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BEST FOOT FORWARD. Dr. L. Kelsey Armstrong, D.P.M., CSCS Board Certified, American Board of Multiple Specialties in Podiatry, Primary Care in Podiatric Medicine Armstrong Podiatry & Sports Health, PLLC Raleigh, NC 919-806-FOOT. PODIATRY. WHAT IS IT?

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best foot forward

BEST FOOT FORWARD

Dr. L. Kelsey Armstrong, D.P.M., CSCS

Board Certified, American Board of Multiple Specialties in Podiatry, Primary Care in Podiatric Medicine

Armstrong Podiatry & Sports Health, PLLC

Raleigh, NC

919-806-FOOT

podiatry
PODIATRY
  • WHAT IS IT?
    • The medical profession that evaluates and treats the muscles, tendons, bones and skin of the foot and ankle and how it relates to the rest of the body
    • A podiatrist has at least six years of post- secondary education, including four years of medical training
foot problems
Foot Problems
  • Plantar fasciitis (“heel pain”)
  • Neuroma (“pinched nerve”)
  • Posterior/anterior tibial tendonitis/tendonosis
  • Stress fractures
  • Ankle sprains
  • Ingrown toenail
another sad fact about aging
Another sad fact about aging
  • The elasticity of connective tissue fibers (tendons, fascia, muscles) tend to deteriorate and shorten
  • The bony structures tends to get weaker
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This tendency is also accelerated by our shoegear choices which reduces the activity of the muscles, ligaments, tendons, etc.
solution 1 shoegear
Solution #1: Shoegear
  • Supportive, comfortable shoegear is the key for prevention
  • Running shoes are the best (New Balance, Brooks, Reebok, Saucony)
  • Some good sandals, include Teva and Ecco brands
  • Some good casual/dress shoes include Rockport, Naot, Ecco, Dansko
solution 1 shoegear1
Solution #1: Shoegear
  • If not enough, then additional support in shoegear may be needed, i.e., insoles or orthotics
  • Get the best recommendation for the correct shoegear by a podiatrist (who knows your feet better?)
  • Replace your shoegear every six to twelve months (depending on activity)
solution 2 stretch
Solution #2: Stretch!

Goal of stretching is to restore muscle to their normal length and beyond

Gentle stretching is the most effective way: 30-40% of maximum perceived stretch OR until you feel the tension disappear

Aim for about 60 seconds of stretching three times for each muscle group

solution 3 common sense
Solution #3: Common sense
  • If you are already in a weakened state, do not expect your body to respond well to sudden bursts of activity
  • If starting an exercise program, start slowly and gradually; best to be under the guidance of a fitness professional
may is exercise is medicine month
May is Exercise is Medicine Month!
  • New initiative created by ACSM and AMA to promote exercise as important to health as any drug, injection or therapy
  • Encourage patients to get an exerciseprescription from their primary care physician
  • The primary care physician can refer to a fitness professional if necessary
thank you for your time
Thank you for your time!

www.armstrongpodnsportshealth.com

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