Athletes are no strangers to injuries and aches, especially when it comes to their feet and ankles. As we move into warmer weather and spring approaches, most of us and our kids are starting up our outdoor exercises and sports. Taking care of your feet before, during, and after your workout is important in preventing accidents and keeping your feet healthy long-term. Below are some of the top things athletes should keep in mind when it comes to foot care.
Pick The Right Shoes
When it comes to sports, there are various uniform and equipment requirements depending on which activity you partake in. But what about your shoes? Choosing specific sneakers for whichever sport you play will give you the best results when it comes to keeping your feet pain-free. That’s why companies make basketball shoes, baseball shoes, swimming shoes, and so on. Take a look and see what you find!
Steer Clear of Sweat
When it comes to your shoes and socks, letting your feet sit for too long in damp, dark environments is a recipe for disaster. Foot odor and fungal infections grow in these conditions and you can easily spread these infections to others. Stay clear of both by changing your socks often and switching out your sneakers every day.
Take It Easy
The easiest way to injure yourself is to physically push yourself too far. Instead, take it slow and gradually build up your speed or intensity. This is especially true for those looking to incorporate a new workout, trick, or motion into their routine. Easing into things will help prevent injury.
Rest Is Important
Listening to your body is the best thing athletes can do. If you’re experiencing pain in your feet or ankles, it’s important to hit the brakes, sit down, and rest. Call your podiatrist if you find you still have pain after a few days. It’s never okay to play with an injury or “work through the pain”.
Worried about your feet as an athlete? Call our office today and ask about it. Dr. Ryan L. D’Amico, Dr. Donal M. Erickson, Dr. Keith Sherman, Dr. Anne-Louise Smith, Dr. Justin Muser, and the rest of the staff at Syracuse Podiatry in East Syracuse, New York, can help treat and care for your feet. Call us at 315-446-3668 or make an appointment online to get help today.