Stress fractures of the lower leg typically occur due to overuse. The repeated pounding of your feet on hard surfaces can cause the shin bone, ankles, or feet to develop small cracks (fractures), causing pain and discomfort to the lower leg. Any activity that requires lots of running and strain on the foot may result in lower leg stress fractures, such as gymnastics or track and field. However, lower leg stress fractures may also affect people who have weaker bones.
Lower leg stress fractures are often misdiagnosed as shin splints. If you’re experiencing lower leg pain, check with your doctor to determine the cause of your discomfort. Here are some ways your physician may treat lower leg stress fractures.
Rest. Typically your leg will need 6 to 8 weeks to heal, during which you should avoid high impact activities. Swimming or biking may be good alternatives to your normal workout.
Wear a lower leg brace. Protective footwear such as the Aircast Leg Brace can help prevent re-injury to your leg. They guard the outside of the injured area while providing enough support to allow you to move around with minimal pain. We like the Aircast Leg Brace because it stabilizes the lower leg to prevent your bones from shifting around while they heal. Plus you can wear the Aircast Leg Brace with your regular shoes.
Eat healthy foods. Maintain a vitamin-rich diet during and after your injury to help strengthen your bones and to prevent future stress fractures.
Strength training. After your leg has completely healed, your doctor may recommend physical therapy to develop your strength back. Stronger muscles may also help prevent future lower leg stress fractures and in some cases it can decrease the loss of bone density.
As always, consult your doctor for the appropriate treatment for your situation.
The Aircast A60 Ankle Brace is specifically designed to help prevent rollover injuries. It has stabilizers that protect your ankle on both sides. Ankle brace experts have determined that placing these stabilizers at a 60 degree angle is ideal in helping reduce the chances of ankle sprains.
Watch this video to learn more about how the Aircast A60 can help reduce your chances of rollover injuries during sports and other activities:
A few days ago we posted about chronic ankle instability. When someone has chronic ankle instability, it means that he or she is constantly at risk for re-injuring their ankle. Certain sports make you more prone to ankle sprains and injuries, which is why wearing an ankle brace is important. The Aircast Airsport is recommended to help prevent ankle sprains during sports. Watch the video below to see how this brace protects your ankle and how easy this ankle brace is to use.
Learn more about how the Aircast Airsport guards against rollovers and ankle injuries.
A few days ago we posted about ways to treat plantar fasciitis. One form of treatment that was mentioned was to wear an ankle brace during the day to support your foot as you walk around. Another method was to wear a plantar fasciitis night splint at night, which stretches the plantar fascia to avoid the extreme pain that often plagues plantar fasciitis patients in the morning.
One product we offer at BetterBraces is a plantar fasciitis kit that comes with both the Aircast Airheel ankle brace and the Aircast Dorsal Night Splint. Check out the video below to learn more about round-the-clock plantar fasciitis relief.
When Antonio Gates of the San Diego Chargers tore his plantar fascia last year, sports enthusiasts questioned whether his career had reached its peak. Even after the tear healed, he was plagued by reoccurring plantar fasciitis all through the 2010-2011 season and through the start of this year.
It’s clear that Antonio Gates is coming out of his shell again, despite the Chargers’ 45-38 loss against the Packers. He received 8 passes for 96 yards and scored a touchdown in Sunday’s game. There was no indication that he was letting his plantar fasciitis bother him at all.
If you suffer from plantar fasciitis, here are some things you can do to help treat and minimize the pain:
Rest and ice the area and stop performing the activities that cause pain.
Use anti-inflammatory medications such as ibuprofen and aspirin to reduce pain and swelling.
Wear a foot brace during the day, such as the Aircast Airheel which supports the bottom of the foot and enhances circulation.
Wear a plantar fasciitis night splint during the night, which helps stretch the plantar fascia while you sleep and reduces pain in the morning. (Note, you can also get a plantar fasciitis kit which contains both the Airheel and Aircast Dorsal Night Splint.)
If your doctor recommends it, go to physical therapy to strengthen and stretch the plantar fascia.
It looks like the rest and rehabilitation that Antonio Gates has been putting toward his foot is finally starting to pay off. Check with your doctor for the appropriate treatment for your condition, and don’t let plantar fasciitis hold you back from doing the activities that you enjoy!