If you want to prevent heel pain, here’s what you can do to protect yourself while still enjoying physical activity.
Your feet take a lot of abuse on a regular day, let alone on days when you are running or playing sports. While exercise is a good way to stay healthy, it can also lead to injuries if you aren’t careful. Even though there are some activities that are more likely to cause foot injuries than others, our Burnsville, MN, podiatrist Dr. Fjelstad is here to talk about how improper foot care could lead to a sports-related injury.
Whether you are into kickboxing, football or dance, there are so many sports that require that you put in time and effort to ensure that you are caring for your feet properly. Common foot problems in athletes include,
- Sprained ankles
- Heel spur
- Achilles tear
- Stress Fractures
- Plantar fasciitis
Many of these problems that you see above could be avoided altogether by just caring for your feet properly before exercise. Some sports like football or baseball require you to make repetitive movements, which can be wearing and taxing on certain muscles, ligaments, and tendons. You may also be prone to issues such as plantar fasciitis if you have flat feet or if you overpronate when you walk or run. Of course, there are certain things you can do to protect your feet, and our Burnsville, MN, foot doctor can help:
Warm-up Before Exercising
Warming-up your body is so very important before exercise and yet you wouldn’t believe how many people don’t actually do it. You need to ensure that the blood is flowing to these areas prior to exercise, otherwise, you increase your chances of pulling a muscle (or worse). Through dynamic stretches and low-impact running, you can increase muscle temperature to improve how efficiently and safely you move.
If you are an athlete, then you may benefit from prescription orthotics, which we can create for you to fit your foot. Orthotics provides stability, cushioning, support and shock absorption for both the foot and ankle. It can also be a great way to alleviate plantar fasciitis-related pain. If not all the joints in your feet may function as well as they should. By wearing orthotics, it can improve joint health and correct dysfunctions in your feet, which will make your feet more stable.
Protect your feet and follow the simple tips above to keep your feet healthy while in the heat of the game. If you have questions about caring for your feet or you want to find out if custom orthotics is right for you, then call Foot and Ankle Physicians in Burnsville, MN, to learn more.