Understanding the Healing Process

Understanding the Healing Process
The way our bodies work when healing is truly amazing. Understanding the healing process can help you in your recovery in many ways. Whether you’re dealing with a tear in the muscles, tendons, or ligaments, or even if you’re dealing with a more chronic condition like tendonitis or bursitis, your body will do its best ...

Arthritis of the Foot

Arthritis of the Foot
What is arthritis? Arthritis is a very painful condition causing inflammation, pain, and stiffness of the joints. A couple of common types of arthritis are osteoarthritis, and rheumatoid arthritis. Osteoarthritis is a degenerative condition where the cartilage thins and wears down, which can eventually result in bone on bone contact. Rheumatoid arthritis is a chronic ...

Metatarsal Injuries

Metatarsal Injuries
What can cause metatarsal injuries? Metatarsal injuries can be a result of a few different conditions, including a stress fracture, wearing poorly fitting footwear, or even increasing your activity level. With any soft tissue injury, one of the most important things you can do to help yourself heal is rest. Applying cold compression will also ...

Ankle Extensor Tendonitis Treatment

Ankle Extensor Tendonitis Treatment
What causes ankle extensor tendonitis? Tendonitis in general is when you experience inflammation, irritation, or damage of the tendons – with ankle extensor tendonitis, the tendons on the top of your feet are affected. This can make it difficult to move your ankle and toes, walk, and even sleep. Ankle extensor tendonitis may appear to ...

Antibiotic Induced Tendon Damage

Antibiotic Induced Tendon Damage
Fluoroquinolones may cause tendon damage or rupture It may not be common knowledge that antibiotics such as Cipro or Levaquin can actually cause damage, or even rupture of the tendons. Since 2008, the FDA has attached mandatory “black box” labels to fluoroquinolone antibiotics, warning about the possibility of nerve and tendon damage. In May of 2016, the FDA released a warning ...

Freiberg’s Disease

Freiberg's Disease
What is Freiberg’s Disease? Freiberg’s Disease (also known as Freiberg’s Infraction) is a type of osteochondroses that most commonly affects the second Metatarsal bone in the foot. Your Metatarsals are a group of 5 bones that are located in the mid-foot and are connected to your toe bones. Freiberg’s Disease is often associated with Metatarsalgia. ...

When to Use Cold vs. Heat

When to Use Cold vs. Heat
Alternating Cold & Hot Treatments It’s best not to alternate cold and hot treatments, as this will only result in one treatment counteracting the other. The purpose of applying cold to an injury is to bring down inflammation and swelling and help control the pain. Applying cold causes the blood vessels to restrict. The purpose of applying ...

What You Need to Know About Healing

What You Need to Know About Healing
Healing Times Depend on a Variety of Factors Healing times vary depending on the following: The severity of the injury or condition The amount of rest you’re getting How dedicated your are to treating the injury (whether it’s with RICE, blood flow, taping, etc.) How long you’ve had the injury (is it new or recurring?) The ...

Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy — Does It Really Work?

Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy -- Does It Really Work?
What is Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy? Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy (ESWT) involves the use of a handheld device to deliver shockwaves to the injured part of your foot. This is a common treatment for chronic Plantar Fasciitis and other soft tissue injuries that won’t seem to heal through conservative treatments. ESWT is a non-invasive treatment that is often ...

Top Tips for Maintaining Healthy Feet

Top Tips for Maintaining Healthy Feet
Keep Your Feet Clean, Dry & Moisturized Keeping your feet clean and dry will prevent against athlete’s foot, warts and other possible fungal infections. When you have a bath or shower, remember to wash your feet and dry them thoroughly afterwards. Moisturizing your feet will prevent dryness, cracking and calluses. Try using a lotion or cream ...