Summer is a great time to get active and start participating in a new sport. However, as you dive into a new game, make sure you’re following the rules of proper foot care. Regular exercise is the best way to ensure you stay healthy and active for years to come, but a foot injury could put you on the sidelines for a full season. This summer follow these guidelines to stay on your feet.
Get the Right Fit
Any shoes that you run or exercise in, regardless of the sport, will fit differently than your everyday shoes. When you’re shopping for running shoes, basketball shoes, or soccer cleats, you need to make sure the shoes you pick support your feet where they need it most. Look for shoes that:
Fit snugly but not too tight
Support your ankles
Have sufficiently cushioned soles
For the best possible fit, talk to your foot doctor about custom orthotics.
Stretch Your Feet
Just like you stretch your arms and legs, make sure to stretch your feet, too. Running on tight foot muscles increases your chances of damaging your tendons, which could leave you with plantar fasciitis or Achilles tendonitis.
Don’t Forget Your Shower Shoes
The strains of fungi that cause stinky and itchy conditions like fungal toenails and athlete’s foot love to lurk in warm, moist areas like public pools decks or locker rooms. This summer make sure to always bring some water shoes or flip-flops instead of going barefoot in these areas. Your feet will thank you.
Make a New Friend
Summer is also a great time to start a new relationship with your local podiatrist. If you’re located in North Houston, visit the Foot and Ankle Centers of North Houston. Our board-certified podiatrists are ready to help you stay in the game all summer long. We’re proud to offer convenient locations in Northwest Houston, Northeast Houston, Tomball, Liberty Dayton, The Woodlands, Atascocita, Cleveland and Livingston. Make an appointment online or call (281) 444-4114 today.