posted on 24 Nov 2013 23:35 by nathe13
If you enjoyed this article, please feel free to forward it to others, make it available from your site or post it on blogs and forums for others to read. All we ask is that this paragraph and URL are included. For more information and articles on stretching, flexibility and sports injury management , visit The Stretching Institute. Plantar fasciitis is a condition that causes heel pain. With this condition, a strong cord of tissue under the foot called the plantar fascia gets irritated. This runs from the heel toward the toes. Achilles tendonitis is an inflammation of that tendon. Treatments
Because treatment for Achilles tendinopathy is limited and healing can be slow, some runners opt for a steroid injection into the tendon to reduce the pain. A steroid injection for Achilles tendinopathy isn't a good idea. Not only do studies show that it doesn't work, but it can increase the risk of tendon rupture which often necessitates surgery to repair. Stretching before exercising or walking Stretching your calf muscles and Achilles tendon will help relieve the pain. This can be done with the traditional calf stretch leaning against a wall and extending one leg back, pressing your heel to the ground for about 10 seconds.
If you are tired of constant stiffness and/or pain, you should see a certified podiatrist today or at least talk to a knowledgeable pharmacist. They will evaluate all of your ailments and help decide on the right type of Orthotic for you. They can also provide further advice on foot care and other treatment methods that are complementary to the use of Orthotics. Almost everybody's foot function can be improved through the use of these miracle devices as perfect feet, like perfect people, are a very rare find. If you have flat feet, make sure you have good arch supports or corrective orthotics, if they have been prescribed for you.
First thing to do is to get yourself a proper pair of running shoes. It's very common that you are an overpronator if you have a sore Achilles tendon. Visit a shop where they use a treadmill to let you test your running shoes before buying them. You need to find a pair of shoes with proper support and with correct cushioning for your feet. I often hear advices on pain killers and icing the tendon. It is not wrong doing these kinds of things and they might even release some of the pain , but it is not a long term solution. It only gives temporarily relief.
Given the prevalence of female athletes taking oral contraceptives (circa 50%), 23 whether for personal or health reasons, we would expect to see a slew of studies connecting contraceptive use and tendon injury, or at least a higher rate of tendon injuries in women than in men. Because these are both lacking in the literature, I don't think there is enough evidence yet to conclude that oral contraceptive use in athletes plays any significant role in the incidence of tendon injuries in female athletes. One large study of injured runners found that being younger than 34 confers a protective effect for men, but not women; 16
Since nitroglycerin is easily transported through the skin and converted to nitric oxide inside the body, nitroglycerin patches are a convenient method to deliver nitric acid to a particular location. Most studies on nitroglycerin patches to date have used sections cut from circular nitroglycerin patches for chest pain, which are applied directly over the most painful area of the tendon. Image from Skjong et al. The biological support for producing nitric oxide has been followed by strong but not unanimous support from studies using nitroglycerin patches to treat tendon problems. Deformation in foot such as a flat arch, or any anatomic variation that puts unnecessary strain on the Achilles tendon.
Unlike a typical fracture where bone breaks from a physical force, a stress fracture results from the overuse or overstressing of normal bone which eventually damages the bone itself. This usually occurs with over-exercising or certain anatomic problems which make one susceptible to the problem. For treatment, apply ice to the sore heel and massage the area. Aspirin and other over-the-counter anti-inflammatory drugs can relieve pain and swelling. If not, the physician may inject your heel with cortisone as a last resort. The good thing about plantar fasciitis and stress fractures, however, is that they disappear with time and clear up with rest.
Your Achilles tendon is a strong band of tissue found in your lower leg that connects your calf muscles to your heel bone. When the tendon becomes inflamed and irritated, you have Achilles tendinitis. The most common symptom is mild pain in your lower leg when running or performing physical activity. The pain can become severe during intense or prolonged exercise. You may also experience swelling and tenderness in the area, as well as weakness in your lower leg. Causes Plantar fasciitis mainly affects the foot so it is only logical to have foot exercises to alleviate the pain that people experience due to the tear at the plantar fascia.
Most causes of tendinitis go unsolved. As people age, the vascularity of their tendons decreases, which may put them at greater risk of developing inflammation if something else goes wrong. Trauma of a joint due to ta fall or sprain can easily cause the body to react by isolating the injured tendon through the use of the body's inflammation response. Microtrauma due to overuse of a muscle may also cause swelling and pain. And a final cause of tendinitis can be systemic conditions like diabetes, arthritis, or gout. 9.Try to wear a consistent heel height. Going up and down in height can be quite a pain in your Achilles tendon.