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Exercise and sport are an essential part of a healthy lifestyle, but carry some risks of injury. Injuries may be part and parcel of any physical activity, but they can easily be avoided. Taking steps to reduce your risk of foot and ankle injuries can help you reap the many health benefits of physical activity for many years to come.
You can minimize your risk of injury while exercising and playing sports with the help of these three tips below:
1. Stretching: A good stretch can help improve flexibility and decrease your risk of injuries. At the same time, stretching can enhance blood flow, enable your muscles to work more effectively, and improve your athletic performance. It is best to incorporate stretching into your fitness regimen. Make sure to warm up before you start stretching. A gentle stretch of the muscles can help relax them.
2. Don't do too much all at once: If you have rapid or excessive fluctuations in training load, you tend to increase the likelihood of injuries. Try to develop a steady exercise routine where you gradually build up intensity, duration, and frequency. This ultimately improves your performance and decreases your risk of injury. Stop exercising if you feel any pain. Have a foot doctor evaluate any pain right away to prevent a more serious problem, like foot fractures, from happening.
3. Dress appropriately during any physical activity: Be sure to have the right gear for your workouts. Choose footwear that is designed for a specific sport or exercise to avoid injuries. For example, you should not wear golf shoes to participate in a basketball game.
If you have suffered any foot or ankle injury during sports or exercise, contact your podiatrist immediately. Call Stuto Foot Specialist Podiatry, LLC, located in Brooklyn, NY, at (718) 624-7537 or (718) 567-1403 to schedule an appointment with our highly experienced board-certified podiatrist, Dr. Joseph Stuto.
At Stuto Foot Specialist Podiatry, we know that the people of New York faced the brunt of the challenges associated with the COVID-19 outbreak. The state is now reopening in phases, joining other states.
Months of staying at home and social distancing has slowed down the explosive spread of the virus and allowed people to venture out. Physical activity was one aspect of our lives that took a nosedive, and it is only fair that we get our bodies slowly adjusted to the physical exertion but without pushing it too hard from the get-go.
Here are some tips to help you get moving again:
Motivate yourself: Be your own best friend and encourage yourself to find the drive that makes you resilient. Know that no one can do anything for you unless you help yourself first. It would help if you straightened your schedule out, set your goals, and get moving.
Mandatory checkup for your chronic foot problems: For those of you who suffered or are suffering from a chronic foot disorder, consult your podiatrist right away. With the right diagnosis and treatment, you can speed up your recovery.
Choose your sport wisely: You are the best judge of your fitness and physical capabilities. Prepare yourself before you start and make sure you take it slowly. Be it walking, running, or going to the gym, do not overexert.
Gear and footwear check: Shoes are specifically designed to provide comfort and reinforcement according to the physical activity that you choose. Use the shoes meant for that particular activity, for example, if you play tennis wearing your hiking shoes, you’ll end up injuring your feet. Also, replace your insoles with fresh ones if possible.
Step outside with caution: With summer in full bloom, it only makes sense to opt for outdoor activities. However, follow social distancing and take proper precautions.
The office of Stuto Foot Specialist Podiatry is here to address all your foot and ankle concerns. For more information on our practice and the services we provide, call Dr. Joseph C. Stuto, in Brooklyn, NY at (718) 624-7537.
With clear and strict directives to stay at home, and with the closure of most gyms, many of us are finding it hard to cope as there aren’t many options available to release that energy buildup. Some of us may have already given up on maintaining a fitness routine.
However, we at Joseph Stuto, DPM have news for you: You don’t have to let go of your fitness routines just because you are homebound.
Here are some ideas that can be adopted:
- With remote working and flexible hours, you may now have the luxury to work out in the mornings in the fresh air, under the sun, on your lawns, terraces, and rooftops. Make the most of this!
- For those who have exercise equipment at home, now is the time to take it out and use it. Make sure that you clean and disinfect your equipment before and after use, as sweat and germs increase your risk of being exposed to bacteria and infections.
- Work out with your kids. Children are experiencing tough times too since they can’t go out and need an activity to calm their nerves as well. Make exercising a group activity so that everyone can benefit.
- Join an online fitness group that operates as a virtual training session. Aerobics and yoga sessions are gaining the most popularity. Participants can follow instructions being given by the trainers and get the same feeling of working out as they would in an actual gym.
- If you are an outdoor person, you may opt for walking, jogging or cycling as long as you maintain and follow the guidelines of social distancing.
- After you are done with your work out, make sure you shower thoroughly and change into clean clothes. It is better to keep your workout gear separate from your daily wear.
In times like these, the essentials of a nutritional diet, adequate sleep, and regular exercise are key for healthy living and building up a strong immune system. We are now offering telemedicine. Dr. Joseph Stuto will be able for consultations if needed. Call us at our offices in Brooklyn Heights (718) 624-7537 and Brooklyn (718) 567-1403, New York.
Are you one of those people who started all enthusiastic about your new exercise routine, and then gave up or were forced to give up much earlier than expected? Don’t worry, you are not alone.
At Joseph Stuto, DPM, we have noticed that the most common reasons why people fail to remain consistent include:
- Lack of pre-workout preparation.
- Not having proper gear, resulting in injuries and sprains right at the start.
- Jumping from being idle to high-intensity workouts.
- Not getting your feet checked for any underlying issues.
If you want to stay safe and follow through with your exercise plans till the end, then you need to make sure that you do not make these mistakes.
Here are a few things that you can do to avoid failing this year:
- Consult your podiatrist before you start your exercise routine. It is important to know the state of your feet so that you can be careful beforehand in case you are developing any painful foot conditions.
- Proper footwear is the most important element for the successful execution of your workouts. Look for shoes that are designed to ensure stability and balance to help keep your feet safe while you work out. Get your feet measured by a foot doctor so that you know your size when you head out for your shoe shopping.
- Choose your exercise plan wisely. Start slowly and move onto more intense programs later through the year, as you build up strength and stamina. Starting with a tough work-out right away will surely land you into forced breaks, eventually halting your workouts altogether.
- We cannot overemphasize the importance of stretching pre and post work out routines. Flexing your muscles during warm-up will keep you on track and prevent issues like tissue damage, muscle cramps, sprains, and fractures.
If you have concerns about your exercise routines or are unsure about the health of your feet, our podiatrist Dr. Joseph Stuto is here to help. Call or visit any of our offices located in Brooklyn Heights (718) 624-7537 and Brooklyn (718) 567-1403 right away.