Adequate foot protection is often overlooked by athletes, but failing to protect your feet can result in injuries that can keep you sidelined for weeks or months. Your Burnsville, MN sports medicine doctor, Dr. Kim Fjelstad of Foot and Ankle Physicians, P.A., offers a few tips that will help you keep your feet in sporting shape.
Choose shoes that fit well
Many sports-related foot and ankle injuries occur due to poorly fitting shoes. When you try on sports shoes, wear the type of socks you plan to wear with your new shoes to ensure a good fit. Shoes that are too tight are just as dangerous as shoes that are too big. Shoes should fit snugly on your feet but allow enough room for you to wiggle your toes. Run, jump and walk in the shoes to determine if they provide adequate support. If a pair of shoes doesn't feel comfortable, move on to the next pair.
Select the right shoe for your activity
Gearing shoes toward a specific activity isn't just a marketing gimmick. If you choose the wrong type of shoes, your feet may suffer. For example, walking shoes provide the extra cushioning you need to protect your feet when you walk, but they're not such a good choice for playing tennis. Tennis shoes offer flexible soles need for quick movements and help stabilize your feet when you move from side to side during a match.
Don't overlook the importance of socks
Socks not only help your shoes fit better, but also can provide a little extra cushioning. Prevent blisters by wearing moisture-wicking socks that draw sweat away from your feet.
Avoid overuse injuries
Painful overuse injuries can sideline you for days or weeks. Avoid them by listening to the signals your body sends you. If you are in pain, take a break. Don't suddenly increase the length or intensity of your workout. If you want to work longer or harder, gradually increase the length or intensity of your training session to prevent overuse injuries. If you have any pain that persists, contact your Burnsville podiatrist.
Is a foot issue keeping you from excelling at your sport? Call your Burnsville, MN sports medicine doctor, Dr. Fjelstad of Foot and Ankle Physicians, P.A., at (952) 435-2629 and make an appointment today. Don't let foot pain keep you on the bench!