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john simmFilming for new series PREY was put on hold as the lead actor John Simm recovered from a leg injury suffered on-set.  Playing the role of a man accused of murdering his family and on the run, Simm was climbing out of a river during the third take of an outdoor chase scene when he felt a tear in his calf muscle.  

Simm claims that he routinely does stretching exercises before filming because of the intense physical exertion that the action thriller demands.  "It was a very physical role - lots of running, hanging off bridges and climbing fences. Hard work but I loved it” said Simm.  After undergoing physiotherapy and allowing the leg enough time to heal, he returned to the set and continued shooting.

Even though Simm seems to have done everything right, it is important to remember that failing to stretch the before strenuous activities increases risk of injury. For questions about adequately preparing the ankles or feet, call podiatrist Dr. Alan J. Discont of Family Foot & Ankle Care, PC. Dr. Discont will take care of your podiatric needs.

Stretching Your Feet

Being the backbone of the body, the feet carry your entire weight and can easily become overexerted, causing cramps and pain. As with any body part, stretching your feet can serve many benefits. From increasing flexibility to even providing some pain relief, be sure to give your feet a stretch from time to time. This is especially important for athletes or anyone performing aerobic exercises, but anyone experiencing foot pain or is on their feet constantly should also engage in this practice.

Good ways to stretch your feet are:

  • Crossing one leg over the others and carefully pull your toes back. Do 10-20 repetitions and repeat the process for each foot
  • Face a wall with your arms out and hands flat against the wall. Step back with one foot and keep it flat on the floor while moving the other leg forward. Lean towards the wall until you feel a stretch. Hold for 30 seconds and perform 10 repetitions for each foot
  • Be sure not to overextend or push your limbs too hard or you could risk pulling or straining your muscle

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office in Chandler, AZ. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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