Not being able to do what you want to do is no darn fun.

I hope all of you had an incredible 4th of July weekend.  It sure was a busy one for me.  It started early friday morning with the Siren 5 k run.  I did a 19:40 which was pretty good.  That’s 3 sub 20 minute 5k’s this year.  Interesting how I wasn’t running that fast 5 years ago.  The only thing different is increasing intervals and doing speed and agility work with the high school football players.

Time to enjoy summer.

When I was standing in line to registar for this race and at the starting line waiting for the gun to go off I heard people telling stories of how they haven’t been able to run like they normally would because of injury.  One of the most common one’s I hear in people over 30 or people who put on way to much mileage way to fast is plantar fascitis.  This can be quite debilitating.  Everytime you stand up to walk it hurts like the dickens in the heel.  It’s just about impossible to have any type of productive run when you are compensating due to the pain it produces.  Then when you do run your gait is altered and then you can get a whole bunch of compensation patterns that set in and then watching these people run looks painful.  If you have ever had it you know what I’m talking about.  There is hope.   I see and treat this everyday in my office.  You shouldn’t have to be off for months with this type of problem, but that’s what I hear when I talk or see people that come in.  You have to correct underlying poor biomechanics first.  I usually will use kinesiotape to help and then get custom fit orthotics which work great for most people.  You also need a lot of soft tissue trigger point work to work out the adhesions in the calf and foot muscles and adjusing the pelvis and lower extremities is crucial for good outcomes also.  Once you can walk without pain then go to 1/4 speed jog, then 1/2 and work up form there.  I also like doing a variety of activites to condition the whole body.  You don’t have to suffer if you have plantar fascitis.  Lets get you back in the game of life and start enjoying it again.

Another common condtion I see every day is peripheral neuropathy.  This is a neuro-metabolic condition which can effect the feet where you have pain, numbness, or can’t tell where your feet are.  It’s very disabling for people since they don’t know where there feet are in space.  That’s why these people fall alot because they can not feel there feet hit the ground.  I see this commonly in diabetics, peopel with spinal stenosis of the low back where the nerves get pinched is another cause of neuopathy, along with many others.  One of the easiest things you can do to help this condition is getting off gluten.  Gluten is in grain and there are numerous studies which show this creates inflammation and makes peripehral neuropathy worse.  Adjusting the lower extremities, using vibration, laser, and I love the ARP wave therapy we use at our clinic.  The ARP wave helps waken those dying neurons up.  Neuropathy patients are all different and can be difficult cases since they are so varied.  If you have peripheral neuropathy or know someone that does have it you have nothing to lose by giving this a fair shot.  The medical treatment for this is basically Gabapentan medication and then just live with it.

I’m starting to see a bunch of overuse injuries in young athletes who are trying to get in shape for there fall sports.  Most are due to to much stress on their growing bodies and they just can’t keep up and the body starts breaking down.  Do not train through pain.  Good idea to get these kids in here for a good biomechanical evaluation.  Lets get them fixed up so they can enjoy their sport and be fully functional.

I want to give a big shout out to Osceola grad Mark “MJ” Johnson and Baldwin Woodville grad Travis Shackelton for making the shrine football game.  It’s on the 19th of July and those boys are well deserving of this accomplishment.  Mark will be going to school at UWRF and Travis at UW Stout.  Both will be playing football there.  Osceola’s head football coach Scott Newton will be an assistant coach for the team.

July is a great month of summer.  The heat is finally here and it’s a great time to get out and enjoy life.  I’ll take the heat anyday over the cold.  I don’t know how we all do it up here in the winter.

I power washed 8 hours arond our pool area this weekend.  I’m finally done with all the major to do list outside our house.  That was brutal hard on my body.  Be careful if you power wash.  I have a huge gash above my ankle from where I accidently power washed myself.  Those power washers are remarkable.  Talk about getting things clean.

Powerwashing works miracles.

OK, that’s it for today.  Keep up moving your body, cleaning your diet up, and being grateful in life!!

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