The Right Support
Just as you wouldn’t wear leather oxfords on the beach, you shouldn’t wear the wrong shoes for exercising. Your shoe choice is critical and highly dependent upon the activity you’ll be doing. Runners need running shoes; hikers need hiking boots. There is a reason for all of the specialties in athletic shoes – they each support the foot in a different way and protect it from damage.
If you have not exercised in a long time, or if you are just recovering from an injury, ease back into an exercise routine so that you don’t injure your feet before you even catch any momentum. Be sure to stretch your ankles, your Achilles heel, and your arches prior to and after exercising. Toe spreads and arch stretches can also help prepare your feet to provide the best support during exercise.
Listen to Your Feet
If you are being active and you feel pain in your feet, stop. Whether it’s a blister or something more serious, your body gives you a pain signal for a reason. When you ignore it, you are more likely to end up with a more severe injury. Blisters can become infected. Pain during a walk or run maybe a sprain. If you suffer from diabetes, it’s important to inspect your feet after each workout. You may not feel an injury that could result in a serious medical complication.
South Shore Foot Care is equipped to handle all types of foot care from routine checkups to injuries, to surgeries. If you have injured your foot, consult a podiatrist. Dr. Robert Stein is a Doctor of Podiatric Medicine who’s been in practice for over 25 years and strives to ensure that adults and children live without foot pain or discomfort. Call our Cedarhurst location at (516) 374-3668, (516) 775-8440 for our Franklin Square location, or fill out the form on this page to schedule an appointment with South Shore Foot Care today.