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More Plantar Facts:


The plantar fascia supports the arch of the foot in carrying the weight of the body.


Approximately 90% of women and 40% of men with plantar fasciitis are overweight.


It frequently affects athletes, people who are on their feet all day and those over 40 years of age.


Among professional athletes, plantar fasciitis is one of the 5 most common foot and ankle injuries.


If left untreated the condition could become chronic and can lead to a host of other issues.


Most sufferers are able to overcome the pain with non-invasive therapy.


Night splints prevent contraction and stretch your plantar fascia while you sleep to help with pain.


Treatment includes avoiding the activity, icing the inflammation, gently stretching and warming the area.


Ultrasound can speed plantar fasciitis recovery significantly.

 

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Dear Paul, I wanted to e-mail you and let you know how things are going. In your last e-mail to me you made a very profound statement that I had never heard before. I have been to several doctors over the past 10 years and not any one of them ever told me that snapping hip syndrome was a manifestation of short leg syndrome. I truly think that many of my problems are layers that have had to have been slowly peeled away to find out what the problem is that is causing each and every one of them. I thought about the statement that you made and I applied it. Several years back I had a chiropractor tell me that I had short leg syndrome and that I had fallen arches in my right foot and leg. He ordered me an orthotic and a lift to make up the difference. My foot hurt all the time and my right hip hurt all the time and so I stoppd wearing them. A few years later I discovered that I had a bad right ovary. Once I had a doctor that agreed that it was bad and removed it and all that pain went away I was left with my right foot hurting. I found arch supports that made that better but then I had the bursitus and snapping hip syndrome symptoms. No Doctor knew what to do for me and basically tried to give me pain medication to cover it up. I don't want to cover anything up. I want to find the root of the problem and treat it. So, I got to thinking about your statement. (I know it seems like I am going around this same tree, but I will get there) My thought was that because of the pain I was suffering from my ovary, maybe with that all gone I should try the lifts again and see what happens. I am telling you...that one little statement you made took care of my bursitis and my snapping hip syndrome. I am no longer suffering from any of that. I am sleeping well at night. Thank you for your statement. You just don't know how much that has meant to me. You don't know me, you have never met me but you literally saved the quality of my life. It took me a few days after I read your e-mail to put two and two together so to speak but it was worth trying again. Thank you so much.

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Vickie Wilkins


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Strained Tendon

A strained tendon is a common and painful injury. Tendon strains are very common to runners and cyclists, as well as football, tennis and other athletes. However, many people will experience a strain to the tendon at some point in their lives.

Runners are common sufferers of strained tendons.

If you have a strained tendon, it is very important to make sure it heals properly to decrease the chance of re-injuring the tendon. Re-injury of a strained or stressed tendon occurs more easily than the initial injury and there is usually more inflammation around a re-injured tendon than there was during the first injury. A strain left untreated can easily become a chronic problem that disrupts your participation in activities that you enjoy, something we often take for granted.

Grades of Tendon Strains

A tendon or muscle can be strained to varying degrees depending on the force that caused the strain and the strength of the tendon or muscle tissue. There are 3 difference grades of tendon strains and the grade is determined by the severity of the tissue damage.

Grade 1 - Mild Strain

A grade 1 strain is the least serious of tendon strains. With a grade 1 strain there is some stretching or minor tearing of the tendon tissue. These injuries usually heal quickly if treated properly with cold compression and ultrasound. Once the stretching and tearing has healed, it is important to improve the health of the tendon and restore the elasticity to the tendon with Blood Flow Stimulation Therapy (BFST®) to reduce the risk of restraining it again.

Grade 2 - Moderate Strain

A grade 2 strain occurs when a tendon or muscle is partially torn but still intact. If you have a grade 2 strain, strength in the tendon and muscles is noticeably reduced. Approximately 75% of grade 2 tears occur in sports that involve sprinting or repetitive jumping. This grade of strain can also be effectively treated with cold compression, ultrasound therapy and BFST®. It is also recommended that you allow your injury to rest and possibly wear a brace to allow the tendon tear to heal.

Grade 3 - Rupture or Severe Strain

When the tendon is completely torn (ruptured) it is considered a grade 3 tear. Stability is greatly reduced and pain is evident. Treatment of a complete tendon tear generally requires surgery to rejoin the tendon to the bone or back together at the point of the tear. Cold compression, ultrasound therapy and BFST® can be used prior to surgery to minimize tissue damage, resulting in a less invasive surgery.

Success

In addition, using these therapies following surgery will help to repair and strengthen the tendon faster and more completely. With these therapies you will have less scar tissue formation on your tendon leaving it more elastic and less painful than if it was left to heal on its own.

Symptoms

If you have suffered a tendon strain you may be experiencing the following symptoms:

  • Pain in your tendon when you flex or extend.
  • Muscle spasm in the adjoining muscles.
  • Pain and tenderness may occur when the tendon is examined by touch (palpated).
  • Swelling
  • Noticeable loss of strength in a grade 2 or 3 tendon strain.

Causes

A strain in the tendon is caused by excessive twisting and turning, a sudden traumatic injury, improper training or overuse during a prolonged period of time.

Whether you are a runner/athlete, painting on a ladder, or walking on ice, an unfortunate twist and awkward fall can cause you to strain a tendon if it is twisted abnormally. As well, using your body when it is not warmed up properly (i.e. sprinting or overstretching it before the fibres are warm) can also lead to an acute tendon strain. Repetitive overuse of your muscles and tendons can cause a strain overtime.

Tendon Strain Treatments

The trick with any tendon strain is getting it to heal with minimal scar tissue formation and with as much realignment of the tendon fibres as possible - something ultrasound therapy is great at! Even with optimum healing, there is always less elasticity in a previously injured tendon. This will cause the tendon to hurt during exercise and most everyday activities. However, if you heal your injured tendon efficiently and quickly, your chance of re-injury later on is much lower.

Allowing your injured tendon and adjacent muscle to rest is always recommended following injury. Avoid all activities that may have caused the injury or irritation and begin cold compression treatments as soon as possible. There are healing tools that can help treat your tendon and speed up the healing process so you can get back to a life without pain and risk of further injury.

Success

If you have been diagnosed with a strained tendon, it is recommended that you rest the injured body part from any aggravating factors, especially the task(s) that caused the condition. Your physician may also recommend painkillers/anti-inflammatories, physiotherapy, cold compression therapy, ultrasound therapy, or Blood Flow Stimulation Therapy (BFST®).

We recommend that you consult your doctor and/or physiotherapist before using any of our outstanding products, to make sure they're right for you and your condition.

 
 

Plantar Fasciitis Facts:

Plantar Fasciitis is the inflammation of the ligament that runs along the arch of the foot.


This condition affects over 2 million Americans.


Sufferers experience an intense stabbing pain in the heel.


Heel spurs can be caused by plantar fasciitis.


50% of people with plantar fasciitis have heel spurs.


The pain is most severe in the morning after the tissue has contracted during sleep.

 

pain relief and injury treatment with ultrasound therapy

An effective treatment

Relieve the pain of plantar fasciitis with a cold compress

Advanced Therapy for torn achilles, ruptured achilles, sprained ankle or other ankle injury

Ankle sprain treatment and pulled achilles treatment without surgery

This universal leg wrap can increase healing rate of a shin, calf, groin, thigh, or hamstring

Freezie Leg wrap for cold compression of the shin, calf, groin, thigh, or hamstring

Blood Flow Stimulation Therapy with an Inferno Back wrap for the ultimate in sore back healing

Freeze Wrap Back - reduce back pain and swelling in sore, strained or overused muscles, especially in the lower back and trapezius muscles

Contact one of our Mendmeshop Customer Service Advisors for any questions help with ordering and recommended treatment directions