Dr. Brian Nagy | June 1st, 2017
As an athlete, you do all you can to prepare yourself for the game or competition. Or perhaps you train for the pure enjoyment of being a good athlete. You eat the right foods, you try to get enough sleep every night, and you maintain a healthy lifestyle. But what about your feet? There are a few foot care tips you might want to consider that can help maximize your training, as well as your overall athletic performance.
The number one cause of foot injuries such as achilles tendonitis is overuse. Repeated pressure on the foot, especially when you’re not used to it, can cause heel spurs, sprains, strains and other foot-related problems. Start your training slowly; if it’s too late for that, then stop your training sessions when you’re really feeling pain. This is nature’s way of telling you to take it easy before you do some real damage!
This might sound like a no-brainer, but it takes more than a daily shower to keep your feet clean and healthy.
A weak ankle is a rolled ankle. Remember to include your feet and ankles in your warm-up routine. Exercises you can do to strengthen your feet include ankle rotation, picking up small items from the floor with your toes, balancing on one foot and performing toe stretches.
You should also do negative stretches by standing with your toes on the edge of a stair-step and lifting both your heels. Raise one heel and let the other slowly drop down toward the next step. Ask your New Hampshire podiatrist for more foot strengthening tips.
Choose the right shoes for your sport and buy more than one pair. There’s a reason why sports shoes are made specifically for each sport. Go to a specialized footwear store or ask your podiatrist for recommendations. Wearing the right shoes prevents ankle and foot pain due to serious injury.
Like the rest of your body, your feet need strength training and proper care. Ingrown toenails, heel spurs and fungal infections can slow you down and hinder your training efforts.Repeated impact, sudden movement, overuse and improper footwear cause injuries that keep you from maximizing your athletic training.
Don’t neglect your feet; contact the friendly New Hampshire podiatrists at Nagy Footcare for more foot care tips. We can help you make the most of your sports training, and help you prevent serious foot and ankle injury. At Nagy Footcare, our best day is the day you wake up with no foot pain.