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Safe Exercising for Your Feet and Ankles

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We hope that your 2016 is off to a great start! Now, we know that many people begin a new year with resolutions to exercise more often, but all it takes to derail that particular train is a foot or ankle injury. Staying active is important for your overall wellness and we want you to be safe when training at Trophy Fitness Club, Maple Avenue Boxing Gym, GRIT Fitness, or any of the other gyms and fitness centers here in Dallas, TX.

Even if you haven’t made a New Year’s resolutions, there is no rule that says you cannot start a workout program in the second or third week of January! To help you stay safe, we have some injury prevention tips that do not require a lot of effort:

  • Runner StretchingStart easy. If you are new to exercising, or it’s been awhile, be sure to start at low levels of intensity and duration. Too many people become hurt because they attempted “too much, too soon.”
  • Build up gradually. After starting at a low, realistic level, increase the duration and intensity of your workouts by around ten percent per week. Making incremental improvements will help your body adjust to the increased physical demands.
  • Wear the right shoes. If your new workout program incorporates running, invest in a proper pair of running shoes. Likewise, if you are going to play basketball with friends at Swisher Courts, be sure you are wearing basketball shoes.
  • Warm up and stretch. Before hitting the courts or trails, take 10-15 minutes to warm up your body with light cardio activity and then use dynamic stretches for the muscle groups you are going to use. Save the static stretches—where you hold a stretch for about 30 seconds—for after your activity.

The only downside to physical activity is that it’s difficult to completely eliminate injury risk. These injury prevention tips will go a long way towards keeping you safe, but there is also good news in the fact that most common injuries are often treated successfully with nonsurgical methods. We can help restore your feet and ankles back to health, so don’t let the possibility of injury deter you from staying active!

If you would like further information, simply contact our Dallas, TX foot doctor office by calling toll-free (888) 716-5283. You can also schedule your appointment with Dallas Podiatry Works online today.    

Category: Sports Injuries

Dr. Joel W. Brook
Dr. Joel Brook is a board-certified podiatrist and foot and ankle surgeon at Dallas Podiatry Works in TX.

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