As the weather gets better, more people are starting to get active. One of the most common activities includes jogging or running. Although jogging and running are great forms of exercise, they can cause certain injuries or problems to the feet.
The most common foot problems associated with jogging or running are blisters, corns, calluses, athlete’s foot, shin splints, Achilles tendonitis and plantar fasciitis. Ankle sprains are also common to runners and joggers, especially if the right footwear is not worn. Below are some important preventative foot care tips for runners:
- Make sure to wear the right shoes. Go to a shoe store that specializes in shoes for running so the right shoe for your foot type can be recommended.
- Make sure your shoes fit properly. Bring your orthotics (custom insoles) when shopping and make sure they fit the shoes you are considering purchasing.
- Keep your feet and shoes powdered as this will absorb moisture and reduce friction.
- Wear clean socks every time you run.
- Let your body be your guide so you don’t strain your feet or joints; don’t try to run through pain. Shoes should provide cushioning for shock absorption.
- Prevent Achilles tendonitis by always stretching your lower leg muscles before and after every workout.
- Wear shoes made out of breathable materials such as canvas or leather with a mesh toe box.
It is inevitable for runners to get injured, so have your chiropodist assess your feet to guide you to choose the right foot care regimen, give you tips on preventing injuries and guide you to help handle foot-related injuries.
To arrange an assessment, contact Ontario Foot and Orthotics at 905-878-6479 in Milton. Visit us online at www.ontariofoot.ca.