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2016 Holiday Fit Gift Guide

2016 Holiday Gift Guide

By Medi-Dyne Ambassador & Guest Blogger

Jen Haught

Happy Holidays Red

 

The holiday season is once again upon us and if you are like me, you struggle with what to get your loved ones. I always want my gift to be well received, but I look for other details as well; for example, can I get it from a local business? Is it made in the USA? Would it be useful to them? Would they even want it? No wonder people say the holidays are stressful!

 

I picked out ten gifts that I think your favorite athlete would enjoy and secretly won’t return behind your back.

 

 

Five1Five Signs

 

I stumbled on Five1Five Signs medal holders a couple years ago and am a huge fan. Their signs are unique because they are hand painted carved wood signs, not just vinyl letters like most other signs. I have one in my office and I have given out a few as gifts and people really love them. These signs aren’t just for runners, but for swimmers, gymnasts, triathletes and more. Contact Andy and you can have it personalized so your favorite athlete can hang their medals proudly!

 

 

 

 

TigerLady

 

When I was a runner, I would do the majority of my running in the dark by myself, especially when the time changed in November. I was ALWAYS decked out head to toe in reflective gear, lights, and bright colors, but all that gear wouldn’t have saved me from an attacker. Tiger Lady is safety at your fingertips. It is small, light weight, and needs no batteries or charging. I had no issues running with it and it made me feel A LOT safer no matter where I was. I carry it when I’m not running as well so instead of holding onto my phone in my hand, I replaced with a Tiger Lady. No one coming up to attack me would suspect that I had a self defense claw in my hand. To activate the three claws, all you have to do is close your hand and make a fist. The retractable claws protrude between your knuckles ready to meet your attacker. I feel confident and very Wolverine-like when I have my Tiger Lady.

 

 

 

RangeRoller

 

The RangeRoller is no joke. It gives you a a deep massage that you wouldn’t believe! The roller gets in the inner and outer layers of muscles and tissue to help break up and eliminate scar tissue, increase circulation and is effective getting out those nasty knots from just about anywhere. My husband, myself and even our dogs love it!

 

 

Road ID

 

I think Road ID is probably the number one item that every athlete should have because it can save your life. They make these bracelets for adults and children and they make them in a variety of styles and colors. Your personal and medical information can be accessed from medical personnel through their website. They will be able to access your emergency contacts, your doctors, insurance information, medications, allergies, surgeries, and so much more. You can go online and update it anytime you want. If you don’t have one, GET ONE! It will give you and your loved ones piece of mind when you are out on the roads.

 

 

CopyCat Yoga Mat

 

I came across the Copycat Yoga Mat on Etsy and I thought this was such a cool product. I was a disaster at yoga and never knew where to put my hands and feet for poses. I’d feel frustrated and miss instructions on breathing or other information. In class, I felt self conscious and I think this mat will really help adults and children learn yoga with confidence. Not only does the mat show foot and hand placement, but it shows different poses like Triangle and Halfmoon. The mat is non toxic, eco friendly, phthalate and latex free, SGS tested and certified. It is extra thick (1/4″ which is twice as thick than a standard yoga mat), extra long (72″ x 24″ which is 4″ longer than a standard yoga mat) and self adjusts to work with any height.

 

 

 

 

Pro-stretch Plus

 

If your favorite athlete complains of achilles tendonitis, ankle pain, back pain, calf strain and tight calf muscles, arch pain, plantar fasciitis, heel pain, ball of foot pain, tight hamstring pain, IT band syndrome, and/or shin pain, then the Pro-stretch Plus is going to help them. It helps give you an effective and comfortable stretch that will help prevent future injuries. You are going to save them so much pain, aggravation, and frustration, plus YOU won’t have to hear them keep complaining about their pain every time you talk to them. It’s a win-win!

 

 

 Shwings

 

I came across the Shwings a few years ago and immediately fell in love with them. They have over 150 styles in all different colors and will make all your shoes look unique and fun! They have wings, lighting bolts, skulls, butterflies, and even mustaches! They have been featured in magazines such as InStyle, UsWeekly, Parents and more. They are a perfect stocking stuffer for kids and adults of all ages. I have three pairs myself!

 

 

 

 

“The Long Run” by Matt Long

 

I’m constantly talking about Matt Long and his inspiring book, “The Long Run”. While bike riding, Matt was hit by a twenty ton bus making an illegal turn and his bike “sliced him open like a can”. He needed sixty eight units of blood 10 hours after the accident and was in the hospital for five months. Every bone in his left leg was broken, the right side of his pelvis was shattered, as well as his right shoulder and severed multiple arteries. He would endure over forty operations and the doctors weren’t even sure he would walk again, let alone compete. Matt’s book describes his intense and painful recovery and how he was able finish the NYC marathon three years after the accident. This story is incredible and I’m not lying when I say that I read it at least once a year.

 

 

 

 

 2Toms SportsShield Towelette

 

Ah, chafing, every runners nightmare. Since I was bigger runner I had lots of chafing issues and after a particular run while training for the NYC marathon last year, I realized BodyGlide wasn’t going to cut it. As I silently screamed in agony in the shower after a long run, I decided to try some new products. I came across 2Toms SportShield Towelettes during a Runchat, looked at their products and decided to try their towelettes and roll on. Since I’ve tried them, I haven’t had any chafing issues.  NOT ONE. I’m particularly fond of the towelettes because they are small and portable. I had been known to unwrap one and stick it down my bra for long runs just in case I’ve missed a spot.

 

 

 

 

 

BackBeat Fit Bluetooth Headphones

 

I actually won a pair of these BackBeat Fit headphones and I’m a huge fan. When we joined Rex Wellness Center earlier this year, I wanted a pair of wireless headphones because my wires kept getting caught on the machines and weights, it drove me crazy. It was easy hooking them up with my phone so I was happily watching Parks and Rec while on the bike or listening to JT while using the weight machines.  I found they were easy to use, comfortable and the sound is fantastic. It definitely drowns out crying babies and overly talkative adults on airplanes.

 

 

What is on your wishlist this year? 

jenhaught_biopicAbout Jen Haught: Jen grew up in Manchester, NH and then moved to the Raleigh, NC area in 2003 with her husband and two dogs, Jager and Sammy. She likes reading, make up, coloring, hiking, hockey, working out and being lazy.

Jen has overcome her share of injuries and  health and fitness struggles, but enjoys inspiring others to live their best happy, healthy lives.

You can reach Jen on Instagram @JenHaught or Twitter @JenHaught79. We are honored to have Jen as our November Guest Blogger and a Medi-Dyne Ambassador.

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.

 

You’ve Got Questions About Insoles? We’ve Got Answers.

RoadRunners InsolesA lot of our customers want to know more about insoles, whether they are suffering from foot pain or they simply want to feel more support in their shoes when running or participating in some other type of workout. Insoles serve many different functions, including pain relief, shock absorption and more. People with plantar fasciitis, for instance, often find relief from using them.

In order to provide as much information as we can, Medi-Dyne recently added a section on insoles to the Frequently Asked Questions of our website. The questions include:

Questions to Ask Yourself

In order to find the right insole that meets your exact needs, however, you have to ask yourself a few questions as well, such as:

  • Does the cushioning in your shoes wear out too quickly?
  • Are you having trouble finding shoes that provide enough support?
  • After you run are your feet sore on a regular basis?
  • Are you limited to buying two or three pairs of running shoes each year due to budgetary limitations?
  • Do you run on asphalt or concrete most of the time?
  • Are you looking for more of a cushion in your running shoes?
  • Do you suffer injuries often while working out?

If, for example, you have some sort of structural misalignment in your foot, you may want to look for insoles that provide more support. Even if you don’t have foot problems, the chances are good that you’ll still benefit from added support.

Medi-Dyne’s RoadRunners insoles both store and release energy, helping to improve your performance by reducing fatigue and protecting your feet from shock. If you would like more information or order a pair, visit our e-store or call 1-800-810-1740.

 

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.

Top Running Injury No. 10: Plantar Fasciitis

Plantar FasciitisThis is the 10th and final article in a series highlighting some of the most common injuries suffered by runners.

The term “plantar fasciitis” can be scary to runners and for good reason. If this injury gets bad enough it can be so debilitating that you can’t do much of anything remotely resembling physical activity for several weeks. Weekend warriors and pro athletes alike have been felled by the condition. However, if you’re well informed, you can spot the signs of this issue and you can also take steps to alleviate the symptoms. Medi-Dyne wants you on the road, not on the couch, and we have several ways to help you fight this condition.

Risk Factors

Plantar fasciitis occurs when the band of tissues connecting the toes and heel bone (the plantar fascia) start to tear, resulting in severe irritation and inflammation. Not only will you have trouble running, you’ll even find it hard to walk or even stand. Here are some of the risk factors that can lead to this condition.

  • It occurs more often in women than men.
  • It happens more to people between the ages of 40 and 60.
  • Any activity that puts stress on the heel can lead to plantar fasciitis, such as ballet, dance and others in addition to running.
  • People with very flat or high arches are at particular risk.
  • Obese people are at risk as well because of the extra stress too much weight puts on the foot.

When to Get Help

If you notice a stabbing pain in your heel, or you have pain that gets worse after you’ve stood for a long time, there is a good chance you have plantar fasciitis. It is very important that you talk to a doctor to help determine the right course of action for treating the condition.

2Steps to Pain-Free Running

ProStretchPlusThere are several ways that you can find relief from plantar fasciitis. Step into the Medi-Dyne 2Steps Pain Free Zone at your favorite sports retailer and you’ll not only find information on this and other conditions, you’ll also find products that can help reduce your discomfort. There you’ll find the ProStretch Plus™, which will provide a deep stretch that will increase the flexibility and range of motion in your plantar fascia. Visit our e-store or call 800-810-1740 to learn more.

Why are More Pro Athletes Dealing with Plantar Fasciitis?

Plantar FasciitisUSA Today recently ran an excellent article detailing various professional athletes’ struggles with plantar fasciitis. If you’ve ever suffered from the problem, some of the symptoms the athletes describe will be all to familiar. However, the article poses a very interesting question regarding why it seems that more pros are dealing with this issue than ever before.

“Like Needles Underneath Your Feet”

Chicago Bulls center Joakim Noah knows all too well about the problem of plantar fasciitis. He played with it nearly all of the 2012-2013 NBA season and was blunt in his assessment of what it’s like. “Plantar fasciitis sucks,” Noah said in the article. “It feels like you have needles underneath your feet while you’re playing.”

Noah, L.A. Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw, L.A. Angels star Albert Pujols and San Diego Chargers tight end Antonio Gates are just a few of the high-profile athletes who have dealt with the condition in recent years. While the article states there is not enough data to support the notion that plantar fasciitis is more frequent today than in past years, one orthopedist believes it is more prevalent – and he thinks he knows why.

Robert Klapper, the chief of orthopedic surgery at Cedars-Sinai Medical Group in Los Angeles, told the paper that he believes a lack of cross training is one of the biggest factors contributing to the increase. He said that young athletes are tending to spend all of their time on one sport, as opposed to those in the past who would play a variety of sports throughout the year.

Stretching is Key

One thing many athletes do not do enough of, according to Klapper, is stretching. In particular, the article states, calf stretching is key to helping reduce the chances of developing not only plantar fasciitis but also Achilles tendinitis. At Medi-Dyne, we offer products that can help you get a full stretch your before your next workout. Our ProStretch Plus, for example, increases both flexibility and range of motion. If you would like to learn more about this product, check out our e-store or give us a call at 800-810-1740. How do you deal with plantar fasciitis? Share any tips you may have by clicking one of the social media buttons on this page.

Tips to Help Prevent Plantar Fasciitis from Returning

Plantar FasciitisOnce you’ve been diagnosed with plantar fasciitis, you may feel like you are doomed to the condition coming back over and over again. However, there are some steps you can take to reduce the chances it will return. At Medi-Dyne, we want to help keep you on your feet so you can continue to enjoy the pursuits you love so much.

Stretches

By performing some simple stretches throughout the day you can help keep plantar fasciitis from returning.

  • First, flex your foot a bit before you get out of bed.
  • Next, while you’re still in bed, place one leg across the other.
  • Pull your toes upward bringing them toward your shin. Hold this position for about 10 seconds.
  • Repeat this stretch 10 times for each foot.

You can also perform heel drop stretches off the edge of a step to stretch out the bottoms of your feet as well as your calves. Roll a ball under the arch of each foot for a few minutes to reduce any pain you may be experiencing and to help prevent symptoms from coming back.

Act Quickly if the Pain Returns

Once you have plantar fasciitis you’ll know when it’s coming back. If this happens, the sooner you act, there’s a good chance your symptoms will be minimized. First, of course, stay off your feet as much as you can. Apply ice packs to the bottoms of your feet several times each day and take anti-inflammatory medications.

Medi-Dyne offers several products that can help runners, cyclists, and other athletes deal with the pain associated with plantar fasciitis. Browse our online catalog or contact us if you would like to learn more.

Choose the Right Shoes for Plantar Fasciitis

Shoes for Plantar FasciitisPlantar fasciitis can be extremely painful, and at times even debilitating. However, if you have the right equipment, such as the right shoes for plantar fasciitis, you can manage your condition and stay active. Here’s some advice from Medi-Dyne regarding not only footwear, but also other products that can help make sure you don’t have to stay on the sidelines.

The Right Footwear is Key

Shoes for plantar fasciitis have to provide proper support to not just your arches, but your heels as well. If you are going to have any chance to manage your pain, these features will be a must. The best-case scenario would be footwear that doesn’t have a closed heel, but that’s not a realistic option when you’re running or cycling. However, as long as you have the right amount of support, you can do whatever you like while keeping pain to a minimum.

Here’s some of what to look for in footwear if you have this condition:

  • Firm heel counters
  • A minimum of torqueing at the midsole (meaning you should not be able to easily twist this part of the shoe)
  • A secure heel closure system
  • Flexibility only in the toe box area of the shoe.

Accessories to Bring Relief

At Medi-Dyne we can bring relief from your pain in two ways. We offer a heel cup that can help make your shoes for plantar fasciitis even more effective. The cup absorbs shock and returns impact energy, helping to reduce tension and improve flexibility. In addition, we offer the ProStretch Plus system that provides maximum stretching to reduce pain even more. Contact us if you would like to learn more. How do you handle plantar fasciitis? Let us know by sharing your story on one of our social media pages. Simply click on one of the icons below.

How Cyclists Can Deal with Plantar Fasciitis

Plantar FasciitisMost people associate plantar fasciitis with running, but it can be a big concern for cyclists as well. If you have it, there are some ways you can still get on your bicycle and enjoy the health benefits of a long ride. Medi-Dyne products can help reduce the effects of this painful condition so you can continue to be active and fit.

What to Do Before Your Ride

Plantar fasciitis is an inflammation of the connective tissue on the sole of your foot. It is typically caused by overuse that results in small tears or contraction of the arch tendon. If it is not treated properly it can be extremely difficult to treat.

One of the most important things you can do before getting on your bike is to make sure you stretch your foot properly. You can sit on the ground and use a towel around the ball of your foot or push against a wall. Proper stretching can help reduce tension and take pressure off of the area. You should also perform stretching exercises for your calves as well, because tight calves can aggravate your condition.

Get the Gear

There are also products you can use that can help ensure proper deep stretching to protect you while cycling. In addition, there are heel cups and inserts available that will help further alleviate any pain you may be experiencing.

Just because you suffer from plantar fasciitis that doesn’t mean you have to give up the exercises that you love. By taking the proper precautions, you can still have a great time while being protected at the same time. Medi-Dyne has a line of products available that can make it much easier for cyclists to pursue their passion without pain. Contact us 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.

Until next time follow Medi-Dyne on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram for healthy tips and special offers!

Always,

Lauren

#Runchat with David Hylton

#Runchat is an online Q&A Forum that allows runners from all walks of life to connect and share their trials and tribulations.

Early this week Craig and I got the opportunity to speak with David about his personal journey and how he and Scott linked up to create #Runchat.

#Runchat was started about three years ago when David and Scott came into contact through an online forum that was centered solely on fitness. At that time in the online world there was no sole place just centered on running. They decided to put their social media expertise together and create #runchat; a community where runners could go for nearly every question they have.

Medi-Dyne: What was your background in before you started runchat?

David: My background has always been in Communications and Business. I worked in the newspaper industry for 7 years; every job that I have had in my career I have dabbled in social media. I started blogging about running 2007 at runningbecauseican.com.  I joined the twitter sphere in 2008. In some aspect I have always been linked in online and it is something that I thoroughly enjoy taking part in.

Medi-Dyne: When did you and Scott launch #runchat?

David: We launched #runchat in June of 2010. We originally kicked it off to be on Thursday nights. Thursdays were more social than anything and many people were not at home during the hour the forum was live. We took a survey and nearly every runner voted for Sunday night. We were sold; Sunday nights at 8 P.M. EST you can get all your running questions answered!

Medi-Dyne: What is the most rewarding thing to you with the success of #runchat?

David: What I find most rewarding is that Scott and I created a platform for runners to connect in a positive community. We see runners of all levels asking and answering questions. We have created a community where people are able to connect and help each other on their journeys and share the same experiences.

Medi-Dyne: What is something that many people do not know about you?

David: Most people do not know that Scott and I have been working together for 3 years; however in October was the first time we had met in person.

Medi-Dyne: In the future where do you see #runchat?

David: We would like to reach a larger audience with #runchat. We want to provide the forum to people who aren’t linked in yet, and give them that access to a positive running community where they can share their experiences.

Thank you David for taking the time to speak with Craig and I. We wish you, Scott, and #Runchat the best in the future. Check out #Runchat this Sunday at 8 P.M. EST to have all your running questions answered.

Also you can enter to win a Cho-Pat Shin Splints Compression Sleeve or a Cho-Pat Dual Action Knee Strap at #Runchat!

The Cho-Pat Shin Splints Compression Sleeve eliminates the symptoms of pain and discomfort that come with Shin Splints.

    • Provides Compression Forces while Supporting the Lower Leg Muscles and Soft Tissues.
    • Stimulates Circulation
    • Maintains Warmth

The Cho-Pat Dual Action Knee Strap is an effective solution for Runner’s Knee, Jumper’s Knee, Misalignment of Quadriceps, and Patellar Tendonitis.

    • Provides Full Mobility
    • Improves Tracking and Reduces Displacement.
    • Lessens the potential for misalignment.
    • Reduces the force of quad muscles on the knee.

Medi-Dyne Healthcare Products is focused on providing innovative and highly effective Pain Prevention Products. Medi-Dyne Healthcare Products family of brands includes Cho-Pat, Tuli’s, StretchRite, RangeRoller, ProStretch, CoreStretch, Soft Moves, Skin-On-Skin, and the ProStretch Plus.

Until next time follow Medi-Dyne on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram for healthy tips and special offers.

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!

Until next time follow Medi-Dyne on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram for healthy tips and special offers!

Always,

Lauren

Is lower back pain keeping you on the sideline?

Hope everyone had a wonderful Spring Break! I know I enjoyed the warm weather this weekend, and got my miles in outside under the sun. It is always nice to get a breath of fresh air and change it up from the usual gym routine. I struggle with back pain quite often when I run long distances, and if I stop immediately it usually results in no exercise for a week. Keeping that in the back of my mind I continued my run and worked through the pain I was experiencing.

The goal of an individual who suffers from back pain is obviously to obtain full mobility and reduce pain as soon as possible.  Our natural tendency when experiencing pain is to stop immediately and rest; to hopefully let it work itself out. On the contrary, a Finnish Study showed that individuals who continued physical activities after the onset of lower back pain appeared to be more flexible than those who were on bed rest.

In my personal opinion I believe it is important to continue activity to remain mobile. Your muscles will tighten up even more if you stop all activity immediately. On that note, you should continue to stretch and increase flexibility. I use the CoreStretch, which works wonders for lower back pain. It is easy to use and all you have to do is place your hands on the handles and lean forward. The CoreStretch will help prevent further injuries and  speed the recovery process. The CoreStretch allows your lower back tissues to relax and elongate to get the proper stretch that is needed.

4 Keys to keeping your Back Healthy are to:

  • Strengthen Your Core
  • Increase Flexibility
  • Work on Coordination and Balance
  • Check the Foundation

Until next time follow Medi-Dyne on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram for healthy tips and special offers!

Good Luck this week on your endeavors and make sure to stretch, to stay injury free!

 

Always,

Lauren

CoreStretch with Jennifer Edwards!

Hope everyone has been injury free this past week!
If not let us help you get back to being healthy and ready to tackle your next adventure!

I recently met Jennifer Edwards, the Clinical Director and a Physical Therapist at Apple Physical Therapy. Apple Physical Therapy is an outpatient orthopedic clinic in Washington.  Jennifer has lived a very active lifestyle and has been a Physical Therapist for nearly 13 years.  We asked Jennifer to test our CoreStretch product and give us some feedback.  Jennifer has been using the CoreStretch for about 3 weeks.

Jennifer has suffered from tight muscles and fascia her whole life, and really feels it in her hamstrings, IT band, and lats.

Medi-Dyne: What Medi-Dyne products do you currently use? Had you heard of Medi-Dyne before the CSM?

Jennifer: I particularly liked the Range Roller and the CoreStretch. I had never heard of Medi-Dyne before but had heard of certain products that you carry, such as the Cho-Pat braces and ProStretch.

Medi-Dyne: A few weeks ago we asked you to test the CoreStretch.  What did you think?

Jennifer: I love the Core Stretch, as does my staff.  The majority of my patients really like it as well.  We have been using it as part of a stretching regime after doing a cardio warm-up or after exercises.  We’ve mainly used it while sitting in a chair for hamstrings, Piriformis and lats.

Medi-Dyne: Would you continue to recommend the CoreStretch to patients?

Jennifer: There’s nothing like the CoreStretch so we weren’t using anything like this.  We just had people doing basic stretching without any assistive device.  We have recommended the CoreStretch to patients!

The Medi-Dyne Team would like to thank Jennifer for sharing her thoughts on the CoreStretch and wish Jennifer, her staff, and patients the best of luck in their recovery process!

Until next time follow Medi-Dyne on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram for healthy tips and special offers!

Always,

Lauren

Run On! with Mitch Hayes

Hey guys!

Hope everyone is having a terrific Tuesday, I know I am. I attended the grand opening the other weekend of the Southlake, TX  location of RunOn! Talk about a lot of fitness fanatics in one place!

Thank you for stopping by the Medi-Dyne booth and stretching with us! While I was there I learned more about Camp Gladiator and My Fit Foods, which if you’re ever in the area I would definitely recommend checking them out. During the past week I have been contemplating what my next personal challenge would be. While at RunOn! I decided I would commit to training for a half marathon. The staff informed me that they provide classes that are geared toward all levels of runners to train for their distance goals.

Mitch Hayes is the Training Class Manager for Run-On! specialty running stores, a Dallas/Fort Worth based chain. Mitch has been a part of the RunOn! team for five years. He and his staff of coaches train about 3,000 runners each year, getting them ready for running events anywhere from 5ks to full marathons. He was very enjoyable to speak with, as well as very knowledgeable on the Marathon Circuit and what it takes to be successful.

Medi-Dyne: What athletic activity do you enjoy the most?

Mitch: I enjoy obviously running marathons but have found a passion for doing CrossFit as well. It gives you a total body workout and it is nice to change things up a little.

Medi-Dyne: How many Marathons have you run in your life?

Mitch: I have run 11 Full Marathons and 20 or so half marathons throughout my life. I will be running my 5th Chicago Marathon this fall. It is by far my favorite to run!

Medi-Dyne: What running shoes do you wear and which would you recommend?

Mitch: Personally for myself I recommend Brooks Trance and Mizuno Nirvana running shoes.

Medi-Dyne: What advice would you have for someone thinking about signing up for their first marathon?

Mitch: The hardest part is signing up and committing to the training. It takes about 20 weeks to train for a marathon and to get your body fully ready. RunOn! Is a full service running store, providing classes that help runners of all levels gain the knowledge they need to be successful in distance running, to achieve their personal goals.

Medi-Dyne: What products of Medi-Dyne do you use?

Mitch: I use the Single Step Stretch which is also known as the ProStretch twice a day, every day.

Medi-Dyne: What do you like about the ProStretch?

Mitch: I like the ProStretch because it really works! I started using the product about 3 years ago when I started having tight calves. The pain was so terrible I didn’t know if I was going to be able to continue running marathons. That’s when I tried the ProStretch. I use it twice a day, every day. It cured my tight calves, and I haven’t had any issues since when I first started using the product.

Medi-Dyne: When you’re training runners do you recommend Medi-Dyne Products?

Mitch: Yes to anybody! When my runners are having issues with their calves or Plantar Fasciitis, I always recommend investing in a ProStretch.

Medi-Dyne: What’s your favorite “cheat” food?

Mitch: Definitely Hamburger and Fries without a doubt!

Medi-Dyne: What is something most people do not know about you?

Mitch: That I have 2 Harley Davidson’s and love spending my free time riding!

I hope everyone enjoyed getting to know Mitch a little better as much as I did! If you are ever in the Dallas area, on Wednesday evenings, Run-On! has a social run at all store locations. Come out and say hello to Mitch and enjoy a nice run!

Until next time follow Medi-Dyne on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram for healthy tips and special offers!

Happy Running!

Lauren

Welcome to the Medi-Dyne Family Cho-Pat

Cho-Pat, a Welcome Addition

At Medi-Dyne we’re excited to be able to offer you a comprehensive selection of pain relief and prevention solutions that deliver relief, support, and performance improvement for the entire length of your body’s interconnective chain of muscles, joints, tendons, and ligaments.

MD-Family

We look forward to providing you with innovative, easy-to-use solutions that really work! For more information visit www.medi-dyne.com, or connect with us @MediDyne.

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.

RangeRoller: Hard to Reach Muscles

Chuck Swanson is a runner/athlete born and raised in Lincoln, Nebraska.   He runs a couple marathons and 3-6 road races every year, and he intends to run an ultra marathon (50 miles) in the near future.  Chuck’s training includes 30-60 miles of running each week, increasing during peak training times.

As a runner, Chuck has suffered many aches and pains. His list includes fighting issues with; illiotibial band syndrome (ITBS or IT Band Syndrome), plantar fasciitis, calf strains and tight calf muscles, as well as Medial Collateral Ligament (MCL) issues, to name a few. Chuck was given the opportunity to use and review the RangeRoller, for deep tissue massage therapy. Here is what Chuck said;

“I like the RangeRoller’s ability to help get those sore spots that need a little ‘TLC’.  The RangeRoller is easy to use and is easy to take to races, both close and far away.  It is easily cleaned up and is compact and effective.

massage stick for calf pain tight calvesI use the RangeRoller to get to those spots that my foam roller can’t reach or get to.  It is a great item to help with this because of the raised pieces [Trigger Treads] that allow for a more ART [Active Release Technique] type therapy.  I am able to get out the soreness and muscle trauma spots with ease.  I also use the RangeRoller at races to help get my muscles loose and warmed up before my races, in addition to dynamic stretches and jogging/running.

I use the RangeRoller at home, in my car (close local races), and at the hotel/motel (farther destination type races).  Outside or inside the product is easy to use, and can be used anywhere you want really.

RangeRoller massage for foot painThe RangeRoller can sometimes pull the hair out of my legs when I use it, but the rewards far exceed the pain!

This product is unique and I didn’t really have anything similar to it.  I use a foam roller and the RangeRoller together because they work similar but are great compliments to one another.  I was in the market and ready to purchase The Stick and saw a tweet that intervened, the rest is history.  I am glad I was able to get the RangeRoller to try and am definitely a fan.

illiotibial band massage rollerI would definitely recommend this product to a friend.  I would recommend it because I have ZERO doubts that it has helped me go through my first training cycle for a marathon injury free.  I have always encountered some type of injury that has caused me to miss at least a week of training in every marathon I have run (8 total).  This training cycle has been different and I have honestly never felt better health wise.

The RangeRoller has helped with my chronic ITBS issues and calf issues.  Paired with my foam roller and Bio Freeze, it works hand in hand with getting me out to train and doing it injury free. “

For more information on deep tissue massage therapy or to purchase the RangeRoller visit www.medi-dyne.com.

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.