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 972.853.7100 to reach either of our offices in Dallas or Plano.
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.