Do you believe in the cliché No pain No gain? This probably depends on who you have heard this say or in what context. Pain means different things to different people. When I treat patients with spine or sports injuries in the clinic, I often ask what kind of pain they have. Yes – what kind of pain- because different kinds of pain mean different things. For example…
I often see runners, sports players and gym enthusiasts wearing a knee brace/support every time they play or lift weights. If it was up to me I would personally go up to them and lecture them about the harm they are doing to themselves by doing so. But since it may not be considered appropriate, I decided to write about it.
The world’s most common ailment, besides back pain happens to be a headache! We all remember that one day which got ruined because of a headache. We don’t think much about headaches – we all get them, it’s fine! However, when the headaches become frequent, they can become debilitating. This is one ailment that is difficult to diagnose. People who get recurrent headaches have often been to a myriad of doctors, undergone several tests and tried various remedies.
Heel pain or pain on the bottom or back of the foot is more common that you think. It afflicts the serious runner, a gym enthusiast, a walker or even the housewife who stands for long periods of time. It is one of those conditions that is ignored for a long time before one seeks medical assistance. This is the reason why heel pain becomes chronic very quickly and tends to become a ‘companion for life’ if you are not careful.