Quick Facts on Foot and Ankle Care in Our Podiatry FAQ
How can you tell if there is a bone spur in your heel? When should patients consider surgery for torn ligaments? Our FAQ page explores a variety of foot and ankle questions to help patients get the care they need. Search through our FAQ to get answers on your condition.
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Why is it important to warm up before exercising?
Warming up before a workout, run, or game provides important benefits, both physical and mental.
A warm-up routine featuring some stretching and light cardio helps prepare you for more vigorous, explosive exercise that puts more stress on your body. It allows you to raise your body temperature, heart rate, and blood flow gradually under safe and controlled conditions; thrusting yourself directly into high-octane exercise without a warm up can increase your risk of sudden injuries.
Warming up can also provide mental benefits. For many, a brief warm-up session provides focus and helps boost concentration and confidence, and is an important part of preparing for a long run, a big game, or an important dance performance.
For more information on stretches and physical therapy exercises to help prevent foot injuries, or to address an existing injury, please call Massapequa Podiatry Associates at 516-541-9000 today. You can also request an appointment online, and our staff will get in touch with you to schedule.
How can I prevent dance injuries?
To help minimize the risk of injury, dancers should always make sure that their shoes fit well and are appropriate for the style of dance they choose. You should pay close attention to technique and listen to your instructor—poor form can lead to extra stress. You should also understand the limits of your body—always take proper time to warm up and cool down, give yourself as much rest as you need between dance sessions, and never ever push yourself beyond what you can handle or through the pain. If it hurts, don’t ignore it! That’s a surefire way to make the problem worse.
Dr. Corey Fox of Massapequa Foot Associates has worked with professional dance groups and instructors and understands the unique challenges dancers face with injuries of the feet and ankles, such as plantar fasciitis, ingrown nails, stress fractures, sprains, and more. Whether your passion is ballet, modern, hip hop, ballroom, or step dancing, we can help! To set an appointment, please call us today at 516-541-9000 or use our online form.