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Spring Track Running Injuries

Foot Pain ExercisesSpring Track Running Injuries

Spring is here which means track season has started for thousands of students.  It also means that student athletes are at risk of getting hurt.  Every spring, young athletes begin intensive training for track season, and within weeks, many are halted by common running injuries such as plantar fasciitis, Achilles tendonitis, IT band syndrome, runner’s knee, and shin splints.

Plantar Fasciitis – Since our feet absorb a force several times our body weight with each step, it is not surprising that approximately 15 percent of all running injuries affect the foot.  Plantar fasciitis is caused by straining the ligament that supports the arch, and is usually the top foot complaint among runners.  The pain, which typically feels like a stabbing pain on the bottom of the heel, is usually worse first thing in the morning or after periods of inactivity and can intensify after standing for long periods of time.

What starts out as a fairly easy-to-treat injury, when ignored, can result in an extremely painful condition that can sideline track athletes.  Runners who have very high or very low arches are vulnerable because both foot types cause the plantar fascia to be stretched away from the heel bone.  Other risk factors are extreme pronation (foot rolls inward excessively) and supination (foot rolls outward excessively).

Maintaining good flexibility throughout the inter-connective chain of the lower leg including the ankle, Achilles tendon and calf muscles is the best way to prevent plantar fasciitis for track runners.  Preventative measures for plantar fasciitis are similar to that of treatment so it makes sense for athletes to use preventative measure to avoid the pain.

Medi-Dyne’s 2Steps plantar fasciitis solution recommends:

Orthopedic-Shoe-and-Podiatry-Markets_08Bio-mechanically designed Tuli’s Heel Cup provides immediate relief by cushioning the area of pain and elevating the calcaneus (heel bone) to take pressure off of the Achilles tendon, lessening the tension and allowing for a regaining of flexibility.

The ProStretch Plus has been proven to provide a deep stretch that increases flexibility along the entire inter-connective chain, delivering the long-term flexibility needed for both the prevention and treatment of plantar fasciitis.  Read how to use the ProStretch Plus to prevent plantar fasciitis.

Achilles tendonitis – The Achilles tendon connects the two major calf muscles to the back of the heel. When overused, the tendon tightens and becomes irritated.  Achilles tendinitis is responsible for approximately 11 percent of all running injuries.  Runners who dramatically increase their training at the beginning of track season and who have tight, weak calves are vulnerable to this injury.

Many people suffering from Achilles tendonitis symptoms experience swelling and mild to severe pain in the ankle area.  Achilles tendonitis symptoms typically begin as a mild ache in the back of the leg or above the heel after running or other sports activity.  Pain may come on gradually or may only be felt when running or walking.  Episodes of more severe tendon pain may occur after prolonged running, stair climbing, or sprinting.

Athletes in sports which use a pushing-off motion like track are no strangers to Achilles issues, and calf flexibility is critical to the health of the Achilles tendon.  As with plantar fasciitis, an athlete can prevent and treat Achilles tendonitis by using the ProStretch Plus for a safe and gradual stretch of the lower leg.  Another way to prevent or treat Achilles tendonitis pain is to use shoe inserts like Tuli’s Gaitors and heel cups like Tuli’s Heel Cups.  Both of these items can be placed in a runner’s shoes to promote stability and proper alignment as well as provide long-lasting relief from Achilles tendonitis pain.

cho-pat_achillestendon-500x500A support straps like the Cho-Pat Achilles Tendon Strap can also help alleviate the pain and discomfort of Achilles tendonitis.  Developed in cooperation with the Mayo Clinic, the patented Cho-Pat Achilles Tendon Strap reduces stress on the Achilles tendon by gently lifting the heel, and it can be worn in all shoes or barefoot.

IT Band Syndrome – IT Band Syndrome is the one of the most common overuse injuries for runners. The IT Band lies along the outside of the thigh from the hip to the knee and is designed to assist the hip muscles in the outward movement of the thigh and to stabilize the side of the knee. The knee flexes and extends when running and this can cause the IT Band to rub on the side of the femur. Track athletes who take up their mileage too quickly at the beginning of track season can be susceptible to ITBS.

Runners suffering with ITBS experience pain along the outside of the knee joint, sometimes accompanied by a clicking sensation.  ITBS typically starts with tightness, can become extremely painful on the outside part of the knee or lower thigh, and can be made worse by activity. Runners who do not cross train many suffer from weak hip abductor and gluteal muscles and could be at greater risk for ITBS.  ITBS can be a debilitating injury to a track athlete and can become so painful that a runner is unable to train at all until it heals.

The best way to provide immediate relief for ITBS pain is the Cho-Pat Iliotibial Band Strap.  The Cho-Pat- IT Band Strap compresses the area to begin healing and prevent further damage. This strap delivers Dynamic Pain Diffusion™ to absorb and diffuse stress and provides comfortable support even when running.

For long-term healing and prevention of ITBS, a track athlete needs to stretch and strengthen weak hip and core muscles.  The CoreStretch is an effective tool to stretch and activate the entire interconnected chain of core muscles like hamstrings, lower back, hips, piriformis, and glutes.  Watch how to use the CoreStretch here.  In addition to the CoreStretch, the RangeRoller can be used to deliver a deep tissue massage and increase the blood flow along the full length of the IT Band.  The RangeRoller increases circulation, relieves knots, warms muscles, eliminates scar tissue, and improves an athlete’s overall performance.

Runner's KneeRunner’s Knee – Patellofemoral pain syndrome (PFPS) or “runner’s knee” is the irritation of the cartilage on the underside of the patella (kneecap).  Approximately 40 percent of running injuries are knee injuries, and it is a common complaint among track athletes.   Runner’s knee typically flares up during or after long runs, after extended periods of sitting, or while descending hills and stairs.  It is usually starts as a dull pain in the front of the knee and often worsens over time.

Athletes can get immediate relief and support from a couple of Cho-Pat® products.  The Cho-Pat Original Knee Strap stabilizes and tightens the kneecap mechanism and provides track athletes with mobility, comfort, and support.  The Original Knee Strap can be used to reduce pain, improve tracking, and is doctor recommended for over 30 years.  The Cho-Pat Dynamic Knee Compression Sleeve is a light-weight compression sleeve that reinforces the knee, stabilizes, reduces inflammation, and promotes circulation.

For long-term healing and prevention of runner’s knee, a runner should stretch and strengthen glutes, hamstrings and quads.  The patented StretchRite system features a non-elastic strap which makes it easy to perform each stretch properly and effectively.  Watch how to use the StretchRite.

Shin_Splints_PainShin Splints – Shin splints refers to medial tibial stress syndrome, an achy pain that results when small tears occur in the muscles around your shin bone.  Shin splints make up approximately 13 percent of running injuries and results from overuse or an overload of stress. This overload of stress can be due to taking on too much too fast, over-pronation or by calf, foot or Achilles tendon inflexibility.  Athletes who are involved in a sport like track are very likely to experience shin splints pain at some point.

Shin splints sufferers experience pain along or just behind the inner edge of the tibia. The pain typically increases during activity.  It’s important to employ R.I.C.E. (rest, ice, compression, and elevation) and adequate stretching to both reduce pain and remedy shin splints.  For additional immediate relief from existing shin splints pain and added support, a product like Tuli’s Gators will cushion and disperse stress on shin bones.  Tuli’s Gators not only provides good arch support, but it adds light-weight shock absorption to help prevent shin splints pain.

For preventing and treating shin splints, it is important to increase flexibility in calf muscles and feet.  Athletes who stretch their calves daily will increase calf flexibility and dramatically reduce the risk of a muscle imbalance injury like shin splints.  The ProStretch Plus is a very effective tool for stretching and strengthening your calves and increasing lower leg flexibility.

For the runner experiencing shin splints, the Cho-Pat Shin Splint Compression Sleeve is a highly effective tool for alleviating shin splints pain when exercising.  It combines compression and shock absorption to support muscles, stimulate circulation, and maintain warmth to alleviate the pain of shin splints.

 

Back to School: Children’s Heel Pain Prevention

Prevent children's Heel Pain Heel pain in children is becoming increasingly common — especially in young athletes.  Their bodies are growing and changing more rapidly than their style choices.  This is the time when they need the most protection. One customer recently wrote to us about why Tuli’s Heel Cups are on her back-to-school shopping list:

Back to school means two things in my male dominated household:  it’s time to return to the classroom and more importantly (to my boys-not their mom), it’s time to return to playing sports!

Football, baseball and basketball reign supreme at my house, and my boys love training and playing hard.  While training hard may help them get better at the sports that they love so much, it sometimes can cause injuries to their young and growing bodies.  We have had our share of broken bones, sprains and bruises.  We have learned the hard (and sometimes expensive way) that it’s better to take steps to keep our young athletes injury free than to pay for it later with doctor visits and lost playing time.

One of the biggest issues my boys have experienced is heel pain.  My oldest son suffered greatly with debilitating heel pain during football season when he was 11.  The podiatrist’s diagnosis was Plantar Fasciitis.  Unfortunately, that was not the end of the story for him.  A year later he had more heel pain and was diagnosed with Sever’s Disease.

While I had heard of Plantar Fasciitis, Sever’s disease was a new one to me.  Apparently, it is more common in boys and typically occurs when a child is between 8 and 13 years old.  The podiatrist told us to rest, ice, massage, stretch his calves on daily basis and the use of a quality heel cup in their shoes and cleats. Specifically, the doctor told us to get Tuli’s.

Having learned my lesson with my older son, I was immediately on high alert when the younger child (now 11) mentioned heel pain after basketball practice.  I was determined not to let this child suffer like the older one had!  We immediately purchased Tuli’s heel cups for his basketball shoes and every day tennis shoes.  On top of that, we started a vigorous routine of icing and lower leg stretches using the ProStretch Plus.  These tools had helped his older brother recover from his Severs and now we were using them to prevent Severs from developing for him.

Within a week, my son was experiencing very little heel pain.  Within 2 weeks, we never heard him mention it again.  The heel cups became part of his every day equipment, and the stretching routine continued to keep him symptom free.  We have been able to keep him out of the doctor’s office, on the playing court, and most importantly-pain free!

The minute any of my friends mention their children’s heel pain I tell them to get some Tuli’s Heel Cups and start stretching!  In fact I tell everyone to put it on their back to school shopping list.  It’s the best preseason investment I make!

Julie D.

 

What do Heel Spurs Feel Like?

Heel SpursHeel spurs can be extremely painful, basically causing the ligament that attaches to your foot (the plantar fascia) to separate from the hell bone. The condition is caused by excessive bone growth on the heel and can affect both athletes and non-athletes. But how do you know that you actually have it? Here are some ways to find out, plus some ways to deal with the problem.

Signs You Have Heel Spurs

If you have chronic pain in the heel area of your foot – especially when your feet first hit the floor in the morning – and the pain eases a bit once you’ve walked around for a little while, that is a pretty good indication you have heel spurs. Also, you may have them if you find that you’re altering the way you walk in order to reduce pain.

Here are some other ways to tell if you have heel spurs:

  • You feel a small growth of bone around your heel.
  • The pain you’re experiencing is located in the front portion of your heel toward the arch.
  • Your heel is red and swollen but the rest of your foot is not.
  • You’ve developed knee, back, hip or ankle pain after your heel problem. This is likely happening because you’ve changed the way you’ve walked and other joints have become inflamed.

What to Do About it

Try putting an icepack on your heel for 15 minutes two times a day and try taking over-the-counter medications such as ibuprofen or acetaminophen. You should also stay off the problem foot as much as you can for about a week. There are also some exercises you can try to strengthen that area of your foot, including calf and plantar fascia stretches.

Medi-Dyne offers products that can bring both immediate relief and long-term healing. Our Tuli’s® Polar Bear Gel Heel Cups have shock absorbers that cradle the affected area of your foot while distributing pressure to the outer portion. In addition, our ProStretch Plus™ provides a deep stretch along the bottom portion of your foot as well as up into your ankle. If you want more information or would like to order these or any of our other products, visit our e-store or call us at 800-840-1740.

Why Your Feet Hurt When Running

Feet Hurt When RunningIt’s the bane of runners everywhere – painful feet. Sometimes, it can get so bad that you wonder whether it would really be worth it to pursue the activity you love. By knowing the reasons why your feet hurt when running you can be proactive. If you understand the problem and take the right action, you can get back in the game instead of staying on the couch. Here are three common reasons this problem occurs along with ways you can get past it.

Reason 1: Plantar Fasciitis

This is one of the most common – and most painful – reasons why your feet hurt when running. Plantar fasciitis is inflammation of the plantar fascia, the connective tissue that runs from your heel to your toes. It typically results in a great amount of discomfort that is especially pronounced when you first get out of bed in the morning.

Our ProStretch Plus is a technologically advanced tool that provides a deep, effective stretch. It can substantially increase the flexibility in your feet as well as in your calves. Increased flexibility is key to not just helping to treat injuries, but in preventing them as well. If you have the proper amount of flexibility, you’ll be better able to reach your peak physical potential.

Reason 2: Heel Spurs

A heel spur happens when projections of bone occur along the edges of the heel bone. While this condition is, in many instances, painless, other times they cause severe pain. If you have inflammation in part of your heel or you feel pain intermittently when you jog, run or walk, you more than likely have heel spurs.

Tuli’s Polar Bears Dual Density Heel Cups were designed specifically for sufferers of heel spurs. They contain a ring of soft gel that cradles your heel and protects it by distributing pressure away from the injured area.

Reason 3: Blisters

Just about every runner has suffered from a painful foot blister at one time or another. Whether it happens because your shoes don’t fit properly or you’ve simply overdone it, the continual rubbing can be enough to make you stop your run completely.

The best way to deal with blisters, of course, is to make sure they don’t develop in the first place. In addition to make sure your shoes are the right fit, you should also use our 2Toms BlisterShield. This powder creates a nearly 100 percent friction-free surface on your foot, reducing the buildup of heat that leads to the formation of blisters. Once you apply it, you can stay blister-free for the duration of your run.

If you are interested in these and other Medi-Dyne products that can treat the problems that make your feet hurt when running, visit our e-store or call us at 1-800-810-1740.

What is the Cause of that Heel Pain You’re Suffering?

Heel PainJust about any sort of persistent pain can be maddening, especially when you can’t pinpoint the exact cause. One of the most frustrating examples of this is heel pain. Not only do you want to know what’s causing it, you want to be able to get rid of it as soon as possible. More than likely, you’re either suffering from plantar fasciitis or heel spurs; knowing the specific cause will help you formulate an effective plan of action.

Questions to Ask Yourself

If you can say “yes” to any of the following, then you may have plantar fasciitis:

  • Do you have a sharp heel pain?
  • Does it feel like you’re always stepping on a small stone?
  • Does the pain subside after you’ve walked a while?
  • Does the pain occur when you first get out of bed or after you’ve been sitting for extended periods of time?

While plantar fasciitis is typically associated with a great deal of pain, heel spurs sometimes hurt and sometimes don’t. In many instances, in fact, people didn’t even know they had a heel spur until it showed up on an X-ray.

How the Two Differ

Plantar fasciitis is an inflammation of the plantar fascia, a band of tissue that runs from your heel to your forefoot. It creates the arch in your foot and also connects your toes with your heel bone. While this inflammation can obviously be extremely painful, with the right treatment you could recover completely within just a few months. It’s important that you use a quality heel cup and make sure you maintain good flexibility through proper stretching.

A heel spur, on the other hand, is a sharp growth that occurs at the Calcaneus, or the front portion of your heel bone. While heel pain can be a result, it’s important to not that it’s not the actual spur itself that causes the pain. Rather, it’s the inflamed tissue that surrounds the spur that causes discomfort.

You may think that because you’re suffering from heel pain that you have heel spurs when in fact you may actually have plantar fasciitis. That’s why it’s important that you not only see a doctor but also use products designed to treat the problem and provide relief. If you would like to learn more, call Medi-Dyne at 1-800-810-1740.

Medi-Dyne Earns Mayo Clinic Product Endorsements

Medi-Dyne is extremely proud to report that two of its products, the Cho-Pat® Achilles Tendon Strap and Cho-Pat® Golfer’s Elbow Support™, have received endorsements from the Mayo Clinic™. Both of these products, which are designed to bring relief to athletes of all skill levels, were developed in conjunction with sports medical professionals at the Mayo Clinic™.

Cho-Pat® Achilles Tendon Strap

cho-pat_achillestendon-500x500This medically proven device reduces stress and alleviates the pain associated with Achilles tendonitis. Our tendon strap provides this relief by applying consistent heel support as well as adjustable pressure. It is recommended by many sports medicine practitioners in addition to traditional treatment procedures. Benefits include:

  • Adjustability for maximum effectiveness
  • Firm, comfortable compression
  • Comfort straps to ensure the optimum fit
  • A range of sizes to provide the best possible results

Achilles tendonitis is commonly suffered in people who participate in sports that require a great deal of running and jumping, such as volleyball, basketball, football, track and soccer. In many instances, over-straining or a lack of proper conditioning of the tendon can result in swelling and a negative effect on performance. When used in conjunction with other types of therapy, such as stretching and ice, the Cho-Pat® Achilles Tendon Strap can bring relief from discomfort and pain.

Cho-Pat® Golfer’s Elbow Support™

cho-pat_golferselbow-500x500Also designed in conjunction with the Mayo Clinic™, the Cho-Pat® Golfer’s Elbow Support™ provides stability to the muscles of the forearm to minimize stress and alleviate pain. It is lightweight and durable and provides a perfect fit as well as shock absorbing support.

Golfer’s elbow (medial epicondylitis) is commonly experienced by people who participate in sports and other activities that result in stress being applied to the forearm area. It is usually characterized by tenderness and pain in the area of the elbow where the forearm tendons attach to the medial epicondyle, or the bony bump on the inside of the elbow. This injury is typically a result of excessive over-use and strain. By applying the correct amount of pressure, the Cho-Pat® Golfer’s Elbow Support™ brings substantial relief.

If you would like to learn more about these or any other products offered by Medi-Dyne, visit our e-store, call 800-810-1740, or contact us online.

Top Running Injury No. 1: Achilles Tendonitis

Achilles Tendonitis

This is the first in a 10-part series outlining some of the most common injuries suffered by runners.

Achilles tendonitis is a very painful condition caused by overuse of the lower leg muscles and tendons in the area where they attach to the heel bone. It causes pain at the back of the ankle, and can eventually result in small tears that can lead to long-term weakening of muscles. Eventually, the tendon can tear, resulting in a debilitating injury that requires surgery. Medi-Dyne wants you to be informed as to how this condition takes place and what you can do to treat it.

Causes

While there are many risk factors that can lead to the development of Achilles tendonitis, the two most common causes include over-pronation and a lack of flexibility. It can occur due to a single instance of over-stress, or it can build up over time due to several different instances of overuse. Some of the most common symptoms include:

  • The tendon hurting when you touch it or move
  • Difficulty standing on a single toe
  • Swelling or warmth in the area of the tendon and heel
  • Morning stiffness and pain
  • Tendon and heel pain when running or walking

2Steps to Pain Free Running

Complete Achilles Solution-500x500You can go into your favorite sports retailer and enter the Medi-Dyne 2Steps Pain Free Zone to get the relief you are looking for and find information on Achilles tendonitis or any other issues that are causing you discomfort. Regarding Achilles tendonitis, we carry products such as the Cho-Pat Achilles Tendon Strap, which reduces stress and promotes relief, and the ProStretch Plus, which aids in increasing flexibility. Learn more about these products by visiting our e-store or by calling us at 800-810-1740.

How to Deal with Heel Spurs

Heel SpursHeel spurs are odd because people can have them for years without even knowing. On the other hand, they can be extremely painful. Usually, though, the reason for the pain is not the spur, but the injury it can cause to the soft tissues surrounding the spur. If you are feeling pain from a heel spur, Medi-Dyne can help reduce your discomfort so that you can continue to pursue your favorite activities.

Symptoms and Treatment

While it can be difficult to detect heel spurs, there are usually some common symptoms that people experience. These include inflammation of the heel or ankle and pain when you run, jog or walk. It is not, however, associated with sharp pain in the bottom of the heel after you have sat or rested for a while. If you are experiencing these symptoms, more than likely you have plantar fasciitis.

One of the best ways of dealing with pain from a heel spur is by putting a high-quality heel cup in your shoes. Our Tuli’s Polar Bear Gel Heel Cups act as shock absorbers, cradling the affected area of the foot while distributing pressure to the outside of the foot. We also carry the ProStretch Plus, which provides long-term healing by stretching and strengthening the bottom of your foot up to your ankle.

We don’t want you to have to sit on the sidelines because you’re experiencing heel spurs. Help is available, and the professionals with Medi-Dyne can provide it. If you would like to learn more, give us a call at 800-810-1740 or contact us online. Have you suffered from this condition? How did you deal with it? Share your story by clicking one of the social media icons on this page.

How to Help a Child Deal With Sever’s Disease

Sever's DiseaseSever’s disease is a condition found in children where the bone of the heel grows faster than other tendons and muscles in the leg. As those muscles and tendons grow they add stress to the heel’s growth plate. As a result, the plate starts to swell and feel tender. There are ways of helping children get through this problem, however. Medi-Dyne has products that can help treat the condition so that they can continue to pursue the activities they love.

Risk Factors

There are some risk factors that can make children more prone to developing Sever’s disease. If the child’s foot is pronated that can make the Achilles tendon tight and increase strain on the heel’s growth plate. Also, several sports put additional pressure on the heel, such as gymnastics, track and basketball. Children who have flat or higher than normal arches are also more apt to develop the condition.

Symptoms

There are several symptoms of Sever’s disease other than the most common ones of pain and tenderness. Here are some others:

  • Redness in the heel
  • Swelling and inflammation
  • Discomfort when the heel is squeezed
  • Tiptoeing or limping to reduce pressure on the heel’s growth plate
  • Difficulty running, jumping or walking

How to Treat the Condition

We offer products that can help your child find relief from Sever’s disease. It is very important to treat the condition once symptoms develop, because if they are untreated the child may have to wear a cast for as long as three months. Our Tuli’s Heavy Duty Heel Cups provide support and cushioning to the heel, distributing body weight to the outer area of the foot. The ProStretch Plus can provide an effective stretch to the plantar fascia area of the foot, which helps speed healing and reduce pain.

If you have a child who suffers from Sever’s disease, please seek medical attention as soon as you can. If you have any questions, contact Medi-Dyne online or give us a call at 800-810-1740. Do you have a child who has the condition? Let us know how you help him or her deal with it by clicking one of the social media icons on this page.

Stop Suffering Needlessly from Heel Pain

Heel PainIf you deal with heel pain on a regular basis, you want relief and you want it quickly. Medi-Dyne offers a line of products specifically designed to minimize the discomfort you are experiencing while helping you continue to enjoy the activities you love. Whether you are a top-flight athlete or you simply want to be able to once again walk comfortably, we have the products you need to get more out of life.

Heel Cups

Our heel cups act as shock absorbers for your feet, providing support and cushioning all day long no matter what type of activities you enjoy pursuing. They reduce heel pain associated with both shin splints and plantar fasciitis, protecting your heels and helping to promote both proper alignment and stability. The patented design absorbs shock by rotating with the normal motion of your foot, acting as a spring to increase both performance and comfort. One of the keys to reducing heel pain is making sure the bone is elevated. With our heel cups, pressure will be relieved from your Achilles tendon and your flexibility will also be increased.

Choosing the Right Size

In order to get the maximum benefit from your heel cup, of course, it has to fit properly. Otherwise, you won’t get the heel pain relief you’re looking for. Here are the sizes we offer so you can make sure you choose the one that fits your needs.

  • Small – For children who weigh less than 80 pounds.
  • Regular – These fit men’s shoe sizes 7 and smaller and women’s shoe sizes 9 and smaller. They are best for people who weigh 175 pounds or less.
  • Large – These cups work for men who have a shoe size of 8 or larger and women who wear a size 10 or larger. They work best for people who weigh 175 pounds or more.

Medi-Dyne offers a line of products that not only help people deal with heel pain, but also back, arm, knee, lower and upper leg problems, and skin problems. We can also help people who are looking to increase their flexibility. Contact us online or call us at 800-810-1740 to learn more.

Don’t Let Heel Pain Rob You of Your Passion for Running

Heel PainIf you love to run, the last thing you want to do is have to stay on the sidelines because of heel pain. Whether you have nerve irritation, plantar fasciitis or some other condition that causes discomfort, there are ways you can continue to pursue your passion while managing your pain. Medi-Dyne offers tips that will help make sure you don’t have to be denied the pleasure of running.

Heel pain can occur when you first get up in the morning, after you’ve sat for a long period of time, or while you’re on your nightly 5K run. There are many different kinds of treatments for the many different types of heel problems that exist, so see a doctor so you can have yours properly diagnosed.

Dealing With Your Pain

If you are dealing with heel pain, one of the most important things you can do is get plenty of rest. Don’t go barefoot around your home – put on some supportive footwear as soon as you get out of bed. While you’re in a chair, roll a golf ball under your arch to help loosen tissue and strengthen the area.

While You’re Running

One of the most effective ways of minimizing heel pain while on your run is by putting protective cups in your shoes. These will not only provide the relief you need, they will also help promote long-term healing. Once you’re finished with your run, roll a frozen bottle of water under the arch so that you can reduce the chances of developing new inflammation. Medi-Dyne has several products that will help ensure you manage the pain you may be experiencing. Contact us if you would like to learn more.

 

Plantar Fasciitis Treatment: Stretch with ProStretch Plus

ProStretchPlusPlantar Fasciitis Treatment is essential for athletes to get back to performing at their maximum capability. Plantar Fasciitis has been known to sideline athletes and will prohibit them from training.

Your plantar fascia is a thick band of tissue which runs across the bottom of your foot connecting your heel bone to your toes. Normally, it is a shock absorber, supporting the arch in your foot. But, if tension becomes too great it can create small tears in the fascia causing it to become irritated or inflamed.

Plantar Fasciitis is one of the most common injuries that most athletes experience.

The pain that is most commonly associated with Plantar Fasciitis is stabbing around the heel area. It is essential for athletes to invest in a Plantar Fasciitis Treatment in order to become injury free. Plantar Fasciitis prohibits athletes from practicing and performing at their maximum level.

If you’ve been relying on the curb for pre-run stretches, there’s something better. The ProStretch Plus enables you to stretch your tight calves, Achilles tendon, and plantar fascia more efficiently than a curb or wall.

ProStretch Plus reaches tough spots like the Achilles, and provides support for controlled stretching. This increases flexibility, range of motion and performance while helping reduce the risk of injury.

Stretching on a curb has limitations:

  • You must stop your stretch and begin again when adjusting the depth of stretch on a curb or wall.
  • To reach all of the areas of the lower leg, you must position yourself various times, in different stretching positions.
  • The curb does not offer a stretch for the bottom of the foot.

Stretching with ProStretch Plus is simple and more efficient than a curb or wall:

  • To adjust your stretch on the ProStretch Plus, you simply rock backward until you reach the depth of stretch that you desire— never stopping your stretch.
  • You can fluidly move from one stretch to another with ProStretch Plus; starting with an Achilles tendon stretch, to Gastroc and Soleous calf stretches, even to a hamstring stretch, and ending with a shin splint prevention exercise.
  • The added toe piece helps to place the toes at a state of tension, stretching the plantar fascia on the bottom of the foot—something that the curb is incapable of doing.

Curbs are for tires, not feet. If you want to run and play with confidence, you want to stretch like a pro. ProStretch Plus “foots” the bill.

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Always,

Lauren

Tools that are Essential for Long Distance Runners!

Howdy, hope everyone is off to a great week !

The Medi-Dyne Team had the opportunity to connect with Skye Donovan while at the APTA show in San Diego. Skye is an Assistant Professor of Physical Therapy at Marymount University, Orthopedic Certified Specialist, has a B.S. from Ursinus College, M.P.T. from Texas Woman’s University, a Ph.D. from Albert Einstein College of Medicine, as well as a Marathon Coach for Team In Training in Arlington, VA. She is also affiliated with the Rogue Racers! If you are in the area, I would highly recommend getting in contact with Skye if seeking additional information about Physical Therapy or needing advice on preparing for your running adventure! We loved getting to know Skye; she shared information about how to properly train for a marathon; in turn we wanted to share with her the positive benefits of our Pain Prevention Products and how they can benefit the people that she works with everyday!

Skye uses the RangeRoller and StretchRite, both versatile products that are great for long distance runners and patients in PT. Both of these products are great to treat tight muscles and soreness after long runs.

Medi-Dyne: Skye what drew you towards Medi-Dyne products?

Skye: I was not familiar with Medi-Dyne Healthcare Products before the APTA CSM conference in San Diego. I was drawn into the booth by the unique design of your products. I also was very fond of the fact that your products were travels sized and would easily fit in any bag I use while working, and training.

Medi-Dyne: Skye what is your favorite thing about the RangeRoller?

Skye: I especially like the additional Trigger Treads on the RangeRoller; they add areas of increased pressure to tired and sore muscles that the other roller products on the market leave out. I am better equipped to work on trigger points with this design.

Medi-Dyne: What did you find unique about the StretchRite?

Skye: The StretchRite has the nice feature of the grip handles, which on cold days (we train outdoors in all seasons) help save raw hands from chaffing that often occurs with other stretch straps.

Medi-Dyne: Would you recommend Medi-Dyne products to your patients and runners you train?

Skye: I would recommend these products to athletes, I think one of the best features is the size of the products; they can easily fit into suitcases and carry-on bags for athletes who travel. Often time’s athletes travel long distances for endurance events and it is important to be able to keep up their routine both before and after the event.  I have had great success working on quadriceps, hamstrings and ITB tightness with the Range Roller; it has eliminated my need for the foam roller.

The Medi-Dyne team would like to thank Skye for stopping by our booth and letting us get to know her a little better! If you are in Arlington, VA and looking for a PT or training coach I would highly recommend Skye.  She is full of knowledge and has a passion for her work!

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Always,

Lauren

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Stay Off the Curb: Stretch with ProStretch Plus

If you’ve been relying on the curb for pre-run stretches, there’s something better. The ProStretch Plus enables you to stretch your tight calves, Achilles tendon, and plantar fascia more efficiently than a curb or wall.

ProStretch Plus reaches tough spots like the Achilles, and provides support for controlled stretching. This increases flexibility, range of motion and performance while helping reduce the risk of injury.

Stretching on a curb has limitations:

  • You must stop your stretch and begin again when adjusting the depth of stretch on a curb or wall.
  • To reach all of the areas of the lower leg, you must position yourself various times, in different stretching positions.
  • The curb does not offer a stretch for the bottom of the foot.

 

Stretching with ProStretch Plus is simple and more efficient than a curb or wall:

  • To adjust your stretch on the ProStretch Plus, you simply rock backward until you reach the depth of stretch that you desire— never stopping your stretch.
  • You can fluidly move from one stretch to another with ProStretch Plus; starting with an Achilles tendon stretch, to Gastroc and Soleous calf stretches, even to a hamstring stretch, and ending with a shin splint prevention exercise.
  • The added toe piece helps to place the toes at a state of tension, stretching the plantar fascia on the bottom of the foot—something that the curb is incapable of doing.

Curbs are for tires, not feet. If you want to run and play with confidence, you want to stretch like a pro. ProStretch Plus “foots” the bill.

Professionals Use ProStretch for Injury Prevention

Chain Reaction Injuries

Have you ever sprained an ankle only to find a week later you’re suffering from lower back pain? Then you’ve experienced first-hand how weak links put undue stress on stronger ones.

Weak muscles cause tighter (stronger) muscles to be recruited by the central nervous system in order to perform the same movement. The results are muscle imbalances and “chain reaction injuries”.

ProStretch for Calf Stretches

Pictured: The ProStretch Double (Original Wooden) on the pre-season game sidelines of the Dallas Cowboys. The ProStretch Double Wooden is the heavy duty version of Medi-Dyne’s popular ProStretch Plus. This bigger and stronger version is often used by pro teams, fitness clubs and clinics.

One of the most critical muscles to keep flexible are the calf muscles. Calf injuries or even just tightness can move in either direction of the body’s interconnective chain, causing Plantar fasciitis, Achilles tendonitis, knee pain, tight hamstrings or even lower back pain.

Stretching with ProStretch products strengthens and stretches the calf muscles and ligaments in the calf muscles, plantar fascia and Achilles tendon, keeping the lower leg strong, balanced, and healthy!

To purchase a ProStretch, or for more information on chain reaction injuries and injury prevention techniques and tools, visit medi-dyne.com.

What is Plantar Fasciitis?

What is Plantar fasciitis?

Heel pain is one of the most common complaints relating to the foot. Millions of people receive treatment for heel pain each year. In fact, many people live with it for a year or more before finding a solution.

So what actually causes heel pain?

The muscles, tendons, ligaments, and joints in your body act as links in an interconnective chain. These links work together to allow you to accomplish basic motions like sitting, walking, and running.  If any one of these links is injured or not functioning properly the entire chain suffers. For millions of people each year the first breakdown that they realize in their lower leg “chain”, manifests itself as heel pain. When this happens, trauma often occurs in the plantar fascia (arch) and the pain is felt in the base of the heel. This heel pain is a condition known as Plantar fasciitis.

 

How do I know if I have Plantar fasciitis?

Plantar fasciitis usually develops gradually, but it may feel as though it has happened suddenly.

People with plantar fasciitis often describe:

  • An incredible pain in their heel when they take their first steps in the morning or after
  • getting up from being seated for a while
  • A sharp, stabbing heel pain
  • A feeling like they are stepping on a small stone
  • Pain that subsides after they’ve walked around for a while

Any one or even all of these symptoms could indicate plantar fasciitis.

What is Plantar fasciitis?

Your plantar fascia is a thick band of tissue which runs across the bottom of your foot connecting your heel bone to your toes. Normally, your plantar fascia acts as a shock-absorber, supporting the arch in your foot. But, if tension becomes too great, it can create small tears in the fascia causing the fascia to become irritated or inflamed.

Ignoring plantar fasciitis may result in a chronic condition that hinders your regular activities. Most importantly, any weak link in the interconnective chain of your lower leg can change the way you walk potentially leading to additional foot, knee, hip or back problems.

Suffering from Plantar Fasciitis? For solutions visit www.medi-dyne.com

How Flexible Are You?

 Test your flexibility with the StretchRite.

How flexible are you? If you are a Coach, how flexible are your athletes?   What are you doing to increase your or your athlete’s flexibility?   Get the StretchRite advantage!

StretchRite is a device to help ensure that each athlete has the necessary flexibility to stay injury free during intense athletic competition. This device enables the athlete to do the type of stretching that normally requires a second person’s assistance.

Joe Dial, former World and American Record Holder for the Pole Vault, and Head Track Coach at Oral Roberts University says:

“Our Athletes are excited about stretching now that we are using the StretchRite program. Flexibility, strength, and leg turnover are keys to maximum performance.”

Read more reviews of the StretchRite at Running Supplement or medi-dyne.com.

TEAMS CURRENTLY USING StretchRite:

University of Arkansas
University of Arizona
University of Florida
University of Wisconsin
Kansas State University
Louisiana State University
University of Oregon
University of Kansas
Illinois State University
University of Nebraska
Oklahoma State University
University of Louisiana
Oral Roberts University
Texas Tech University
Texas A&M University
University of Texas
University of Wisconsin

A Success Story: Tuli’s Heel Cups

Dr. Murray Davidson was a podiatrist in Phoenix when his 13-year-old son, Jeff, came into his office complaining of sore heels. Dr. Davidson began by prescribing the customary forms of treatment; styrofoam pads, heel supports, various strappings, ultra sound and even whirlpool therapy but none of the traditional methods seemed to work. Dr. Davidson soon became frustrated and embarrassed that he could not find a solution to Jeff’s heel pain. Desperate to maintain the confidence of his son, he began looking at Jeff’s heel pain very differently.

Dr. Davidson acknowledged that Jeff’s heels needed to be protected from distress caused by every day walking and running. He understood that Jeff’s heels were absorbing a substantial amount of shock each time he stepped, just like the shock experienced from a shotgun recoiling. As a hunter Dr. Davidson knew shotguns well. For the first time he noticed the recoil pad on his shotgun—how it was long-lasting and durable, while protecting the body from shock. So he took some of the recoil pads and cut little cushions out for his son’s heels. To their surprise Jeff’s heel pain went away, immediately!

What a wonderful revelation! Jeff felt better and soon this news traveled throughout the Davidson’s community. Jeff’s friends began seeking assistance from Dr. Davidson’s office; everyone wanted these miraculous heel cups. Dr. Davidson found himself frequently working late into the night, hand making his innovative heel cups. This was not conducive to long work days at the office (or Jeff’s after-school sports schedule), so eventually Dr. Davidson contracted a mold maker and patented the product we know as Tuli’s.

Tuli’s heel cups might have come from a far-reaching idea, but the innovative structure of the product is still unmatched by any heel pain solution on the market. Tuli’s patented, multi-cell, multi-layer “waffle” design absorbs shock and returns impact energy just like the system naturally found in your feet. Upon impact, the waffle construction bears down and rotates with the normal motion of the foot to absorb the shock of walking and running; keeping your feet, knees, hips and back in alignment for maximum comfort and performance. The #1 Podiatrist recommended Tuli’s heel cup provides immediate relief from heel pain by cushioning the area of pain and elevating the heel bone to take pressure off of the Achilles tendon which lessens the tension and allows for a regaining of flexibility.