Can I Use Orthotics for Athletic Activities?

Custom orthotics can be designed for almost any foot condition, and wearing them is one of the first steps in conservatively treating a problem.  A heel cushion might be useful for a runner who is suffering from plantar fasciitis.  If you have corns or calluses from...

What Causes Achilles Tendinitis?

The causes of Achilles tendinitis can vary, but most are related to physical activity. Many people who suffer from Achilles tendinitis experience it due to overuse, not properly stretching or warming up before physical activity, or increasing the intensity on their...

What are Common Running Overuse Injuries?

Running can be a great thing. It can be relaxing while providing great exercise at the same time. However, running injuries can be a problem for many people. Some of the most common ways people feel pain from running include Runner’s knee (when the kneecap is out of...

What Shoes Should I Wear when I Run?

Running on a regular basis is hard work on our bodies. The foot and ankle take a beating. Arthritis, tendonitis, swelling of the tissues of the foot and ankle may occur. It is confusing as to what shoe gear to wear with all the choices that are out there.  Very...

What are the Best Health Benefits of Running?

People who run notice the health benefits in many ways. One of the best attributes of running regularly is the cardiovascular effects.  By running for thirty minutes straight or longer we breakdown fat in the body, lower blood pressure and keep muscle tone especially...

How Can I Treat Sprains and Strains from Running?

Running is healthy for you, but it comes with complications.  Because of the way you land on your heel you are at risk of ankle sprains.  Running creates instability in your foot and ankle when you land.  Ankle strains and sprains are quite common in the foot and...

Why Does My Big Toe Hurt when I Run?

If your big toe hurts when running, there are a couple of reasons this may be happening. Turf toe, or a sprain to the ligaments in the big toe, is one. If you use your toes to push off the ground when you run, but the toe sticks flat to the ground instead of rising...

What is Turf Toe?

If you have big toe pain, you may be suffering from turf toe. This is a term that refers to the sprain of ligaments near the big toe. It is usually found in people who play sports on artificial turf (hence the name), or people who use their toes to spring off, like...

What is Hallux Rigidus?

If you have a stiff big toe caused by arthritis you have what is known as hallux rigidus. This condition occurs when wear and tear to the cartilage in the toe creates a bone spur. The big toe gets a lot of use, and it needs to bend every time you take a step. If it...

If I Can Still Move my Toe, is it Broken?

One of the telltale signs of a broken toe is the inability to move the bone. However, in many cases you will still be able to move it, so it’s important not to go on that alone when self-diagnosing a broken toe. If you suffer a trauma to your foot and are now...

What is TENS Therapy?

A TENS (transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation) unit sends electrical currents to certain areas of the body for pain relief. This pain therapy can be used in a hospital or doctor’s office, but can also be used in your own home for convenience and comfort. It is...

What does RICE stand for?

You may have heard the term RICE when it comes to treating an overuse injury. RICE therapy essentially involves taking care of your body by Resting, Icing, Compressing, and Elevating an injured area. You should practice this type of therapy immediately after an injury...

How do I prevent black toenails while running?

Black toenails occur when blood pools underneath the nail bed. It’s typically a direct (and painful) result of trauma to the toe. However, it’s also common to see runners come in complaining of having black toenails. The biggest reason for this is wearing shoes that...

How do I prepare for cold weather running?

Cold weather running can really take a toll on the body if you aren’t careful. The best advice we can give you is to prepare yourself for the changes your body will go through and always listen to your body. Don’t push yourself past the limit with cold weather running...

What can I do while recovering from turf toe?

Athletes know the dangers they face out on the field or court. One of those potential threats is turf toe, a type of sprain that often affects people who play sports on artificial turf. It happens when the toe is forced into an unnatural position and extends beyond...

How long does it take to recover from turf toe?

Turf toe is one of those conditions that often affects people who play sports more than other people. You are at an even more increased risk if you play on artificial turf (for instance, a football player is in more danger than a soccer player).When it happens, your...