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Posts for: July, 2015

By Dr. Brandon A. Macy
July 28, 2015
Tags: Stress Fractures  

It’s summertime and everybody wants to do more and be outside. Running amongst the trees or just saying hello to fellow runners are more exciting than running in front of the TV.  It’s easy to ignore that annoying pain in your foot but little do you know that this change of environment might be causing your foot and ankle issues, specifically fractures.

There are two types of foot fractures; stress fractures and general bone fractures.   Let’s focus on what most likely coincides with the beautiful weather, stress fractures.

It is most likely to happen when there is a sudden change of physical activity like doing power walks to running, adding to the frequency and length of the exercise, increasing the level of difficulty or intensity of the workout, changing the activity surface like running on a treadmill to running on rough road.  Even showing off your new kicks can compromise your feet’s ability to handle the impact of these changes.

Stress fractures are characterized by small cracks in a bone or bruising within a bone.  It can be seen most often in the second and third metatarsals in the foot, or from the toes to the middle of the foot. The other common areas are the heel, the outer bone of the lower leg and ankle, the small bone in the ankle joint and the top bone of the mid foot.  These weight-bearing bones mostly absorb the repetitive forces of these activities.

When you start feeling the pain, which develops gradually and usually worsens when bearing weight, then you have the first symptom of a stress fracture.  You may also observe that the pain lessens or goes away after rest but sometimes intensifies during normal activities.  Other telltale signs are swelling of the foot or ankle, tenderness when touched and the possibility of bruising.

If you feel any of the symptoms above or you just want to be preventive, please see our board certified podiatrist, Dr. Brandon A. Macy at Clark Podiatry Center servicing Union County and the Westfield area.  Easily make an online appointment or call 732-382-3470 and our friendly staff will be happy to assist you.

Stress fractures are said to be overuse injuries that occur when repetitive forces cause damage to the bones and the body is not given enough time for repair.   It might not be disabling like a broken ankle but a treatment plan from a foot specialist can prevent further damage.

May your feet be stress-fracture-free this summer!


By Brandon Macy, D.P.M.
July 02, 2015
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Foot Stretches  

Foot Stretches

The feet bear a lot of stress from day to day. That’s why podiatrists recommend stretching as a great way to revitalize and strengthen the feet. Simple stretches can be performed at home as a part of your morning routine, or even at work while you’re sitting at your desk. Improving your flexibility through stretching can help prevent foot injuries, increase your mobility, improve performance and posture, and relieve stress.

When Should I Stretch?

It is especially important to stretch properly before starting any exercise routine. When muscles are warmed up prior to a workout, the strain on muscles, tendons and joints can be reduced and injuries avoided.  

Simple stretches include flexing your feet repeatedly while pointing your toes to help build strength in the foot muscles, or rotating your foot from side to side while you point your toes. Massaging the muscles in your feet with your hands is another helpful way to promote circulation and relaxation.

Always allow at least 5-10 minutes to fully stretch your muscles, which should include a stretch/hold/relax pattern, without any pulling or bouncing. Before beginning any new type of stretch, visit your podiatrist first to ensure it will be safe for your particular foot pain.

What Kind of Stretches Should I Do?

Here are just a few helpful stretches you can do at home to help lessen foot pain and improve foot health:

  • Stretch for Calf Muscles: Excessive tightness of the calf muscle can cause many foot problems. To stretch this muscle, face a wall from approximately 2-3 feet away. Lean into the wall, keeping heels on the floor and knees extended. Hold for 10 seconds as the calf muscle stretches, then relax. Do not bounce. Repeat five times.

  • Stretch for Hamstring: Put your foot with knee straight on a chair or table. Keep the other leg on the floor straight with knee locked. Lower your head toward the knee on the chair or table until the muscles are tight. Hold to a count of 10 then relax. Repeat five times, and then switch to the other leg.

  • Stretch for Plantar Fascia: This stretch for heel pain can be performed in the seated position. Cross your affected foot over the knee of your other leg. Grasp the toes of your painful foot and slowly pull them toward you. The fascia should feel like a tight band along the bottom of your foot when stretched. Hold the stretch for 10 seconds. Repeat it 20 times for each foot. This exercise is most effective when you first wake up, before standing or walking.

Stretching in combination with supportive footwear will help you keep your feet healthy and fit. Whether you’re gearing up to train for a marathon, or simply looking to revitalize your feet after a long day at work, talk to your podiatrist at about the best foot stretches for your individual needs.




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