Whether you are a professional athlete or just a weekend athlete the demands made on your feet and lower limbs can lead to a range of injuries, including blisters, sprained ankles, torn ligaments, shin splints, knee pain, lower back pain and other joint or muscle problems. Added to these are common complaints such as corns, calluses and Athlete’s Foot infection. Your running style, form, improper footwear, and even minor limb length differences can contribute to injury.
Some tips for athletic foot care:
- Keep your feet clean. Wash your feet every day, and dry thoroughly.
- Wear only good quality, clean, well-fitting athletic socks. Wear materials that stay dry.
- Always use the correct shoes for specific sports and surfaces.
- Get in shape. Being overweight or out of shape places added stress on the feet. Warm up your muscles gradually with stretching exercises for 15 to 20 minutes (warm-up and cool-down periods) before and after any athletic activity.
- Wear the correct shoes. Footwear should be given the same consideration as any other piece of sporting equipment. Sports shoes should support and protect as much as possible, be durable, and should be right for the sport and surface.