What is Plantar Fasciitis?

Plantar fasciitis is one of the most common causes of heel pain. This condition occurs when the plantar fascia, the ligament that connects your heel bone to your toes, becomes inflamed or torn. Plantar fasciitis can make it difficult to walk and perform everyday activities.

Plantar fasciitis can be caused by:

  • Overuse - Athletes are prone to plantar fasciitis because of the added pressure they apply to the tendon from running and jumping.
  • Arthritis - Some types of arthritis can cause inflammation to develop in the tendons, especially among the elderly.
  • Wearing Incorrect Shoes - Some shoes do not fit properly or provide inadequate support. This can cause improper weight distribution as you walk, adding stress to the plantar fascia.
  • Other Foot Conditions – Other foot conditions such as flat foot or high arches can cause the foot to be overworked or stretched abnormally, resulting in inflammation.

Wearing a foot brace for plantar fasciitis can help provide support to the arch of your foot to alleviate pain from an inflamed ligament. If you feel pain in your foot, consult your doctor for the best treatment and make sure you’re wearing good shoes!

Back Injuries in Ice Hockey

Hockey is a fast-paced, full contact sport, which makes hockey players prone to injuries. What most people may not be aware of, is that back injuries are prevalent among hockey players, even for those who play in leagues that don’t allow contact or body checking (using the body to knock an opponent with the puck against the boards or to the ice).

Hockey players are constantly bent over, looking down at the puck, aiming, and hitting it. This constant bending motion can cause aches and pains in the lower back. And of course, ice is slippery, so there is always the risk of back injury from slipping and falling. For hockey leagues that do allow contact, impact with other players can twist your back and cause injury.

Hockey braces can help prevent back injuries on the rink. Here are two back braces our brace coaches recommend for hockey:

Treatment for Achilles Tendonitis

A few days ago we posted about Achilles tendon injuries in football. One of the most common injuries in that area of the body is Achilles tendonitis, which is inflammation of the tendon. When the Achilles tendon is used frequently (such as in football and other sports), this can cause wear and tear. People with Achilles tendonitis tend to experience pain and swelling in their heel and lower calf, which can get worse with more physical activity.

Here are some ways you can help treat Achilles Tendonitis:

  • Take a break from physical activities. If possible switch from high-impact activities, such as running, to low-impact activities such as biking and swimming. Rest if you find that pain increases.
  • Ice the inflamed area. Applying cold therapy can help reduce swelling and pain.
  • Stretch the area. Consult a doctor or physical therapist for proper stretches and exercise for your Achilles tendon.

DonJoy Defiance Protects NFL Quarterback Tom Brady from Injury

New England quarterback Tom Brady has worn a DonJoy Defiance custom knee brace on his left knee since his season-ending injury in 2008. Ever since that incident, the NFL has made it a violation to tackle quarterbacks below the knee. Some even call it the “Tom Brady Rule”.

This past Sunday versus the Chargers, Brady nearly experienced the same injury as San Diego’s Antonio Garay tackled him on a low hit to his left knee. Brade escaped unscathed from the incident.

Brady spoke with WEEI sports radio and credits his knee brace for protecting him during the incident. “I’m glad I had a knee brace on. Those are scary, man, when you’ve been through those ones before. He got me in a good spot, and I’m glad the knee brace took the brunt of the force. Why I never wore a knee brace before, I have no idea. Why every quarterback doesn’t wear one on their left knee, I have no idea. It’s just so unprotected.”

Protect your knees starting today by learning more about knee braces for football.

Achilles Tendon Football Injuries

Football players are at exceptionally high risk for injuring their Achilles tendon because of the explosive acceleration and sharp changes in direction in football. Five year NFL veteran Jon Beason has never missed a game, but due to a torn Achilles tendon he’ll miss the rest of the 2011-2012 season. Before the regular season even started, more than 10 players league-wide had already suffered season-ending Achilles tendon tears.

Achilles injuries can happen to any athlete, from recreational to professional.  The Achilles tendon is located just above the heel and it helps attach the lower part of the calf to the bone in your heel. It helps your calf muscles work when running or walking, and it’s the largest and strongest tendon in the human body.

To help reduce risk of Achilles tendon tears and Achilles tendonitis, athletes are encouraged to strengthen and condition the muscles in the foot, stretch, and stay warmed up during games.  If you suffer from an Achilles tendon injury there are braces that can help stabilize the foot while you recover.