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Suffering from polio in his teens propelled Dr. Vladimir Janda into a medical career that ultimately resulted in his “crossed syndromes” of muscle imbalance. Globally recognized, Janda’s crossed syndromes have come to play an integral role in the management of chronic musculoskeletal pain.
Bunions are a burden for many, as noted in our previous post on Bunion Basics. We also noted specific toe exercises can help correct bunions at their earliest stages.
A study published in Journal of Back and Musculoskeletal Rehabilitation compared two of those exercises to determine which may be more effective for the correction of early stage bunions.1 One was the short-foot exercise (SF) and the other was the toes-spread-out exercise (TSO).
Calluses on your feet are more than just a sign you could use a good pedicure. They may be telling you about underlying problems with your bones, joints and movements. Officially known as hyperkeratosis, calluses involve the thickening of the skin in response to some type of pressure, rubbing or irritation.
Pain, often excruciating pain, is one of the most obvious symptoms of plantar fasciitis. This common condition involves the inflammation of the plantar fascia, which is the band of tissue that runs along the bottom of the foot, connecting the heel bone to the toes.1 The pain is usually most severe when you first get out of bed, but it can persist throughout the entire day if you’re frequently on your feet.
While musicians often suffer from a flurry of various injuries, they don’t necessarily need a flurry of solutions. A regular Pilates program can come to the rescue for injury prevention and treatment while it enhances performance and overall well-being.
It’s a tough life getting to Carnegie Hall, or pursuing a professional music career at any level. While musicians may not be on the same category as, say, window washers or police officers when it comes to injury risk, they do face a number of occupational hazards. Those hazards can result in their own brand of pain and injury severe enough to impact their performance or even destroy their careers.
Your feet take a beating throughout your entire life, and the effects of that beating can really start to show once you get older. In addition to the years of wear, tear and constantly bearing your weight, feet experience the same aging process that’s going on the in rest of your body.
The word “creep” already has a negative connotation in various settings, and the anatomical definition of creep can be just as ugly. Creep refers to the progressive deformation of bodily structures which occurs when the structures are under a constant load they were not designed to handle.
If you have a painful knot or taut band in a particular muscle, you may be suffering from the all-too-common myofascial trigger point. Active trigger points are the consistently painful ones, while latent trigger points are those that only cause pain when you apply pressure to them. Both types can lead to more severe issues down the line, although you can take action to help halt their development or eliminate them.