The most frequently injured parts of the body are the feet and ankles, especially since your feet and ankles provide the support necessary for your body to function properly. This is why it is critical that you are take the necessary precautions in order to prevent foot and ankle issues from occurring.
Wear the right footwear. Not only are comfortable and supportive shoes important, but it is as equally important to ensure you are wearing the appropriate shoes for your particular activity and the type of feet you have. For example, if you tend to over pronate or you have feet with low arches, then you should wear shoes that provide sufficient support to both the front of the foot and under the arch.
Replace your shoes as needed. If your running shoes are showing signs of uneven wear, it is critical that you throw them out and replace them immediately. The general rule of thumb is to replace your athletic shoes every three months, or after 500 miles of wear, especially if you are an avid runner. Otherwise, you can replace them every six months.
Avoid going barefoot. Many injuries and issues occur when people walk barefoot outside or in the gym. Not only do you risk stepping on dangerous objects, but you can increase the risk associated with infections, such as plantar warts and fungal infections.
Perform adequate stretches before activities. Stretching the muscles in your feet, ankles, and legs can all help to prevent injuries, as well as reduce muscle soreness.
Listen to your body. If you are experiencing any pain or swelling, be sure to modify your activity, and stop and rest until your body feels better. If the pain persists, then consult with your podiatrist before performing any continued exercises or activities.
For the best possible outcome, it is always best to speak with Dr. Hyderi and the Foot and Ankle Specialists of Illinois. Contact us for more information today!