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By Clark Podiatry Center
August 01, 2018
Tags: Hammertoes   Neuroma   stretching   injury  

Looking for another way to spend family time together? It might sound strange, but how about a night of foot fitness? Yep, you read that right. Specifically, we want to focus on exercising the toes. It’s not a body part you usually think about when working out, such as the biceps or abs, but strengthening the toes are just as important.

Why should we exercise the toes?

  • Stretching out the toes can help prevent certain chronic issues and toe deformities like toe cramping, hammertoes, and Morton’s neuroma.
  • Strong toes help you with balance and stability to improve performance for athletic activities.  
  • Healthy and flexible toes help prevent serious injury.

Toe exercises to do together (in the form of games):

  • Tiptoe competition: How many times can you raise your heels while your toes remain on the ground? This is a great exercise for the calves too!
  • Moving Marbles: Using just the toes, move marbles from one plate to another. Race each other or see who can do it in the quickest time. This can also be done with small towels or other small objects.
  • Big Toes Game: If you’ve played the Thumbs Game as a group icebreaker, you know that it can be a fun prediction game. At each person’s turn, everyone raises 0, 1, or 2 thumbs, as the person whose turn it is calls out a number from 0 to the number of total available thumbs (a group of 4 would have 8 thumbs). In this version, use your big toes instead of your thumbs. It’s a fun way to learn to control your toes.
  • Spelling Game: Use the toes to spell words in the air – the first person to guess what you’re trying to write wins a point!
  • You can choose your own prizes and/or consequences, but one idea is that the winners can get foot massages from the losers!

If you find that you have pain or problems in your feet while you play some of these games, come to see our foot doctor for an assessment. Make an appointment today at Clark Podiatry Center. Our board-certified podiatrist, Dr. Brandon Macy will assess your feet to find the best treatments or solutions for your feet. We are located in Clark, NJ and serve patients in all the surrounding Union County towns!


By Clark Podiatry Center
November 22, 2016
Tags: turkey trot   stretch   hydrate   practice  

Thanksgiving is a time of family and reflecting on what we are thankful for. It’s also time for lots and lots of delicious food! Then, there’s the thought of feeling guilty for all the calories consumed. So how do you remedy this? Exercise! And what better way to do this than to sign up for a Turkey Trot? An annual event, it is a great morning activity for you and your family. And bonus, it will make for a less guilty meal later that day!

Our goal is to keep you walking – whether it be day to day, or during your Turkey Trot! The following are tips that we at Clark Podiatry Center want to share with our patients who may be preparing for a Turkey Trot or other Thanksgiving race.

  • Practice, practice, practice: Whether or not this is your first race, it is best to train for this event. Running and walking a 5K or longer distance race can be difficult for those who have no experience training for
  • this. It is tant to test your body to see if it is up for the challenge. Wherever you start, you can continue to work on your abilities to increase the distance you can complete.
  • Listen to your body: Move around and condition your body. During these activities, you can see if any part of your body has pain or discomfort. If you have issues, you can come see our podiatrist to make sure that you get treatment to get back on your feet before race day.
  • Hydrate and Nourish your body: Your body must have the right nutrients to help you get through the race. Eat right the night before as well as the morning of to keep you from getting faint or famished during the race.
  • Train in race day sneakers and clothing: Sneakers should be comfortable and supportive. Clothing should not make you hot and should not chafe your skin while you run. Train in whatever you plan on using on race day so that you know how they feel.  
  • Stretch: Stretch before the race to help prevent injury and after to reduce soreness. Rotate all joints and make circles with your feet, knees, legs, and hips. If you have any issues doing these movements, it’s best to see our podiatrist.

If you notice any pain or discomfort, come see our board-certified podiatrist, Dr. Brandon Macy at our Clark, NJ office. Make an appointment so that we can keep you walking toward your Thanksgiving meal!

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