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By Clark Podiatry Center
January 25, 2017
Category: Exercise
Tags: Martial Arts  

Have you ever seen those movies or videos where a martial artist kicks through several wooden boards in succession and at different heights? It’s not an illusion or trick – it’s very concentrated energy and practice, practice, practice.

So how do they do that without hurting their toes, feet, and ankles? The answer lies in
physics!  When the foot hits the wood, it causes the board to vibrate, stretching and compressing the wood until it can no longer hold together. The force of the kick breaks the elasticity of the wood since our feet (bones, fat, and tissues) have a higher elasticity than wood does.

To get the movement just right to break the elasticity, however, it requires focused energy and sharp, accurate movement. The only way to do this is to perfect your technique and your strength in martial arts classes. Without proper instruction and practice, you may quickly become frustrated and even risk major injury, from swelling and bruising to fractured or broken bones.

Does someone in your family want to explore the martial arts? A good way to get exercise and develop self-discipline, martial arts is a great activity for both parents and children. Make sure to check with your pediatrician and podiatrist to make sure you are clear to begin classes, since previous injury or growth issues can worsen with certain exercise or repeated movements. Make an appointment today with our board-certified podiatrist, Dr. Brandon Macy at Clark Podiatry Center. Our team is ready to help at our Clark, NJ office. We keep you walking (and Kiai-ing!).

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