The New Year is a time of renewed motivation and new beginnings, and a lot of resolutions start at the gym. Know what you can do to ring in the New Year and keep your feet safe.
Choosing Shoes Well-fitting athletic shoes are a must for any sport or exercise. If shoes don’t properly support the foot’s arch or provide proper heel cushion, they can cause heel pain or plantar fasciitis. Shoes that don’t fit can cause a neuroma (nerve thickening/inflammation) or toenail injuries requiring injections, medication or physical therapy. Moisture-wicking socks can help prevent blisters, which can lead to more serious issues if becoming infected.
Start Slow Increasing stamina and the duration of your workout slowly can reduce the risk of overuse injuries including stress fractures or tendon sprain or strain. Stretching muscles before and after the workout will help to warm up and cool down muscles further preventing injury.
Proper Technique Improper exercise technique can lead to ligament or tendon injury in feet and ankles. Incorrect posture or misuse of exercise equipment can throw up stabilization of the foot and ankle and lead to joint sprains or muscle strains.
Be Aware of Bacteria Gyms are a place to work out seasonal stress and with that comes sweaty shoes, public showers, exercise equipment and pool decks—all of which create a perfect recipe for hidden bacteria. To avoid any additional germs, never go barefoot in public areas. Wear water shoes in areas with wet surfaces and cover any cuts, cracks or ingrown toenails as tears in the skin’s surface can be an entry point for bacteria.
If your feet and ankles hurt during exercise or if you suffer a foot or ankle injury, make an appointment with our office as soon as possible for proper diagnosis and treatment.