While no one can predict when accidents happen, many more injuries occur when we increase our physical activity. Workouts, exercise routines, and other strenuous movements are great for our bodies, but they can quickly lead to injuries if we are not careful. So, not only is it important to be extra cautious while working out, but it’s also important to think about pre-workout preventative care.
We spoke with Dr. Shawn Van Enoo, a foot and ankle surgeon at Pledge Medical, about the best ways to prevent foot and ankle injuries. Here are the 5 tips he suggests everyone follow before they become active.
1- Warm up 3-5 minutes before a workout to soften up your ligaments. Warming up before a workout or movement pattern is one of the most important things you can do to prevent an injury.
2- Condition yourself. Conditioning your exercise routines means starting small with your sets or activities and working yourself slowly up to higher goals. Increasing your activity level little by little each day is an easy way to ensure that you don’t push too hard and hurt yourself.
3- Be sure to get the right shoes for you! This means that you shouldn’t just order any shoes online, you need to go to an appropriate shoe store, get fitted, and speak with someone who knows what they’re talking about. It may help to speak with a foot and ankle surgeon first to discuss the type of feet you have and what shoe will complement your foot type best.
4- Know when to get rid of your shoes. Don’t hang onto old shoes after they get loose and worn. Instead, get a new pair roughly every 6 months. The more wear and tear that occurs on your shoes, the less they will be able to protect your feet.
5- Let your body talk to you. If you’re feeling pain, listen to your body. Don’t push yourself if you’re feeling discomfort. Instead, visit a physician to discuss problems before they get worse.
These five tips can easily help you avoid suffering from a foot or ankle injury, though it’s always important to remain cautious and diligent throughout your exercise routines.