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Monday, 26 February 2018 00:00

Proper Foot Stretches for Ballet Dancers

If you’re a ballet dancer, performing proper stretches for the feet is crucial in maintaining an eloquent and graceful form. The feet need to feel strong to execute perfect dancing, and implementing correct stretches are necessary in achieving this. The tendon in the body that connects the back of the leg to the lower heel is referred to as the Achilles tendon, and this must be stretched to avoid any tears or strains. An inflammation can be caused by damage that’s inflicted on this tendon, which may often result in severe pain. An effective stretch for the Achilles tendon is to stand on a staircase, with one foot hanging off the step. Gently flex the foot, and this will properly stretch the tendons and muscles in the foot. When this is accomplished, you can switch feet. Ballet dancers tend to put enormous pressure on the big toe, and there are certain stretches that can possibly prevent any injuries from occurring. Grasping your big toe and pulling it back toward your body will not only enable the joint to remain flexible, but will also stretch the sole of the foot for improved mobility. Keeping the feet strong and flexible is accomplished by choosing to perform the correct stretching techniques.

Stretching the feet is a great way to prevent injuries. If you have any concerns with your feet consult with Dr. Bert Altmanshofer  from Pennsylvania. Our doctor will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.

Stretching the Feet

Being the backbone of the body, the feet carry your entire weight and can easily become overexerted, causing cramps and pain. As with any body part, stretching your feet can serve many benefits. From increasing flexibility to even providing some pain relief, be sure to give your feet a stretch from time to time. This is especially important for athletes or anyone performing aerobic exercises, but anyone experiencing foot pain or is on their feet constantly should also engage in this practice.

Great ways to stretch your feet:

  • Crossing one leg over the others and carefully pull your toes back. Do 10-20 repetitions and repeat the process for each foot
  • Face a wall with your arms out and hands flat against the wall. Step back with one foot and keep it flat on the floor while moving the other leg forward. Lean towards the wall until you feel a stretch. Hold for 30 seconds and perform 10 repetitions for each foot
  • Be sure not to overextend or push your limbs too hard or you could risk pulling or straining your muscle

Individuals who tend to their feet by regular stretching every day should be able to minimize foot pain and prevent new problems from arising.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in Duncansville, PA. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Tuesday, 20 February 2018 00:00

How to Keep Feet Healthy During Pregnancy

It’s common for women who are pregnant to experience swelling and discomfort associated with their feet. Excessive sweating is a typical condition many pregnant women struggle with, and it may result in fungal infections that can occur as a result of excess moisture accumulating between the toes. Keeping the feet healthy, especially during pregnancy, is vital for the general well-being of the body. Performing stretching techniques may aid in preparing the feet to accommodate the additional weight that will be carried during the pregnancy. It’s suggested that incorporating moderate exercise into your daily routine may possibly avoid any numbness occurring in the feet due to excessive inactivity. The choice to avoid wearing high heels is often a wise decision.

Pregnant women with swollen feet can be treated with a variety of different methods that are readily available. For more information about other cures for swollen feet during pregnancy, consult with Dr. Bert Altmanshofer from Pennsylvania. Our doctor will attend to all of your foot and ankle needs.

What foot problems can arise during pregnancy?

One problem that can occur is overpronation, which occurs when the arch of the foot flattens and tends to roll inward.  This can cause pain and discomfort in your heels while you’re walking or even just standing up, trying to support your baby.  

Another problem is edema, or swelling in the extremities. This often affects the feet during pregnancy, but tends to occur in the later stages. 

How can I keep my feet healthy during pregnancy?

  • Wearing orthotics can provide extra support for the feet and help distribute weight evenly
  • Minimize the amount of time spent walking barefoot
  • Wear shoes with good arch support
  • Wear shoes that allow for good circulation to the feet
  • Elevate feet if you experience swelling
  • Massage your feet
  • Get regular, light exercise, such as walking, to promote blood circulation to the feet

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office located in Duncansville, PA. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Monday, 12 February 2018 00:00

Myles Jack Ankle Injury

Jacksonville Jaguars’ Myles Jack recently injured his ankle while playing in the AFC championship game against the New England Patriots. After the linebacker hurt his ankle in a fumble recovery, the injury appeared to be serious as he was led to the locker room. Jack helped his team finish the game with six tackles, despite the Patriots winning the game 24-20. Jack will make his return to training camp in July while utilizing the entire offseason to recover.

Sports related foot and ankle injuries require proper treatment before players can go back to their regular routines. For more information, contact Dr. Bert Altmanshofer of Pennsylvania. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Sports Related Foot and Ankle Injuries

Foot and ankle injuries are a common occurrence when it comes to athletes of any sport. While many athletes dismiss the initial aches and pains, the truth is that ignoring potential foot and ankle injuries can lead to serious problems. As athletes continue to place pressure and strain the area further, a mild injury can turn into something as serious as a rupture and may lead to a permanent disability. There are many factors that contribute to sports related foot and ankle injuries, which include failure to warm up properly, not providing support or wearing bad footwear. Common injuries and conditions athletes face, including:

  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Plantar Fasciosis
  • Achilles Tendinitis
  • Achilles Tendon Rupture
  • Ankle Sprains

Sports related injuries are commonly treated using the RICE method. This includes rest, applying ice to the injured area, compression and elevating the ankle. More serious sprains and injuries may require surgery, which could include arthroscopic and reconstructive surgery. Rehabilitation and therapy may also be required in order to get any recovering athlete to become fully functional again. Any unusual aches and pains an athlete sustains must be evaluated by a licensed, reputable medical professional.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office located in Duncansville, PA. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Tuesday, 06 February 2018 00:00

What to Look For When Buying Shoes

It’s common to wear shoes that are fashionable, but it is much more important to choose shoes that fit properly. Since feet are the foundation of the body, wearing shoes that fit correctly is essential in maintaining proper foot health. An accurate measurement is obtained by trying the shoes on in the afternoon when the foot is the biggest and wearing socks that will actually be worn with the shoes. It’s important to try both shoes on, because the feet generally vary slightly in size. It’s also wise to examine the soles of the shoes to make sure there's adequate protection and cushioning. The correct shoes will feel comfortable and fit perfectly from the start, so it’s unnecessary to break them in. Before a decision is made to purchase the shoes, make sure you walk around in them for a few minutes to ensure a proper fit.

Getting the right shoe size is an important part of proper foot health. Seek the assistance of Dr. Bert Altmanshofer from Pennsylvania. Our doctor will provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Getting the Right Shoe Size

There are many people who wear shoes that are the incorrect size, negatively affecting their feet and posture. Selecting the right shoes is not a difficult process, so long as you keep several things in mind when it comes to choosing the right pair.

  • When visiting the shoe store, use the tools available to measure your foot.
  • Be sure there is ‘wiggle room’. There should be about an inch between your toes and the tip of your shoes.
  • Do not always assume you are the same size, as manufacturers run differently.
  • Purchase shoes later in the day, as your feet swell as the day progresses.
  • If a shoe is not comfortable, it is not suitable. Most shoes can’t be ‘broken in’, and comfort should be the ultimate goal when it comes to choosing the right pair of shoes

As our feet hold our body weight and keep us moving, it is important to treat them right. Picking the right pair of shoes can provide your feet comfort and mobility without pain.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in Duncansville, PA. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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