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By Philip S. Pinsker, DPM PC
April 06, 2016
Category: Sports Injuries

As the weather in Southwestern, PA finally begins to warm up, more and more of our patients at Philip S. Pinsker, DPM will be looking to moving their workouts outdoors and begin participating in spring sports. This can be a time of increased foot and ankle injuries as well, especially if you’ve been less active during the colder winter months. Here are a few tips to help you get your spring fitness routine off to a pain-free start:

Get Existing Conditions Evaluated—if you have a bunion or other deformity or foot mechanics issue, or if you are suffering from arthritis or other disease that affects the foot, schedule a check up with our board certified podiatrist, Dr. Philip S. Pinsker. The foot doctor will examine your foot and see if the condition has progressed significantly since your last check up. In some cases, modifications to footwear, custom orthotics, or special exercises may be recommended to reduce discomfort when exercising and also help prevent injury.

Give Your Shoes a Check Up—sneakers and other athletic shoes have a limited life span. Look your shoes over. If they are showing signs of wear in the heel or sole or you’ve exceeded the recommended number of miles for the lifetime of your shoe, it may be time to get a new pair. If you’re unsure, take your shoes to a professional sports footwear store and have them looked at. Regardless of your fitness activity, your shoes are the most important piece of equipment as far as your feet are concerned and it’s best to be professionally fitted. Don’t forget to check the inside of your shoe as well. Loose stitching or wear spots can cause blisters.

Choose a Sensible Workout Plan—one of the biggest causes of injury is doing too much too fast. Common injuries such as shin splints, Achilles tendonitis and many others could be prevented with a training plan that starts out slow and gradually increases in intensity and duration. Stretching before and after fitness activities should also be part of any good workout plan.

Listen to Your Feet—if what you’re doing hurts, stop. Pain is not a normal part of sports and fitness activities. If you are experiencing pain during or after your workout it may be an indication that you need to slow down or that something else is wrong with your foot. Cut back on your workout for a week or so and see if the pain goes away. If it doesn’t, come into our Washington office and get it checked out.

We want all our patients to enjoy getting in shape this spring. If you have questions or concerns about your toes, feet or ankles and fitness, call us at:  (724) 225- 7410.

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