All About Shoulder Bursitis

A few weeks ago we shared about bursitis and how these structures help reduce friction between tissues in your body. When a bursa becomes inflamed, it is known as bursitis. Bursitis can happen in many areas of the body, including knee bursitis and Achilles bursitis (in the heel). Dr. Kevin McIntyre of Burlington Sports Therapy helps explain shoulder bursitis and how to treat it. Here’s an excerpt:

Many patients come to our clinic believing they have shoulder bursitis. Shoulder bursitis is a condition in which the bursa of the shoulder gets inflamed and generates pain. What is a bursa you ask? Let’s start from the beginning…

Bursa and Bursitis

Bursa are anatomical structures that are present throughout our body. A simple way to explain them is that they are “spacers” to separate different tissues in our body to prevent friction…think of a balloon filled with pudding.  Under normal circumstances we don’t even know we have them. They are present in our shoulders, knees, hips (and other major joints) and they usually don’t cause any symptoms or signs of dysfunction. When provoked, these structures can become inflamed. When this happens they swell with fluid and create the painful condition called “bursitis”.

Check out the full article and learn more about shoulder bursitis.

What is Bursitis?

Before we discuss bursitis, we must understand what bursae are. There are 160 bursae in the human body. A bursa is an enclosed sac that is filled with fluid. These structures help reduce friction between tissues in your body, such as in the knees, shoulders, elbows, hips, and ankles. Some of the more common forms of this condition are knee bursitis and Achilles bursitis (bursitis in the heel).

When a bursa becomes inflamed, this is known as bursitis. This can happen from an injury to the area, overuse, infection, or from a sudden increase in activity level. The patient will feel pain and tenderness in the area, and in some cases there may be swelling. There is usually no loss in range of motion.

Treatment for bursitis begins with your doctor. Treatment often focuses on reducing inflammation by resting the area and applying cold compresses. In some cases, the fluid in the bursa may need to be removed. If there is infection present, treatment may need to be further evaluated and more aggressive.

Aircast Airsport Helps Prevent Ankle Sprains During Sports

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.

Ankle Sprains and Chronic Ankle Instability

Have you ever injured your ankle and noticed that it’s much easier to re-injure it again? This is known as chronic ankle instability. It’s usually caused by an ankle sprain that hasn’t healed properly. It means that the ligaments in your ankle may be over-stretched, leading to an ankle that constantly gives out. It can be especially unstable when walking or running on uneven surfaces.

Certain sports may make you more susceptible to chronic ankle instability, such as soccer, football, basketball, ballet and gymnastics. These activities require sharp turns and putting pressure on your feet, which makes you more likely to hurt your ankle. If you suffer an ankle sprain, make sure to consult your doctor to ensure that it heals properly. This ultimate guide to ankle sprains infographic will teach you more about ankle sprains and how to treat them. Treatment depends on the severity of the ankle sprain and its location on your foot. When you return to sports and physical activity, make sure to pace yourself. Strengthen up your muscles and warm up before you go full speed. Remember, proper treatment may help prevent re-injury and issues such as chronic ankle instability.

Aircast Round-the-Clock Relief for Plantar Fasciitis

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.

Learn more about the plantar fasciitis kit.