Posts for: December, 2015
As podiatrists in Manhasset, NY we find that a large percentage of our patients seem to suffer from sore Achilles tendons, heel pain and pinched nerves in the early months of the new year. This is most likely due to New Years resolutions such as loosing weight, running a faster mile, or starting a new activity or sport. Improper foot care during exercise is a contributing factor to more than 300 foot and ankle ailments, according to the American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA). So, while all of these resolutions are a great way to start off the New Year, make sure to take all the proper precautions before taking on your new goals.
Before you hit the gym or the sports field, here are a few tips from your foot doctor in Huntington, NY to make sure that you don’t hurt yourself while fulfilling your new resolutions.
- Make sure to stretch: Whether you’ve been a couch potato all year, or you are a weekend warrior, stretching for 15 minutes before working out is key to preventing injuries. Make sure to gently warm up your muscles, a light jog or jumping jacks always work well, before you start stretching. We recommend dynamic stretches where you are constantly in motion, using the muscle groups you intend to work out, instead of static stretches which are when you hold a stretch for 30 seconds or more in the same position.
- Wear proper foot gear: Before you go trudging off to the gym this New Year, check your sneakers. When was the last time you bought a new pair? Are the treads worn? Laces beginning to shred? Do they feel a little tight? Or maybe a little too loose? All of these are signs that you might need a new pair of sneakers. Make sure that you have a professional measure your feet when buying a new pair. Look for sneakers that are the proper width for your feet, have soles that are flexible, but also provide cushion and support, especially on your arches.
- Don’t forget about socks: while most people pay attention to their athletic sneakers, many forget about the benefits of a good pair of socks. We recommend a well-cushioned sock made of acrylic fibers that will wick moisture away. This will not only make your feet more comfortable, but it will help to reduce the chances of getting fungus, blisters and other foot infections.
- Don’t ignore foot pain: This is probably the most common mistake we see people make when it comes to starting a new fitness routine. Do not ignore your foot or ankle pain. Pain is a way for your body to tell you something is wrong, and when ignored, the problem often becomes worse and more difficult to heal, than if it had been treated right away. If you are running, working out or just walking around, and you experience pain, it is important that you been seen by a podiatrist as soon as possible to prevent further injuries.
If you live in Nassau or Suffolk County and are experiencing foot pain,
give Advanced Podiatry of Huntington NY or
Advanced Podiatry of Manhasset NY a call today.
We have three highly trained foot doctors and surgeons on staff that would
love to help you be pain free this New Year. We wish you a healthy and happy New Year!
Dr. Evan A.
Vieira, DPM, AACFAS and Dr. Alison D. Croughan DPM
Well, when it comes to running as exercise, maybe not! In a recent New York Times blog post, a review of studies showed some good news for those not interested in running very long distances.
People who ran as few as 5-6 miles per week were less likely to have issues with blood pressure, cholesterol, and diabetes. The risk of strokes, certain cancers and arthritis were also found to be much lower than the average individual. Essentially, the highest level of effects from running
This is great news for your feet! Road running and long distance running can take quite a toll on your feet. Here at Advanced Podiatry we often recommend low impact exercise to patients with chronic pain or those just beginning an exercise program. For patients who have pain in their feet, but still want to stay active we recommend biking, swimming and rowing as a way to get cardio as well as give your feet a break!
Our Podiatrists recommend the following when beginning a running program:
1. Start off slow - begin with a brisk walk, work your way to a mixed jogging and walking program and then transition to a long distance run at a slow pace.
2. Make sure you have well fitting supportive shoes that have been broken in. Exercising in new shoes can lead to painful blisters and sores.
3. Hydrate and stretch before and after you exercise to prevent shin splints and tendonitis.
4. Be sure to have a well made supportive orthotic device in your running shoes. An
5. Make sure to change your socks and shoes after running and treat your shoes with an anti-fungal, anti-microbial spray to prevent athlete's foot and toenail fungus.