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Treating Plantar Fasciitis with a Night Splint

Treating Plantar Fasciitis with a Night Splint

The plantar fascia is a ligament full of fibers that runs along the bottom of the foot from the heel to the toes. When the tears are located at the end of the ligament attached to the calcaneous, or heel bone, what you feel is plantar fasciitis or heel pain—a burning, aching or sticking sensation.Read More…

Antibiotics and Achilles Tendon Tears

In our recent YouTube video, we discussed how the antibiotic class of Fluoroquinolones can cause tendon tears in several areas of the body, especially the Achilles tendon. There are several types of Fluoroquinolones, including: ciprofloxacin (Cipro), levofloxacin (Levaquin), moxifloxacin (Avelox), ofloxacin (Floxin), and gemifloxacin (Factive). This class of antibiotics have often been used in theRead More…

Tips to prevent shin splints

Among the most common injuries suffered by a new runner is shin splints. It is the pain that is felt on the outer front or on the back inside of lower part of your legs. Shin splints are caused due to tight muscles of the calves and weaker shin muscles. Moreover a bio-mechanical defect andRead More…

Walking on a Brand New Ankle

Walking on a Brand New Ankle

While knee and hip replacements have become more common, orthopedists are now performing an increasing number of ankle replacements as well. Total ankle arthroplasty (TAA) treats ankle arthritis that may result from the normal wear and tear of aging, or from an injury such as a dislocation or a broken ankle—arthritis that can eventually leadRead More…

Healing and Strengthening Your Ankle After a Sprain

Healing and Strengthening Your Ankle After a Sprain

Ankle sprain, one of the most common injuries, affects about 25,000 people every day. An ankle sprain is an injury to one of the ligaments in your ankle. A sudden twisting motion can cause these tough bands of tissue to stretch too far or snap entirely. Wearing high heels, playing sports that require swift changesRead More…

TENS Ways to Alleviate Pain

TENS Ways to Alleviate Pain

One approach used in a rehabilitation program, transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) uses an electric current to stimulate muscles to contract. Electrical impulses are thought to interrupt messages sent by pain receptors from the nerves to the brain. If the brain does not receive these messages, it does not recognize pain, and you do notRead More…

Brace Yourself for More Ankle Bracing Questions

Brace Yourself for More Ankle Bracing Questions

Normal 0 false false false EN-US X-NONE X-NONE MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 Ankle sprains are the most common sports-related injury, so athletes and coaches have a high degree of interest in preventing them. In addition to their prevalence, almost three-quarters of athletes with ankle sprains reinjure their ankle. Multiple recurring sprains can lead to chronic ankle instability andRead More…

Kicking the Pain of Plantar Fasciitis

Kicking the Pain of Plantar Fasciitis

Normal 0 false false false EN-US X-NONE X-NONE MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 Your foot pain has been diagnosed as plantar fasciitis, and you have been told that stretching will help relieve it. What kinds of stretches should you do?    We have a good knowledge of how to successfully treat plantar fasciitis because it is so common—about 2Read More…

Do I need manual physical therapy for my ankle sprain?

Do I need manual physical therapy for my ankle sprain?

At Apex Orthopedic Rehabilitation in Paramus, NJ I have evaluated many patients who are concerned about the recurrent ankle sprains they have suffered. Most are inversion sprains in which the ankle rolls outward and the foot turns inward, resulting in the stretching and tearing of ligaments on the outside of the ankle. Often the patient’s previous “rehabilitation” consisted of a few exercises to be done at home with little or no hands on care (i.e. massage, joint mobilizatons, stretching) from a physical therapist.

Life After Achilles Tendon Rupture

In the past, a ruptured Achilles tendon could end the career of a professional athlete and significantly impact the quality of life for others with the injury—even after treatment. Fortunately, that is no longer the case. If you suffer from this serious injury, you can most likely return to your normal life again. However, long-termRead More…

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