It’s time we give our feet the respect and attention they deserve. If your workout has led you down the road to overexertion, there’s a strong possibility you feel it in your feet before you feel it anywhere else. They quite literally carry us where we need to go, and it’s for this reason they’re under constant strain and pressure.
If you’re reading this article, then most likely you’ve already sustained a foot injury. That’s not too surprising, because they’re one of the most common places where we’re likely to seek treatment for injuries that occurred during working out. First thing’s first: if you’re in pain, then see a doctor to determine the cause and treatment for any injury you may have already sustained.
What type of footwear do I need?
If we’re in the gym, the last thing we’re thinking about is safety gear. Still, it should be on your mind. Whether or not you’re a runner doesn’t matter. Anything you do in the gym places additional strain on the muscles and bones in your feet, and the first line of defense is a comfortable pair of shoes built for the occasion.
Be careful not to purchase shoes that don’t properly fit your feet. When you move throughout your day, blood flow will cause your feet to expand and contract. If you purchase footwear that doesn’t leave enough space in between the area from the inside edge of the shoe to your toe, your toes could run out of space and grind against the inside of the shoe. This can cause stress fractures depending on the type of activity you’re engaged in. On top of that, you could notice swelling, blisters, or unsightly calluses. If you’re young and still growing, leave even more space inside of your shoes. Your feet will thank you later. [Continue reading]