Posts tagged “pain

8 Common Causes of Foot Pain among Runners

Runners spend a lot of time on their feet, and each one of us is likely to suffer from a foot problem at one time or another. Some of the conditions are minor, while others are fairly serious. The good news is, most of them can be prevented, or if you are unfortunate to have one, most can be easily treated.  The most common foot injuries are as below

Black toenails

This occurs when your toenail hits the end of the shoe or the top of the shoe. It causes your toe to bleed under the nail, and turns it black. If it hurts, you’ll want to go to the doctor so he can drain the blood. If it doesn’t hurt, you can leave it and your toenail will eventually fall off. It won’t be pretty, but it won’t cause any health issues.

Blisters

These often develop on the heel, side of the big toe, or between the toes, and are usually caused by shoes that don’t fit right or are brand new. If the blister isn’t causing a problem, you can leave it alone. But if it hurts or interferes with your running, you will need to “pop” the blister with a sterilized razor blade to get the fluid out.

Bunions

 

Cause the bone at the base of the big toe to stick out to the side, so your big toe leans toward your second toe. Improperly fitting shoes or wearing high heels is usually the culprit. Bunions can be painful, and your doctor may have to perform surgery to trim the bone. If it doesn’t bother you too much, you can use bunion pads or arch supports to take pressure off the ball of your big toe.

Bursitis

When you have pain under your three small toes, you have irritated the bursa. This usually occurs because you’re landing too hard on this part of your foot. You can try using metatarsal pads to correct the problem, but if the pain continues, you’ll need to see your doctor. An imbalance in your foot may need to be corrected with orthotics.

Hammertoes

If you have one or more toes that don’t stay straight, you have hammertoes. The tops and tips of your toes may hurt because of corns. The problem is usually caused by shoes that aren’t long enough. To help the pain, wrap your toes in lamb’s wool and wear shoes with a wider toe box. You can also have the joint in your toe surgically removed to flatten your toes.

Neuromas

When your nerve endings become inflamed, it causes burning between your toes. It’s a sharp, shooting pain, often accompanied by numbness. When the metatarsal bones are “loose” and move around, neuromas are often the result. When they flare up, ice the area. To try and prevent the pain, use metatarsal pads. If the pain continues, see your doctor.

Pain on the top of your foot

There are two types of injuries you may be suffering from: bruised or broken metatarsals, or a bone spur. A bruised or broken metatarsal will result in stabbing pain, and is usually caused by running long distances. There is no remedy except to stop running—you will need to be under a doctor’s care. A bone spur will be a bump on the top of your foot, caused by too much pressure on top of the foot. If you have a bone spur, you can wear larger shoes, not tie your shoes so tight, and put a pad around the spur.

Plantar faciitis

This is pain in the heel or arch. You usually feel the pain first thing in the morning or after you’ve been sitting for a long time. It can be caused by stride inefficiency, or when your weight doesn’t move correctly through your arch, and overstretches it. When you feel pain, ice the area. It will also help to stop your hill work and your speed work, stretch your calves well, and/or to wear arch supports, heel pads, or arch straps. If the pain persists, see your doctor. You should be able to correct the problem with orthotics.

These common running foot ailments don’t always have to stop you from enjoying the sport. Often you can wear properly fitting shoes and socks, replace your shoes when they are worn, and use correct running form to avoid them.

 

Article by Davy Kestens in RunAddict.com 


The Controversy Behind CrossFit

These days every where I go, I keep hearing this new fitness regime called Crossfit being discussed in peoples conversation, its gaining popularity and spreading like wildfire  a couple of years ago but when it started back in 2000, I think most people won’t know who Greg Glassman, he was the founder of Crossfit Inc, but I am sure most of you guys who does Crossfit will talk about DA MAN Rich… Rich Froning Jr (yes he looks awesome and I think most people would want to look like him I am sure)

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But I am not talking about Rich , I am talking about Crossfit, I am quite sure if you are into fitness you would have heard of it, back in the days when I was training Crossfit already existed which was in 2004 and I have used it but not in a Crossfit way, but it is disguised as what I call High Intensity Interval Training (H I I T) . I would already line up dumbells and barbells side by side. A regular workout for some of my clients with different goals and usually HIIT would be incorporated into their regime if they want to build strength and power. I dont have cute names for each workout, it was just boom boom boom and out.

I would like to try Crossfit one day and wonder how its like, I am pretty sure its HIIT x 100 in short burst only using the Fast twitch muscle (that’s how I am seeing it) but I would like to share this article with you guys by Brooke Ross from Livestrong. Pretty interesting, do check it out and let me know your feedback and comments on the comment box below..

CrossFit is intense, effective, and hugely popular. But is it also too dangerous?

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Ryan Palmer had a tough week. On Monday, the 26-year-old job battled squat presses and ring dips. Tuesday, a clean and jerk set where he squeezed out 30 reps with 135 pounds. The following day, even though his muscles were still aching, he performed a total of 150 pull-ups and 150 burpees.

Palmer took a break from exercise on Thursday, but the next morning he went for a long bike ride. The following day his arms were uncharacteristically sore and swollen, his urine the color of black tea that had been seeping for hours. Instead of suiting up in workout gear on Sunday, he found himself in a hospital gown hooked up to an IV drip that flushed his kidneys with more than nine liters of saline. As his creatine kinase levels—the amount of muscle protein broken down poisoning his blood stream— declined at the pace of a snail, he pulled out his phone to send a tweet to his fellow athletes. With one flash of the camera, Palmer revealed the frightening results of a kidney test, and offered a simple caption: “Uncle Rhabdo, is that you?”

“Normal people don’t get it. It’s like being in the mafia. You can’t understand what it’s like unless you’re on the inside.”

33-year-old Jennifer Wielgus, who’s been doing CrossFit in Philadelphia for about a year.

The Evolution of Exercise

A little more than a year ago, I pulled up to a garage one evening ready to get my ass kicked. I wanted to try a CrossFit workout. I’d heard the rumors. I knew what was coming was probably more than I could handle—and that not even my athletic background as a gymnast, weightlifter, running back or point guard would prepare me. So, I ate a light dinner that wouldn’t taste horrible if I ended up hurling it onto my sneakers after overworking myself. And I sucked up my fear.

When I arrived, nothing seemed too intimidating except for the big clock with red numbers. It was those numbers that would define my ability to survive. The workout started well, but right around my fifth set of squats, when the weight became a little too heavy and my form began to falter, I put the bar down. But the clock did not approve.

2:37….2:36…2:35…


While the athletes around me kept moving, bewildered by my inaction, I knew my time was up. I could feel a twinge in my spine reminiscent of an old stress fracture. Everything—aside from the environment—told me to stop.

“Pick it up! Finish it out! Two minutes! As many rounds, let’s go!” The coach’s hands clapped together, lips pursed tightly in frustration for the mental and physical break I gave myself. So, I picked up the bar. And, moving as slowly as possible with as best form one can do when they’re tired and hurting, I finished it out. That night I needed a double dose of ibuprofen and an ice bath.

That was my first experience with CrossFit, a workout methodology created by former gymnast Greg Glassman in 2001. CrossFit consists of a stew of exercise variety: Olympic-like lifts, cardio training and other seemingly basic, but multi-joint movements (like box jumps, pullups and jumping rope) are combined in each class. CrossFit aims to “forge a broad, general and inclusive fitness,” according to the brand’s guidebook. The workout phenomenon has been steadily growing for a decade, and according to CrossFit headquarters, there are more than 3,000 CrossFit affiliated gyms worldwide, with 332 in California alone.

Every day, thousands of CrossFit athletes faithfully arrive at their respective gyms: warehouses filled with boxes, ropes, Olympic rings, kettlebells and a never-never-quit atmosphere. The defining characteristic of CrossFit is the intensity. The programs are hard as hell. Its “prescription,” as the guide states, is for “constantly varied, high-intensity, functional movements that will optimize physical competence in ten physical domains: cardiovascular and respiratory endurance, stamina, strength, flexibility, power, speed, coordination, agility, balance and accuracy.”

The key to the high-voltage workouts is a digital clock that holds prime real estate in most CrossFit facilities. Most of the workouts are time-based, meaning you don’t stop until the clock hits zero. Even as your muscles fail and your mind weakens, coaches and fellow gym goers push each member to completion.

Peter Villahoz, a 30-year-old New York Police Department Officer from East Meadow, NY, says a lot of his close friends are from CrossFit, and that they are there to push each other.

“If I finish first, I wait till these guys are done and I motivate them,” he says.
The camaraderie in the gym is nothing short of contagious. As such, the program has earned its skeptics and, of course, true believers.

“As an adult competitive athlete, there’s nothing else like this. You get that adrenaline rush that you got from being in sports in high school,” says 33-year-old Jennifer Wielgus, who’s been doing CrossFit in Philadelphia for about a year.

That rush and love of the gym is far from a bad thing, but the no-quit atmosphere has generated questions. And the mob mentality has taken the healthiest of behaviors and turned it into a growing danger.

The Dark Side

Uncle Rhabdo represents a character in the CrossFit community and is short for rhabdomyolysis, a kidney condition most commonly induced by excessive exercise, according to Heather Gillespie, a sports medicine physician from UCLA. The potentially life-threatening state, which can also (more…)


Singapore Cold Storage Triathlon 2012 Post Race Review

The race is finally over, after skipping two run races, I finally did my triathlon after waiting for 4 weeks. That was how long it took my legs to feel better, Special shoutout to Team Triboys Ian Faria and his bro Chris for sending me this neat transition towel. Will be racing Escape from Alcatraz with them soon in the near future.  If you wanna hook up for training or racing with the boys you can search Instragam hashtag or on twitter for #teamtriboys and you will definitely see them handsome hunks. Once again thanks boys and see you guys soon.


If you guys didn’t know what happened, lemme clue you in before you laugh at my miserable time, I was training for my “North Face 50k which is held in October” and my feet accidentally ran over a tree root, it angled 90degrees with a very loud crack and that was into my 4k out of my 15k trail run (I finished the whole 15k in pain if you are wondering) It all just went downhill after that. I had my feet X-ray and Doc cleared me, some how or rather the pain still persist till today. All I could train for this Tri event was swim and bike.

So kingdom come came and went. It was good sunny morning on last Saturday. Met with many of the boys before the swim felt a bit humid but its all in the fun.  The swim leg got delayed

Swim Segment

Participant had to make two loop for the swim and so how did the swim went? it went something  like this.. choppy sea water,  got hit in the face on my first 100m with my goggles knocked off my face, water got into my eyes and it stings like mad… got grabbed, groped and whatever you can think of, but hey that is why they call it the “Washing Machine”, you don’t join a tri event to have silky smooth swimming pool water do ya?  came out of the first loop and saw my watch for the first 750m, did a 16min but I nearly had a massive cramp when I was near to shore, I stop short of shore line and my legs couldn’t feel the ground, so I was curling my leg to feel ground and with that awkward leg position I nearly had a muscle pull on my calf, you know those massive super cramp.  Did not want to put myself in danger and don’t think I can afford a big cramp to my calf on the second loop. I didn’t kick as much on the second lap and I swam cautiously and closely to the line just in case my leg cramps up. Swim time: 43min

Bike Segment

Bike leg is always fun, went into T1 and took my gel and first time I did not place my shoe clipped ready on my bike for fast transitioning as this was a two week old shoe, have not put enough mileage into them shoes yet. Bike loop was an insane six loop over ECP with many dangerous turns (saw a couple of people bleeding pretty badly and bandaged up) … Road Marshal was shouting like crazy saying DANGER .. BIG GROUP AHEAD GO SLOW (er… its a race.. GO SLOW??) well I do hope the revamp the bike segment next time for a better and safer riding race. I was looking at my bike meter and it went like 32 – 34avg that was all I wanted nothing more nothing less and before my last lap I will usually take in some carbs for the run segment and guess what, silly me had to drop my packet of gel on the road, It was a decision for me to pick it up or leave it, I left it (was it a poor decision? I don’t know)  Bike Time: 1hr17min

Run Segment

Here comes the moment of truth, I told myself either I die running or I walked to the end in my run segment. went in T2, grabbed my headband put on my shoes, went out running in less than 2min and boy I could (NOT) run, after leaving the run out, massive cramps came into my thigh and I know for sure that without run training it will definitely kill me. Its not that this is my first race.. I never felt cramps this bad before, I practically walked and hop myself for the first 2km or so.. What was I thinking.. four weeks and not even one training on my run.

Never let your head hang down. Never give up and sit down and grieve. Find another way. And don’t pray when it rains if you don’t pray when the sun shines. – Richard M. Nixon

On the 3k mark, a familiar face came behind, tapped and passed me, It was Benny who was in one age group behind, he finally caught me in the run segment (all things going through my head now, thinking of stopping and quitting the race as its going to be a real pathetic race for sure) but I told my self #HTFU and keep going, and so I did.. yes the final run was terrible but I won’t let my head hang in shame. Yes it’s also the worst 10k time ever for me in my running career but I will not let it stop me. I will come back stronger (if my doc cleared me of any problems to my feet) Time: 1hr 17min

Well its the end of the race and I am glad all my buddies was here with me.  Not that I am proud of the time, but I sure finished it.. if your wondering yes the pain in my leg still persist. I am heading for an MRI this week. I wont let it damper my mood for me in the upcoming 2013 races that I have signed up for.

PS: word of advice, train before you go for a race. Dont be like stupid me.


Human Energy Belt for Recovery

Have you guys ever been injured? I am sure you have, unless you are Superman.. wait even Superman gets injured in his heroic pursuit for justice.

So what do one do when he or she is injured , you either practice R.I.C.E. which stands for

  • Rest
  • Ice
  • Compression
  • Elevation

but what happens if all RICE fails us? well surely we would want a speedy recovery and look for contraption that can speed up our recovery. I found this ENERGY BELT while visiting my dad’s house and he told me he got it from this lady hawking in the streets which promises him that it will heal ailment like muscle tightness, backache.. etc..etc..

I am not sure whats written on the belt, hope you guys can tell me whats written on it. The belt is made of Lycra and is stretchable

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It has this tag with the brand Telaisi, looks like the only thing I could find about this brand is that they make recovery bands like for ankle straps and wrist straps but none of this model that I hold in my hand.

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In this recovery strap there is something inside which my dad wouldn’t allow me to cut it up. It feels like six flat pebble spaced within each other inside the belt. You cant really see it in the picture below.

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So what happens here is that you strap it on your back and ensure that you placed the so called pebble on the place where you want to recover.  This belt does not need battery or any external energy source, pretty cool the way I see it, cause all you need is your own body energy,

I am suspecting its got something o do with the stones within. So here was my conversation with Dad.

Me: Hey Dad, whats this ?

Dad: Oh some recovery belt I bought off the street, Pretty useful as it helps one recover from muscle ache and yeah I used it before

Me: You sure this works? (being skeptical always with China made stuff)

Dad: Sure it works, GO GO .. put it on

Me: *looking at dad Grins while I put the belt on* (at the back of my head I know something is not right)

Dad: Ok, strap it on, leave it for 15 mins or till you feel the belt emits heat

Me: Sure, ok .. will do and I went to sleep…

After 15min, I really did felt the heat being emitted from my own body. You know how people say heat helps recover pain
. OH BOY HOW WRONG I WAS, this heat ain’t good heat, it was kinda like skin biting heat and no it does not aid recovery. Then I turned looking at Dad.. This was how I look like really

Dad: don’t worry, the heat will wear off in about 30 min or so.

Me: But its like burning my skin… (so waited 30mins)

Guess what, the heat never went off till 6 or 7 hours or so. It was just excruciating skin biting experience which I don’t recommend to you guys.  I don’t think I would want to try it again EVER, as they say once bitten twice shy.

Not sure if you have one lying around your house, if you do let me know your feedback on this evil device..

Isaac 2cents Worth:

ProNo battery needed , stretchable to many sizes , If you like the feel of being bitten by fire ants this has the same effect.

Conyes, FIRE ANT biting effect.  Effect worn off only hours later

Anyway, hope you have a Burning Wednesday, two more days to the WEEKEND