One person who can most likely vouch for the importance of staying active after an injury is Dallas Cowboys’ safety player Barry Church. For a player dedicated to the sport, he endured his share of highs and lows in 2012. He went from beginning his professional career as a starter safety to ending the season early with a torn Achilles tendon. This year he is back with high expectations, ready to fulfill his defensive role.
Whether you are a professional athlete, a weekend warrior or a parent who got taken down in the front yard in a match with your kids, how you handle an injury sets the stage for your recovery. Coming back from an injury isn’t easy, but you don’t have to resign to being a couch potato while you gain your health back. Barry Church most likely didn’t entirely sit on the sidelines while his tendon healed. There are ways to stay fit and active while still giving the healing process priority.
Always begin by consulting your doctor or podiatrist as to the safest exercises for your injury and then start small. If you are involved in physical therapy, be diligent with those exercises, as they will only help to speed up the healing process and ensure long-term health of the affected area. Options for light exercises could involve lifting with small hand weights while watching TV to keep arms toned and strengthened. Keep your core fit by doing some sit-ups with your feet propped on a chair and gentle stretches for your legs, arms, back and neck will help relieve any stiffness that may set in from being inactive.
The most important things to remember are to always have the go ahead from a professional before implementing exercise and to build up your strength slowly. If you have sustained a foot or ankle injury and would like some exercise ideas to set the stage for a great comeback, call Drs. Joel Brook, Arroyo, and McClurkin at Dallas Podiatry Works today. Make an appointment with our offices in Dallas or Plano, TXat 972.853.7100 or in Plano, TX at (972) 943-3323.
The doctor has great “bedside manners” when talking to patients. Great staff and comfortable atmosphere.
The staff at Dallas Podiatry Works could not have been more courteous, helpful, and professional in doing their job. They made me feel comfortable when I was there, which is certainly appreciated. They answered all the questions that I had and just made each visit the most pleasurable that it could be. I would highly recommend them to anyone needing this type of foot care.
I would highly recommend Dr. Brook to anyone with foot problems–especially problems that stump other podiatrists. He really is very caring and very knowledgeable.
Dr. Joel Brook and the staff were nice and helpful. Though I was a new patient, I got right in as soon as they were open in my preferred location. They diagnosed the problem and provided medicines along with a perfect gel bandage so I could keep exercising while my toes healed. My toes already hurt less and look a little better each day. If I have future issues, I will be a repeat customer. Here’s hoping I don’t, but at least I know my feet are in good hands.
I visited this office for an ingrown toe nail a few years ago. After seeing another doctor, who made it worse, he referred me to Dallas Podiatry Works. The doctor there was able to fix my problem. I’m not great with reviews, all I can tell you is that this doctor and staff will have you up and running or doing whatever it is you do in no time. You will be in great hands. You’d be a fool not to use this doctor. Now its time to visit him again for the other toe.
Been having bad ankle pains for 6 months was referred here and it was a great visit ladies in the front desk medical assistants and the Doctor were all very friendly and make you feel very comfortable.
Dallas Office: 12221 Merit Drive, Suite 280, Dallas, TX 75251
Plano Office: 5068 W. Plano Parkway, Suite 155, Plano, TX 75093