Heel Pain Plantar Fasciitis

Plantar Fasciitis

Plantar fasciitis is one of the most common causes of foot pain, accounting for the vast majority of heel pain cases. Many people think that it can’t be treated but that’s just not true. In fact, most people recover in less than 12 months, once they start treatment.

We look at how Plantar Fasciitis develops and how to tell if you are suffering from it, as well as what your treatment might look like.

A Cat, stretching

Why stretching is important for health

“I don’t need to stretch, I’m not doing exercise.”

Even if you are not planning on performing aerobic activity, it’s really good for our bodies to stretch every day.

Stretching helps to keep our muscles flexible, strong and healthy.

When our muscles are flexible, we have a better range of motion in our joints.

When we don’t stretch, our muscles can shorten and become tight. Then, when we call on our muscles to work, they are more less able to help, putting us at risk for joint pain and muscle damage.

Is Crossing your Legs Really Bad for you?

Crossing your legs is something so many of us do without any thought whatsoever. It can feel almost unnatural or uncomfortable to sit for long without crossing our legs. But is crossing your legs really bad for you?

Well, it’s not the worst thing in the world, but it’s not brilliant. We see so many people come into the clinic complaining of back and hip pain. The first thing they do? Sit down and cross their legs!

So what’s wrong with it then?

Osteopathy and Arthritis

Arthritis is a general term that covers many different conditions affecting bones muscles and joints all over the body. Most people recognise the two most common types, osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. However, there are many others such as ankylosing spondylitis, fibromyalgia and gout.

Whatever type you may have, whether it is a degenerative condition or an inflammatory one, the common symptom that patients experience is pain.

Arthritis suffers commonly report hand pain, neck pain, hip pain and back pain. Not just in the areas where the arthritis is, but in other joints as well. This is because arthritis causes reduced mobility, which in turn causes patients to move differently and impacts the rest of their body.

But although there is no known cure for arthritis, that doesn’t mean that there is nothing that can be done.

Corn Be Gone

Mrs G from Baldock was just about to give up on her walking hobby. It was too painful to go very far, and none of the podiatrists she had seen had been able to give her lasting relief for the pain.

Enter Podiatrist Ian from Amber Health, with a solution.

How to lift safely

woman carrying a baby in her armsCarrying heavy loads is something that many of us do without paying that fact much attention, from doing the shopping and carrying young children to lugging sports or work equipment around.

The Health and Safety Executive have some great advice for manual handling, which covers both lifting and lowering as well as pushing and pulling.

 

 

Foot Health Awareness Month

April is Foot Health Awareness Month and here at Amber Health we are encouraging you to think about your feet and look after them to help keep them free from injury, pain and illness.

Most of us don’t think about our feet often, but they are actually pretty amazing. Your feet contain one quarter of all your bones, with 33 joints, 26 bones, 19 muscles and 107 ligaments in each foot. And every time we use our feet, we are asking them to provide us with support and balance, whether we are standing, walking, running or jumping.

Since most of us take between 5,000 and 10,000 steps every day, it’s easy to see why our feet are so prone to illness and injury!

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