Keep your feet safe at the gym!

Now is the time of year that many people make New Year’s Resolutions to get back in shape, lose some weight, or attain certain fitness goals. Don’t let foot injuries get in the way of you achieving your resolutions!

Here are some tips:

1. Start new workouts gradually. Often times, the mistake of doing too much too soon will result in energy or workout fatigue. Take it slow and steady. Increase your workout length and intensity slowly to avoid overuse injuries such as Achilles tendonitis or stress fractures.

2. Wear appropriate shoes and socks. For working out, the best shoes are good supportive sneakers. Try to avoid minimalist type shoes or light weight style shoes to avoid heel pain.

3. Use good technique especially if doing exercises such as squats or deadlifts. Improper form can result in serious injury.

4. Protect yourself from fungus and bacteria. Make sure to wear shower shoes or flip flops around the locker room. Change your socks right after exercising to remove moisture from the feet. Never go barefoot on pool decks or public showers.

5. Listen to your body. If your foot or ankle is sore, do not assume it is normal. Don’t ignore the pain! Make an appointment with your foot and ankle surgeon to obtain a proper diagnosis.

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