Over the course of the past few months, we have seen many patients go through what we like to call deconditioning. As people have been confined to their homes, not going to work and not getting out, muscles that are built up and provide protection are breaking down. This is caused by the decrease in normal movement and exercise, now that many are quarantined at home. Deconditioning can take place only after a few short weeks. Naturally, with less movement it can make small foot and ankle conditions exacerbated.
Deconditioning and long-term inactivity has an impact on different aspects of physical fitness: strength, stamina, and skill. As a result of the process of muscles becoming weaker, we are seeing more cases related to a variety of foot and issues including rolled ankles and stubbed toes.
Our thoughts on this process is that the lesser and lesser people move, the more their muscles that protect the foot and ankle are breaking down. Leaving the bones and ligaments in the foot vulnerable. Several people that we have seen have also admitted to weight gain during COVID, putting more pressure on the muscles to work. Combined weight gain and muscle deconditioning is not the best case for our patients.
A positive diagnosis for COVID-19 could increase deconditioning and the accompanied risks. Patients may experience fatigue and physical limitations, therefore extending their period of inactivity.
To this end, we are encouraging patients to get out more, stretch and walk to ensure that you are moving more to keep your muscles and joints strong. We have several resources available on our website and YouTube channel containing exercises and stretching techniques. You can also subscribe to our monthly newsletter where we include new ways to stay active and safe in the midst of the pandemic.