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Shin Pain When Running? by charlestlee

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Brian Yee PT, MPhty, OCS, FAAOMPT

Shin splints are very common in runners. It is usually due to some type of muscular imbalance such as tight calves, poor glute strength, and possibly poor footwear and running mechanics. Please consult with a Physical Therapist and also a running coach to assess your mechanics.

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What do the callouses on my feet say about my sports injury? by charlestlee

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Brian Yee PT, MPhty, OCS, FAAOMPT

Even by looking at someone’s callouses on their feet we can begin to make an assessment why and where the patient is injured somewhere higher in the body. For example, runners that have an excess of callousing along the entire ball of the foot tells us that they are putting an excessive amount of force their. Like pressing on a gas pedal, we can deduct that the athlete is using alot of their calf muscles to generate movement and power. It is possible to make assumptions that calf cramps, achilles tendinitis and shin splints occur due to the increased stresses at the ball of the foot.

Another example are bunions along the first toe. What that indicates is an excessive force on the medial or inside of the foot. Like a rudder, if the foot turns inward when you step through it, the knee and hip will follow that line of force causing increased stresses along the inside of the leg. Commonly we see people with bunions have some type of medial knee or patellar pain as well as hip or back pain as the foot is not adequate in absorbing shock causing increased forces into the joints above. If you’re not sure what the callouses on your feet mean in terms of your overall sports performance, we recommend that you contact a qualified Physical Therapist that understands the relationship of your foot to the rest of your mechanics.



Do Your Knees Hurt After Jogging? by charlestlee

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Post by Brian Yee PT, MPhty, OCS, FAAOMPT

It is common for joggers to have knee pain. It is usually due to a combination of improper strength and flexibility not only at the knee, but also the hip and foot. The hip is designed to absorb a majority of shock, as well as produce power through the gluteal muscles. The foot contacts the ground and provides proper ground reaction forces up the kinetic chain. If the hip or foot do not work correctly, the knee undergoes increased stress. Like a paper clip bending repetitively, injuries at the knee can then occur. In runners, pain can present itself in the front (i.e. patellar pain), outside (i.e. iliotibial band syndrome), or along the inside of knee (i.e. medial meniscus injury). It is important to address proper mechanics through the entire leg to allow a jogger to run efficiently without causing further injury.

If running is causing more pain in the knee, it is recommended not to “run through the pain” but rather limit the running by staying short of pain before it gets worse. Take the time outside of running to address proper strength, flexibility and core stability to promote proper mechanics to jog at the distance and intensity you are striving for.  Fitting of proper running shoes for your foot type should be considered as well as contacting a running coach to assess your stride and running mechanics.



Are Your Shoes Really Helping You? by Motion Stability
May 17, 2012, 5:33 pm
Filed under: Lower Extremity, Movement Dysfunction, Runners, Sports, Tennis | Tags: , , , ,

Athletic shoewear have recently gained a lot of attention for their role in assisting a person to acheive a variety of health and fitness related goals. Skechers, being on of the first in the industry, have now come to the forefront of our attention again as some of their claims have been refutted.

http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/05/16/skechers-toning-shoe-customers-to-get-refund/?ref=health

Oftentimes we see patients who are flirting with shoes to solve an underlying biomechanical issue. In actuality the shoes are a “band-aid” and not solving the true physical issue at hand. Once the physical issues are resolved, the shoes become a means to assist instead of a failed solution. If you have questions regarding your shoewear and what it may or may not be doing for your health, please get in touch with one of the Motion Stability therapists!



Lazy Butt Syndrome by Motion Stability
September 9, 2011, 1:55 am
Filed under: Lower Extremity, Movement Dysfunction, Runners, Sports

As the height of running season approaches, it is prudent to address the importance of the hip musculature in keeping a runner pain-free while maintaining the efficiency required for long distance events. Motion Stability has partnered with Phiddipides, a local running store, to discuss this topic with their runners.

A lack of hip muscle strength can cause a myriad of problems in any person, but is especially problematic for runners as the hip muscles not only provide the propulsion for a powerful stride, but also the pelvic stbility required to keep the lower legs moving efficiently. For a closer look at how weak hips can literally be a “pain in the butt” for runners, read the article posted on Motion Stability’s website: http://motionstability.com/mediacenter.php. The website has been redesigned to include a running section and will have more updates and interesting articles available to download in the coming months, so keep checking back in!