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When Is It Time for New Shoes?

While you may feel outside of your comfort zone without your trusty pair of shoes, hanging on to them can put you at risk for serious injury. As time passes, running shoes start losing stability as well as their impact absorption capabilities. Replacing them is the answer—but when?

Sometimes we love our old pairs of tennis shoes so much that we don’t realize we have been wearing them out for multiple years. It is generally recommended that a person replace a pair of shoes every 350 – 500 miles or every three to six months.

About Plantar Fasciitis

Plantar fasciitis is an irritation of the thick tissue, known as the plantar fascia, located on the bottom of the foot. The plantar fascia is a thick ligament that runs from the heel bone to the toes and supports the natural arch of the foot.

Whenever the foot bears weight, the plantar fascia naturally tightens, but if overstretched or overused, walking becomes very painful.

Treatment Options for Meniscus Tears

In young athletes, most injuries to the meniscus are a result of trauma. The menisci are vulnerable to injuries in which there is both compression and twisting across the knee. Meniscus tears are common in contact sports, like football, as well as in skiing and volleyball. It is also common for the meniscus to be injured in conjunction with other knee injuries, including tears of the ACL.

The Importance of Hydration

Whether you are training over a long period or playing hard in competition, hydration can keep you not only at peak performance, but it also helps you avoid serious health risks.

Dehydration in athletes can lead to fatigue, headaches, decreased coordination, and muscle cramping. Other heat-related illnesses, such as heat exhaustion and heatstroke, have even more severe consequences. It’s important for athletes to pay attention to how much water they’re drinking before, during, and after exercise.

Tennis Elbow Without the Racket

While a large percentage of tennis players suffer from tennis elbow, they only make up a small percentage of all reported cases of tennis elbow. Tennis elbow can strike anyone whose job or activity requires a repetitive motion of the wrist and forearm, including painting, plumbing, and using a hammer or screwdriver.

Dislocation or Separation?

A shoulder injury is typically associated with a sudden or traumatic event such as a sports-related injury or fall. As a result, shoulder separation or dislocation is common. However, the difference between the two begins with the location of the injury in the shoulder.

How to Get a Helping Hand for Your Pain

The repetitive use of the tendons and ligaments surrounding your wrist could result in the pinching of a nerve or inflammation around your wrist joint. These two symptoms are better known as carpal tunnel and wrist tendonitis.

Wrist tendonitis, also known as tenosynovitis, is characterized by the irritation and inflammation of the tendons surrounding the wrist joint. The wrist has tendons that cross over each other and the bone. When those tendons thicken and constrict from overuse, making movement of the tendons difficult and painful, often times the result is tendonitis.

Exercises to Prepare for Knee Replacement Surgery

Total knee replacement surgery removes damaged and painful areas of the femur and tibia, replacing them with specially designed metal and plastic parts. In order to speed up recovery time, our experts suggest preparing for this procedure by performing several strengthening exercises in the weeks leading up to your knee replacement.

Adopting a regular exercise program prior to your knee replacement can make your recovery much more manageable. Strengthening the muscles surrounding your knee will help you properly support your new joint.

Are You Ready for a Hip Replacement?

According to our joint replacement experts, you may be ready for a hip replacement if you’re experiencing the following:

  • You have hip pain that keeps you awake at night
  • The pain in your hip prevents you from participating in your favorite recreational activities
  • You have stiffness in your hip that limits your ability to move or lift your leg
  • You have attempted more conservative methods (i.e. exercise and/or drug therapy) without success

Signs you are NOT ready for a hip replacement include:

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