Foley Encore Athlete of the Month, Chris Armstrong.

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Congratulations to the Foley Encore Athlete of the Month, Chris Armstrong! Chris is a Junior athlete at Foley High School. He has been a member of the Varsity Lions Football team for 3 years and wears jersey #1. After graduation, Chris hopes to continue playing football in college while obtaining his degree. Chris is the son of Sherett Scott. Good luck this weekend Chris, and Go Lions!

8 Horrible Things High Heels Do to Your Body

“Yes, your favorite stilettos make your feet hurt, but high heels may also be hurting your ankles, knees, and back if you’re wearing the wrong type too often.”

Heels can give you varicose veins… ew…

Heels can give you varicose veinsISTOCK/ZLIKOVEC
When your legs move forward in heels to float over your toes, your calf muscles contract and stay contracted, instead of contracting and releasing as they usually do in lower-heeled shoes. As a result, your blood can’t use that regular calf muscle contraction as a pump to move up and out of your legs, and blood flow throughout your lower limbs slows down, according to Mayo Clinic. When blood can’t escape your legs, it pools in veins that swell and rise into what are widely known as varicose veins. Horse chestnut may help treat varicose veins.

Heels put more pressure on the ball of your foot

Heels put more pressure on the ball of your footISTOCK/FREEMIXER
Your upright foot is used to balancing on both its front and its back, so when you tilt it into your favorite black stilettos, it’s no wonder your forefoot starts to feel so much more pressure. According to Jane Pontious, DPM, chair of the department of podiatric surgery at Temple University, this pain in the joints in the ball of the foot, known as metatarsalgia, can even lead to stress fractures over time. The good news is that you can easily decrease the pain by decreasing your heel’s height. Research from the Spinal Health Institute shows that while three-inch heels put 76 percent of your foot’s pressure on your forefoot, two-inch heels decrease the pressure to about 57 percent, and one-inch heels lower it to 22 percent. That’s cutting the pain by more than half with a decrease of just two inches. Here’s what your shoe salesperson is secretly thinking about you.

High heels can cause plantar fasciitis in the heel and arch of your foot

High heels can cause plantar fasciitis in the heel and arch of your foot ISTOCK/ALIJA
Your Achilles tendon, or the band of tissue stretching from the back of your heel all the way to your calf, lengthens and shortens with your foot movement. When you point your toes and your heel rises closer to your calf (like you do when wearing heels), your Achilles tendon shortens. But too much shortening is a bad thing, according to Dr. Pontious. Because the Achilles connects to the plantar fascia, or the ligament that stretches along the bottom of your foot, shortening your Achilles tendon pulls on the plantar fascia, causing it stress. The result is a form of pain in your heel and arch known as plantar fasciitis.

Their pointy ends push your toes together

Their pointy ends push your toes togetherISTOCK/LEONARDO PATRIZI
Dr. Pontious has noticed that many popular high heels are not only tall, but narrow, too. “The reason for that is because it makes our feet look smaller, and smaller feet are viewed in general as being more attractive,” she says. But when fashion starts to compromise foot function, there’s a problem. Women who regularly wear heels with narrow, pointy toes develop muscle imbalances, hammertoes, or bunions as a result of the pressure the shoes put on their toes when they shove them together. Sometimes pointy toed-shoes can even irritate or inflame the nerves enough to cause nerve conditions in the feet that cause pinching and pain sensations. To avoid these, make sure to buy a shoe that doesn’t narrow too much at the toe, especially if it’s a heel. Here are foot doctors’ tips for pain-free sandals.

High heels put extra stress on your knees

High heels put extra stress on your kneesISTOCK/JANIFEST
When you shift the pressure on your foot forward by strapping on high heels, the center of gravity of your body immediately moves forward, too. Unfortunately your knees feel the brunt of this change as they struggle to keep your body up and balanced in this shifted position. In fact, a 2014 study published in the Journal of Orthopaedic Research showed that increasing your heel height or your weight hurts your knees even more, and possibly increases the risk of arthritis in the knees. Here are proven knee pain treatments and when to try them.

Heels change your posture for the worse

Heels change your posture for the worseISTOCK/PEOPLEIMAGES
Because your legs are pushed forward in high heels, your upper body is forced backward to counterbalance your lower body. Your lower back arches, your chest is pushed forward, and the normal “s-curve” of the spine, which typically acts as a shock absorber for the vertebrae, is shifted, according to the Spinal Health Institute. As a result, muscle overuse can lead to back pain, not to mention other issues like spondylolisthesis, or the crowding of vertebra over each other in the lower back, where weight is suddenly more concentrated in heels. These easy tricks can correct your posturefast.

Heels decrease your ankle strength over time

Heels decrease your ankle strength over timeISTOCK/LJUBAPHOTO
Maybe you’ve only just started wearing heels regularly and have yet to experience much pain at all. Unfortunately, that’s quite normal for women who a few years later experience ankle injuries from high heels. A 2015 study in the International Journal of Clinical Practice showed that women who wore high-heeled shoes often actually strengthened their ankle muscles over the first one to three years through wearing the shoes, only to experience a weakening of the same muscles when they continued to wear them after that time period (for four years or more). Weak ankles detract from your dynamic balance, lessening your ability to avoid falling, spraining your ankle or otherwise hurting yourself. To protect your ankles and yourself while wearing heels, try practicing ankle-strengthening exercises on a regular basis, like “heel walking” (practicing balancing on your heels to walk) and “heel raises” (standing on your toes and raising and lowering your heels).

They can be too small for your feet

They can be too small for your feetISTOCK/FLIL
Just as narrower feet are perceived as more attractive, so, too, are shorter feet, and some women are willing to sacrifice the comfort of their feet to make them appear smaller. According to WebMD, nine out of 10 women wear shoes that are too small, causing bunions, corns, and blisters, and irritating foot joints enough to potentially cause arthritis. If you’re going to wear a heel, make sure it’s a comfortable size for your foot; you’ll thank yourself later. Should you get a blister anyway, try one of these home treatments to heal blisters quickly.


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Columbia Encore Athlete of the Month, Garry Martin, Jr.


Congratulations to the Columbia Encore Athlete of the Month, Garry Martin, Jr! Garry is a senior athlete at West Marion High School in Mississippi. He has been on the Varsity Trojan’s football team for 5 years now and wears jersey #19. Garry has also been awarded the 3A Region 8 All-District award in football. After graduation next spring, Garry plans to attend Jackson State and major in Criminal Justice. He is the son of Garry and Rolanda Martin.

Diamondhead Encore Athlete of the Month, Marly Crawford.

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lCongratulations to the Diamondhead Encore Athlete of the Month, Marly Crawford! Marly is a sophomore athlete at PCHS. She has been a member of the Lady Pirates Softball team for 4 years this year and wears jersey #26. She currently has a 3.85 GPA and plans to attend Ole Miss and then med school to become a orthopedic surgeon. Marly is the daughter of Mike and Carolyn Crawford.

Columbus Patient of the Month, Allen Saxton.


Congratulations to the Columbus Patient of the Month, Allen Saxton! Mr. Allen lives in Reform, AL and has been coming to us for physical therapy on his hip since the beginning of the month. With the help of his Physical Therapist, Lee, and his personalized therapy exercises, Mr. Allen has been making great progress and will be back in the swing of things in no time!

Fairfield Encore Athlete of the Month, Skylar Roy.

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Congratulations to the Fairfield Encore Athlete of the Month, Skyler Roy! Skylar is a freshman athlete at Fairfield Prep High School. She has been on the Lady Tigers Cheerleading team for 1 year now and loves it. Skylar has a 3.6 GPA and plans to attend college after high school to major in Physical Therapy. She is the daughter of Sherree Williams.

Patient of the Month, Ally Iachino!

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Congratulations to Ally Iachino who was chosen as the Patient of the Month at our Ocean Springs Spine and Orthopedic clinic. Ally lives in Ocean Springs, MS and has been coming to us for Physical Therapy after suffering from a high ankle sprain while competing in a national dance competition.  Her dream job of dancing professionally at Disney World seemed to be something that she may not be able to do with the show starting in October.  However, through the personalized physical therapy program we created for her, she is now a stronger dancer and says she feels very confident to start her dream job. We are proud of you for following your dreams, Ally, and we’re cheering for you the whole way!

Arab Encore Athlete of the Month, Brent Myers.

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Congratulations to the Arab Encore Athlete of the Month, Brent Myers! Brent is a senior athlete at Brindlee Mountain High School. He has been a member of the varsity Lions Football team for 4 years now and wears jersey #6. During his high school career, Brent has won the All-County, All-Region, and All-State awards in football. After graduation he plans to go to UNA and major in sports medicine to become an Athletic Trainer. Brent is the son of Corey and Derrick Duke.

Fayette Encore Athlete of the Month, Tre Tranum.

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Congratulations to the Fayette Encore Athlete of the Month, Tre Tranum! Tre is a senior, multi-sport athlete at Hubbertville High School. He is a member of the football and baseball teams and has played varsity sports for 6 years now.  Tre has received the Iron Bunch Award 6 times (!!!), and has also received the 2015 Lineman of the Year award! After high school, Tre plans to attend the University of Alabama and major in engineering. He is the son of Amanda and Kenny Tranum.

Tillman’s Corner Athlete of the Month, Ava Balliviero.


Congratulations to Tillman’s Corner Encore Athlete of the Month, Ava Balliviero! Ava is a senior athlete at Alma Bryant High School. She has been a member of the Lady Hurricanes Soccer team for 5 years and wears jersey #17. Ava has also won 2nd place in the Southern Shootout Soccer Competition. After graduation next spring, Ava plans to attend college to major in physical therapy. She is the daughter of Tessie Balliviero.