How to Care for the Active Foot
Whether you participate in sports as an amateur or professionally, the stress sports put on your feet and lower limbs can lead to a variety of injuries. Common foot and ankle injuries in sports include blisters, sprained ankles, torn ligaments, shin splints, and other joint or muscle problems. Plus common complaints like corns, calluses and Athlete's Foot. Your running style, footwear quality, and even minor limb length differences can contribute to injury.
Here a few tips on caring for the active foot:
- Bathe your feet daily. Make sure to dry them completely. Even make sure to dry between your toes.
- Wear cotton socks of good quality. Make sure they fit well.
- Wear proper footwear for every sport and surface.
- Get in shape. Extra weight puts more stress on the feet and if you are out of shape, you can injure yourself more easily. Conditioning takes time. Build your strength up slowly. Always stretch for 15 to 20 minutes (warm-up and cool-down periods) before and after every activity.
- Wear proper, well-fitting shoes. Sports shoes should be durable and protect as much of your foot and ankle as possible.