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Before you get out on the field make sure your feet are also prepared.
Are you or your child looking to play soccer this fall? If so, you may be figuring out the many things you’ll need to do to prepare yourself. While it’s important to keep your body in shape, it’s also important to make sure your feet and ankles are ready for the sport. Fortunately, your Chicago podiatrists have the tips you need to keep feet healthy while enjoying your favorite sport.
Choose the Right Shoes
Did you know that if you wear cleats that are too small for your feet for an extended amount of time you could change the overall structure of your feet? This can lead to serious changes and other health issues for your feet, which will certainly affect your performance on the field and also cause pain and other problems. If the cleats you have are pushing against your toes, then they are too small. Go to a specialty shoe store to get properly fitted shoes for your feet.
Keep Nails Trimmed
If you aren’t keeping those toenails trimmed then you may find yourself dealing with a cracked or ripped toenail at some point (Ouch!). To prevent this problem from happening, you’ll want to keep your nails trimmed. Of course, you’ll want to trim the nails straight across, making sure the nail is in line with the tip of your toes. Trimming the nail at a curved angle or trimming them too short could lead to painful ingrown toenails.
If you have some pretty bad calluses, then you may find that your shoes don’t fit as comfortably as they once did. If this is the case, you’ll want to carefully shave down calluses with a pumice stone. We recommend doing this right after showering when the skin is a bit softer. If you don’t know how to properly shave down calluses, or if you have diabetes or circulation issues then you’ll want our Chicago foot doctor to do it for you.
Stretch Those Muscles
Did you know that quite a few foot problems are due to foreleg tightness? By incorporating some foreleg stretches into your daily routine before you go out to play you can often avoid painful issues like shin splints or Achilles problems. We would be happy to show you some effective exercises to use—just ask!
Have questions about caring for your athletic feet? Need to schedule a physical exam to make sure your feet and ankles are healthy enough for a new activity? Then don’t hesitate to call Affiliated Podiatrists, Ltd in Chicago, IL today to schedule your next foot care visit.
The Chicago Marathon is coming up soon. Will your feet be ready? Running can place quite a bit of stress and strain on feet, especially during a marathon. Here are five tips your podiatrist at Affiliated Podiatrists recommends to make sure your feet will be ready for the Chicago Marathon this year.
1. Begin Training Well in Advance
If you plan on running the Chicago Marathon this year, you need to have started training well in advance. Try to do too much of your training at the last minute, and not only are you unlikely to do well during the race, but you are much more likely to develop an overuse injury such as plantar fasciitis.
2. Invest in Quality Socks and Shoes
Don't even attempt to run long distances without both shoes and socks that are up to the job. Skip your worn-out old tennis shoes and invest in quality running shoes that are comfortable and that offer the support and stability you need. Switch them out after every 350 to 500 miles, but be sure to break in a new pair well in advance of the race.
The socks you choose are just as important, as choosing the wrong pair can result in painful blisters or cuts. Choose well-fitting, moisture-wicking socks that won't bunch, twist or slide down.
3. Trim Your Toenails
Forget to trim your toenails and not only can you cut your surrounding toes during a long race, but your toenails can even turn black from the repeated pressure. Trim your nails straight across, and be careful not to cut them too short, as this can be uncomfortable as well.
4. Protect Against Blisters
Blisters are a common runners' complaint. Protect your feet by wearing the right pair of socks and shoes, by keeping your feet dry during the race, and by using a protective lubricant, powder or a bandage to prevent excessive friction in problem areas.
5. Visit Your Chicago Podiatrist
Lastly, if you have existing corns, calluses, warts or other foot problems, be sure to visit your Chicago podiatrist Dr. Feder before the race to have them taken care of. This will eliminate points of friction and help keep your feet safe and comfortable mile after mile.
You've been preparing for the Chicago Marathon for months. Don't let all of your hard work and training go to waste. Use these five tips from your podiatrist at Affiliated Podiatrists in Chicago to prepare your feet for an excellent race.
Your podiatrist has some preventive tips for keeping athletes in the game.
Whenever you get on the field or the court, you know that the game comes with certain risks. Injuries can happen anytime to an athlete; however, there are certainly precautions you can take to ensure that you keep your feet and ankles safe while also enjoying a challenging and exciting game. Whether you play team sports like football or soccer or you prefer solo activities like running, your Portage Park podiatrist is here to give you some tips on how to prevent foot-related sports injuries.
Warm-up your body
It’s important that you keep your body conditioned and warm before you participate in any sport. It’s especially important that you don’t push yourself so far beyond your abilities that you risk injury. If you want to participate in a marathon, you don’t want to wait until the week of to begin running. You want to train your body slowly and build up endurance and strength for months beforehand. Pushing yourself too hard means your body has to work twice as hard, which puts added pressure and force on your feet. Allow your body time to build up muscle so you can train effectively and safely.
Participate in light stretching and jogging to warm up your body before engaging in any sporting endeavor. Perform exercises that give your muscles full range of motion, to prevent injuries.
Listen to your body
If you’ve already had a foot or ankle injury, then you need to be careful and listen to when you body is telling you it’s had enough. You may need to wear orthotics or a special brace while playing sports to give you ample support and to keep unnecessary pressure off previously injured areas.
If you’ve had issues with your ankles or knees in the past, this can also impact your feet and put excessive pressure on the heels and soles. If you start to notice pain or discomfort, it’s time to take a break and give your body a rest. You don’t want to push yourself so hard that you risk re-injury.
One of the most important things you can do to protect your feet and ankles is to wear the proper gear. That means, investing in the proper pair of shoes for your chosen sport such as ski boots, running shoes, hiking boots, and skates. Find an athletic store in your area and talk to an expert on what shoes will work best for your activity level. Also, make sure to toss old, worn-out shoes when it’s time, as they won’t offer the same protection that you need.
If you are experiencing any pain in your feet or ankles, or notice any problems while participating in sports, call us today so you can see one of our Portage Park podiatrists. Don’t let an injury keep you down. We want to get you back on your feet and back in the game!