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Posts for: March, 2014

foot stretchesStretching before going running has many benefits, including decreasing one’s risk of sustaining a foot or ankle injury. In fact, according to Bangkok Academy of Sports and Exercise Medicine specialist Dr. Pornthep Mamanee, runners who refrain from stretching make themselves significantly more susceptible to serious conditions like Achilles tendon inflammation.

“To reduce the chance of injury, runners should stretch every day — even on rest days,” Dr. Mamanee stated.“Make sure you stretch your muscles thoroughly and do it right.” Another suggestion Dr. Mamanee has is to change one’s running shoes after every 500 km ran.

The importance of stretching the feet regularly can’t be overstated. If you need assistance, call podiatrist Dr. Nicholas Crismali of Crismali Foot and Ankle. Dr. Crismali will explain the benefits of stretching to you and get you started with a basic routine.

Stretching Your Feet

Being the backbone of the body, the feet carry your entire weight and can easily become overexerted, causing cramps and pain. As with any body part, stretching your feet can serve many benefits. From increasing flexibility to even providing some pain relief, be sure to give your feet a stretch from time to time. This is especially important for athletes or anyone performing aerobic exercises, but anyone experiencing foot pain or is on their feet constantly should also engage in this practice.

Good ways to stretch your feet are:

  • Crossing one leg over the others and carefully pull your toes back. Do 10-20 repetitions and repeat the process for each foot
  • Face a wall with your arms out and hands flat against the wall. Step back with one foot and keep it flat on the floor while moving the other leg forward. Lean towards the wall until you feel a stretch. Hold for 30 seconds and perform 10 repetitions for each foot
  • Be sure not to overextend or push your limbs too hard or you could risk pulling or straining your muscle

Individuals who tend to their feet by regular stretching every day should be able to minimize foot pain and prevent new problems from arising.

If you have questions, please feel free to contact our offices in Hesperia, CA. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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children's foot healthThe North Iowa Area Community College (NIACC) has teamed up with the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) to collect athletic shoes for kids in need. The objective is to help children who wouldn’t normally have access to this equipment live a more active lifestyle.

According to Ben Back, the president of NIACC’s Physical Therapist Assistant Club, the groups also hope the project will help make the public more aware of the large amount of underprivileged kids living in America. “A lot of us take for granite having five, ten, 15 pairs of shoes in our closet,” Back said, “where as some are at a disadvantage to not have that many pairs of shoes and new pair of shoes might be a big deal.”

Keeping children’s feet healthy can sometimes be a daunting task. If you are unsure if you’re doing the right thing for your kids’ feet, speak with podiatrist Dr. Nicholas Crismali of Crismali Foot and Ankle. Dr. Crismali will evaluate your current care methods and make suggestions where he sees the need for improvement.

Keeping Children's Feet Healthy

Having healthy feet in childhood can help prevent medical problems later in life, namely in the back and legs. As children grow, their feet require different types of care from birth to school-age.

Although babies do not walk yet, it is still very important to take care of their feet.

·Avoid putting tight shoes or socks on his or her feet
·Allow the baby to stretch and kick his or her feet to feel comfortable

As a toddler, kids are now on the move and begin to develop differently. At this age toddlers are getting a feel for walking, so don’t be alarmed if your toddler is unsteady or ‘walks funny’.  Be sure the child wears comfortable and protective shoes so that they can grow into their feet properly.

As your child gets older, it is important to teach them how to take care of their feet

  • Show them proper hygiene to prevent infections such as fungus
  • Be watchful of any pain or injury

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biomechanicsJosep Maria Font leads researchers at the Polytechnic University of Catalonia in experiments designed to further our understanding of the way a variety of shoe types affect every aspect of footwear. Advanced data collection on biomechanics can be used to develop comfortable, intelligently-crafted footwear for everyone.

“With this information, the statistical data and the results of the survey, we were able to determine which parameters more closely linked to the comfort were perceived by the user,” says Josep. Through the course of the experiments and research, the scientists used precise motion-capture cameras and sensors to measure gait, how the subjects walked, and how their feet impact the ground when they take steps.

Biomechanical insight is an important subject to anyone concerned about the health of their feet. For in-depth assistance on such a complicated topic, consider speaking to a licensed podiatrist like Dr. Nicholas Crismali of Crismali Foot and Ankle. Dr. Crismali will analyze the way your feet move and help determine if you need to make any changes to your lifestyle.

Biomechanics in Podiatry

Podiatric biomechanics is a sect of specialized podiatry that features licensed practitioners trained in diagnosing and treating conditions that affect the foot, ankle and lower leg. Biomechanics focuses on the issues that affect the body and cause an interference with the biological structure. It also focuses on the foot and ankle’s movement and the forces that interact with them.

A History of Biomechanics

-Biomechanics historically dates back to ancient Egypt, which utilized professional foot care

-Biomechanics gained a high profile in 1974 thanks to the studies of Merton Root, who claimed by changing or controlling the ankle and foot’s forces, as well as diagnosing conditions and making corrections, could be used to gain strength and coordination to the affected area.

Improvements in modern technology are based on both therapeutic processes and past theories. These help provide a better understanding of podiatry concepts for biomechanics. Computers can provide an accurate determination regarding the movements and patterns of the lower legs and feet with important information captured.

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Victoria Azarenka Withdraws From Doha Due To Foot InjuryTennis player Victoria Azarenka had to withdraw from the Qatar Total Open in Doha due to an ongoing foot injury. Because she cannot participate due to her foot, Azarenka released a statement of apology to her fans for not being present at Doha.

“I am sorry I can’t make it to Doha for the Qatar Total Open, but unfortunately I haven’t been able to recover on time from my ongoing foot injury,” Azarenka said. “I am thankful to all my fans in Doha and I look forward to coming back next year. I wish the best of luck to the tournament and hope that fans enjoy watching the other players that will be coming to that great event.”

A sports related foot or ankle injury definitely keeps people out of the game.If you or a loved one has suffered a sports related foot or ankle injury, come see podiatrist Dr. Nicholas Crismali of Crismali Foot and Ankle. Dr. Crismali can treat the injury and help you work on rehabilitation.  

Sport Related Foot And Ankle Injuries 

Foot and ankle injuries are a common occurrence when it comes to athletes of any sport. While many athletes dismiss the initial aches and pains, the truth is that ignoring potential foot and ankle injuries can lead to serious problems. As athletes continue to place pressure and strain the area further, a mild injury can turn into something as serious as a rupture and may lead to a permanent disability. There are many factors that contribute to sports related foot and ankle injuries, which include failure to warm up properly, not providing support or wearing bad footwear. Common injuries and conditions athletes face, including:

• Plantar Fasciitis
• Plantar Fasciosis
• Achilles Tendinitis
• Achilles Tendon Rupture
• Ankle Sprains

Sports-related injuries are commonly treated using the RICE method. This includes rest, applying ice to the injured area, compression and elevating the ankle. More serious sprains and injuries may require surgery, which could include arthroscopic and reconstructive surgery. Rehabilitation and therapy may also be required in order to get any recovering athlete to become fully functional again. Any unusual aches and pains an athlete sustains must be evaluated by a licensed, reputable medical professional.

If you have any questions, please contact our office which is located in Hesperia, CA. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle problems.

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