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Kiai! And then boom! You see multiple wooden boards crack in between someone’s hands. It’s amazing when you see martial arts masters kick through wood or concrete and come out without so much as a bruise on their feet! How is this possible?

After some study, there seems to be a logical explanation through physics. Every object has a level of elasticity – the ability to be stretched or compressed and then go back to its normal shape. Kicking puts a force on the object (planks of wood or blocks of concrete), breaking the limits of elasticity the object has. Our hands/arms and feet/legs are able to endure much more force through our bones, tissues, and fat than a wooden board or block of concrete can. Additionally, the motion involves a slight spring/pull back, which activates the elastic movements of the object to the point of breaking, while reducing the elastic force on our hands or feet.

A bit complex, but that is how Martial Arts masters are able to swiftly kick through boards without anything more than possibly a redness on their feet. These masters practice and focus their punches, chops, and kicks until their technique allows them to apply force and use an object’s elasticity against itself. Again, it takes practice. There is no shortcut as you will find out if you try without understanding the motions. You can end up with injuries that range from severe bruises to broken bones. 

Perhaps you or your children have thought about being able to do this. Under proper instruction and guidance, you may one day be able to! But don’t take this lightly. Like with many other sports, you are risking injury – whether it be blunt trauma or overuse injuries. Discipline is part of this sport and it can include repeated movement until it has been perfected, meaning possible issues like foot or ankle sprains, Achilles tendinitis, and plantar fasciitis.

If you have previous injuries or are worried about incurring injuries, but wish to engage in the practice of martial arts, come see us first. We can assess your feet and ankles’ readiness to participate in this sport and find solutions for pre-existing issues. If you do incur injury during a martial arts class, it is best to get it treated right away. Dr. Brad Toll at Crofton Podiatry would be happy to see you at his Crofton, MD office. Make an appointment by calling us today! We treat patients from the surrounding Gambrills, Odenton, and Bowie areas as well.

By Crofton Podiatry
August 17, 2016
Tags: Foot Pain   ankle pain  

For growing teenagers foot and ankle health is very important to overall growth and development. Foot pain is often ignored or “shaken off”, making it more likely that it will go untreated until it gets worse. During this time of development, deformities can form and posture can be affected. These and other issues can cause future problems.

It may be alarming, that a study found that approximately 60% of teenagers have some kind of foot or ankle pain. Sports injuries, shoes that don’t fit well, and small pains that teens tend to ignore are usually the causes. To make things more complicated, teenagers usually do not focus on foot health as a priority.

If your teenagers show signs of having foot or ankle issues, we at Crofton Podiatry are more than happy to help with the issues. Our board-certified podiatrist, Dr. Brad Toll, will be able to assess any issues and give proper treatment to prevent more problems down the line.

Guidelines for Healthy Footcare to share with your Teens

  • Feet should be washed each day with soap and water and completely dried, especially in between the toes and around toenails.
  • Warts, fungal infections, cuts and blisters, and ingrown toenails should be treated as soon as they are found – going to Dr. Toll if issues are persistent.
  • Make sure footwear fits. The best time to get measured is in the afternoon or evening as feet can change in size by swelling over the course of the day. Also, make sure to use footwear that are designed for particular activities – running in flip flops is a no-no.
  • Arch and heel supports are very important in the shoes you choose. Painful shoes are more likely to continue to give you problems and may even cause deformities in the long run!

For more information about proper footcare, and to treat any foot and ankle issues your teenagers may be experiencing, make an appointment at our Crofton, MD office by calling (410) 721-4505. 

‘Tunnel vision’ seems to have set-in again for the potential 2016 presidential candidate Chris Christie. New Jersey Governor Christie is once again considering a plan to increase commuter access between New Jersey and Manhattan by expanding tunnel access across the Hudson River. To the residents of New Jersey this on-going saga couldn’t seem like more of a pain, however, tunnels of a different sort are causing very real pain and misery all over the U.S. These tunnels, such as the infamous carpal tunnel in our hand or the tarsal tunnel just behind our ankles, act as small passages for nerves, arteries and tendons into our periphery, and when trapped can cause significant pain to the extremity.

 

For those unfamiliar with the tarsal tunnel, it is a small passage behind the inside of our ankles. This particular tunnel holds the posterior tibial nerve, a nerve primarily responsible for the muscle control and sensation to parts of our feet. Ankle injuries, systemic disease, biomechanical problems, and many problems can all cause this tunnel to become compressed, placing excessive pressure on the nerves and vessels which pass through. This entrapment is what causes the numbness, tingling, and sometimes even shooting pain in our feet.

 

If you ever feel these symptoms in your feet, it is imperative that you see a local foot specialist immediately, as a compressed tarsal tunnel may cause irreversible nerve damage. Following examination and diagnosis, your local physician may try a multitude of options to reduce this compression, orthotic shoe devices, physical therapy, corticosteroid injections, and custom footwear.  In severe situations, ankle surgery may even be required.

 

While tunnel issues may be a pain in the necks of citizens of New Jersey, don’t let tarsal tunnel pains become a problem in your feet! No matter where you live in the Crofton, Gambrills, or Annapolis area of Maryland, pain in your ankles or feet is not normal and should be checked by a local specialist before any permanent damage can set in and if you’re in the area don’t hesitate to call Crofton Podiatry for an appointment.

 

By Brad Toll.


While many NFL fans between Bowie and Annapolis may have spent their Monday licking their wounds following the devastating Bronco’s loss to the Seahawk’s overwhelming force at the XLVIII Super Bowl, not everybody from the Seahawk’s camp is in full celebration. Seattle Seahawk’s All-Pro cornerback Richard Sherman, who was a major force behind the defense that stopped the 49’ers in the NFC Championship, and who was also implicit in the complete dismantling of Peyton Manning’s offensive maneuvers with the Denver Broncos Sunday night, suffered two clear ankle sprains during Sunday’s game; the second of which took him out of the fourth quarter with 11:28 left on the clock.

While Sherman was eventually able to celebrate the victory with his teammates (on the sidelines and in a walking boot with crutches), his injury was a clear reminder of the susceptibility of the human foot to damage, even in trained professionals.  Ankle sprains are unfortunately all too common, infamously causing significant pain, discomfort, and limited mobility during the months they may take to properly heal.

In Maryland, winter weather presents an even greater danger for sprains as ice and slick surfaces cause many unsuspecting victims to join Sherman’s crutch-wearing ‘Legion of Boom’ every snow season.  If an overzealous touchdown celebration or a treacherous ice patch has put one of your ankles in pain, don’t wait, we can help.  Schedule an appointment with Crofton Podiatry today.  Our office is conveniently located in Crofton between Bowie and Annapolis, so we can get your recovery started and put you back on your feet and back in the game as soon as possible.

by Brad Toll




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