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Posted on November 15th, 2016
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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!
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?
About 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.
Posted on October 10th, 2012
Posted on October 2nd, 2012
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:
Stretching with ProStretch Plus is simple and more efficient than a curb or wall:
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.
Posted on September 6th, 2012
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.
I 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.
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.
I 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. “
Posted on August 21st, 2012
Heel pain is one of the most common complaints relating to the foot. Millions of people receive treatment for heel pain each year. In fact, many people live with it for a year or more before finding a solution.
The muscles, tendons, ligaments, and joints in your body act as links in an interconnective chain. These links work together to allow you to accomplish basic motions like sitting, walking, and running. If any one of these links is injured or not functioning properly the entire chain suffers. For millions of people each year the first breakdown that they realize in their lower leg “chain”, manifests itself as heel pain. When this happens, trauma often occurs in the plantar fascia (arch) and the pain is felt in the base of the heel. This heel pain is a condition known as Plantar fasciitis.
Plantar fasciitis usually develops gradually, but it may feel as though it has happened suddenly.
People with plantar fasciitis often describe:
Any one or even all of these symptoms could indicate plantar fasciitis.
Your plantar fascia is a thick band of tissue which runs across the bottom of your foot connecting your heel bone to your toes. Normally, your plantar fascia acts as a shock-absorber, supporting the arch in your foot. But, if tension becomes too great, it can create small tears in the fascia causing the fascia to become irritated or inflamed.
Ignoring plantar fasciitis may result in a chronic condition that hinders your regular activities. Most importantly, any weak link in the interconnective chain of your lower leg can change the way you walk potentially leading to additional foot, knee, hip or back problems.
Suffering from Plantar Fasciitis? For solutions visit www.medi-dyne.com
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 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 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 April 5th, 2012
We are excited to announce that we will begin publishing stories, feedback, and reviews that have been contributed to us by Medi-Dyne Healthcare Products users.
This summer we set out to obtain knowledge on how medical professionals and athletes view and use Medi-Dyne products such as the new ProStretch Plus and RangeRoller. We sought feedback in the form of question and answer responses, photos, video or simply comments and quotes on how individuals felt and valued the products. Needless to say we learned a lot.
A great thing about Medi-Dyne is that we are always looking for new ways to use our products; new rehabilitative exercises or even new poses that help reach different areas within an exercise, new ways to dynamically stretch or strengthen, and new situations or injuries that our products help rehabilitate or prevent. We are pleased to present these responses in the hopes that you will find some benefit in learning how the ProStretch Plus, RangeRoller, and additional products are being used by other individuals and industry professionals.
Many of our contributors treat or have suffered from the following pain and injuries; Heel pain, Plantar fasciitis, Achilles tendonitis, Tight calves or calf pain, Shin splints, Tight hamstrings, or IT band syndrome.
Participants have used Medi-Dyne products to help rehabilitate a current injury, prevent pain and enhance performance, prepare for an event or training, etc. We are sincerely grateful for their contributions, and we look forward to sharing their stories and feedback with you.
If you would like to contribute a review, story, or feedback for our Weekly Buzz, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit medi-dyne.com for more information.
Posted on February 1st, 2012
Remember when you were growing up…children played baseball during baseball season, football during football season and spent most of their time just running around the neighborhood with friends. These days it’s not uncommon for girls and boys to be playing recreational or competitive sports year round. And in some cases, more than one sport at a time. That extra wear and tear is taking its toll.
If your child has complained of heel pain, then you are not alone.
Heel pain in children (typically between the ages of 8 to 14) is a becoming a common complaint. While it can occur as a result of a specific injury, it is also commonly caused by Sever’s disease, (Calcaneal Apophysitis) an overuse injury that causes an inflammation of the heel’s growth plate.
As children start to experience growth spurts, the heel bone sometimes grows faster than the leg muscles and tendons. This can cause the muscles to become tight and even over stretched, making the heel less flexible – putting pressure on the growth plate. Over time, this tightness combined with the repeated stress on the Achilles tendon from running and jumping in sports such as track, basketball, soccer, and gymnastics can cause swelling, tenderness, and even damage to the growth plate.
How do I know if it’s Sever’s Disease?
Unlike heel pain from plantar fasciitis (which typically affects adults and often causes heel pain in the morning that feels like you’re stepping on stones), Sever’s disease causes pain at the back and the side of the child’s heel. The pain is usually worse after physical activity and will typically lessen when the child is not active. Squeezing the sides of the heel can often be painful.
Only a doctor can diagnose the condition for certain. Treatment for Sever’s disease often includes:
Once your child is back in the game, it will help to prevent a reoccurrence if they continue to stretch, wear good supportive shoes and use a quality heel cup in their shoes.
Preventing Heel Pain
The same “treatments” that are used to help recover from Sever’s disease can also help prevent heel pain and even Sever’s disease from occurring! Regular stretching of the calf muscles as well as strengthening of the Achilles tendon will go a long way towards preventing pain and injury. Making sure that they have supportive shoes and placing heel cups in your athletic shoes and cleats will also help to lessen the impact and improve performance.
Posted on January 3rd, 2012
Traveling, work, and even your daily routine can take their toll on your body, especially your feet. In fact, the average person takes 8,000 to 10,000 steps a day. That’s more than four times the circumference of the globe. All that walking and standing in line can result in tired, aching feet. But it doesn’t have to be that way. Your feet are designed to bear weight, and absorb shock but the one thing your feet are not supposed to do is hurt.
Here are 5 easy steps you can take to prevent and relieve foot pain.
Choose Your Shoes Wisely
Technology has come a long way since the invention of sandals and high heels, but we still insist on wearing them regardless of their effect on our feet. As we age, the natural padding on our feet starts to wear away. The right shoes can compensate for this. But the lack of arch support, heel and ball of foot cushioning in dress shoes, high heels, and sandals don’t offer this type of support. That’s why women suffer from four times as many foot problems as men; lifelong patterns of wearing high heels and standing on their feet all day are often the culprit. So if you want to stop the pain, buy shoes with a low to moderate heel, good arch support and shock absorbency.
Shopping for shoes is best done in the afternoon as our feet swell a little during the day, and it’s best to buy shoes to fit them then. Have your feet measured every time you purchase shoes, and do it while you’re standing. When you try on shoes, try them on both feet; many people have one foot larger than the other, and it’s best to fit the larger one.
Cushion for Comfort
While your choice of shoes is important, sometimes adding some extra cushion, heel and arch support can make all the difference. Depending on the type of shoe you are wearing and where the pain is, you can choose from a variety of heel cups, ball of foot cushions, arch supports and insoles that will ease the pain from standing on your feet all day. Tuli’s makes a number of products designed to fit into everything from a sandal, to a high heel pump to a running shoe so that you can customize the cushion you need for each pair of shoes you own.
Take the Pressure Off
An average day of walking brings a force equal to over 3000 kg to your feet, so taking the pressure off only makes sense. One very simple thing to do to take care of your feet is to take a warm footbath for 10-15 minutes two or three times a week. This will go a long way in keeping the feet relaxed and helping to prevent mild foot pain caused by fatigue. Adding 115 grams of Epsom Salts will also help to increase circulation. Taking the time to take regular footbaths instead of waiting until your feet are aching will give you the most benefit.
Massage Away the Stress
Massaging your feet will help increase blood circulation and decrease stress. Not to mention that it just feels really good. There are many different massage tools out on the market specifically designed for feet. Can’t wait to ease the pain? You can simply place a tennis ball on the floor and roll your foot back and forth on it. Remember a massage should not hurt your foot, therefore, be gentle, but apply enough pressure to help decrease any foot pain you may be experiencing.
Our final tip is something that’s extremely important but most people simply never think of it…
Your body is made up of an interconnective chain of muscles, tendons and ligaments that all impact each other. This is especially evident when it comes to performance and pain. When everything is in balance movement is painless, almost effortless. But when a link of that chain is weakened or injured, the “domino effect” of that weak link may be greater than you realize.
Have you ever sprained an ankle only to find a week later that 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. So your foot pain of today, could end up being a real pain in your back next week.
You can ensure that your feet can go the distance by regularly stretching your hamstrings, calves, plantar fascia and toes. Keeping your calves, hamstrings, and foot muscles flexible and strong will go a long way in helping to avoid aching feet.
Following these simple guidelines should keep everyone from the busiest of world travelers to weekend warriors and all family members from missing a step. Take care of your feet and they will take you wherever you need to go in life.
For more information on pain prevention solutions for aching feet visit www.medi-dyne.com
Posted on December 14th, 2011
We were sent this testimonial from Arielle; runner, triathlete, and soon-to-be Ironwoman. She recently overcame 10-months of pain and suffering, due to ‘nagging’ Plantar Fasciitis, with some truly inspiring perseverance and what she calls “Medi-Dyne magic.”
“As a highly competitive gymnast growing up I periodically had heel pain, but nothing that I couldn’t remedy within a few days. Fast-forward about a decade later, and I found myself completely in love with long distance running. Ever since I took up the sport in the spring of 2009, I had experienced intermittent heel pain on and off again. In all of my athletic history my feet and ankles have always been my weak link, and I’ve run the gamut of injuries from stress fractures to dislocation to neuromas and so on…
Fast-forward one more time to March 2011, just 6 weeks before the Boston Marathon. I had been training for over a year to qualify and prepare for the race in Boston. After my
first 20 mile training run my foot completely seized up, and nothing would remedy the intense heel pain and feeling of strain that I was feeling in my foot. I stretched 3 times every day, used traditional methods—ice and massage, but nothing would alleviate my heel pain and get my arch to loosen up. I was forced to stop training up until race day, though even after over a month off my feet, my Plantar Fasciitis was no better than that first day it came on.
I limped my way through the Boston Marathon and afterward my injury was no better or worse than before, so I took another couple of months off from running to try and get the inflammation to cease. In the mean time, I found triathlons, which helped due to less running, but I was dissatisfied with the solution. I was recently gearing up for the Seattle Half Marathon in November of 2011, my first race since April. I was having a particularly painful week, feeling like I would never be uninjured again.
Training was going well but I still had nagging Plantar Fasciitis and foot pain, a sign of not good things to come (given that I’m racing in the Ironman Canada next summer). During an evening of injury-related depression I was surfing Twitter and saw someone post that Medi-Dyne would be sponsoring #runchat. I went to medi-dyne.com and clicked through to learn more about you guys. I instantly remembered seeing you in either Runner’s World or Triathlon magazine, and pulled the trigger to have my ProStretch Plus rush ordered. From all of the stretching I’ve done I understood immediately what sets the ProStretch Plus apart, and hoped it would truly be the device to save me!
My ProStretch Plus arrived just a couple days later, and after 1 day I saw a huge improvement in my Plantar Fasciitis (both heel pain and arch tightness). After 3 days my heel pain was gone, my arch tightness had subsided, and I was noticing less arthritis pain in the outside edge of my foot. After 7 days I was able to go off my arthritis medication and I haven’t had any heel pain since!!
The foot is so interdependent on all of its moving parts that inherently many of my injuries have stemmed from compensation for other injuries. Regular use of the ProStretch Plus has really gotten to the core for me to work through many of my foot injury issues. I haven’t been in pain for a while (finally!!) I’m still seeing active improvement in my flexibility and stride while walking and running. And I love that the product is so easy to use; I keep mine in my kitchen so that I can use it between cooking and cleaning in an area where we all congregate. The ease of use makes it easy for me to remember and more likely to incorporate it into my routine.So happy to have found you guys an looking forward to more of your magic!” – Arielle
Thanks to Arielle for sharing that amazing story and the fun photos with us. You can follow Arrielle’s training on her blog, “On the Way to Ironman” at www.onthewaytoironman.wordpress.com. We are looking forward to hearing about her success at the Ironman in Canada this summer.
If you have a story about your injury recovery that you would like to share with us, or if Medi-Dyne helped heal your pain please email email@example.com. Read what others are saying about the ProStretch Plus at medi-dyne.com or order your ProStretch Plus today.
Posted on December 12th, 2011
Athletic Trainers and Athletic Training students from across the nation submitted creative videos, which included Medi-Dyne’s ProStretch Plus or RangeRoller, to participate in the video contest. Some videos were informative, some playful, but all highlighted the need for stretching and massage equipment throughout athletics and athletic training. The videos that received the top three-most votes were awarded a donation for their school’s Athletic Training program.
Congratulations to our first place Champions, the Redhawks from Montclair State University! The Montclair Athletic Training Education Program won a donation of $2,500 after receiving the most votes for their video, “MSU ATEP Demo of the ProStretch+ Sponsored by Medi-Dyne” . They creatively coined the line, “ProStretch Plus is a Must!” while highlighting key features of the ProStretch Plus, like it’s ability to offer maximum toe and plantar fascia stretch. The “MSU ATEP” students were awarded a Medi-Dyne.com gift certificate, for being the “Biggest Fans” during the video contest.
The race for second and third came down to the last 10 votes!
California Baptist University’s Athletic Training students clinched second place in the end. They won a donation of $1,000 and a Medi-Dyne gift certificate for their participation. Their video “Making Champions Erryday” uses both the RangeRoller and ProStretch Plus in injury prevention scenarios. Get glimpses of their training facilities and campus in their video entry.
Finally, third place goes to Willie and his team of Wildcats from Canton South High School in Ohio. “Medi-Dyne’s Range Roller Rescues Willie the Wildcat” came in as our third and final Championship video for the contest. The Canton South High School Wildcats will receive a donation of $500 for their third place victory, as well as a certificate for Medi-Dyne stretching, strengthening, and rehabilitation products. We look forward to seeing Willie’s victory dance.
Cue Queen’s “We are the Champions”
Thank you to everyone who participated and supported “Building a Champion” – Medi-Dyne’s National Video Contest. The video submissions we received were truly inspiring. We are excited to award these donations to the following Athletic Training programs, who are continuing to build champions in their schools across the nation.
Posted on October 14th, 2011
An updated stretching tool designed to engage the entire interconnective chain of the lower leg from hamstring to toes is available from Colleyville, Texas-based Medi-Dyne Healthcare Products. The new ProStretch Plus incorporates the most important design aspects of the Original ProStretch—including the rocker bottom and offset of the heel and toe plates—and improves on this design with a next-generation product fully customizable to meet higher levels of performance expectations.
“While the Original ProStretch and StepStretch were good products for their time, they were really one-size-fits-all,” states Craig DiGiovanni, VP Sales, Medi-Dyne. “With the new ProStretch Plus we’ve incorporated input from medical professionals and athletes from around the world to develop a fully customizable stretching tool that delivers superior results to a significantly larger group of users.”
Features designed into the ProStrech Plus include a Rocker Bottom intended to automatically hold the foot in the optimal position, thereby providing a biomechanically accurate and efficient stretch that works the lower leg muscles effectively. The device also has an adjustable heel rest so the patient can increase or decrease the degree of stretch. This feature enables the user to “progress the stretch” as he or she becomes stronger and more flexible.
ProStrech Plus includes a removable lift to maximize toe and Plantar fascia stretch, said to be ideal for engaging the entire interconnective chain of the lower leg. The device also has a larger, continuous platform that provides increased comfort and stability. It fits up to a size 14 shoe.
Strength and lightness have been engineered into the ProStretch Plus so it is extremely portable and can help increase patient/athlete compliance with prescribed routines. A detailed, illustrated stretching guide is included that depicts targeted Gastroc, Achilles tendon, Plantar fascia and toe stretches.
Article can also be seen in Rehab Management, the interdisciplinary journal of rehabilitation.
[Source: Medi-Dyne Healthcare Products]
Posted on September 6th, 2011
After reading an interesting article by Gina Kolata, “As Sports Medicine Surges, Hope and Hype Outpace Proven Treatments”, we thought it was important to release this information on proven solutions for heel pain.
Study Shows Heel Cups and Stretching Combined Provide The Most Effective Heel Pain and Plantar Fasciitis Relief
A two-year study done by the American Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society (AOFAS) found that the combination of off-the-shelf shoe inserts and targeted stretching exercises provides the most significant relief from heel pain.
During the two-year study which involved 15 orthopaedic foot and ankle centers across the United States, researchers looked at the effectiveness of stretching exercises and orthotic devices such as Tuli’s Heel Cups in the treatment of heel pain to determine the level of effectiveness.
Results showed that 88% of those who used the Tuli’s Heel Cups and did tendon and plantar fascia stretching exercises improved.
“The study proves what our customers have been telling us for years,” says Craig DiGiovanni of Medi-Dyne Healthcare Products. “While our Tuli’s Heel Cups are proven to provide immediate pain relief it is clear that sufferers using the ProStretch Plus in combination with Tuli’s not only experienced immediate pain relief but more importantly, they were able to cure their heel pain over time. The ProStretch Plus made it simple by providing them with exercises that they could easily do at home without the expense of a doctor or physical therapist. ProStretch Plus and Tuli’s Heel Cups combined delivers the one-two punch that knocks the pain out for good.”
Heel pain affects over two million Americans annually and is the most common foot problem seen in medical practice. Most heel pain is a result of plantar fasciitis. The plantar fascia is the flat band of ligament that connects your heel bone to your toes. Its job is to provide arch support and shock absorption. In a normal step, the plantar fascia ligament stretches as the foot hits the ground but abnormal steps or repetitive pressure on the heel can cause the ligament to stretch irregularly leading to serious pain. The pain can be dull, aching or sharp. The symptoms of plantar fasciitis are typically resolved more quickly when treatment is started at the first sign of pain.
Untreated plantar fasciitis may become a chronic condition, significantly impacting a person’s level of activity or even creating a greater “domino effect”. Heel pain can quickly become knee, hip or back problems due to the changes in the way that you walk to avoid your heel pain.
“The study clearly demonstrates that a stretching program plus an off-the-shelf insert is the best and most cost-effective treatment for the first onset of heel pain,” said Glenn Pfeffer, M.D., San Francisco, Chairman of the AOFAS Heel Pain Study Group. “These findings will allow patients and the health care system to save hundreds of millions of dollars each year…”
Order your proven heel pain solution here today: www.medi-dyne.com/estore
Posted on August 11th, 2011
Suffering from Heel Pain? Heel pain is one of the most common complaints relating to the foot. Millions of people receive treatment for heel pain each year. In fact, many people live with it for a year or more before finding a solution. If you’re suffering from heel pain use this 2-step process to find immediate relief and long-term healing of your pain.
What causes Heel Pain? The muscles, tendons, ligaments, and joints in your body act as links in an interconnective chain. These links work together to allow you to accomplish basic motions like sitting, walking, and running. If any one of these links is injured or not functioning properly the entire chain suffers. For millions of people each year the first breakdown that they realize in their lower leg “chain”, manifests itself as heel pain. When this happens, trauma often occurs in the plantar fascia (arch) and the pain is felt in the base of the heel. This heel pain is a condition known as Plantar Fasciitis.
Plantar Fasciitis usually develops gradually, but it may feel as though it has happened suddenly. Symptoms can be described as an incredible pain in your heel when you take your first steps in the morning or after getting up from being seated for a while. Or you may feel a sharp, stabbing heel pain, one that subsides after walking around for a while.
What is Plantar Fasciitis? Your plantar fascia is a thick band of tissue which runs across the bottom of your foot connecting your heel bone to your toes. Normally, your plantar fascia acts as a shock-absorber, supporting the arch in your foot. But, if tension becomes too great, it can create small tears in the fascia causing the fascia to become irritated or inflamed. Ignoring plantar fasciitis may result in a chronic condition that hinders your regular activities. Most importantly, any weak link in the interconnective chain of your lower leg can change the way you walk potentially leading to additional foot, knee, hip or back problems.
Is there a Solution? A two-year study done by the American Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society (AOFAS) found that 88% of those who used the world’s #1 selling Tuli’s Heel Cups combined with tendon and plantar fascia stretching exercises experienced relief from their symptoms.
Why is Deep Stretching So Important? Maintaining good flexibility throughout the interconnective chain of the lower leg is the best way to heal and prevent the recurrence of plantar fasciitis. In fact, during the AOFAS study, researchers found that it was the combination of heel cups and targeted stretching exercises that provided the most significant relief from heel pain. Proper stretching and strengthening programs can correct functional risk factors such as tightness of the calves and Achilles tendon or weakness of the foot muscles, providing both immediate benefits and long-term healing. Making stretching and strengthening part of your daily routine is the best way to prevent the occurrence or recurrence of heel pain.
A Medically Proven Solution. Unlike single-product solutions, this 1-2 punch offers a multifaceted approach that provides both maximum cushioning support for immediate relief AND deep stretching for long-term healing & prevention of further injury.
Immediate Relief- The bio-mechanically designed Tuli’s heel cups provide 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. Tuli’s patented multi-cell, multi-layer “waffle” design bears down upon impact and rotates with the normal motion of the foot to absorb the shock of walking and running. And just like a spring, Tuli’s returns that energy back for maximum performance.
Long-Term Healing- The ProStretch Plus provides a deep stretch that increases flexibility along the entire interconnective chain, delivering the long-term flexibility needed for a lasting heel pain solution. The exclusive removable toe lift puts both the plantar fasciia and the toes in a state of tension that allows for a maximized stretch. The unique rocker bottom allows you to progressively deepen your stretch in a continuous motion. Far superior to using a curb or wall which requires you to stop, re-adjust your angle and lose the tension.
Order your Tuli’s Heel Cups and ProStretch Plus today to knock out heel pain.
Posted on August 8th, 2011
We’ve spent the last few blog posts talking about the interconnective chain of muscles – how they work and how one weak link can result in a domino effect of injuries. So, how do you prevent that domino effect of injuries? The best way is to not get injured in the first place. Easier said than done you might think but with 5 – 10 minutes a day, spent post-exercise or before you turn in for the night you could be well on your way to being injury free.
We’ve highlighted 5 important areas for stretching that could keep you on our feet.
The focus on calf stretching, hamstring stretches, glute stretches, core strengthening, hip flexibility, and groin stretches. For video demonstration of exercises check out: http://www.YouTube.com/MediDyne
1. Calves- Your calves are the muscles that help you to plant your foot and propel you forward. Tight calves are often the root of many lower leg and foot injuries. For optimal calf stretches, focus on relaxing and lengthening your stretch. Also be sure to stretch both the inner and outer calf, as well as the muscles supporting your Achilles tendon. video
2. Hamstrings– Your hamstrings help with hip extension and knee flexing during running. Hamstring injuries are tied to excessive stiffness reflecting a lack of flexibility, and are most likely to occur when you are increasing your speed or workload. Stretches for your hamstring are best accomplished sitting or lying down so that your muscles can fully relax. video
3. Quads– The powerhouse of your legs: quads are comprised of four different muscles that form the strongest muscle group in your body. They are connected to your knee and help extend the leg, so when you use your legs you use your quads. Muscle tears and knee injuries are often a direct result of having tight quads. When stretching your quads, try multiple stretches at different levels so that you are reaching all four muscles. video
4. Glutes and Core- These areas keep your gait level and aligned, extending you forward when you run. Most people equate the term “core strength” with ab strength. But that’s not the case. The glutes are key supporters of your core stability. Tight glutes can be a main factor behind a change in how you walk or move, contributing to lower back pain or injury as far down as your knees or even your lower leg and foot. Stretch your core slowly and carefully to avoid straining your surrounding muscles. video
5. Hip Flexors and Groin– Your hip flexors help with forward leg motion and upward knee drive, while your groin muscle pulls the legs together and help with the movement of your hip. Your hip flexors also help control your hamstrings. Tight hip flexors can restrain the glutes, and cause the pelvis to tilt resulting in lower back pain. Although the hip flexors may seem hard to reach use an extended lunge or butterfly stretch for a good warm up. You should not feel any pain when stretching your groin, just a gentle pull. video
For more video demonstrations of stretching exercises for these 5 key areas check out http://www.YouTube.com/MediDyne
For more information on products that help with muscle stretches, muscle strengthening or injury rehab check out: http://www.medi-dyne.com/pain-solution-center.html
Posted on July 29th, 2011
Chain Reaction Injuries – They’re Not What You Think They Are
You’ve probably heard it all your life…the toe bone connected to the foot bone, and the foot bone connected to the ankle bone, and the ankle bone connected to the leg bone… So it’s really no great leap of faith to think of your ligaments, muscles, bones, and tendons as an interconnected chain that work together to ensure your ability to stand, sit, walk or run.
So why is it that we so often try to treat the symptoms of our pain rather than look at the chain as a whole?
Case in point: We recently read an article about TCU athlete Clint Renfro. This young man is an outstanding athlete. But Renfro’s first years at TCU were plagued by one minor injury after another. Note the word “minor”. No one injury, in and of itself, seemed to be enough to force him to the sidelines. Yet that’s where he remained – on the sideline or more appropriately, with the athletic trainers.
Although he initially suffered from hamstring pulls and lower back pain. Then he began to experience increasing foot pain (which was later diagnosed as Achilles tendonitis). When we think back to the interconnective chain we really shouldn’t be surprised by this domino effect.
When one of the links in your body’s interconnective chain is broken (pulled, sprained, inflamed) other areas in your body suffer. In an attempt to maintain your performance levels, other parts of your body compensate for the ‘kink or break’ in your chain. What may have started out as a simple muscle imbalance or slight injury can ultimately lead to increased injury, pain, and potentially a significant breakdown of your body’s interconnective chain.
A breakdown within your interconnective chain can cause you to alter your focus. Instead of solving the actual problem, you are drawn towards the area surrounding it; those muscles forced to bear the burden of compensating for the weakness of the real problem.
Whether you are a weekend warrior, a competitive athlete, athletic trainer, physical therapist or just someone who’d like to live without pain, we challenge you to do a true evaluation of muscle strength and compensation. Look for the real problem. See which muscles are compensating for others. Realize that next time you suffer an injury the breakdown in your chain is not always what it seems, start from the bottom (your feet) and move towards finding a solution that ensures long-term healing.
So, what happened to Renfro? When his injuries continued and his healing did not, Renfro sought the specialists. After dozens of consultations and increasing personal frustration, Renfro was finally diagnosed with the real problem. A previously undetected dislocation in his right foot was determined to be the spark that lit the fuse leading to four years of fire to Renfro’s health. Renfro suffered a simple ankle sprain, but the damage caused a chain reaction that manifested into years of injury and frustration.
You can read more on Renfro at the link below (originally printed in the Fort Worth Star-Telegram): http://texasjournalofchiropractic.eznuz.com/printFriendly.cfm?articleID=23079