We previously highlighted the fact that Twin Falls, ID is an active community and there are an array of recreational sport options for residents. Now, with the upcoming New Year’s holiday, we know that many of you will be making resolutions to improve your physical conditioning in the coming year. Naturally, one of the most popular options is regular exercise.
No matter which exercises you are planning to use, it is important to remember that all forms of physical activity come with an inherent risk of injury. Fortunately, there are several injury prevention tips that can help lower the odds that you will be injured. That’s good, because a number of common foot and ankle injuries can keep you out of action for an extended period of time.
Some of the top tips are:
- Choose the right footwear. In part, a big step is making sure you have the right shoes for the physical activity you perform. More than that, though, you want to pick models that cushion the heel and have robust arch support. These features will protect your feet from several common overuse injuries.
- Start out slow. When you begin a new workout program, or decide to increase the intensity of an existing one, make sure you do so gradually. Jumping into intense activity too quickly puts the body at risk for injury.
- Cross-train. Help avoid the risk of doing too much high-impact work by incorporating low-impact activities like swimming, cycling, and yoga into your weekly exercise plan. Besides lowering your injury risk, you will also develop better overall levels of conditioning.
- Warm up and stretch. Prior to physical activity, take time to warm up properly and do some dynamic stretching.
- Don’t push through injury. “No pain, no gain” is an antiquated idea. If you are hurt, give your body time to recover. This will keep you safe, prevent re-injury, and reduce the odds of developing a long-term problem.
If you want additional injury prevention tips to keep you safe as you start 2016 with a new workout plan, Advanced Foot and Ankle is ready to help. When foot and ankle injuries do strike, we offer the accurate diagnoses and effective treatment plans you need. Contact us by calling (208) 731-6321 to reach our Twin Falls, ID foot doctor office or (208) 312-4646 to reach our Burley office. If you’d prefer, simply schedule your appointment at either location online today.