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Posts for: February, 2014

Justyna Kowalczyk of Poland after the Women’s 10km Classic competition at the Laura Cross Country Center during the Sochi 2014 Olympic Games,During an abnormally warm cross-country women’s 10k classical ski race, Poland’s Justyna Kowalczyk won in spite of having recently fractured her foot. Kowalczyk was faster than silver medalist Charlotte Kalla by 18.4 seconds, finishing the race in 28 minutes, 17.8 seconds.

This is the first gold medal the athlete has won at Sochi and the second one of her career. "It's something big for me because I broke my foot two weeks ago," Kowalczyk said. "I was fighting with myself with this injury."

Stress fractures of the foot and ankle often occur among athletes and usually require surgery and a long recovery period. If you are dealing with a stress fracture, speak to a podiatrist like Dr. Jeffrey Conforti. Dr. Conforti will assess the severity of your condition and make a professional recommendation regarding your treatment.

Coping with Podiatric Stress Fractures

Stress Fractures occur on the foot and ankle when muscles in these areas weaken as a result of overexertion or underuse.  As a result, the ankles and feet lose support when walking or running from the ground. Since these bones are not protected, they receive the full impact of each step. The stress on the feet causes the bones to form cracks.

What are Stress Fractures?

Stress Fractures are very common among those who are highly active and involved in sports or activities that make excessive use of their legs and feet. Stress fractures are especially common among:

-athletes (gymnasts, tennis players, basketball players)
-osteoporosis patients
-those who engage in high-intensity workouts

Stress Fracture Symptoms

Pain from the fractures occur in the area of the fractures, and can be either constant or periodic. The pain is usually sharp or dull, accompanied by swelling and tenderness. Engagement in any kind of high impact activity will exacerbate the pain.

Treating Stress Fractures

The individual and the degree of injury depend on the fracture of the foot. Some fractures heal very fast while others take a long times and one would need crutches.

- Set a routine regimen for any activities that involve running
- Choose footwear that provides good support
- Surgery with supportive pins around the ankle

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our offices located in Paramus and Clifton, NJ. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle injuries.

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February 17, 2014
Category: Foot Care

Foot ExerciseUniversity of Queensland scientists completed research for a study that demonstrates the plantar fascia is not alone among the muscles providing vital arch support. A key scientist from the University, Dr. Glen Lichtwark, reveals that this may have an incredibly important impact on footwear design, injury rehabilitation, and on the whole study of the biological origins of bipedalism.

The experiments conducted involved attaching weights to the knee section of the participants and monitoring the activation of muscles as the leg flexed and the arches moved. They followed this with a second experiment involving electrical stimulation to the leg muscle—the tissues caused the arch to start rising and supporting supposed weight—indicating that the more muscle tissue active. This highlights a larger role in the surrounding muscles than purely the arch, as was believed before.

Exercising the feet leads to increased muscle performance and durability. It is vital to seek a podiatrist like Dr. Jeffrey Conforti. Dr. Conforti can assist you on the benefits of exercising your feet and help you get started on your own fitness routine.

Exercise for Your Feet

Exercise for your feet can help you to gain strength, mobility and flexibility in your feet. They say that strengthening your feet can be just as rewarding as strengthening another part of the body. Your feet are very important and often we forget about them in our daily tasks. But it is because of our feet that are we able to get going and do what we need to. For those of us fortunate not to have any foot problems, it is an important gesture to take care of them to ensure its good health in the long run.

Some foot health exercises can include ankle pumps, tip-toeing, toe rise, lifting off the floor doing reps and sets, also flexing the toes and involving the shins may help too. It is best to speak with your doctor regarding how to do these fitness steps and how often is right for you. Everyone’s needs and bodies are different and it varies from individual to individual to determine what should be done for you to maintain strength in your feet.

Once you get into a routine of doing regular exercise, you may notice a difference in your feet and how strong they may become.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our offices located in Paramus and Clifton, NJ. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle injuries.

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