Staying fit doesn’t have to come at a cost to your health. In today’s world people are becoming very aware of the benefits of fitness and aren’t stopping to think about the adverse effects it might have on their feet. By paying attention to the ways in which strenuous activity impacts the lower limbs, patients gain the ability to prevent the development of foot conditions and may even be able to improve their overall performance in exercise and athletics.
How do I prepare for fitness training?
One of the most important aspects of any sport or exercise regimen is proper stretching. Warming up the muscles, tendons, and ligaments of the body greatly reduces the effects of excessive stress on the body. By “limbering up” you can prevent many different foot conditions. This is also true of your toes! Many people underestimate the benefits of toe exercises; a few short additions to your normal routine can go a long way towards reducing discomfort in the feet.
Patients also need to be aware of the gear they’re using on a daily basis and what it’s actually doing for them. Whether people are looking for shoes for work or need to find the right shoes for participating in an aerobics class, it’s important to consider the stress factors involved during these activities. Improper footwear is the leading cause for foot problems. This is why it is vital for patients to use the footwear necessary to protect them during their activities.
What do I need to know during my fitness activities?
Foot pain is not normal. Many people attempt to power through the pain and find the condition of their feet only degrades with increased activity. If your feet or ankles begin to ache with pain, stop. When you first detect the pain it is the most opportune time to get treatment. Many conditions can be prevented if caught in the early stages of development. Patients who begin to experience pain can maintain their fitness level by participating in lower impact exercises during the healing process. Aerobics, biking, swimming, and walking are all commonly used for this purpose. Cross training is also a fantastic way to avoid injury as it alternates the way the feet move and diminishes the effects of repetitive use.
Not all activities are equal in the way they distribute pressure throughout the foot. In fact, most sports have shoes specifically designed to provide the support, stability, and cushioning needed for the common movements that take place during the activity. If you’ve having trouble finding the right footwear for your specific needs, Dr. Evan Merrill has extensive experience in foot care and can diagnose what types of shoes are appropriate for your needs.
Fitness training can be a great way to boost the strength and flexibility of the feet when employed properly. Our staff at Southern Oregon Foot & Ankle, LLC is dedicated to finding the treatments and methods that best suit your lifestyle. Contact our Medford office at 541-776-3338, or schedule an appointment online with Dr. Merrill.