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HOW MUCH WILL YOU BE ON YOUR FEET THIS SEASON?

As the holidays quickly approach us, it is important to make sure you’re taking care of your body – from your head to your toes! A lot of people don’t think about the toll we take on our feet, but especially in busy times such as this, we need to make sure we’re paying special attention to them. Just think about all the time you’ll be spending on your feet this winter: running around the mall searching for gifts, standing in the kitchen baking treats and cooking dinners, standing in the driveway shoveling snow… that’s quite the effort your feet are making to support you! During this time, it may be wise to look out for signs of heel spurs and plantar fasciitis. (continued inside)

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HOW MUCH WILL YOU BE

ON YOUR FEET THIS SEASON?

INSIDE : • How Much Will You Be On Your Feet This Season? • How Physical Therapy Can Help!

• Shockwave Therapy • Patient Success Spotlight

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Heel Spurs vs. Plantar Fasciitis What exactly are heel spurs and plantar fasciitis? While similar to one another, they have a couple of distinct differences: Heelspursarecalciumdeposits thatgrowon thebottomof theheel.Theycancause bone-likeprotrusions thatstickoutof theflatundersideof theheel,causingsoreness or pain. Many people will describe the feeling of heel spurs as “a pin sticking into their heel,” typically with peak pain occurring in the morning and gradually slowing throughout the restof theday.However,heelspurscanalsobepainless–somepeople onlynotice themdue to inflammationandx-rayevidence. Ifyounoticeswelling,pain, or protrusions at your heel sites, make sure you consult with a doctor immediately. Plantar fasciitis, also colloquially referred to as “policeman’s heel,” is a bit different. It can either develop on its own or as a symptomatic response to heel spurs. It is an inflammation of the “plantar fascia,” which is a long tissue at the bottom of your feet thatconnects from theheelbone to the toes.Becauseof the rangeof tissue,youmay feelpainorsoreness inyourheel, toes,or theentiretyofyour foot’sunderside.People withplantar fasciitisalso report theirpeakpainoccurring in themorning,describing it as a “stabbing pain” that seems to alleviate with mobility as the day progresses. It is also important tocontactadoctor ifyounoticeswellingorpainat thebottomofyour foot, as it may be a sign of plantar fasciitis, and could be a symptom of heel spurs. How do these form? Like many physical ailments, heel spurs and plantar fasciitis typically form from physical exertion. A lot of people tend to notice them when they are engaging in

physical activity more often than usual, or when they are spending an abnormal amount of time on their feet compared to their average daily routine. Some common causes of heel spurs include: • Excessiveamountsofwalking, jogging,or running,especiallyonhardsurfaces. • Changes or irregularities in walking gait, especially in which unusual amounts of stress are placed on the heel. • Significant weight gain or obesity. • Poorly fitted shoes, especially those lacking arch support. Some common causes of plantar fasciitis include: • Spending thewholeday,orexcessiveamountsof theday,onone’s feet;especially when it is out of the ordinary for that person. • Having either very flat or very high arches on the bottom of one’s feet. • Participating inshortburstsofphysicalactivity,especiallywhenbeing followed by extended periods of rest. • Diabetes. • Thecomingof increasedage, thusdecreasing theflexibilityof theplantar fascia tissue, and thinning the padding of the heel.

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How Physical Therapy Can Help!

Physical therapy isacommon treatment forbothheelspursandplantar fasciitis. The pain can be treated through stretching exercises, taping of the painful area, andmassage.Yourphysical therapistmayalsosuggestnightsplints,shoe inserts, or a podiatric-specific shoe brand. Alternative treatments, such as Tylenol or Advil, can also be used in conjunction with physical therapy if pain persists. In extreme cases, a surgical procedure can be conducted to remove a spur or release the inflammation of the plantar fascia;however,90%ofpeople respondwell tophysical therapy treatmentsalone, without the need for surgery. HereatDynamicRehab,wealsoofferShockwaveTherapy tohelp treatheelspurs andplantar fasciitis.ShockwaveTherapy (SWT),alsoknownasRadialShockwave Therapy (rSWT), isa formofphysical therapy thatsendsshockwaves to thepainful area through a specially designed hand-held device, in order to speed up your body’s natural healing process. It works by boosting blood circulation within that area, thus permitting any damaged tissue to quickly regenerate and heal over a certainamountof treatmentsspecific toyourcondition.ShockwaveTherapyalso has an 80% success rate of significant pain reduction, after only 2-3 sessions! If you believe you could benefit from this, our physical therapists would be more than happy to schedule a consultation with you. So, ifyoubegin tonoticepain inyourheelor footasyou runarounddoingholiday shopping, cooking dinner for the extended family, shoveling mounds of snow, or any other strenuous activity that this winter season will inevitably permit, don’t hesitate togiveusacall!Wecanhelpalleviateanypain thatyoumightexperience.

Ifyou’resuffering fromheelor footpain,callDynamic Rehab at (973) 910-0307 to see how physical therapy can do for you!

Relieve Heel Pain In Minutes Try this movement if you are experiencing heel pain.

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Soleus Stretch Stand in front of a wall with one leg forward and one leg back as shown. With the back leg bent, sit back onto your back foot, keeping your heel on the ground. Hold for 6-10 seconds, then repeat with your other leg.

“This experience was nothing short of a miracle.” Shockwave gave me my life back! I was in so much pain prior to treatment I had to quit my job. The pain took over my life. This experience was nothing short of a miracle. Everyone was so kind and helpful. I highly suggest this to anyone suffering from Plantar Fasciitis. As of today (one year later) I am pain free. - Edith K.

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Shockwave Therapy

What Conditions Can Be Treated?

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Shockwave Therapy (SWT) or Radial Shockwave Therapy (rSWT) can be used to treat a wide variety of musculoskeletal conditions, in particular, those involving areas where major connective tissue attaches to bone. Common sites that can be successfully treated are:

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•Plantar Fasciitis, heel spurs & Achilles tendonitis •Patellar tendonitis, jumper’s knee & shin pain •Tennis or golfer’s elbow •Rotator cuff tendonitis & calcification (Shoulder)

Discover How To Live Pain-Free! At Dynamic Rehab PhysicalTherapy, you will receive hands-on therapy treatments by our friendly, caring health experts during focused and individualized sessions. Research is accumulating in the use of SWT & rSWT. Evidence supporting its use has been published in high quality medical journals. The strongest evidence is for shoulder calcific tendinitis and plantar fasciitis, but satisfactory results have been published for other common musculotendinous problems that have “failed to respond” to other conservative treatment. SWT is a non-surgical option with results that match surgical outcomes, and should be considered when other treatment options have failed. •Trochanteric bursitis (Hip) •Trigger points in muscles •Stress fractures/shin splints, non union’s (delayed bone healing) •Morton’s Neuroma (Nerve)

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