Tag: foot pain

Hallux rigidus, foot pain, and the rest of your body. What you need to know to relieve this frustrating problem.

Hallux rigidus, foot pain, and the rest of your body. What you need to know to relieve this frustrating problem. If you have back pain, knee pain, and foot pain, you may have been told you have hallux rigidus which is a form of degenerative arthritis. Wikipedia offers a classical definition of  degenerative arthritis and stiffness due to bone spurs that affect the MTP joint at the base of the hallux (big toe). The typical approach to care includes prescription foot orthotics, shoe modifications (such as a pad under the joint, and/or a deeper toebox[4]to take the pressure off the toe and/or facilitate walking), specialized footwear Read More »

Balance and gait; recognizing these warning signs can prevent your next fall.

Balance and gait; recognizing these warning signs can prevent your next fall. Poor balance abilities, being clumsy, falling, and tripping over things is a common experience for many people.  If you are younger, a fall may hurt but it is not likely to cause a major injury. On the other hand, older folks can break a wrist, arm, shoulder, or hip.  These types of injuries can result in a permanent loss of function. A need for a surgical repair requiring risky anesthesia in the elderly can be devastating. If you have poor balance when you are young, it is likely Read More »

How to recover from common football injuries faster while improving on the field performance.

How to recover from common football injuries faster while improving on the field performance. It is the middle of the football season. Recurring injuries may not only be preventable but may be symptoms of a problem you may not fully understand.  Pain in the ankle, knees, and hips that occur from running rather than hitting may be signs of a larger mechanical problem that involves how you move and how your body deals with the stresses of impact. Pain in the neck, shoulder, wrist or elbow may be caused by an area of the body other than where you hurt. Read More »

Got Plantar Fasciitis?; here is some helpful advice.

Got Plantar Fasciitis?; here is some helpful advice. Plantar fasciitis is a problem that plagues many runners and non runners alike.   Do conventional approaches work?   They may help relieve, however some of the well worn approaches are questionable. Most people with the condition may visit a podiatrist since they specialize in feet.  The truth is that the feet are the point of impact but may not be the reason they hurt. You may have had an injection, or had foot orthotics recommended or had been told to get a device that will stretch your calf at night.   Sometimes, these approaches Read More »

Foot orthotics, movement training or both; What works, what doesn’t, and how to choose the right approach for you?

Foot orthotics, movement training, or both; What works, what doesn’t, and how to choose the right approach for you? A recent Medscape article which is written for healthcare providers asks the question “Do foot orthotics for foot injuries really work”? Foot orthotics are a brace that helps keep the foot in a mechanically neutral position to redistribute the forces from the ground up.   While the opinions on what they do or how they work vary, the purpose of a foot orthotic is quite simple; to level out the hips and improve the effectiveness of the way we move. The baby Read More »