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How to Heal Heel Pain

Posted on by Tara Hackney, PT, DPT, OCS, KTTP
Heel pain is a common complaint that can have several causes. This type of pain can affect your ability to stand and walk due to the pressure on the sore area. And at times, if your feet hurt you might feel like you hurt all over. Your normal activities can be greatly affected if you are unable to walk without pain. (more…)

Mother’s Day 2019: What’s the Best Advice Mom Gave You?

Posted on by Athletico
Every May we celebrate mothers and the wonderful ways they impact our lives. This year we asked our employees, from our clinics to our Resource Center, “What’s the best advice you’ve gotten from your Mom?” We have highlighted the responses below, which range from heart-warming to encouraging and funny – the type of advice you can only get from Mom. (more…)

7 Tips for Your Half Marathon Training

Posted on by Rebecca Weiner, PT, DPT, ASTYM certified
Spring is a great time to start training for your first, fifth or tenth half-marathon. No matter how many races you have participated in, you can always use helpful tips to make the most of your run come race day. (more…)

Touring with the Joffrey Ballet: From Chicago to California

Posted on by Rachel Wise, PT, DPT, OCS
As an Athletico physical therapist, I have been supporting The Joffrey Ballet for more than five years. I usually work with the dancers while they are rehearsing and performing in Chicago, where my job is to triage, evaluate and treat issues that may arise from their rigorous rehearsal and performance schedule. Recently, my career with The Joffrey Ballet took me beyond Chicago, when I traveled with the company to three different cities across the country. We started in snowy, cold Minneapolis for two performances of a full length ballet called Anna Karenina, then off to Santa Barbara for two mixed repertory shows, and finished with one final performance in San Diego. (more…)

What is Tech Thumb?

Posted on by Kimberly Martin, OTR/L
The average American spends more than four hours on their mobile devices texting, checking email, playing games and browsing social media. In addition, many spend a large portion of the work day typing and mousing on the computer.1,2 The trouble with the amount of time spent on these devices is that they are not ergonomically designed for heavy, repetitive use. Unfortunately, many people don’t become aware of this until they experience pain in their hands and thumbs. (more…)

Achilles Tendinopathy in Runners: Your Aching Heel Pain Can Be Helped

Posted on by Lane Dieckow, PT, DPT, OCS, CSCS
Does the aching pain in your heel have you adjusting your training program this running season? Countless runners suffer from Achilles tendon injuries every year and these injuries can often be a limiting factor in your ability to maintain a training program, advance your mileage and meet your personal record goals. The good news is that we have therapists at Athletico trained and prepared to help you overcome this injury and get back to pounding the pavement. (more…)

Shoulder Strengthening Exercises for Male Gymnasts

Posted on by Tara Hackney, PT, DPT, OCS, KTTP
Gymnastics is a sport with large demands on the upper body. Male gymnasts especially rely on the strength and stabilization of the upper body for many of their events such as rings, pommel horse, vault, high bar, parallel bar and floor. Research has shown that a gymnast can experience up to 16 times their body weight through their arms during gymnastics events.1 Injuries are often seen at the shoulders in the male gymnast. In addition to overall shoulder strength, male gymnasts need shoulder stability to perform their sport. (more…)

Avocad-OH NO! Tips to Avoid Avocado Hand

Posted on by Athletico
By Shelia Tenny, OTR/L, CHT and Ellie Park, OTD/s Avocado’s have increased in popularity, as the heart healthy benefits and high nutrient content of this super-food, have made them a favorite condiment, side dish, salad and sandwich topper. Let’s face it, they’re creamy and delicious! On the down side, there has been a rise in avocado related hand injuries due to self-inflicted knife accidents. The British Association of Plastic Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeons has even warned the public regarding the safety risk of cutting avocados.1 (more…)
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