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Lets talk Sports Medicine!

We have heard a lot about stretching and its importance both before and after exercise.  But have you ever been at the gym and noticed that most people walk for five to ten minutes on the treadmill before doing anything else?  This five minute warm up is actually very important for injury prevention- even in the feet!  Here are some reasons why:

A warm up:

Increases oxygen delivery to the tissues, even those far-away toes!

Getting the body into warm-up mode helps to increase heart rate, which in turn increases blood flow to the distal extremities- i.e. the toes! Blood carries oxygen and oxygen is necessary for normal functioning, healing and tissue regeneration, so increasing activity slowly to get that heart rate up before intense activity will help prevent injury in the long run.

Increases the elasticity of muscles

Muscles subjected to warm-up prior to vigorous exercise are pre-lengthened and are subjected to less damage and injury than those that are not warmed-up. Bottom line? Warm-up prevents over-stretch and tear of muscles.

Increases joint range of motion

This ultimately prevents injury by reminding the joints that they can move further than they are normally required to do during normal gait. By doing this slowly and gently prior to intense activity, joints are protected from overexertion.

Increases cardiovascular activity

As we mentioned earlier, increase CVS activity increases heart rate and circulation, which ultimately increases performance and aids injury prevention. But remember the heart is also a muscle and warming it up helps it to be better prepared for an intense workout. Increased blood flow also helps to clear metabolites. Metabolites buildup in muscles and cause cramps during activity if they aren’t adequately cleared.

We hope that this brief outline will convince you to warm up prior to your next hard workout! If you have any questions, or think your problems are more significant than warming up- call us at 519-624-4122! We can likely help! 

 


A common question we often get regarding our line is work is “why feet?” While, each of us here at Achilles has our own particular reason for choosing the foot health profession, we can all agree on one thing, and that is that feet are a  more important factor in health and well-being than most people think. Here are some things you may not have known about your feet, but shed light on why a visit to a podiatrist/chiropodist may not be a bad idea.

  1. Feet can tell your health story

From blue spots to black nails to swollen toes to itchy feet- we have seen it all, and the list goes on. These small and seemingly benign changes can be indicators of underlying systemic conditions such as malignancy, arthritis, or peripheral arterial disease. Something you barely even noticed could be an indicator of a bigger problem. Your chiropodist will examine your feet on your first visit and make referrals accordingly.

  1. Don’t get a pedicure before you visit us!

Why not? Because we will likely just take it off. We want to see the condition of your nails, especially if we are providing you with nailcare or performing a diabetic assessment. Additionally, just for your information, nail salons are often a breeding ground for fungal infections. Try to be cautious when choosing a salon!

  1. Try to be honest when we ask you what medications you are taking

This is a big one. We often are given an incredulous look when we ask patients for full disclosure on their medications. However, medications can be a huge factor in some of the symptoms patients come in to our office with. For example, diuretics cause itching and cramping in the lower limb. Other antihypertensives cause swelling of the lower limb. Cancer drugs can cause tingling and numbness. There are so many reasons why being as honest as possible is in your best interest when you come visit us!

  1. Footwear can make or break your mobility later in life- seriously.

And pointy pumps are actually terrible for your feet.   Footwear is a major factor in the development of hallux abducto valgus (HAV), otherwise known as bunions. Bunions, in their earliest stages don’t pose much of a problem. But the later stages of bunions involve complete dislocation of the first metatarsalphalangeal joint of the foot. This joint is responsible for producing toe off in gait. Without it, major problems can persist. And with the increased popularity of pointed dress shoes for men, bunions are no longer a problem for just women.

These are just some details that may help prepare you for your first visit to the chiropodist! If you have more questions, call us at 519-624-4122.  Looking forward to seeing you!




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Chiropodist - Cambridge, Douglas C. Broad, D.Ch, 366 Hespeler Road, Cambridge Ontario, N1R 6J6 519-624-4122