The New Year is almost here and many are ready
to follow through with resolutions to exercise and
lose weight. When starting your workout, remember
these tips to keep your feet safe and comfortable.
1. Wear shoes designed for the exercise or sport—Athletic shoes that
support your arch and cushion the heel are best to wear. Custom orthotics
may also help provide the extra support you may need. Make sure you have
your feet measured and wear the proper size for the best comfort and fit.
2. Start new workouts gradually—Be sure to stretch or warm up for your
workout and start new exercise routines gradually. We recommend increasing
your exercise intensity by only 10 percent each week. If your feet do get sore,
use rest, ice, compression and elevation (R.I.C.E.).
3. Protect your feet from bacteria—Sweaty shoes and public showers at the
gym are breeding grounds for bacteria, including resistant strains like MRSA
(methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus). Never go barefoot while in public
areas and be sure to cover cuts and cracks in the skin or ingrown toenails to
help keep out the germs. If you have a cut or scrape that gets infected and
it’s not healing in a timely manner, don’t hesitate to call our office to have it