inherited. Others develop flat feet in the womb due to an abnormality. For example, two or more bones can be fused together while they are developing in the womb and as a result they are born with flat feet. The difference between flat feet that are inherited and flat feet that are the result of an abnormality is that flat feet that are inherited are fairly flexible while abnormal flat feet are stiff. Sometimes, some people develop flat feet later on in their life due to the result of suffering from foot conditions such as arthritis.  Read More...

Orthotics: Pre-Made Versus Custom-Made

The term orthotics is used to refer to a myriad of devices that are used to correct muscular and structural problems in feet by offering additional and corrective support. These devices are also used to re-align any part of the body through the feet, especially if the problems are caused by foot biomechanical misalignment and imbalance.

The foot orthotic devices are commonly used to correct a variety of low extremity problems such as plantar fasciitis. The devices offer the necessary support to the muscles and the fascia tissue, which relieves pain and enhances skeletal alignment as well as foot and limb function. Read More...

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