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By Clark Podiatry Center
March 12, 2019
Category: Athletic Foot Care

If you’re an athlete, you know from experience that your feet are very important to your performance. Agility and coordination are crucial and making sure your feet continue delivering their best depends on how you treat them. Different activities place different stress on your feet.  Martial arts require quick repetitive movements that strike hard trauma inducing objects, whereas aerobic exercises like gymnastics demand strong cushioning and balance. Team orientated sports like football, baseball, and basketball can strain ankles and knees making stretching very important.

Some of the most common problems athletes experience include:

  • Ankle sprains. With most of a person’s weight placed on each leg, the ankle suffers if it isn’t supported and strengthened.
  • Heel issues. Constant pounding on hard surfaces can cause problems with an athlete’s heel making walking or running very difficult and painful.
  • Stress fractures. Insufficient cushioning can steadily lead to small fissures in a person’s bones.
  • Achilles tendon. The irritation and possible separating of the main tendon at the back of the foot. This is very painful and can end an athletic career.
  • Morton’s neuroma. A hardening of the skin at the ball of an athlete’s foot.

All the above problems can be treated with a little care and attention. First, making sure your feet are well rested and stretched before any performance is important. Stretching will include not just your feet, but other parts of your body as well. Slowly increasing your range of motion is your goal, as is strengthening muscles in and around your feet. Doing so will help absorb the shock and stress often associated with athletic competition keeping you ‘on your toes.’

It is not uncommon to see an athlete bob up and down as he or she pushes his muscles and tendons during a pregame stretch, however this can be very dangerous if they are not careful. Too much bouncing can pull a muscle, just the opposite of what you want. A slow, steady, yet tolerable stretch is best as it extends the muscle but does not strain it.

Stretching is a good habit to get into whether you’re an athlete or not. Doing so when you wake in the morning will get your blood flowing and allow you to start the day more physically and mentally prepared.

If you have any questions about these posts or would like to see the doctor, please make an appointment with us.  Our podiatrist, Dr. Brandon A. Macy, who is associated with New Jersey Children’s Foot Health Institute, will assess your feet and find the appropriate treatments to get you back to being active. Call Clark Podiatry at (732) 382-3470.  

By Clark Podiatry Center
April 11, 2017
Category: Athletic Foot Care

Rock climbing is a whole body exercise. While a lot of the strength must come from the upper body, your feet actively participate. They can be the determining factor of whether or not you can endure a long, difficult climb, since they enable you to reach farther distances and give your arms and shoulders some rest from carrying your body weight. 

 

In order to support your climbing, your feet have to conform to the shape of the climbing shoes. Most are designed so that your toes come together to a pointed tip at the top of the shoe. The point gives you the ability to step on the smallest rocks or holds. The feet have to cramp into this “V” shape, which puts pressure on the toes. When the pointed tip is used as a step, much pressure goes to the big toe joint, as it would for ballet dancers when they go “on point”. 

 

While some climbers do not encounter many foot issues, others are very familiar with the problems that can come about. With repeated activity and inadequate breaks in between, this strain on the joints and toes can cause issues for climbers. Some common issues that arise for consistent climbers include:

 

Additionally, foot hygiene, including bacterial, fungal, and viral infection, as well as foot odor can cause problems for your feet. Busy climbing gyms and communal shower spaces make for a facility with lots of germs being shared among climbers. The following are some tips for maintaining foot health while climbing. 

 

  • Try on climbing shoes before buying them. The shoes should fit snugly, but not so much that they cut off circulation or give you pain just by wearing them. Your feet should not “cram in”. 
  • Clean hands, feet, and shoes before and after the climb. While the gyms usually require climbing shoes, some of the spaces are often shared with people wearing regular outside germs, and who knows that they have walked through. 
  • In between each climb, especially the long or difficult routes, take your climbing shoes off to stretch your feet and toes out. This will also allow for airing out your shoes so that they do not get too smelly. 

 

If you have foot or ankle issues from rock climbing, make an appointment today at Clark Podiatry Center. Our board-certified podiatrist, Dr. Brandon Macy will assess your feet and ankles to keep you walking. We are located in Clark, NJ and serve patients in all the surrounding Union County towns! 

 


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