1) I recently experiences pain in my heel. It could be an injury sustained during recent exercise but I do not recall an occasion whereby I hit the floor hard with my heel. The TCM doctor advised stretching. What is the likely cause and can I continue exercise?
- The most likely cause would be plantar fascitis.
- The plantar fascia is a thick ligament that spans from the heel to the toes, that maintain the arch of the foot.
- Any activity that causes the arch of the foot to flatten will stretch this ligament.
- Activities like prolonged walking, running can put recurrent stretch to this ligament and cause inflammation.
- Usually there are risk factors that initiate the inflammation. Sudden increase in frequency/activity level puts an unaccustomed load to the ligament and predispose to injury.
- Having poor shoe wear like poorly supportive arch support or poor absorptive cushioning in a pair of shoes can also cause this. If you are born with a flexible flat foot, this can also worsen the condition.
- You can continue your exercise once the inflammation subsides. You should also identify the cause of the problem and take steps to correct them.
2) I am a 40ish female and have pain in my hip. It gets worst from prolonged standing or walking. I do not recall having had a major accident at that area. Some friends told me it could be a nerve or muscle issue. What can I do?
- Hip pain can be fairly ambiguous due to the deep location of the joint and the body has difficulty in isolating this pain.
- Hip pain located near the buttock region can be due to lower back condition or sacroiliac (near to the hip bone) condition.
- Hip pain at the side of the hip can be due to a tendon problem, involving either the ITB (iliotibial band) or the hip abductors tendon.
- Hip pain located in the front, near the groin area, can be arising from the hip joint itself and can indicate either a ligament tear within the hip joint or cartilage injury in the hip joint.
- You should see an orthopaedic specialist to determine the nature of the problem. You
- Will probably need to undergo tests like x-ray or mri, to confirm the diagnosis. The treatment will depend on the diagnosis.
3) I have seen a lot of people purchasing and using compression tights for and after sports. Are they really useful?
- They are useful for preventing venous (relating to the vein/veins) pooling during activity and after activity.
- They can enhance performance in a high level athlete and also help in promoting post-exercise recovery.
- The utility of such a garment depends on the intensity of your workout. For a person that runs 3-4 km twice a week, the usefulness can be questionable.
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