Medi-Dyne has announced the release of a new product called FootShield. FootShield is an innovative product that helps users keep…
Medi-Dyne has announced the release of a new product called FootShield. FootShield is an innovative product that helps users keep…
THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW BEFORE EXERCISING by Joe Humphries It’s difficult to argue against the benefits of exercise; several studies…
Posted on June 21st, 2012
Ok, it just goes to show: you REALLY don’t know what running a marathon is really about until you’ve run a marathon. I thought I had a pretty good idea since I have been a runner most of my life, running some 5K’s, completing my first half, building my long runs up, etc. Little did I know, 26.2 miles will really impact your body. No matter how you shake it, 26.2 is a long ways and your body takes a beating getting it done.
There is a lot of information out there about what to do when preparing for and running a marathon, but not so much on what you should do following the race. I heard some people say things here and there, but didn’t give too much attention to their suggestions since I hadn’t been there yet. Now that I have been there, I certainly have a much better idea.
Here is my Marathon Race Recovery “To-Do List” that I will be using after my next race. (Yes I said “next one”! Painful as it was, I plan on doing it again!)
Well, that is my new “To-Do” list for post race recovery. I hope you find some of my tips useful and pain preventing! Share with me some of your tips for race recovery by leaving a comment. Whether your training for about to finish a race, good luck!
Posted on May 30th, 2012
This weekend I read an article about Seattle Mariner player Franklin Gutierrez suffering from Plantar fasciitis. Last year it was Tampa Devil Rays’ Carlos Pena. Next month it will probably be another player.
The article states this about Plantar fasciitis, “File this one away under ‘reason to worry’. That’s because this is one of those lingering problems you don’t want cropping up in an athlete whose biggest assets happen to involve the legs.”
If you’ve been keeping up with the Medi-Dyne Blog, you know that Plantar fasciitis doesn’t have to be crippling. The problem is that it doesn’t start off feeling like much of an injury at all. For many, it can just be a dull—nagging pain, but the longer you leave it untreated the longer it takes to cure. Even worse, untreated, it can put you in a cast, night splint, or even cause surgical intervention.
Prevention is always the “best medicine”! If you’re on your feet all day (think retail, security, police, sanitation) or running for fitness (including soccer, basketball, lacrosse or triathlon) you should be doing two things to prevent Plantar fasciitis:
If you’re in significant pain, or have been suffering for a while see a Doctor. This is especially important for youth who could develop Sever’s Disease.
Posted on May 17th, 2012
We asked Athletic Trainer’s from across the nation questions about “spring injuries.” Here’s what Kristen Smith, head ATC and head of Sports Medicine at Canton South High School in Canton, Ohio had to say;
For more information on how to prevent spring injuries visit www.medi-dyne.com.
Posted on May 16th, 2012
If you’re just tuning in, I am an advocate of stretching and massage for runners. How do I know all of the benefits of stretching and massage now? And why didn’t I incorporate these great Medi-Dyne products into my recovery and maintenance three years ago?
Well besides the fact that hindsight is always 20-20, I was recently able to put my newly-acquired ProStretch Plus and RangeRoller tools to the test while I was transitioning back to minimalist running. You see, the popular “barefoot” trend requires a runner to build up their foot, ankle and knee muscles. You must build up your muscles and expose them to the shock and stresses that a cushioned sneaker may have absorbed in the past. This transition takes time and patience to avoid injury, and is similar in many ways to the muscle development that takes place while trail running.
After moving to San Francisco over a year ago, I transitioned from running on mostly trails to road running. The city’s hills kept my leg muscles strengthened, but I was quickly losing the strong muscular protection I had built up around my knee and ankle joints. In order to maintain the muscular support my joints had worked so hard to establish, I decided that I would slowly transition into a pair of popular “barefoot” style shoes. On my first runs I found that first, I absolutely loved being able to feel the road under the soles of my feet—my toes having to grab for the road. Secondly, by landing on the forefront of my feet, my calves were tightening up as quickly and as painfully as when I initially started trail running.
To promote healthy muscle growth and alleviate the soreness, I would do a concentrated stretching routine with my ProStretch Plus after each run, focusing on not only my calves, but also my Achilles tendons. I found that this newly experienced “tightness” would travel down my Achilles and into the bottom of my feet. By simply adjusting the angle and wedge on my ProStretch Plus, I was able to increase the flexibility of not only my calves and hamstrings, but also my arches and toes.
In short, I believe that injury prevention and muscle growth can be facilitated by the proper stretching of overly-tight muscles and by “combing” out the knots that develop in damaged muscle fibers, promoting renewed blood flow and muscle repair. I have found the ProStretch Plus and RangeRoller to be my two key tools for ongoing maintenance in my trail and minimalist road running interests. This year I look forward to setting a new road marathon PR at the Oakland and San Francisco Marathons! Finish strong!
For more information on the ProStretch Plus or RangeRoller visit www.medi-dyne.com.
Posted on May 10th, 2012
This is the story of how Kabri became a runner, and the tricks and tools she used along the way. Read more about her running story in Part 1.
Three years ago I began training for my very first half marathon. Little did I know, my journey of becoming a “runner” was just beginning.
If you’re just tuning in I’m Kabri, newly self-professed trail runner! For the next year I challenged myself, running and hiking distances from 10k to 50k on the trails in the Bay Area. It took quite a while for my body to adapt to the trails and I believe that many of my challenges would have been resolved or largely alleviated if I had had a ProStretch Plus back then. My lower calves would become so tight during and after my runs that they would cramp. My feet would feel “asleep” with the loss of blood flow through my calves. It was very painful. The ProStretchPlus is ideal for maintaining and restoring flexibility to these tight muscles, and is especially good at focusing the stretch along your inner or outer calf muscles, as needed.
Whether you are a strong road runner, or are completely new to running, running on trails places stresses on the ankle, leg and knee muscles that are not often used. These stabilizer muscles allow your feet to spring over rocks and avoid unearthed roots while streaming down a single-track trail system under your favorite tree canopy. After your first trail run you’re likely to be very tight in your calf muscles and hamstrings as these muscles will have been highly engaged as you picked the most stable path along river beds and steep inclines.
Along with the increased flexibility that I would have achieved by properly stretching my calves and hamstrings, I realize how helpful the RangeRoller would have been to post-run recovery. The RangeRoller provides a deep tissue massage that allows my muscles to repair themselves by breaking up the knotted muscle fibers and allowing fresh blood back into the damaged space.
Climbing and descending hills and mountains goes hand-in-hand with trail running; both the uphill and downhill portions of a run, especially, take a toll on your quads. After my long training runs, I would make an appointment with a masseuse, knowing that large knots would form in my quad muscles that could not be released with stretching alone. The RangeRoller essentially provides the same service, but is much more convenient. I’ll warn you now – whether by masseuse or RangeRoller – tackling knotted muscles by compressing and stretching the damaged fibers is a painful but rewarding process!
For more information on the ProStretch Plus or RangeRoller visit www.medi-dyne.com.
Posted on May 9th, 2012
Runner and running blogger, Chad, reached out to Medi-Dyne looking for some tools to help him and fellow runners. Here is what he had to say about the ProStretch Plus, RangeRoller, and StretchRite.
About a month or so ago, I was reading a running publication, and I stumbled upon a company specializing in a vast spectrum of solutions for pain and injuries, not only for running but also for all aspects of life. The company was Medi-Dyne Healthcare Products.
After looking at their website and the vast array of products they offered, I wanted to get some more information from them as to the benefits of their products for runners, and how their products might improve my performance and daily quality of life.
I was so happy I contacted Medi-Dyne.
For more information on these products, I highly recommend you check out the Medi-Dyne website for incredible information on all of the products they provide, as well as a Pain Solution Center where you can select the body part/injury that gives you trouble, and Medi-Dyne will give a breakdown of that selection as to causes of the injury, ways to alleviate the injury, and their product solutions to help with recovering from these injuries. It is very insightful and well worth looking at.
After some correspondence back and forth,talking about products and discussing what I thought might be helpful to runners, it was determined that I should look into the Runner’s Relief package and the StretchRite. That is exactly what I did.
What an immediate impression it made on me, and most importantly, on my body. The ProStretch Plus has multiple exercises you can do to help with shin splints, tight calves and hamstrings, Achilles tendonitis, and Plantar Fasciitis. In the package for the ProStetch Plus, it comes with a nice color pamphlet with complete instructions for the various exercises you can do for the various ailments you might have.
Personally, since I had started a new exercise program, I had started to feel pain shooting through the soles of my feet, and at times, it made it impossible for me to continue working out. After a few minutes of doing specific exercises on the ProStretch Plus, the pain would subside, and I could continue my workouts. Without the ProStretch Plus, my workout would be over. The ProStretch Plus also has worked incredible for me to stretch my calves, hamstrings, and even hip flexors prior to any activities I have done recently, and also stretching after those activities. The back and forth, or “Teeter-Totter” movement of the ProStretch Plus, make it so easy to use and extremely effective on my muscles, and in the short amount of time you need to use it, it does exactly what it is designed to do.
As for the RangeRoller, I’ve used other self-rolling products before, but I have to say that none have been as effective as the Medi-Dyne RangeRoller. The design of the RangeRoller is great. As seen above, you’ll notice the multi-layers of the RangeRoller. It is so effective with its trigger point threads to get very deep into the muscle and relieve any tightness or soreness you may feel. I know it has done that for me. The great thing about the RangeRoller is that you use it on your muscles prior to a workout, and you will feel great throughout your workout. Medi-Dyne recommends about 20+ rolls of the RangeRoller over the muscles to help warm and stretch them, and it really does that.
Here are 2 great endorsement for the RangeRoller:
First, my wife just finished her 2nd half-marathon, and when she got home, the 1st thing she grabbed was the RangeRoller and she went to work on her legs (calves, quads, hamstrings, shins, even her feet), and she said she felt a great deal of release of tightness she was feeling from running the race. She did that throughout the remainder of the day, and the next morning, she woke up with very minimal pain/discomfort and almost refreshed.
2nd, my mom has been winning the battle with cancer, but one of the side-affects of her treatments was that she became diabetic, and has been having battles with Neuropathy. The Neuropathy effects her hands and feet making her loose feeling, etc. I introduced her to the RangeRoller recently, and she uses it daily on her hands, feet, legs, and she has said that it has helped tremendously with getting blood flowing to her hands/feet, and the Neuropathy has not subsided, but the effects have diminished and she doesn’t get as much of the on-set now having used the RangeRoller.
I highly recommend the Medi-Dyne products, and know that in the upcoming weeks, I will be purchasing some new shoe inserts to help give me some spring in my step and some new-found energy. I can’t wait to try either the Gaitors Full Length or the Road Runners.
Thanks for your time!!!
Thanks Chad for sharing this with us! Read more about Chad’s Medi-Dyne experience on his blog: Running4thMasses.
Posted on May 8th, 2012
Like any moving object, variables change at different speeds. For example, when trying to turn a car, you can turn in a smaller radius at lower speeds than you can at higher speeds. Or, the faster you are going, the longer and farther it takes to stop. So it is with running; variables change with the increase and decrease of speed. I have learned this first hand during my training for the OKC Memorial Marathon.
During the week, I have been running my shorter distances at a much faster tempo than during my long runs on the weekend. What I have noticed is that I am experiencing tightness in different parts of my body, based on the speed at which I run.
At the faster speeds my attention is more on my breathing and overall feeling of being tired, and maybe a little on the tightness in my calves. I deal with each of these issues easily, by first stopping my run temporarily so I can catch my breath….I know rocket science, right? And second, for my tight calves; I use my Tuli’s heel cups to prevent most of the shock that causes the Achilles and then calf tightness, and also I do some simple ProStretch Plus stretching post run and throughout the day. These latter techniques are such simple measures, but within a day or two the tightness goes away.
When I run at slower speeds during the longer mileage in my training, my attention seems to switch to the arches of my feet and to my quadriceps. At first this confused me because I wasn’t feeling excessively tired during my long runs, more “heavy” than tired. The more I thought about it though, the more I realized that at slower speeds I was changing the way that I ran. My running form at slower speeds was putting more pressure on my arches and was also forcing my quadriceps to engage more. Essentially, my running form was changing the way the tendons and muscles, that make up the interconnective chain of my legs, were working together. My form was driving function.
The solution to my dilemma was to use more arch support on my slower runs and also roll out and stretch my quads really well after my run. Once I supported my arches and also built up my quads my “attention” areas all but went away.
So, the next time you start having to pay some attention to a problem area consider all the variables, not only around that area, but also those that are interconnected. Like me, you might find the pain in one place is caused by a situation in another place.
For more information on techniques and tools that help with those problem areas visit www.medi-dyne.com.
Posted on May 2nd, 2012
The ProStretch was originally developed by an auto mechanic who was rehabbing a knee injury. Over time he realized that the brake shoe from a car was the best thing he could find for stretching out his calf muscles, while building flexibility and range of motion back in to his calf muscles and lower leg. He became passionate about how well it worked, passionate enough to want to share his discovery. From necessity and passion was born The Original ProStretch.
In 1998 Medi-Dyne acquired the Tuli’s product line. In discussions with the original Tuli’s® Classic Heel Cup inventor, San Diego podiatrist Dr. Murray Davidson, we quickly learned how important stretching was to the health of the calf muscles and the prevention of the many injuries associated with the lower leg, including Plantar Fasciitis, Achillies tendonitis, calf strains, and shin splints. So we began to look for the most effective solution to provide the long-term relief and stretching that would complement the immediate relief provided by the Tuli’s Heel Cups and other Tuli’s products. When we found The Original ProStretch in 2003 we knew we had found the best lower leg stretching device available then and for the next 20 years!
As is the case with all Medi-Dyne products, we constantly solicit feedback from medical professionals, professional and amateur athletes, and all users on ways we can improve the product, usage experience, and end results. While the ProStretch (also known as the StepStretch in some retail outlets) was a great product, it had some shortcomings.
- One Size Doesn’t Fit All
The Original ProStretch is great, but it is a “one-size-fits-all” product. Unfortunately, people are not one size fits all.
- People’s Feet Are Getting Larger
It’s true. Once, a man’s size 14 would have been considered the footprint of a giant. But what was seen as enormous is apparently becoming quite normal. The average man’s shoe has gone up a full size in the past five years. The Original ProStretch just wasn’t built to accommodate the growing majority.
- Room For Improvement
Many people suffer from Achilles tendonitis, plantar fasciitis, tight calves or shin splints. These pain sufferers were in need of a solution that would maximize the stretch felt along the interconnective chain of the lower leg. We realized that we could improve the stretch by elevating the toes during stretch.
We went about re-engineering the ProStretch to be bigger, stronger, lighter, and customizable, while offering a deeper stretch. When it was all said and done, the ProStretch Plus was born. For a complete review of all of our ProStretch products visit: www.medi-dyne.com.
We have had more people fall in love with the ProStretch and ProStretch Plus than any other product, simply by standing on it. Just check out these “before and after” user video reviews.
What makes the ProStretch Plus work so well? A few things. It is biomechanically shaped to put your foot in the optimal stretching position to get the best results. Combining that with the rocker bottom, you get the best calf stretch, along with progressive and constant pressure that gives you an unsurpassed lower leg stretch.
Nothing works better, not a curb, not a wall, not a slant board, nothing. The ProStretch has been medical proven to stretch the calf better than conventional methods – Please see the following study posted on our website, “Comparison of Two Methods of Stretching the Gastrocnemius and Their Effects on Ankle Range of Motion Karen Maloney Backstrorn, C Forsyth. B. Walden”. You can also read unsolicited testimonials at www.medi-dyne.com.
For more information on the ProStretch Plus or ProStretch visit http://www.medi-dyne.com/estore/.
Posted on April 26th, 2012
Here are a few things you may not have known about heel pain;
Posted on April 12th, 2012
This week’s contributor is Nick Zaneto, ATC. Nick has been a Certified Athletic Trainer for 11 years, serving a variety of athletes at the high school level. He is currently the Head Wrestling Coach at a New Jersey high school and a personal trainer for a variety of athletes. An athlete himself, Nick plays Inline Hockey and is training for the New Jersey Marathon this May.
After researching products online Nick found Medi-Dyne.com. Nick quickly realized that he has already been using Medi-Dyne products. As an Athletic Trainer, he often uses the ProStretch and Tuli’s Heel Cups and recently recommended the ProStretch to a client with Achilles tendonitis. Nick told us, “I have always been happy with all of my products that Medi-Dyne has produced. I’m excited to test the new ProStretch Plus.”
We caught up with Nick after he’d had the chance to use the ProStretch Plus for a while. His feedback? “I like the calf stretch capabilities of the ProStretch Plus, it has been good to use right after a long run”. Because Nick is looking to increase calf flexibility during marathon training he liked the deep gastroc calf stretch he received with the ProStretch Plus; “I do find that the ProStretch Plus has stretched my gastrocnemius muscle much better than just using the wall.”
While Nick was pleased with the gastroc stretch he received with the ProStretch Plus, he had concerns whether the calf stretch could be extended to the soleus calf muscle as well. This is easy to do! A demonstration of the proper technique to transfer the calf stretch up the muscle from the gastroc to soleus is provided online: “Reduce Calf Pain: Gastroc and Soleus Stretches”.
Nick found that the removable toe lift was a feature he was struggling with properly utilizing. The ProStretch Plus toe lift was designed to assist those suffering from heel pain, plantar fasciitis or foot pain. It’s not always needed. The demonstration video, “Getting Started with Your ProStretch Plus”, takes you step-by-step through the process of adjusting or removing the toe lift. It is generally the best practice to begin using the ProStretch Plus without the toe lift first and then add it as needed.
Thank you Nick for contributing feedback on the ProStretch Plus. You can read some of Nick’s training tips on his blog nzaneto.blogspot.com.
How do you use your Medi-Dyne products? Let us know on Facebook today! Visit medi-dyne.com for more information on how to use the ProStretch Plus or Tuli’s Heel Cups. Check back next week for more Buzz on Medi-Dyne products.
Posted on April 11th, 2012
Now that I’m over 40, being healthy is much harder than it used to be. I used to think it was cliché but now that I’m living it I get it. There’s no time for pain or injuries, especially if it impacts my “day jobs” (father, husband, repairman, chauffeur, business person…). You may be able to relate.
That is where my passion for prevention, and taking that pain away comes into play!
I mentioned my New Year’s Resolution of running a marathon in an earlier post. Did I mention that I’ve dragged my wife along for the ride? We decided to train for a half marathon first and then continue to build towards running a full marathon this spring. It has been a lot of fun so far. I highly recommend a book that my sister-in-law referred us to, The Non-Runner’s Marathon Trainer by David Whitsett, Forrest Dolgener and Tanjala Kole. It’s done a great job of breaking down the whole process of training for a marathon, giving you a plan, and providing encouragement.
Professionally and personally, I understand the many challenges running presents to the body (especially as you get older and as you add more mileage)! I’ve always appreciated and used the ProStretch Plus, but maybe not as consistently as I should have. As I continue the journey of marathon training, I am beginning to completely understand just how effective the ProStretch Plus is for not only decreasing pain, but also preventing pain from happening in the first place.
What I personally love about all of the ProStretch products is that they are simple and THEY WORK! The first time I brought one home, my wife laughed at it, but of course that was short lived. The laughing stopped and the “oo-ing and ah-ing” started right after she used it for the first time. The ProStretch is one of those products where you realize the benefits it offers once you use it. You can feel it working instantly and it feels good!
Lately, I’ve had a lot of “experience” with what we call the interconnective chain of the lower leg. This interconnective chain starts with the calf, goes down to the Achilles tendon, and connects to the calcaneous (heel) bone and the plantar fasciia. The calf muscles have to work hard when you’re doing something as simple as walking, but they work even harder when you are running, jumping, stopping and starting. In fact, I’ve read that the second hardest working group of muscles we have in our whole body is our calves. Because the calf muscles have to work so hard, they are also susceptible to overuse and injury.
I first started using the ProStretch to combat shin splints and the beginning symptoms of Plantar fasciitis. After I began experiencing these symptoms, I was doing a long warm up and some basic stretching before I ran, and then pro-longed stretches (for 30 – 60 seconds per repetition) after I ran. Adding ProStretch exercises into my warm up and cool down gave me immediate results. I experienced immediate relief, and over 4 weeks total healing.
The ProStretch and now the new and improved ProStretch Plus, are simply the best devices for stretching the calf muscles and the entire interconnective chain of the lower leg. Next week, more to come on injuries of the lower leg.
Thanks for your interest in our products. We love to hear from “users” so please leave us a comment and let us know what pain or injury you are suffering from.
Posted on March 28th, 2012
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?
While nothing replaces a diagnosis from a physician, a few simple questions can help you narrow down your plan of action.
Do you have…
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.
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.
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.