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Plantar Fasciitis is a common injury in basketball players and other athletes

Common Symptoms of Plantar Fasciitis

If you are a basketball player or an athlete, and you happen to experience sharp pain in your heel, especially after prolonged running over a hard surface, or after a strenuous weight-lifting session, it is best advised that you do not ignore the pain, as it is very often the most primary and common symptom of Plantar Fasciitis, a rupturing, inflammation or scarring of the plantar fascia. For those who are not familiar with this terminology, the plantar fascia is the thick connective tissue or ligament, which supports the arch of the foot and acts as a tie-rod that enables that all the parts of your feet are well connected, and in a position to bear your body weight during walking, running or any other physical activity which props you up on your feet. Apart from sharp heel pain, other symptoms of plantar fasciitis include swelling at the base of the foot, development of a tender spot between the arch and the heel, or a feeling that the arch of your foot is collapsing at any given point of time.

How to Treat Plantar Fasciitis?

Apart from the conservative treatments such as use of ice-packs, anti-inflammatory gels and stretching exercises, physiotherapy and wearing of anklets and foot-insoles, there are a number of new treatment methods, that harness the power of latest technology to provide an effective cure to the problem of plantar fasciitis. These include the non-invasive treatment carried out by medical experts, with the use of amniotic allograft that helps in quick and effective reconstruction of the connective tissue. Research has shown that especially for those cases wherein the damage to the plantar fascia is beyond repair through a wide range of conservative treatments, this amniotic allograft-based surgery is found to display very remarkable progress. The key principle that is taken into account for this treatment is the regenerative principle of the human body, which is primarily carried out by amniotic cells in this case.

Renowned Personalities who have experienced Plantar Fasciitis

As mentioned earlier, the occurrence of Plantar Fasciitis is most common amongst athletes and basketball players in particular. The occurrence of Plantar Fasciitis because of a basketball injury is supposedly the most widespread cause of this foot ailment, and it is none other than the President of the United States, Barrack Obama, who has been affected by the rupturing of the plantar fascia, owing to the fact that he is extremely fond of basketball, and regularly plays the game. Apart from the president, a number of NBA players such as Al Jefferson, Pau Gassol, Ron Attest, Tony Parker, Joe Johnson, and many more are known to have suffered from this condition, at some point of time in their basketball career so far. Read More...

Shin splints in athletes

What are shin splints?

Shin splints is a common term that describes a series of painful conditions of the lower leg. There are many reasons why people get shin splints, but they are usually related to excessive excersise. People who are likely to have shin splints are athletes and runners. 

What is important to bear in mind in this case is that shin splints can be caused by many different factors, and in many cases they are not the root of the problem but a manifestation of something else. Relieving the pain does not necesarily mean to solve the real issue, and even if the problem is the shin itself, some methods are not useful in all situations. The real cause of the pain has to be identified by a professional, and even for them this syndrome is sometimes difficult to figure out. There are some tricks for you to explore your symptoms and get closer to an explanation of your pain, altough you should always see a specialized doctor. Untreated shin splints could lead to stress fracture of the tibia or shinbone, the main bone of the lower leg.


Orthotics and Their Use in Sports Injury

Are you engaged in any sport? Maybe you run a few times a week in order to keep fit or because it helps you clear your mind. Maybe you take the running a little bit more seriously and have joined the athletic team in your area or college and need to stay in top shape. Or maybe you are among the scores of people who enjoy recreational sports just for the fun of it. Regardless of the sport you are engaged in, foot pain can significantly interfere with your performance. Worse still, those activities you love so much may become a dreadful experience.

There are scores of people who suffer from foot injuries, mainly because of stretching the muscles too much through overuse. Many people know that they can use orthotics to help fix those injuries and keep the feet comfortable during the exercise. Read More...


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