Monday, March 27, 2006

What is Cyro Surgery?

Cryosurgery is the specialized field of using extremely low temperatures to destroy pathological tissues. Cryosurgery is not a new concept in the elimination of pain. Hippocrates recognized the analgesic and anti inflammatory properties of ice on injuries in the year 430BC.

In the past few decades, cryo-technology has been used in the treatment of malignant tumors of the prostrate, liver and other organs. Moreover, cryosurgery is gaining acceptance in dermatology, plastic surgery, urology, pain management and podiatry.

Sunday, March 19, 2006


Plantar fasciitis (heel spur syndrome) is a common foot problem in athletes and accounts for approximately 7 percent of the injuries to the lower extremity. With each running step, the athlete subjects the plantar fascia to tremendous cyclic loading. In some athletes, this produces a mechanical irritation to the plantar fascia, resulting in an inflammatory response and pain.
The irritation is the result of biomechanical deformities such as limb length discrepancy, gastrocsoleus equinus, and excessive foot or leg varus, producing midtarsal and subtalar hyperpronation. In turn, this pronation produces a stretch of the plantar fascia as well as unwanted pulling on the origin of the fascia (the medial calcaneal tubercle).


Take this simple test to check how well your arches are performing their important functions.

1: In bare feet, stand facing a kitchen counter.
2: Place your palms on the counter with slight pressure.
3: Stand with your back straight, and lift one foot off the floor.
4: Slowly lift the heel of other foot, placing all of your weight onto the ball of your foot.
5: Slowly lower your heel back to the floor.
6: Do 10 foot push-ups.

Repeat steps 1 - 6 with the other foot.