Have you decided to exercise more in 2016? Regular physical activity is an important piece of our overall health. Whether you’re choosing to hit the pavement hard and begin a high-intensity workout routine, or you’re simply adding regular walks into your day, the change in routine can cause injury or discomfort that quickly curtails your goals. Check out our tips below to help you protect your feet, so you can keep going!
Choose the Proper Pair of Shoes
Having the right shoes for your exercise program makes all the difference in the world. Choosing a cheaply constructed shoe will quickly lead to many types of injury. You want a well-constructed shoe that bends with your foot and includes a padded insole with arch support. Don’t buy a pair of shoes that you feel need to be broken in, because they should feel good from the get-go. For most people beginning an exercise routine, you’re best off selecting a cross-training athletic shoe.
Invest in Good Socks, Too
Another common problem that leads to injury is wearing the wrong kind of socks. The right kind of socks provide cushioning to your sole without adding any friction to your foot, and are designed to wick away moisture. Beware of socks that are too thick or thin, too tight or too loose, too slippery or too rough. (If finding the right kind of socks sounds a bit like Goldilocks and the Three Bears—you’re right, because you want socks that feel perfect and don’t increase your chances of getting blisters, irritation or fungus!)
Consider Quality Arch Supports
If you have a good pair of shoes with everything going for them except built-in arch support, you’ll need to get a shoe insert to support your foot from heel to toe. Our podiatrist at Advanced Foot Care Centers can help you find the right insert or orthotic to help evenly support your body weight. With good arch support, your foot will be in proper position, which also will help you avoid plantar fasciitis, blisters, corns and calluses.
Finally, Start Out Slow
The key to starting any exercise plan is to be patient with yourself and listen to your body. If your feet are having problems because you’re going too fast, too long or too hard, that takes a toll on your whole body. Starting out slow and gradually progressing your workout will ensure that you don’t find yourself stopping your workout altogether due to injury.