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By Feet First Foot Care Specialists, LLC
May 04, 2020
Category: exercise
Tags: stretch   exercise   sport conditioning  

At Feet First Foot Care Specialists, we know there has been some talk of possibly getting back to school and local sports here in Middlesex County. Whether that will be possible remains to be seen.  But if you’ve been spending most of the pandemic on the couch, you’ll want to start now to take steps to get back in good physical condition for whenever the “all clear” is given. 

Preventing Injuries

Attempting strenuous exercise routines after a prolonged period of inactivity is a surefire way to end up with an injury. Achilles tendonitis, shin splints, and ankle sprains all occur more frequently in athletes who are out of shape. For this reason, it’s a good idea to start up a conditioning plan again if you’ve let it slide during COVID 19. Start gradually and allow yourself a few weeks to rebuild lost muscle and increase stamina. If your usual regimen isn’t possible with the equipment you have, look up conditioning plans for your sport online.

Be Mindful of Chronic Conditions

If you have a history of plantar fasciitis, weak ankles, or torn tendons, be sure the conditioning you are doing does not put an excess strain on your problem area. If our podiatrist, Dr. Adam Mucinskas, has prescribed a custom orthotic, be sure you wear it during your conditioning. If a chronic problem flairs up while you’re working out, contact our Cromwell office by calling (860) 632-5499.

Check Your Shoes

Now is also a good time to evaluate your sports shoes and make sure they are still in peak performance mode. Obviously, any overt signs of wear such as holes or rips in the uppers, are cause for discarding a shoe. But there are other less noticeable indicators that it’s time to replace your sports shoes. Can you fold your shoe completely in half? If yes, then your shoe has lost its essential support and structure. Check the tread and the insole as well to make sure that they have not worn down or become compacted.

We’re all hoping that we can resume our sports and the rest of our lives sooner rather than later. Taking steps now to prepare will ensure that you’re ready when the go-ahead is given.

By Feet First Foot Care Specialists, LLC
July 31, 2019
Category: sports injuries

At Feet First Foot Care Specialists, we are firm believers in the benefits of regular exercise for your feet, lower extremities and the rest of your body. Warm temperatures and longer days can make it easier to keep an outdoor fitness activity going during the summer, but the season also presents special challenges. Below are some tips to help you avoid foot and ankle injuries while exercising this summer.

Stretch it Out—most patients know they should stretch before and after exercise, but some are confused as to which type of stretches to do when. Static stretches of the quads, hamstrings, etc. should only be done after muscles are warmed up. Dynamic stretches such as ankle circles or swinging your legs back and forth should be done lightly and briefly before exercising.

Be Cool—avoid working out during the hottest periods of the day. Aim for early morning or early evening when it’s cooler. When you’re done, find a shady spot to wind down. Drink lots of water to ensure that you stay hydrated. It will keep your body cooler and also help reduce the risk of swelling of the feet and ankles.

Get the Right Stuff—be sure to wear the right shoes for the activity you are doing. Flip flops won’t cut it for any type of physical activity other than walking from your lounge chair to the changing area or restroom. Be smart about what you do too. Always start out gradually and work up slowly to a more intense routine of longer duration. If the heat or sun is making you feel unwell, stop.

Deal with Injuries Promptly—if your muscles are sore after working out, icing will usually help. If you have a chronic foot or ankle problems such as plantar fasciitis or weak ankles, talk to our podiatrist Dr. Adam Mucinskas about the best types of exercise and the proper footwear to accommodate your podiatric problem. If you injure your foot or ankle, make an appointment as soon as possible at our Cromwell office by calling (860) 632-5499. In the meantime, use the RICE regimen—rest, ice, compression and elevation—to treat your injury until you can be seen by the doctor.



 








 

 

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