Exercise is important for your health – including that of your feet. At the same time, exercise often leads to injuries. Not that working out is itself a risky endeavor; it’s just that people don’t take the right approach. While focusing on your form and not pushing yourself too far are essential, warming up your feet and ankles is a step you cannot skip. So, how can you warm up your feet to avoid injury?
Walk before You Run
One of the best ways to warm up your feet before running? Walk. Take 5-10 minutes to walk before your daily jog, steadily increasing your pace as you go. This will help loosen things up so your feet and ankles can respond to the pavement strikes better.
Wiggle Your Feet and Ankles
Your foot and ankle warm-up doesn’t need to be overly complex. Rotate your feet in circles, changing direction a few times. Try to do big circles, then little circles and then big ones again. Also, alternate between flexing and pointing your feet.
While it is tempting to just jump right into your routine, it is better to start slow. You never know how your ankles and feet are going to respond, especially if you have previous injuries. Steadily work your way up in intensity over several minutes. And ALWAYS listen to your body. If you are having twinges of pain, this is a sign to stop what you are doing.
If you have concerns about your foot or ankle health, now is the time to get help. Call us at 301-948-2995 or fill out our contact form to schedule your consultation.