Being physically active is central to a healthy lifestyle and a happier you. However, playing sports and working out can put your foot health at risk. Whenever you are being active, it is important that you think about how to prevent foot injuries and take the right steps to protect yourself.
Not sure where to start? We have you covered. Here are 3 sports medicine tips for foot protection.
1. Get Your Feet into Your Warmup
We all know that you should warm-up before your workout or playing sports. However, we tend to overlook the muscles in our feet — despite how much work they do! Luckily, a foot warmup doesn’t need to be complex. Just stretch the muscles a bit and walk for perhaps five minutes, and your feet should be good to go.
2. Focus on Your Legs and Ankles Too
In many cases, foot injuries arise because of issues with the legs or ankles. If you work these muscles, you can lower the risk of hurting your feet. Lower-body workouts, as well as stretches that target the calves and ankles, can help keep your feet happy and healthy.
3. Wear the Right Shoes
This can be difficult at times. In addition to getting the right type of shoe for the sports you play, you also need to ensure that it fits well without being too tight and that it has good arch support and sufficient room in the toes. This may mean shopping around a bit before you find the right option for you, but ultimately, this is the most important part of keeping your feet safe while being active.
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