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Runner Overcomes Pre-Race Achilles Tendonitis

Dedicating yourself to training for a race is an accomplishment in and of itself. But what happens when you suffer from pain or injury along the way? Do you push yourself to finish, or do you call it quits? Below is an account of how one runner used Medi-Dyne’s Tuli’s and ProStretch Plus to overcome her Achilles tendonitis pain and cross the finish line.

Runners train for months before a race or event. They overcome obstacles such as mental blocks, increased mileage, adjusted technique, fluctuating weather, and aches and pains to finally get to “race month”.  With just 3-4 weeks to go, the pre-race training schedule often becomes lighter.   The goal is in sight.  Nothing can stand in your way!  It was during this lighter training period, that runner Jenny Welsh began to experience pain in her right Achilles tendon and ankle.

With encouragement from her friends, Jenny signed up for the 2012 Dallas Rock N’ Roll Half Marathon .  This was to be her first half marathon and the next big step in her running goals. During two years of running 5k’s, 10k’s and a 15k, Jenny had suffered her fair share of running injuries. She had overcome minor overuse injuries such as ankle and heel pain, Achilles pain, and IT band pain.  So as she rounded the corner into race month training, she was increasingly aware of the potential injury that the increased tightness in her Achilles tendon, outside ankle, and heel might become.

Jenny using the ProStretch Plus to stretch her lower extremities for Achilles Tendonitis pain.

Three weeks before the race, Jenny began to experience both heel pain and excruciating pain in her Achilles tendon and lower leg.  She immediately began the RICE regimen after daily training, but the pain did not subside. Having previously suffered from Achilles tendonitis, Jenny knew she needed to stop running through her pain. Although RICE helped with the daily pain it just wasn’t enough.  Admittedly Jenny was desperate to reach her goal.  With only one week to go till race day,  Jenny decided to seek out other solutions for her Achilles tendonitis.  A friend suggested she try Medi-Dyne Healthcare Product’s Achilles tendonitis pain relief kit.   It worked!

Jenny contacted us to thank us!  She told us that, “Once I began using the Tuli’s Heavy Duty heel cups and the ProStretch Plus that come in the kit I notice a significant difference.  My pain was much better.” Jenny found immediate relief from both her heel pain and Achilles tendon pain after inserting Tuli’s Heavy Duty Heel Cups into her running shoes. She wore her shoes with the Tuli’s Heel Cups in them the four days prior to the race.  She mentioned that she wishes she had kept them in her sneakers while running the half marathon.  Jenny explained that she loves the ProStretch Plus and uses it with and without the toe-lift (depending on the level of Achilles tendonitis and heel pain she feels) to stretch the bottom of her foot, Achilles, and calf muscles. Jenny credits the ProStretch Plus  in helping her reach her goal by relieving the pain just days before the race.

Jenny (center) and friends running in the Dallas Rock ‘n’ Roll Half Marathon

Congratulations Jenny!  It’s no easy feat to persevere through pain and complete a half marathon. Although the pain hindered her running it did not dampen her endurance. Through the help of race medical professionals and the use of mental techniques like “run a song, walk a song,” Jenny was able to reach her goal of completing the Dallas Rock ‘n’ Roll Half Marathon.

 

Since the race, Jenny has seen a sports medicine doctor who has confirmed the diagnosis of Achilles tendonitis and prescribed rest, ice, and light stretching. She is continuing to use her Tuli’s heavy duty heel cups and her ProStretch Plus to help support and heal her injured Achilles tendon and heel pain.  Injury can take place at any point in a runner’s training.  Jenny’s story reinforces that fact that taking the right steps to prevent or treat an injury can make the difference between race day success and failure.

Are you suffering from Achilles tendonitis pain? Leave us a comment. For more information visit www.medi-dyne.com.

Is Your Heel Pain Heel Spurs or Plantar Fasciitis?

Suffering from heel pain is bad enough but not knowing what’s causing it or how to make it stop just makes it worse!  Terms like heel spurs and Plantar fasciitis (PLAN-tur fas-e-I-tis) get used interchangeably but how do you determine what’s causing your heel pain?

Define your pain

While nothing replaces a diagnosis from a physician, a few simple questions can help you narrow down your plan of action.

Do you have…

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

Any one or even all of these symptoms could indicate plantar fasciitis.  Heel spurs don’t always cause pain.  In fact, heel spurs often show up unexpectedly on X-rays taken for some other problem.

So, what’s the difference?

What is Plantar Fasciitis?
The plantar fascia is a broad band of fibrous tissue that runs along the bottom of the foot from the heel to the forefoot. This band connects the heel bone to the toes and creates the arch of the foot.  Plantar fasciitis is the inflammation of the plantar fascia which happens when the plantar fascia is overstretched or overused.

With this condition, the pain is felt in the base of the heel and can make even everyday walking difficult.  According to the Mayo Clinic, “about 90 percent of the people who have plantar fasciitis recover with conservative treatments in just a few months. “

The two most important steps you can take to treat plantar fasciitis is to use a quality heel cup in your shoes and to perform targeted stretching exercises designed to maintain good flexibility throughout the interconnective chain of the lower leg.  In addition to these treatments, it is recommended that you reduce your activity level when experiencing severe pain and apply ice to the affected area regularly.

What is a Heel Spur?
A heel spur is a sharp bony growth at the front side of the heel bone (Calcaneus).   It usually begins on the front of your heel bone and points toward the arch of your foot — without your realizing it.

Heel spurs can cause pain in the back of the foot especially while standing or walking.  However, it should be noted that the heel spur itself is actually not causing any pain. It is the inflamed tissue around the spur that causes pain and discomfort.

Many people who suffer from heel pain are quick to conclude that they have heel spurs but general heel pain as described earlier is much more likely to be Plantar fasciitis.  Only an x-ray of the heel bone will prove whether a person has a true heel spur.

Treating a True Heel Spur

In the past, doctors often performed surgery to remove heel spurs, believing them to be the cause of the pain.  Most of that pain is now determined to be associated with plantar fasciitis. In treating plantar fasciitis now, doctors rely more on ice, heel cups, arch supports, physical therapy, and pain medications.

Sufferers from heel spurs can find relief by using a quality heel cup or arch support in their shoes.  A heel cup will provide extra cushion to the heel and reduce the amount of pressure and shock that your foot experiences.  Treating heel spurs can take some time but sufferers who use heel cups, choose sensible shoes, and include stretching and strengthening exercises for the plantar fascia and other surrounding structures such as the Achilles tendon can expect significant pain relief.