Whew! What a workout, huh? We can imagine you’re probably tired now — after all, it’s normal to feel that way after physical activity, right down to your feet! When you think about it, running long distances or jumping up and down can put a lot of strain on your feet, so it’s not surprising that they may be sore, achy, and perhaps even blistered or callused. The problem is, post workout foot pain can sometimes get in the way of continuing your exercise routine and could affect your motivation to keep it up. It might also be hard to tell when you should make an appointment and seek help.
Here are some suggestions to treat, and even avoid, sore and tired feet after a workout, as well as some tips to help you know when to come see us:
Try massaging your feet to encourage circulation and help muscles unwind. A warm bath or foot soak can help relax tight muscles as well. Stretching exercises, like simply pointing and flexing your foot, are also beneficial. You may be able to prevent the problem from occurring next time if you warm up the muscles in your feet with similar stretches before you start your activity.
When your feet are stuck in hot socks and shoes for long periods of time, or your shoes are rubbing you the wrong way, the skin on your feet may need a little TLC. Rough calluses can be smoothed with a pumice stone, blisters should be treated with an antibacterial ointment and covered with a bandage to protect against further irritation, and fungal infections like athlete’s foot should be addressed as soon as possible with anti-fungal medications, powders or sprays. Keeping feet clean and dry, wearing moisture-wicking socks, and making sure footwear fits properly will all help in avoiding these problems in the first place.
When you are experiencing nagging pain, especially directly following activity, your feet are trying to tell you that they need more than just a little at-home attention. Overuse injuries could be to blame, and if left untreated can get worse. Another sign to seek help is pain that makes it difficult to wear shoes and walk, much less get your workout in. Poor technique and footwear choices, and even bad luck of inherited bad biomechanics, can all be addressed much easier than an injury that goes on for too long and becomes serious.
If post workout foot pain still has you puzzled, the safest and best thing to do is to call us for an appointment. We will assess your problem, determine an appropriate treatment plan, and get you back on track! Dial 972.566.7474 to reach either of our offices in Dallas or Plano.