Tendinitis (inflammation/ injury) of Achilles Tendon (posterior to ankle and at lower end joins with heel bone) leads to severe pain that attributes towards misalignment of the arches, causing supination or pronation. The heel may arch sideways causing straining in tendon.
Major causes of Achilles Tendinitis include: (a) Overuse of affected limb especially in case of athletes under training; (b) Change in exercise schedule of running without giving proper time for body to adjust; (c) Heel Spurs might rub tendon causing pain; (d) Tight Calf Muscles (especially when you don’t stretch prior to exercise e) Middle Aged People who plays basketballs or tennis only on weekends; f) Prolonged Stair Climbing / Sprinting; g) Running on hilly terrain and; h) Diabetic & high BP, on medication involving fluoroquinolones antibiotics, flat arch, and Obesity are risk causing factor that enhance chances of Achilles Tendinitis.
The posterior of leg, ankle region to heel region connecting to the foot.There being no blood supply to the tendon, healing process is slow.
The symptoms include pain and stiffness along the Achilles tendon in the morning which tend to increase with activity; after exercising, feeling of severe pain; thickening of tendon (feeling pain in middle section of tendon- noninsertional tendinitis); heel spur induced pain (insertional tendinitis). Swelling might get worse during day activity. Extreme difficulty to flex your foot. Get Doctor’s help and diagnostic confirmation using X-rays and MRI.
Preventive measures include:
The achilles require special support which can be maximally provided by heel care socks (also referred as heel with strap) followed by heel cup. In case the pain is extending to complete feet, use either plain Insole or universal insole in daily use.
Adventure sports are inherent risk activities that require speed, height, high level of physical creation and supportive gear to cushion the body parts (preventing sports injuries). It includes rafting, paint bailing, offshore racing, wake boarding, water skiing, air racing, surfing, wind surfing, kite boarding, skiing, snowboarding, parachuting, wing suit, sailing, rallying, motocross, Formula 1, skateboarding, mountain biking, free-style biking, free climbing, canyoning, ice climbing, parkour, aerobatics, air soft, aggressive inline, BMX, base jumping, cave diving, caving, free diving, free flying, freestyle scootering, free skiing, mountaineering, paragliding, wave ski, whitewater kayaking etc.
The products recommended for adventure sports include lifestyle impact resistant pants, jackets and socks along with exercise related products. To protect foot during sporting events, use sports insole and sports gel socks and to relieve pain use hot & cold packs or cold pack.
It is a well-known fungal infection (tinea pedis) that initiates at the top layer of skin, causing rashes, contagious to spread from one person to another at swimming pools, showering area and grows in tight shoes. The scaling between two toes lead to spreading to cracked skin, causing deformities in nails and inadequacy of blood flow further aggravates the situation.
Non-prescription medicine and topical medicines are used to treat athlete’s foot, medication generally lasts from 1-6 weeks. Oral medication might be given by doctor, however always treat fully.
Use shower footwear in shared areas, reduce moisture in feet and use antifungal powder after drying the spaces between toes after bathing; wear open-toe breathable shoes with frequently changing of socks will help. Use Sports Gel Socks as it will reduce sweating by continuous perspiration. If such strategies don’t work, consult doctor especially if you notice excessive redness, swelling, drainage or fever.
In addition to Sports Gel Socks, use Cokum Foot Cream, a blend of essential oils and butters with healing potential. Also use Phantom Foot Perfume as Athlete's foot is often accompany by bad smelling.
Arthritic pains are ‘pains within joints’ that hold bones utilizing cartilages, ligaments and tendons (synovial inflammation) leading to difficulty in locomotion (fatigue). It can be inflammation of cartilages (an autoimmune Rheumatoid arthritis) to osteoarthritis (inflammation of bone cells) causing progressive stiffness. It could also be due to traumatic injury, severe sprain, fracture induced injuries (especially observed in case of foot or progressive ankle pain). Such conditions can also lead to bony spurs at base of big toe (bunion); inflammation of joints at the ball of foot loosen their ligaments causing bone to push against the sole of foot causing calluses and even ulceration. Psoriatic arthritis affects toe joints closest to nail causes reddening and swelling of the area resulting in deformed or broken nails. Septic arthritis is caused by infection in joints.
Mild inflammation with narrowed joints onsets in period of months. It affects Knees (abnormal gait), hips, Vertebrae column (lower backs), Upper back to neck and even hands. Arch supporting products are recommended if arch is falling inside otherwise Impact Resistant Insoles are used. Spinal back rest and spinal overlays are recommended to relieve back pains. For driving, use Car seat cushion to prevent vibration induced pains. While sleeping, use cervical pillow. Use Gel Ball (Spherical and Egg) to enhance your endurance especially hands.
It is autoimmune inflammation with eroded bones that require specific therapy. The knees, hips, ankles, hands and wrists (especially small joints also get affected). For spinal alignment, reducing stress on foot, same orthotics as suggested in Oseteoarthritis, are recommended. However, finger separator (cum exerciser), radish hand exerciser, soft / hard gel ball exercise schedule etc are recommended.
Enhanced uric acid crystals in joints that onsets within hours of an attack. These often lead to leg and foot pains. In some cases, toes also exhibit extreme pains. In addition to above orthotics, Toe Spreader with D- ring is recommended to keep toes in alignment.
The symptoms include pain or tenderness, progressive towards stiffening leading to significant reduction in motion over a period of time. This process is generally accompanied by swelling of inflamed areas, dryness of feet especially heel area and deformation. Over the period, inability to move hand or walk is often observed accompanied with loss of flexibility or aerobic fitness. The gelling or locking with inactivity and systematic pattern of onset of pains are also observed. The ankle cartilage experiences significant thickness, resilient mechanical properties and active metabolism restricting inflammation. However, ankle injury induced inflammation can lead to degenerative changes which are disabling and progressive pain towards ankle. The conservative treatment methodologies include cold packs to reduce swelling and improvement in flexible motion; pain relievers or anti-inflammatory drugs; steroids could be administered in severe cases while surgery is only the last option especially joint replacement surgery. The right arthritic treatment can reduce specific pains and also reduce repeated stress related injuries. Physiotherapy is recommended to enhance motion in stiffed limbs and weight management is essential.
Depending upon type and cause of arthritis & site of pain, its management will be decided. High Performance Insole or Insoles with Arch inserted in wide toe box shoe can support hind foot (heels), arch and ball of foot at the same time. It also transfers body weight thus highly recommended for foot care. Accordingly, spinal care products and artificial cushioned product range is applicable to reduce repetitive stress on inflamed limb.