Spring is around the corner! If you haven’t participated in many outdoor activities due to the winter weather, you’re probably excited to go outside for a run, jog, or return to playing sports. If that sounds like you, know that going out and being active after an extended period of inactivity can cause foot problems, especially if you don’t have supportive exercise shoes! Thankfully, our podiatrist in Plano, TX, has steps you can take to keep your feet pain-free.
After being inactive for a period, rapidly picking up sports or running outside can stress your feet and heels. Contact with hard surfaces, like concrete, and more variation in elevation can cause pain and the following conditions:
It is essential to choose shoes that support the plantar fascia and heels and avoid flip flops, which offer little to no arch support. When you’re shopping for athletic shoes, make sure that the middle of the shoe supports your arches, and the back of the shoes should grip your heels as you walk. If you play a specific sport, consider getting shoes that are designed especially for that sport. Always try on shoes at the end of the day, when your feet are largest.
If you experience foot or ankle pain after returning to exercise, you should follow R.I.C.E.: Rest, Ice, Compress, and Elevate. Stay off your feet for a while, apply ice to the painful area, use a compression band, and elevate the foot. Before returning to exercise, practice foot stretches and make sure to ease back in to avoid future issues. Don’t hesitate to contact our podiatrist for an evaluation if you continue to experience foot pain!
The information provided in this article is not meant to be medical advice and is for educational purposes only. If you would like to learn more about hammertoe and other topics related to podiatry, feel free to contact Dallas Podiatry Works, with a convenient podiatry office in Plano, TX, by calling 972.564.8556 or by clicking here.
The doctor has great “bedside manners” when talking to patients. Great staff and comfortable atmosphere.
The staff at Dallas Podiatry Works could not have been more courteous, helpful, and professional in doing their job. They made me feel comfortable when I was there, which is certainly appreciated. They answered all the questions that I had and just made each visit the most pleasurable that it could be. I would highly recommend them to anyone needing this type of foot care.
I would highly recommend Dr. Brook to anyone with foot problems–especially problems that stump other podiatrists. He really is very caring and very knowledgeable.
Dr. Joel Brook and the staff were nice and helpful. Though I was a new patient, I got right in as soon as they were open in my preferred location. They diagnosed the problem and provided medicines along with a perfect gel bandage so I could keep exercising while my toes healed. My toes already hurt less and look a little better each day. If I have future issues, I will be a repeat customer. Here’s hoping I don’t, but at least I know my feet are in good hands.
I visited this office for an ingrown toe nail a few years ago. After seeing another doctor, who made it worse, he referred me to Dallas Podiatry Works. The doctor there was able to fix my problem. I’m not great with reviews, all I can tell you is that this doctor and staff will have you up and running or doing whatever it is you do in no time. You will be in great hands. You’d be a fool not to use this doctor. Now its time to visit him again for the other toe.
Been having bad ankle pains for 6 months was referred here and it was a great visit ladies in the front desk medical assistants and the Doctor were all very friendly and make you feel very comfortable.