Although your workout may start in your head, it actually begins with your feet! Unfortunately, pain and discomfort can wreak havoc on your body and workout schedule. No need to worry! To help you stay on schedule and feel better, I have identified the 3 most common foot problems and what you can do about them:
- Plantar Fasciitis (heel pain), a very common issue that creates a lot of pain, is inflammation of the tissue running from the heel to the ball of the foot typically caused by muscle imbalance and tightness of the muscles on the back of the leg. Target stretching, taping the foot and wearing a supportive, orthotic device, as well as supportive footwear can help alleviate pain and help it heal.
- Fallen Arches are also quite common and painful. Structural deformity caused by injury, arthritis or imbalances may cause the arch of the foot to lower. The best protocol is to wear supportive shoes and orthotics.
- Achilles Tendonitis, another painful issue that is characterized by inflammation of the tendon that attaches to the heel bone, is usually caused by overtraining, not warming up or previous injury. Target stretches, heel lifts, orthotics and possibly anti inflammatories can help manage pain and heal the area.
Overall, the best way to keep your feet fit is to keep them from getting injured! Most people injure themselves when their shoes don’t fit properly or when they walk for long periods of time on poorly made shoes, further supporting the importance wearing proper fitting footwear that is supportive and comfortable. Aetrex is one of my favorite brands because their shoes are made with orthotic support and memory foam cushions. Not only are their Berries boots super comfortable and have supportive sides, but you can stay active in these boots all day without arch pain or blisters. I also love the Aetrex RX Runners because the stability in the rear and forefoot is fantastic without compromising comfort. The most important practice is to find a shoe that fits you….and to keep searching until you do. Both your feet and body will thank you!