For orientation to start, Google: heel pain pictures
You can click on the pictures to find links to the websites with the pictures.
You are totally wrong to think that tendinitis is a minor issue. Your tendon needs to heal without the stresses of many activities. The earliest times of healing are important. In a very short time, an injury may become Tendinosis, a condition with defective completed healing. Tennis is known for a very common chronic tendon injury, Tennis Elbow. Actually, Tennis Elbow is also a more common injury in golf than Golfer's Elbow. Both Tennis Elbow and Golfer's Elbow can become chronic after a short time, that is, it becomes chronic Tendinosis (permanent?). This occurs most often because the original injuries were not allowed to heal properly. Understand the difference between Tendinitis (with inflammation) and Tendinosis with (with defective healing). Both conditions can exist together if the injury is ongoing.
Many times this is caused by inadequate arch support. While barefooted and on a uncarpeted floor check to see if your feet are tipping in. If so, see an orthotic doctor and you may well need srch supports.
Post by zambonihead on May 8, 2015 14:50:55 GMT -6
I figure skated and deal with skaters and hockey players. It could be either the plantar or the achilles tendon. Go see a podiatrist for an appointment to determine which one it is.
For Achilles, I had it and finally got over it. First, the podiatrist made me arch supports (custom orthotics). My insurance covered them. Next, I had to go shoe shopping. I was allowed to wear New Balance (made in USA), orthopedic crocs, Kenkoh message sandals, Finn shoes, and Ecko shoes. If I could bend the shoe, it wasn't strong enough. But most of all, I had to wear my orthotics. Then, I went to about 3 months of physical therapy. There, it was electrical therapy, ultrasound, and foot exercises and stretches. I didn't go everyday and I was bad about doing my homework at home. One helpful hint was to freeze a water bottle and then rub the bottom of your foot on it. What finally helped me was to rest it, not skate or run on it. I started P90X, and did its Yoga for the first time. Tony Horton (P90X) has yoga in almost every workout, and I learned to really properly stretch myself out. Downward dog & warriors provided the 30 degree stretch that the physical therapist needed me to get. Also, I learned that when we sleep at night, we sleep with our toes pointed. There are special socks for plantar, that keep your foot at a 90 degree angle. I found these nighttime socks uncomfortable. So, I learned to point & flex my feet several times before I got out of bed. Plantar kills with the first step out of bed. It's your plantar tendon tearing as you put weight on it. (you sleep toe pointed, plantar in shortened position, it tried to heal in shortened position, then you step on it . . . rip is the pain). Now, I have two sets of orthotics, one for my tennis shoes and the other for my skates. I am a much stronger and faster skater with my orthotics. think you might find the same true with running. There are many hockey players in the NHL and Olympic figure skaters who wear orthotics. But, first you have to stop, switch gears, and heal.