Love your Feet.

Love your Feet.

This Valentine’s Day “Love your feet”. They contain 25 percent of the bones in your body and 100,000 to 200,000 nerve endings for sensation, tactile feedback, and movement.

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Tips for Icing your Foot or Lower Leg at Work

ImageIf you have an ankle or foot injury most likely your physician has you icing a few times a day.

Here are some tips to help you be compliant with your icing instructions.

  • Keep Ice Gel packs available at home and at work. The more ice gel packs you have available, the more likely you’ll be to ice.
  • Ice as instructed by your doctor. However, do not ice more than 10 or 15 minutes in order to prevent frostbite or ice burns.
  • You can mix your own ice packs. All you need is heavy-duty ziplock bags, rubbing alcohol and water. Mix a ratio of one cup of water per one cup or rubbing alcohol in a ziplock bag. When it freezes it makes a slushy. For added points add some blue food coloring to make your very own ice gel packs.
  • You can use rubber-bands or a strap to secure the gel pack to your foot or leg while you ice, freeing you from holding the ice pack to your leg or foot and continue working.

Make sure to follow all of your doctor’s orders. Icing is very important it slows inflammation and swelling, and since it numbs the area it helps with temporary relief of pain. It “acts to slow down metabolism at the injury site, so your body can begin healing itself more quickly. Ice also acts as an analgesic to slow down and block pain impulses.”

ExtraCorporeal Shock Wave Therapy for Plantar Fasciitis

Plantar fasciitis is a painful condition affecting the bottom of the foot. It is a common cause of heel pain and is sometimes called a heel spur. Plantar fasciitis is the correct term to use when there is active inflammation.

Plantar fasciosis is more accurate when there is no inflammation but chronic degeneration instead. Acute plantar fasciitis is defined as inflammation of the origin of the plantar fascia and fascial structures around the area. Plantar fasciitis or fasciosis is usually just on one side. In about 30 per cent of all cases, both feet are affected.

The natural history of this condition is that left alone (untreated), it will eventually go away on its own. Another term for this kind of response is to say that plantar fasciitis is usually self-limiting. That’s why many studies using a placebo (pretend treatment) get good results no matter how it’s treated.

But sometimes, the problem lasts a long time. When it doesn’t go away, doctors say it’s recalcitrant, which means it’s chronic. The painful symptoms limit movement and function, which can reduce quality of life. Finding a way to treat patients with chronic plantar fasciitis is important.

In this study, the use of radial extracorporeal shock wave therapy (rESWT) was compared with a placebo treatment in patients with recalcitrant plantar fasciitis. Shock wave therapy is a newer form of nonsurgical treatment. It uses a machine to generate shock wave pulses to the sore area. Radial shock waves apply the energy at a specific point of tenderness and then the force of the vibration spreads out over a larger area. The pattern of vibrational energy released looks like the shape of a megaphone.

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