After the long cold winter, warm weather has finally arrived. People young and old are getting out to enjoy the fresh spring air. With that extra activity, of course, is extra wear and tear on your feet. Don’t worry, follow these tips to make sure your feet stay happy and healthy this spring.
Whether it’s biking, tennis, or just going for a walk, your feet are always at risk. After a long winter, many people haven’t been active in a long time, so it’s important to use caution. This is especially true with any new workout regimen.
Even simple activities and exercises can cause sore feet to worsen or create new injuries such as:
Even experienced athletes need to exercise caution when increasing physical activity. There are a few simple things you can do to prevent injury and pain in your feet. Try these tips:
- Warm-up and stretch before exercise
- Wear supportive shoes that are right for the activity, such as sports shoes or hiking boots
- Increase your exercises gradually, if you feel excessive pain or soreness cut back on the intensity or duration of the activity
If you do receive an injury you ought to see an experienced podiatrist to receive proper treatment. Meanwhile, you can try these tips:
- Refrain from intense physical activity
- Rest the injured part of the body
- Use cold packs or ice to reduce swelling and pain, but ice for no more than 15 minutes at a time
- Take over the counter medication to help with the inflammation
For more tips, or if you are experiencing any foot issues, see your foot doctor for proper treatment and help with preventing complications. At Atlantic Foot and Ankle Specialists, Melissa Robitaille, DPM and Todd Newsom, DPM can treat all types of foot and ankle disorders including, bunions, hammertoes, ingrown toenails, and heel pain. Equipped with leading-edge technologies such as extracorporeal shockwave therapy (ESWT) and laser surgery for toenail fungus, we provide specialized, compassionate service for patients in the Pooler, Georgia area of Chatham County. For any pain and discomfort you are experiencing with your feet and ankles, contact us today at (912) 988-3323.