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Mend Physical Therapy Blog and Injury Information

The vast majority of musculoskeletal conditions and diagnoses are not life threatening or time sensitive and allow for conservative treatments, including Physical Therapy, to be utilized prior to surgery. In our Boulder Physical Therapy practice we commonly see outcomes consistent with the current research on the utilization of Physical Therapy instead of surgery for common...

Pes planus, otherwise known as flatfoot, is a common condition experienced by many individuals that is often associated with plantar fasciitis and development of knee and hip pain. Foot orthotics are commonly prescribed as a first line intervention for individuals with pes planus, but the research shows that short foot exercises should be included as...

Plantar fasciitis (fasciosis) is a painful diagnosis limiting a patient’s ability to stand, walk, or run.  The -itis of the name is a misnomer because very few cases of plantar heel pain involve an inflammatory process.  Instead, a breakdown of soft tissue fibers and cells is noted in the plantar fascia reflecting the sequential stages...

In previous posts we have discussed the association between our intrinsic (core) foot strength and foot function during walking and running.  The research has identified a link between weakness and atrophy of these muscles and the development of chronic conditions such as heel pain and plantar fasciitis (fasciosis).  This atrophy is most pronounced in those...