Have you noticed that once an athlete gets an ankle sprain, they get their ankle taped up for a while during games? Well, the problem is once you sprain your ankle and attenuate or damage some of the ligaments, they lose some of their integrity and make you prone to recurrent sprains. Depending on the degree of the ankle sprain, treatment can involve conservative treatments like RICE (Raise, Ice, Compress, Elevate), anti-inflammatory medication, orthotics, and strappings to Arthroscopic surgery and/or ligament reconstruction. The most important aspect; however, is to seek treatment early on. Early treatment can help get the inflammation under control so the rehabilitation and repair process of the ligaments can commence as soon as possible. Proprioceptive nerve endings in the body are in charge of letting your body know where it stands in space. Ankle sprains can affect these nerve endings and decrease your sense of proprioception. Proprioceptive exercises should be an important part of the treatment plan, especially for the athletes. I suppose the singer "Drake", understands the importance of nursing an ankle sprain since he's claimed in one of his songs "a sprained ankle is nothing to play with".
-Dr. Amin Jahedi
Heel pain can be a painful condition limiting you from going about your busy day. I've personally dealt with heel pain myself. I know how painful and frustrating it can be #thestruggleisreal.
It's important to investigate the underlying cause of this heel pain because chances are, its been months or years in the making. There are different conditions that can cause heel pain, but the most common cause is a condition called plantar fasciitis. It's important to understand in order to treat plantar fasciitis, we have to focus on two different treatment goals.
Treatment goal 1.) Involves reducing the acute inflammation and pain.
Treatment goal 2.) Focuses on addressing the underlying biomechanical abnormalities that are causing the condition.
Treating only the pain and inflammation would be placing a band-aid on a bigger problem. By investigating the etiology and aggravating factors causing the inflammation, we can treat you now and limit recurrences. Plantar fasciitis doesn't spare high arch nor flat-foot types, we are all at risk, but no need to panic! We have great products and treatment protocols in place to make you feel better right away, and reduce your chances of recurrent pain. At the end of the day, if we don't address any of the biomechanical abnormalities, in the long term, we would be on the losing end of the battle with Plantar fasciitis.
-Dr. Amin Jahedi