The Achilles tendon is the largest and strongest tendon in the body. This tendon is a strong band made of fibrous tissue that connects the calf muscles to the heel bone (calcaneus). The Gastrocnemius and Soleus muscles (calf muscles) unite into one band of tissue, which becomes the Achilles tendon at the low end of the calf.
Which came first for Margie, the Plantar Fasciitis or Morton’s Neuroma? Plantar fasciitis is a disorder resulting in pain in the heel and bottom surface of the foot. Plantar fasciitis is one of the most common causes of heel pain. Mortons Neuroma is a painful condition that affects one or both feet. People say that they feel as though they are standing on a rock caught in their shoe,
Once your case of Plantar Fasciitis has been established and you begin therapy at Elite you will be designated a home exercise program or HEP. An HEP consists of many of the exercises that you are performing in the PT clinic and will be designed to stretch the muscles in the lower leg and along the bottom of the foot.
Upon your initial visit to Elite Physical Therapy, for Plantar Fasciitis, you will be evaluated by one of our skilled Physical Therapists. During your initial evaluation your therapist will ask a series of questions specific to your symptoms in order to determine the proper route of treatment regarding your foot pain. Once it is determined that you have plantar fasciitis you will be given a specific set of exercises and stretches to decrease pain and inflammation and to balance the strength around the supportive structures of the foot.
Plantar Fasciitis- technical
Plantar fasciitis is characterized by stabbing pain and inflammation in the heel upon first standing in the morning. Plantar fasciitis is one of the most common causes of heel pain and it is estimated that approximately 10 % of the population will experience plantar fascia pain at some point during their life.
Turf toe is an injury to the base of the big toe. This is commonly caused by a forceful impact with the ground causing the toe to hyper-extend. The common name of turf toe came from the high occurrence of this injury on older artificial turf surfaces. This injury is commonly seen in football,
Upon your arrival to your first physical therapy appointment, you will undergo an examination to determine the severity of your injury as well as to identify any lower leg functional weaknesses or loss of range of motion. Most turf toe injuries do not require surgery and are treated with physical therapy. The treatment depends on the severity of the injury.
Turf toe sounds harmless right? What’s the big deal? But for many professional athletes, turf toe has been a career ender. Remember PrimeTime Deion Sanders? Maybe the greatest cornerback to have ever played football. It was 1998 and the Dallas Cowboys were dominant in the first half of the season, especially Deion Sanders.
The RICE method is the best treatment to follow at home.
- Rest – Avoid activities that increase toe pain and try to stay off of it as much as possible. You may use crutches if pain is too bad with walking.
- Ice- Apply ice around the affected area as often as possible.