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Top Foot Injury Prevention Tactics

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Stretching before exerciseThe City of Richardson Parks & Recreation Department offers sport leagues and tournaments for residents who enjoy playing basketball, volleyball, softball, and flag football. Beyond these offerings, community members can enjoy the various running trails, basketball and tennis courts, and parks throughout the city.

We certainly hope you exercise frequently or participate in other physical activity to contribute to your health and wellbeing. Of course, doing so means you will have a certain degree of injury risk, but we have some foot injury prevention tips to help keep you safe!

  • Always wear the right shoes. Well, you need to wear the left ones too, but we mean “make sure you wear activity-appropriate footwear” when playing sports or working out.
  • Make sure your shoes fit. Too often, injuries and problems develop when footwear is either too small or too large. Choose pairs with room in the front—your toes should be able to wiggle—and a little room in the back (just enough to slide your index finger down to about the second knuckle when the shoe is laced). Of course, the heel needs to be firmly cradled and your foot shouldn’t slide around inside.
  • Start easy. When beginning a new running or workout program, don’t push yourself too hard. Start with an easy level. Not sure what this entails? Come see us and we can provide professional advice.
  • Gradually ramp up the workouts. Don’t attempt to do too much, too quickly. Instead, slowly build up your levels of intensity and duration for your workouts.
  • Warm up and stretch. Before engaging in high-intensity activity, take time for an easy warmup and some dynamic stretches.
  • Nutrition and hydration. Of course, one of the best tips for avoiding injuries is to provide your body with the right nutrients from a healthy diet, along with staying properly hydrated. Eating well and drinking plenty of water goes a long way towards a healthier you!

These foot injury prevention tips will help to reduce your risk of developing a problem, but it is virtually impossible to eliminate all risk. When injury strikes, Richardson Podiatry Associates is ready to help. We provide comprehensive foot care services to address an array of medical issues. For additional information on staying safe while staying active, or to set up an appointment with our Richardson, TX office, simply give us a call at (972) 690-5374. Remember, you can always request an appointment with us online as well.

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