Archive for October, 2009

Why Do I Have Morning Heel Pain?

Pain under the heel at the first step in the morning is the most characteristic symptom associated with plantar fasciitis. Plantar fasciitis is the tearing, inflammation and degeneration of the plantar fascia, an important connective tissue structure in the bottom of the foot. The plantar fascia is similar in structure to a ligament and is [...]

Breakdown of the Plantar Fascia

The plantar fascia is a thick, fibrous, connective tissue band which extends along the bottom of the foot. The structural make up of the plantar fascia consists of collagen, elastin, glycosaminoglycans and water. The primary cells are fibroblasts, which synthesize collagen. The primary component of the fascia is type I collagen which adds to the [...]

Plantar Fascia Tear

Plantar fasciitis is a condition which results from microscopic tears within the plantar fascia. The plantar fascia, a ligament-type structure in the foot, is one of the most important structures in the foot due to it’s role in supporting the arch. Despite it’s strength, excess stress in combination with abnormal mechanics of the foot can [...]

Strength of The Plantar Fascia

The plantar fascia is a connective tissue band which extends from the heel bone to the ball of the foot. The plantar fascia is designed to support a tremendous amount of weight. Social Bookmarking OptionsBlinklistBloglinesBlogmarksDiggdel.icio.usFacebookFurlMa.gnoliaNewsVineRedditStumbleUponTechnorati

Plantar Fasciosis Explained

Plantar fasciosis is the degeneration (deterioration) of the plantar fascia as a result of repetitive stress. The plantar fascia is a broad, thick, fibrous band that extends from the base of the calcaneus (heel bone) to the base of the toes. The fascia is composed of a dense network of highly organized collagen fibers, which [...]

Five Part Series on Plantar Fasciitis, Plantar Fasciosis and Plantar Fascia Structure

The next five posts will detail the development of plantar fasciitis, the most common cause of heel pain, it’s progression to plantar fasciosis and how the structure of the plantar fascia corresponds to the condition. Plantar Fasciosis Explained Strength of The Plantar Fascia Plantar Fascia Tear Breakdown of the Plantar Fascia Why do I Have [...]

Lungs Blood Clots May Not Originate From the Legs

The most serious complication of a deep blood clot in the leg, is the clot breaking off, traveling to the lungs and causing a pulmonary embolism. A pulmonary embolism blocks the main artery of the lung and causes shortness of breath, chest pain, rapid breathing and in severe cases sudden death. A new study challenges [...]

Ultracet As Effective As Gabapentin for Diabetic Nerve Pain

Ultracet, a combination of tramadol and acetaminophen, has been shown to be as effective as gabapentin (Neurontin) for treating painful diabetic neuropathy. The findings from this study, which was funded by Janssen, marketers of the medication, were presented at the World Diabetes Congress in Montreal. Gabapentin is a common first line treatment for nerve pain [...]

NFL Helps Increase Awareness of Plantar Fasciitis

When Eli Manning was diagnosed with plantar fasciitis, the condition suddenly became a common, household term. Manning had an unusual, acute development of plantar fasciitis due to a combination of his foot placement during his throw and history of arch pain. Manning is not the only player with plantar fasciitis. Tank Johnson, defensive tackle for [...]

FDA approves Colcrys for Prevention of Gout Flares

Colcrys is an oral medication formulated for the treatment and prevention of gout flares. Colcrys is a form of colchicine, which has been used for centuries for the treatment of acute gout attacks. Colchicine is not prescribed often for gout attacks because of the side effects, which include cramping, nausea, diarrhea and vomiting. Social Bookmarking [...]

Medications For Depression May Cause Bone Loss

Serotonin reuptake inhibitors, such as Zoloft, Lexapro and Prozac, are commonly used to treat depression and anxiety. Serotonin is a neurotransmitter, a chemical in the brain that relays messages from one area to another. These chemicals travel between brain cells (neurons), relaying messages. As the chemical is released from one side of the brain cell, [...]

Peripheral Arterial Disease Research

Peripheral arterial disease (PAD) is a common disease, but not well understood by the general population. PAD is atherosclerosis of the peripheral vessels, the vessels in the lower extremities. Atherosclerosis is a disease characterized by the buildup of plaque on artery walls. The plaque is a composed of cholesterol, triglycerides and calcium deposits. Social Bookmarking [...]

Chili Pepper Cream Helpful For Nerve Pain

Capsaicin is an active compound found in chili peppers and a chemical irritant which produces a burning sensation. Capsaicin is used as a treatment for painful nerve conditions, arthritis and muscle aches. Capsaicin works by binding to a protein in specific nerves which transmit pain and heat sensation. Although capsaicin will cause a burning sensation, [...]

Video: Manning & Plantar Fasciitis

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Willie Parker’s Turf Toe Still A Sore Issue

Willie Parker is still suffering from turf toe, a hyperextension injury of the great toe joint, and is unsure if he’ll play against the Browns this Sunday. Turf toe is a tear of the capsule and ligaments at the base of the great toe joint. In football, a common mechanism of injury is when a [...]

Plantar Fasciitis Doesn’t Slow Eli Manning

Last week it was questionable whether Eli Manning, the quarterback for the New York Giants, would start in yesterday’s game against the Raiders. Not only did he start his 83rd straight game for the Giants, he led the Giants to an easy 44-7 victory over the Raiders. Manning took at seat on the sidelines midway [...]

Stress Fractures Keep Tom DeLay From Dancing

Tom DeLay had to drop out of the Dancing with the Stars competition due to stress fractures in both of his feet. Tom DeLay was the DeLay, Republican majority leader in the U.S. House of Representatives, known for his tough conservative approaches, initially injured his right foot and then on Monday sustained a stress fracture [...]

Eli Manning, Plantar Fasciitis & Foot Pain

Eli Manning, the quarterback for the New York Giants, has been diagnosed with an injury to his plantar fascia. Manning limped off the field early in the 4th quarter of last Sunday’s game with a painful right heel. An MRI has confirmed inflammation of his plantar fascia, a strong, web-shaped ligament-type structure in the bottom [...]

Ingrown Toenails: Treatment & Prevention

The medical term for ingrown toenail is onychocryptosis. Onychocryptosis means hidden nail condition (onycho means nail, crypt means hidden, osis means disease or condition) and describes the nail edge becoming hidden by inflamed skin. An ingrown nail can be caused by poor fitting shoes, tight socks, improper nail cutting, fungal toenails, blunt trauma or genetics. [...]

Eli Manning’s Heel Pain

Eli Manning, quarterback for the New York Giants, dropped to the ground after completing a pass early in the 4th quarter of yesterday’s game against the Kansas City Chiefs. He stayed in for one more play and then left the game. Although an MRI is not scheduled, it may come at a later date, depending [...]

Foot Pain Linked to Shoe Type

Shoe gear has always been assumed to be associated with foot pain, but very few studies have explored the relationship. A new study in the journal Arthritis and Rheumatism collected data from the Framingham Study to examine the association between shoe gear and foot pain. Between 2002-2008, 3,378 individuals were evaluated for foot pain and [...]