Running can be hard on your feet and ankles, especially when you don’t take the proper precautions or take care of them. That is why it is important to ensure you are not only caring for your feet and ankles during your runs, but also before and after.
Here are some helpful tips form the Foot and Ankle Specialists of Illinois to help you keep your running feet happy and healthy:
Find the right shoe. Perhaps one of the most important things you can do is ensure your running shoes properly fit and support your feet. From bunions, to blisters, to calluses, to numbness, to stress fractures, the wrong shoe can cause a multitude of problems for your feet and ankles. Be sure to shop around and do your research, only choosing a shoe that feels comfortable and provides sufficient support.
Invest in orthotics. If your shoes do not fit appropriately, a good option is to invest in custom orthotics. These will not only form to your feet, but will help provide the right support while running, walking, or during any other activity.
Moisturize your feet. Runners often suffer from dry skin on their feet. This problem can lead to another, often causing cracking and bleeding. In order to prevent this from occurring, moisturize your feet regularly, especially after bathing or showering, which will help to lock in essential moisture.
Keep your feet dry. Runners who tend to sweat a lot need to ensure they are keeping their feet as dry as possible. Feet that sweat are more likely to suffer from fungal infections, especially athlete’s foot. In order to prevent these infections from occurring, keep feet dry and clean, as well as use a fungicide if necessary. Moisture-wicking socks, as well as avoiding wearing wet shoes, can both help to prevent infections from developing.
Tend to your issues immediately. Whether it is a blister, an ingrown toenail, or a sore ankle, be sure to treat and care fro your foot and ankle issues immediately. The sooner you can address them, the better your chances of a faster recovery time and the likeliness it won’t turn into a much bigger issue. If it is something you cannot treat yourself, be sure to visit your podiatrist as soon as possible.
If you need help or have any questions in regards to your foot or ankle issues, contact Dr. Hyderi and her team at the Foot and Ankle Specialists of Illinois today.