Physical Therapy and Plantar Fasciitis

Physical Therapy and Plantar Fasciitis
When is the right time to start physical therapy? Physical therapy can be a good thing, IF your injury is healed enough for the exercise to be beneficial. You might not be aware of two of the biggest reasons why physical therapy can often be ineffective, or make your pain worse. Two things that won’t ...

What Causes an Achilles Injury?

What Causes an Achilles Injury?
Achilles injuries have many different causes It is true that an Achilles injury can occur as a result of sudden trauma or injury, but there are many lesser-known things that can trigger an Achilles issue. When your Achilles injury is caused by sudden injury, you can typically recognize right away when it happens because it’s ...

Heel Spurs – Causes and Treatment

Heel Spurs - Causes and Treatment
What are heel spurs? Heel spurs are calcium deposits that may be found on the back of the heel, or on the bottom of the foot. These spurs are often caused by inflammation, particularly inflammation of the plantar fascia. They may be brought on by repeated strain or stress to the muscles, tendons, and ligaments, ...

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 ...

Ankle Bursitis

Ankle Bursitis
What is ankle bursitis and what causes it? Bursitis results from the bursae, or little pouches full of fluid, becoming inflamed as a result of injury, repetitive motion, or overuse. It’s an incredibly painful condition that results in swelling, pain, and limited range of motion, and it can have a negative effect on many aspects ...

Exercising During Your Recovery

Exercising During Your Recovery
How do I know how much to exercise while healing? How much exercise should you do while recovering from a soft tissue injury? The last thing you want to do is aggravate the injury or make it worse. So, what kind of exercise is best, and for how long? There’s more than one answer to ...

Achilles Tendonitis Myths

Achilles Tendonitis Myths
So you hurt your Achilles tendon – now what? Achilles tendon injuries can be so painful that you’ll try anything to get some relief. There’s a lot of misinformation out there about how to most effectively heal a damaged Achilles tendon, and it’s important to educate yourself to avoid treatments that can lead to negative ...

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 ...