Dr Timothy Young Talks About Tight Calves and Foot Problems, Part 2

Dr Timothy Young Talks About Tight Calves and Foot Problems, Part 2

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Tight calves and Achilles are a major factor in many foot problems.  That is why we use a night splint and calf stretching is helpful for many problems.  Problems in the front of the foot like 2nd toe capsulitis metatarsalgia often respond well to calf stretching.  We have discussed how during gait, early heel rising and transfer of weight to the front of the foot can increase the load and weight transfer to the forefoot (and midfoot).  This early transfer of weight and mechanical load can be destructive. 

With our example of capsulitis of the 2nd toe, we now have an extra load going through the 2nd metatarsal and toe joint.  Eventually the extra load can strain the 2nd metatarsal and capsule.  This can lead to capsulitis or even a stress fracture of the metatarsal.   So, to help with this, we have our patients stretch their calf and use a night splint.  We avoid shoes that further put more pressure on the front of the foot (like high heeled shoes).  We even recommend shoes with zero heel drop, like Altra shoes.  This is just one example of how equinus can factor into a foot problem, there are so many more examples where this happens.  So, this is just the “tip of the iceberg” as a major factor in many foot problems and pathology.  Keeping your calf stretched out is one of the single best exercises you can do to keep your feet healthy!

If you are experiencing foot or ankle pain, give us a call today at 425-391-8666 or make an appointment online.
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