At Home Remedies to Manage Plantar Fasciitis Pain

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Plantar Fasciitis

Plantar Fasciitis is a condition of the foot where the tendon that runs along the bottom of your foot, from the heel to your toes, is inflamed and causes pain. On top of common pain relief measures, such as a proper warm up before physical and activity and taking a pain relief medication, you can incorporate these 5 ways to manage your pain!

 

At Home Remedies

 

  1. Stretch your Achilles – By doing calf stretches you will loosen the tension on your heel and will take stress off your plantar fascia
  2. Stretch and massage your Plantar Fascia – This is more effective than stretching your Achilles alone. You can do toe stretches, use a towel to stretch the bottom of your foot, or flex your foot up and down. Massaging the bottom of your foot will also aid in pain relief.
  3. Wear over-the-counter shoe inserts – Putting the arch of your foot into a correct position will relieve stress on your plantar fascia. A recent study also showed that pre-made orthotics produce better results than custom-made orthotics. For runners, be sure to replace old athletic shoes every 400-500 miles of use.
  4. Ice – Roll the bottom of your food on a frozen water bottle for 5-10 minutes to control inflammation. You can do so three or four times a day or after activity.
  5. Rest – Rest is a must to allow your tissues to heal. For runners, reduce your miles or slow down. Ongoing activity with only make symptoms worst.

At Walker Physical Therapy and Pain Center, our expert physical therapists will develop specific exercise programs for our clients who suffer plantar fasciitis. Our personalized programs provide results in an affordable, fun, and healing environment.

Call Walker Physical Therapy and Pain Center for any questions or to schedule an appointment! (714)997-5518

1111 W. Town and Country Rd. Ste. 1

Orange, CA 92868           

www.walkerpt.com

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Avoid Text Neck

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How To Text Without Pain Part 2

Have you heard of the newest epidemic that you can see where ever you go? It’s called TEXT NECK! A British survey recently described how the recent smartphone explosion has left almost 1/4th of the population with pain in their neck, back, or shoulder. Do you know what they all have in common? Texting is their #1 way to stay connected!

Dr. Grace Walker, physical and occupational therapist and nutritionist, wants everyone to be aware how simply checking emails and the latest Facebook post can wear more and more on our bodies as time and technology advances!

Here are four more tips to avoid Text Neck:girl looking down at her phone

  1. Sit in an appropriate chair. You should be able to sit all the way back in your chair, with good back support, and have both feet flat on the floor.
  2. Sit with your head directly over your body. Avoid unconsciously leaning forward and putting strain on your neck and shoulders.
  3. Switch hands frequently and vary the fingers you use. Changing up what hand you use will give your body essential time to rest in between text messages.
  4. Frequently look away from the screen. By focusing on a distant object every 10 minutes will  help reduce eye fatigue.

Technology isn’t going to slow down and neither are we!  There will be more apps and faster gadgets, so its important to be conscious of how it affects your body. Don’t let an everyday action cause you pain everyday! 

Call Walker Physical Therapy and Pain Center to book a consultation if you already are experiencing pain similar to text neck! 

1111 W Town and Country Road Ste 1 

Orange, CA 92868

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Fix My Back: 3 Ways to Attack the Back

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Fix My Back

Back pain IS one of the top complaints that doctors receive from their patients. Back pain can drive you crazy, especially if your job has you doing any heavy lifting or spending long hours at a desk (i.e.- pretty much everyone). The other thing that can drive you and your doctor crazy is that there is no easy fix! While pain medication can be an effective and temporary solution, they should be used with extreme caution.  Dr. Grace Walker, physical and occupational therapist and nutritionist, wants you to know three phases of how to treat your back pain!

So, what are the 3 phases?

The three phases are an important waysilhouette man with back pain to identify the cause of pain and decide the best course of action.

  1. Hot or Cold?

That depends, when did the pain begin? Is the pain chronic (over 72 hours), or acute (recent, less than 72 hours)? Typically acute pain responds best to cold packs, while chronic, or recurring pain, responds best to heat. Try a hot or cold pack depending on whether the injury is acute or chronic, but be sure to use the appropriate number of layers to prevent any burns. Yes- ice directly on the skin can cause a burn.

  1. Gentle Activity

It is best to resume normal activity if possible. Gentle range of motion (ROM) will increase circulation, which can help with pain. Try gentle stretches if you are able to without pain.

  1. Over-the-counter pain relievers

Be sure you understand the differences between popular over the counter medications such as Advil and Tylenol. Tylenol is an effective pain reliever, while others, like Ibuprofen or Advil, are non-steroidal anti-inflammatories. Understand which works best for your pain. If your pain stems from inflammation, an a reduction in pressure (inflammation) may be what you need to reduce your pain. As long as the doctor says it’s ok!

 

 

In the end, if your pain doesn’t seem to diminish, talk to your doctor about physical therapy! Walker Physical Therapy & Pain Center’s Be Free From Back Pain Program is an effective and affordable way to manage your symptoms. We treat the root cause of the pain! Our expert physical therapists use pressure point release, flex-n-move program, kinesiotaping, and ML830 laser to keep you pain free!

Walker Physical Therapy & Pain Center

1111 w. Town & Country Road Ste 1

Orange, CA 92868

www.walkerpt.com

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Frozen Shoulder: Why and What Next?

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Frozen Shoulder: What, Why, and What Next?

Periarthritis HumeroscapularisWoman with frozen shoulder

Periarthritis humeroscapularis (frozen shoulder) is a pretty big word! But what it mean is that there is arthritis between the humerus (upper arm) and scapula (wing-shape bone on the back/shoulder). Many people with frozen shoulder have difficulty raising their arms.

Our shoulder is the joint with the greatest range of motion. It moves like no other joint in the body! It is very specialized. Once the shoulder become affected, the consequences become apparent very quickly. Eventually something as simple as putting on a t-shirt has become a daunting task.

Besides a broken arm or rotator cuff issues, frozen shoulder can also be caused by stroke, diabetes, cardiac disease, or Parkinson’s disease. Anyone who finds themselves immobile for long periods of time is at risk, had a recent surgery, or takes certain medications is at risk for developing periarthritis.

In the end, symptoms of periarthritis are pain and stiffness that make it hard to move the shoulder. A doctor must diagnose the condition before treatment can begin.

 

 

Treatments

Over-the-counter medications (OTC)– non-steroidal medications can reduce inflammation and relieve pain

Corticosteroid injections– help reduce the pain by relieving the inflammation, however the process can be invasive and more aggressive than OTC medications.

Physical therapy– Physical therapy is vital to periarthritis treatment to help relieve pain and gain mobility quicker. Patients also benefit from advice from therapists on their unique situation, circumstances, and environment.

Surgery– Surgery is usually a last-resort for most, as it is the most invasive. Physical therapy is sometimes prescribed to help rehabilitate from the trauma the surgery caused.

If you are experiencing frozen shoulder or other arthritis related conditions, come see our expert therapists at Walker Physical Therapy and Pain Center. Our experienced staff will evaluate your specific needs and develop a treatment plan for your unique lifestyle!

 

Walker Physical Therapy and Pain Center

1111 W. Town and Country Rd., Ste. 1

Orange, CA 92868

(714) 997-5518

www.walkerpt.com

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3 Reasons to Stand Tall – Part 1

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Whether it’s a long work day at the computer or you are sitting at your child’s baseball game, most of us aren’t consciously checking our posture. But we should! Posture can affect your health in ways you probably aren’t aware of. Dr. Grace Walker, physical and occupational therapist and nutritionist, wants you to know 3 ways that poor posture affects your health:

  1. Headaches – Many things can trigger a headache and posture is definitely one of them! Although there are many types of headaches, cervicogenic headaches are due to poor posture. These headaches start in the base of the neck and pain radiates upward. People who work on a computer should be aware of cervicogenic headaches when it comes to placing your monitor in the right position for yourself.
  2. FatiguePoor posture can make you feel more tired throughout your way. When practicing poor posture, your body must work harder to maintain the body upright requiring more energy and leaving a patient tired.
  3. Hip, Knee, or Ankle PainYes, posture can affect your lower body too! Because the joints, muscles, and nerves of the upper extremities and lower extremities are interconnected, your spine and posture does affect your lower body. Altered posture and muscle imbalances puts strain on your hips, knees, and even feet.

Being aware of your posture, and trying to correct your posture, is important every day! Simple stretches, exercises, and making few modifications in the work place can greatly improve your posture and overall health. At Walker Physical Therapy and Pain Center, our physical therapists are experts in pain relief and can teach you how to correct your posture. Stay tuned for our second post on how poor posture can affect your health coming later this week!

 

Call to schedule an appointment! (714)997-5518

1111 W Town and Country Road Ste 1

Orange, CA 92868

www.walkerpt.com

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Socks that go the extra mile for you!

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Everyone walks throughout their day; why not put those steps towards good use? Students at Old Dominion University in Virginia have created Fitbit-like socks that track your steps and activity level. The purpose of their research is to use the information gathered from these socks to help people with neurological diseases, such as Parkinson’s Disease.

 

These are washable and re-useable socks that measure the person’s walking speed, foot pressure, and steps. The information is sent to an application that turns the person’s movements into useable data. Because Parkinson’s patients’ medication affects their physical activity, these socks are the key to doctors tracking their patients’ physical activity and effectiveness of their medication regime outside of the doctor’s office. Right now, the research is at the beginning phase but Dr. Grace Walker, physical and occupational therapist and nutritionist, wants you to keep an eye out for these innovative socks!

 

At Walker Physical Therapy and Pain Center, our expert physical therapists can teach you daily exercises that our patients suffering from neurological diseases can perform.

 

Call Walker Physical Therapy and Pain Center to schedule an appointment! (714)997-5518

1111 W Town and Country Road

Orange, CA 92868

www.walkerpt.com

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Runners with Knee Pain? It could be IT Band Syndrome!

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Are you suffering from an annoying pain on the outside of your knee? This is a common symptom that runners, cyclists, or any similar activity suffer from! Although some believe that IT Band Syndrome is felt as a pain running up and down the side of your thigh, it isn’t. Your IT Band (Iliotibial band) is a thick sheet of connective tissue that attaches the muscles of your leg to your hip and to the side of your knee. The pain you are feeling is coming directly from the friction between your IT band and the bone of your knee. This pain only increases as your muscles and IT band become more tense.

Couple Running

For most runners, the repetition of bending and straightening your knee while your IT band is tense causes the annoying pain you are suffering from. The key isn’t to limit or stop the movement of bending and straightening your leg, but it’s about the tension of your IT band! Dr. Grace Walker, physical and occupational therapist and nutritionist, wants you to know 3 exercises that can help ease your pain:

 

  1. Resisted side steps – Place a resistance band around your feet and knees. With a slight bend in your knees (similar to a squat position) step laterally to your right and then to your left until you are fatigued.
  2. “Fire-hydrants” –  Position yourself in a “table-top position” where your hands are placed on the ground and your two knees are placed on the ground. Extend your knee out to the side while maintaining a L-shape with your knee. Alternate legs until fatigued.
  3. IT Band stretch – With your hands on your hips, cross your left foot over your right. Then extend your hip towards the left side (laterally) until you feel a stretch. Then alternate legs and cross your right foot over your left foot, and extend your hip towards the right side until you feel a stretch.

 

At Walker Physical Therapy and Pain Center, our expert physical therapists will create a personalized plan of exercises such as these! By combining these exercises with manual therapy and KT taping, you will be back to running miles and miles again!

Call Walker Therapy and Pain Center to schedule an appointment! (714)997-5518

1111 W Town and Country Road Ste 1

Orange, CA 92868

www.walkerpt.com

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Pain and stiffness in your shoulder? It may be frozen!

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When we say frozen, it’s not a reference to the cold weather but a possible diagnosis for your shoulder pain! Have you felt a decrease in the ability to use your arm or shoulder, leading to pain that limits your tolerance to lift your arm or reach behind your back? Other than a rotator cuff tear or severe arthritis, these symptoms yell out frozen shoulder (or the medical term is adhesive capsulitis)!

 

Frozen shoulder is the loss of ability to reach your arms overhead, reach behind your back, lift objects, throw a ball, as well as, other daily activities that you never thought use your shoulder and arms. What you’re experiencing is the strong connective tissue inside your shoulder joint, which connects your arm to the shoulder socket, becoming very tight. This tension doesn’t allow the ball of your shoulder to move in the socket freely. If you suffer from these symptoms, Dr. Grace Walker, physical and occupational therapist and nutritionist, want you to know there are three things you can do:

 

  1. Have a professional provide joint mobilizations to stretch the joint capsule so that the ball of the shoulder can move more readily.
  2. Have a professional stretch your arm and shoulder properly to stretch the supporting muscles in the arm, shoulder blades, and shoulders. These muscles typically become tense and shorten due to the lack of activity they experience from frozen shoulder.
  3. Have a professional show you the correct strengthening exercises to restore strength to the shoulder and its supporting muscles.

 

At Walker Physical Therapy and Pain Center, our expert physical therapists are experienced in frozen shoulder. Our professional and caring staff will teach you how to relieve the pain you’re suffering from. We will develop a specialized program to get your shoulder warm and ready for your active life!

 

Call Walker Physical Therapy and Pain Center to schedule an appointment! (714)997-5518

1111 W Town and Country Road Ste 1

Orange, CA 92868

www.walkerpt.com

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Physical Therapy is for athletes too!

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Being a competitive athlete puts a toll on the body. The day-in and day-out demanding physical activity brings sore bodies and painful muscles, but most athletes revert to the mindset of “no pain, no gain”. Dr. Grace Walker, physical and occupational therapist and nutritionist, stands behind physical therapy exercises as a form of pain relief for athletes. The story of Sydney DriggsOrange Coast College’s women’s basketball star, is the perfect example of how physical therapy helps athletes!

Sydney’s perseverance throughout her basketball career is impressive! What some think of as a nightmare is a normal day for the 19-year-old athlete. She experiences sharp pain that can range from her knees up towards her spine from simple day-to-day activities like sitting down and walking. On top of this chronic pain is the ongoing physical demand that a collegiate sport entails! Sydney learned that taking care of her body is top priority to ensure a long and healthy career. She would ice her body after every practice and game, with hours of regular physical therapy, taking steroidal and epidural injections, Sydney managed her pain throughout two herniated disks in her spine! Sydney explains that “I do a lot of physical therapy in the training room which helped me get through the season”. The impact of physical therapy exercises was apparent at the end of her 2018 season. Knowing it was her last year playing basketball, she said that she wanted to “finish off strong, so whether before, during or after games I work with the trainers, whatever keeps me going”. Facing daily pain was one thing, but the mental fortitude she kept throughout her career is inspiring. Despite her injuries, Sydney led her team in scoring and her stat line ranks in the top 5% in the Orange Empire Conference for three-point percentage and scoring. Sydney didn’t let muscle pain stop her from her goals… and you shouldn’t either!

At Walker Physical Therapy and Pain Center, our physical therapists are experts in creating personalized programs to manage any pain you suffer from.

Call Walker Physical Therapy and Pain Center for any questions or to schedule an appointment! (714)997-5518

1111  W Town and Country Rd Ste 1

Orange, CA 92868

www.walkerpt.com

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Running with back pain? Focus on your CORE!

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Americans who are recreational runners and distance walkers are susceptible to low back pain. According to the Journal of Southern Orthopedic Association, 14 percent of American runners suffer from back pain. A recent study by Ohio State University proved a correlation between deep core muscle weakness and low back pain in runners. The study had adults go through a simulation that showed weakened deep core muscles, especially the deep erector spinae, which seems to be most responsible for controlling running kinematics.

Research concludes that the best way to reduce the likelihood of low back pain in runners is to focus their training, strengthening, and stabilizing on their core muscles. Dr. Grace Walker, physical and occupational therapist and nutritionist, wants you to know that physical therapy can properly address these running impairments. Our expert physical therapists can develop a plan of care to improve function, decrease pain, regain mobility and improve your quality of life. At Walker Physical Therapy and Pain Center, our therapists will evaluate your symptoms and create the best plan of recovery for you!

Call Walker Physical Therapy and Pain Center for any questions or to schedule an appointment! (714)997-5518

1111 W Town and Country Road Ste. 1

Orange, CA 92868

www.walkerpt.com

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