By Athlete's Care on September 10, 2019
It’s also an area of the body so many of us neglect, which can lead to its own set of issues, along with exacerbating any other conditions that arise because of an injury, over use, or repeated use over time.
Here are some very common symptoms that manifest themselves in the feet, and which may point to a variety of conditions. The important take-away is that, where there is any discomfort that lasts beyond a few days, you will want to make an appointment to consult with your Toronto physiotherapist or other sports medicine specialist for a thorough examination and proper diagnosis and treatment plan.
1. Foot cramps
Foot cramps can be uncomfortable and downright painful. The muscles contract suddenly, and you can’t relax them. The good news is that they don’ t cause any damage to your muscles or ligaments, but they can also be a sign of other issues.
2. Heel Pain
Heels take a lot of abuse, from fashionable footwear that doesn’t offer adequate support, to taking a lot of the impact when walking, jogging, and running. It’s no wonder they hurt now and then.
3. Pain with stiffness
Pain and stiffness in the feet, often extending into the ankles, is often the result of osteoarthritis, or OE. It’s very common in older patients, due to the wear and tear to the joints and the tissues around them.
Rheumatoid arthritis, or RA, is less often the cause for pain in the feet, especially at the joints, where the tissues have become inflamed.
4. Stress fractures
A stress fracture is a very small crack in the bone, and it’s common in athletes who participate in high impact sports like football or basketball. You may have cracked the bone while playing, only to feel the full effects later. It typically begins as an ache or burning sensation at the specific area of injury, and gets worse if left untreated.
5. Pain on the ball of the foot
Pain and inflammation on the ball of the foot (metatarsalgia) are usually due to shoes that don’t fit properly, but it may also be the result of intense running or jumping, or other track and field activities.
You feel this pain and inflammation in the ball of your foot. Ill-fitting shoes are the usual cause. But you might get it from strenuous activity, such as running or jumping. It’s sometimes called a stone bruise as well.
Even beyond their biomechanical structure, the feet act as a kind of window into your general health. There are many conditions that may show few concrete symptoms – but the signs will show up in your feet. These are symptoms you shouldn’t ignore.
There are many other symptoms you may be experiencing when it comes to your hard working feet. If you are experiencing any problems with your feet, let our Toronto physiotherapists and other sports medicine specialists help. Call or drop by one of our Toronto clinics to make an appointment today.
By Athlete's Care on July 26, 2019
🎣 Oily fish is an excellent source of omega 3 fatty acids EPA and DHA, which our body cannot synthesize enough of.
🎣 EPA and DHA form the cell membranes of our eyes and our brain. Research shows promise that omega-3’s can reduce the risk of depression, dementia, inflammation, and some cancers.
🎣 Besides salmon, fatty fish includes sardines, tuna, arctic char, and herring.
💊 Does an omega 3 pill yield the same benefits? Maybe! Pregnant women, and those with high triglyceride levels may benefit.
😱 Worried about mercury levels? While mercury poisoning is especially of concern to young children or women who are pregnant, most of the population need not to worry. Limit high mercury fish (large fishes) (white tuna, swordfish, shark) to <150g/week. Ensure you are eating enough selenium (as selenium binds to mercury, preventing toxicity).
🐠 salmon: season with lemon juice, evoo, salt, pepper, and bake at 400F for 20 minutes
🥗 salad: while the salmon is baking, cut your salad toppings (here we have strawberries, apples and cucumber)
🥣 vinaigrette: 2:2:1 ratio of balsamic vinegar, extra virgin olive oil, and maple syrup 🍁
Information provided by Registered Dietitian, Jasmine Kwok. Jasmine has always led an active lifestyle, and when not working, she can be found in the gym, training for her next half-marathon, or testing nutritious and delicious recipes in the kitchen. Jasmine understands the many nutrition misconceptions and challenges that her clients face, and she is determined to help her clients develop the healthy eating lifestyle that works for them. Appointments with Jasmine can be made at Athlete's Care Scarborough and Markham locations.
By Athlete's Care on July 22, 2019
Our common lifestyle has gone from one of constant activity to one of largely sitting still. To put it mildly – it’s killing us.
The inactive lifestyle
An inactive lifestyle is associated with a series of health risks. There are many studies which back up the effects of a sedentary lifestyle, even when it is adjusted for occasional periods of activity. Simply put, sitting still for long periods of time is bad for you, and results in increased risk of,
It increases your risk of dying from any cause, especially if you spend more than 10 hours per day seated. An inactive lifestyle can even contribute to mental health issues.
What can you do?
Our Toronto physiotherapists, chiropractors, and other healthcare professionals are ready to give you advice on adopting an exercise regimen, particularly if you are starting from scratch. They can offer you advice tailored to your physical condition.
If you work in an office setting, there are ways that you can mitigate the amount of time you spend at your chair.
If you lead an inactive lifestyle, there is still time to get in shape, no matter what your age. Any activity will help to start with.
Whether it’s a sport you enjoy, or an activity like cycling or hiking, you owe it to yourself and your health to stay active.
If you are looking for advice on starting an exercise regimen, or any other aspect of your musculoskeletal health, don’t hesitate to contact one of our Toronto physiotherapy and sports medicine clinics. Call or drop by one of our clinics today to make an appointment.
By Athlete's Care on July 12, 2019
Here’s a look at the facts.
What type of stretch?
There are different types of stretches.
How much stretch do I need?
The answer depends on the activity. Stretching increases flexibility and range of motion. You will need much more flexibility, for example, for dance than you would as a long distance runner.
Timing is everything
The nature and timing of stretching is important.
Stretching after exercise
When muscles are warm, there is some research that supports the idea that static stretching can be beneficial in a number of ways.
Need advice on exercise, or any other aspect of your musculoskeletal health? Our Toronto physiotherapists, chiropractors, and other sports medicine specialists are waiting with expert advice and information. Call or drop by one of our Toronto physiotherapy clinics today.