Uh Oh, I Stubbed My Toe

Posted by on Monday, May 21st, 2012

Ahh, what a beautiful day for a walk! I think I’ll just put on my open-toed sandals and go for a stroll to enjoy this lovely spring day. Why look! A butterfly! Isn’t it–OWWW!! OWWW!! OWWW!!

Gosh darn the Hendersons and their stupid rock garden next to their mailbox. One of those rocks just came up out of nowhere and attacked my little toe. Now I am suffering from excruciating pain because…I Have Stubbed My Toe.

An Athlete’s Story: Joanna Lohman

Posted by on Friday, May 18th, 2012

Today we have a conversation with Joanna Lohman, the great soccer player who starred at Penn State, on the US National team, and in the Women’s Professional Soccer league. She also has found success in the business world, where she is vice-president of Tenant Consulting, a commercial real estate firm in Washington, D.C.

Lohman is a founder, with Lianne Sanderson, of JoLi Academy, an organization that gives girls around the world the opportunity to participate in sports and learn skills that can make them successful in other areas of life.

Hail, Hallux Rigidus!

Posted by on Thursday, May 17th, 2012

I’ve been reading a lot about the history of Rome lately, so when I first saw the term “hallux rigidus,” I wondered if I had accidentally stumbled into a history of Rome website, not a discussion of foot conditions.

Caesar spun sharply and barked out, “Where is Hallux Rigidus?”

A strong,tall man strode forward, “Here, Caesar.”

Caesar looked at him thoughtfully. “You have been a good soldier, Hallux Rigidus. Therefore, I want you to command one of my legions as we attack Gaul.”

“It will be an honor,” said Hallux Rigidus. “But how will we take Gaul?”

Caesar sighed. “All right, then. Gaul is divided into three parts…”

Alas, that’s not the truth at all. Rather, Hallux Rigidus is a painful condition of the big toe. Ouch! Let’s find out more about this nasty toe problem.

A Runner’s Story: Marc Mendoza

Posted by on Wednesday, May 16th, 2012

Today’s interview–he calls his blog The Average Marathoner, but we think Marc Mendoza is way above average!  Let’s find out how he runs:

Healing Feet: How long have you been running?
Marc Mendoza: Since September 2005

Defeating Calf Strains!

Posted by on Tuesday, May 15th, 2012

No injury that keeps you from any activity you enjoy is fun, but some are more frustrating than others. For me, a calf strain is one of the most frustrating. Why? Well, they just…hurt. With every step you take. And they linger seemingly forever.

I’m sure there’s a better way to deal with calf strains than the way I handle them. My plan is to still try to run with one for as long as I can (“It stops hurting after about a mile! Until I finish!”), or do the dreaded elliptical, or spin classes if possible. In other words, not rest it nearly as much as I should.

My Ankle Is Being Impinged

Posted by on Monday, May 14th, 2012

The hinge of a door rarely causes you any problems. Sure, maybe it might squeak a little bit, but that’s no big deal. A little WD-40 and voila, the problem is solved.

Your ankle joint is a kind of hinge, too, but it can run into a whole angry beehive of troubles. Granted, your ankle also works a lot harder than a door hinge. It connects your leg and your foot. It makes your foot bend up, down, and side to side (you probably don’t use that one much, but your ankle can do it!). It’s part of every step you take. So bravo, ankle joint! No wonder you can incur all these weird injuries!

And today’s weird ankle joint injury is….ankle impingement!

A Runner’s Story: Grace

Posted by on Friday, May 11th, 2012

Today we have a great interview with Grace, a twenty-something professional whose blog details her amazing variety of running activities, cross-training workouts, and other fun stuff.

Healing Feet: How long have you been running?
Grace: I’ve been running since I was twelve. I was a sprinter and jumper on my middle school track team. My older brother was a bit of a track star in high school, and I really looked up to him. He laced up his sneakers, so I followed suit. Kind of makes you wonder what would have happened if he played football!

My Peroneal Tendon is Dislocated

Posted by on Thursday, May 10th, 2012

Dislocated seems like it should be a word for that feeling you get when you’re trying to find your way somewhere, think you really know where you’re going, then look up and realize you don’t recognize anything around you. But no, it just means something is out of place, typically a body part. We’ve talked before about dislocated ankles, but today we are going to find out about something a little more mysterious: a dislocated peroneal tendon.

A Runner’s Story: Beth Risdon

Posted by on Wednesday, May 9th, 2012

We’re thrilled to bring you an interview with Beth Risdon, a busy mom and super long-distance runner who writes the hilarious and irreverent blog Shut Up and Run. Here’s how she runs!

Ankle Tenosynovitis! (Teno–what?)

Posted by on Tuesday, May 8th, 2012

I tell you, it never ceases to amaze me how many little nutty ways you can find to hurt your body. It is indeed a beautiful machine, but there are many parts to that machine, and it only takes a minor glitch or two to make something go down.

This is particularly true of the feet/ankle/lower leg area. We take walking, running, and standing for granted (most of the time–until something happens where we can’t), but there are lots of parts at work for every step we take.

With that in mind, I bring you today’s ouchy, achey problem: tenosynovitis. If you’ve heard about this recently, then I’m guessing you’re an NBA fan who’s been wondering, “What’s up with Kobe?” So let’s find out what’s up with tenosynovitis?