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At the office of Scott T. Grodman, DPM, our skilled professionals are committed to keeping your feet and ankles in tip-top shape for walking painlessly and comfortably. We have compiled a list of things you can do to promote foot health and are pleased to offer you these easy ways to reduce your risk of foot and ankle injury.
Before any sports activity, it is advised to warm up by stretching or jogging slowly for several minutes. In this way, you are warming your muscles safely.
When you increase the activity gradually for a week or two, that conditioning helps build both your muscle strength and mobility. In addition, helping to build muscles through cross training is a good way to use a variety of muscles.
The extra support of a brace or tape will help prevent any new ankle injury if you’ve had one before.
Your shoes should be your feet’s best friend, so choose wisely. Flip-flops are prone to make you fall. Rather use a sandal that grips your foot solidly, or a real shoe or sneaker for ultimate support. They can provide a solid grip for your feet, and are less likely to catch on uneven surfaces or potholes.
Running uphill may be a great workout, but there should be a gradual build up, and running downhill too fast is more likely to cause injuries than when you run uphill.
Your body will tell you when something is wrong with your feet. When experiencing foot or ankle pain during a sport, stop the activity or at least modify the activity until the pain subsides. If you have been injured, rehabilitation and training can help you return to the sport to prevent recurring injuries.
At Scott T. Grodman, DPM, we can help you restore and maintain healthy feet. We provide the highest quality care for many of the conditions that affect the feet. Please call us to learn more, or to schedule an appointment.