The Ankle Joint
There are many different joints that make up the ankle/foot, each playing a vital role in the biomechanics of the ankle and the foot. For now, we are going to focus on the primary joint of the ankle; the talocrural joint.
The talocrural joint is made up of the distal tibia and fibula articulating with the talus. Dorsiflexion and plantar flexion, or bringing your foot up, and pushing your foot down, are the primary motions that occur at this joint. Other motions you may have heard of that occur at this joint are, pronation and supination. Pronation and supination each required 3 different motions to occur at the talocrural joint. Pronation requires dorsiflexion, external rotation, and eversion; this happens when you bring your feet up and all the way out, or when you’re standing, and your arch flattens out. Supination requires plantarflexion, internal rotation, and inversion; so when you point your foot down and in, or...
You seldom meet anyone who's never dealt with some sort of injury or pain. Likewise, you rarely meet anyone who has not heard of or had a cortisone (steroid) injection. That is because cortisone injections are one of the most mainstream and most common first line treatment options. It's the standard of care in traditional and conventional medicine. When NSAID's, ice, or rest doesn't work, cortisone is often the next recommendation. And in many cases, it's often presented as your last option before surgery.
This is a sad reality that is frustrating for wholistic and naturopathic doctors as we are at Alliance Regen & Rehab. Let's go over why.
The good news about cortisone injections is that they help reduce inflammation fast. This is "good" because this decrease in inflammation often leads to a reduction in pain (which isn't always a good thing).
The bad news is that pain relief can last from 2 weeks - 6 months, depending on a variety of factors. There is lots of...
If you're reading this and you've seen the blog on the Runner's Pyramid, then fantastic!! If not, go and check that one out!!
The "Runner's Journey" is related to the Runner's Pyramid but this blog's purpose is to give more of an outline on the necessary steps, the 9-steps to be specific, on how you can go from a runner who is injured and missing runs to a runner who runs when he/she wants, stays on track with their program, participates in races, and feels confident in their body!
One of the biggest mistakes runners make when deciding on getting help for their injury or when trying to work on their running fitness is not starting by getting a run-specific assessment with a provider who truly understands them. I'm talking about getting with someone who understands runners and understands the demands, movements, and strategies it takes to put yourself in the best position to run strong and efficiently, while also lowering your risk...