You’ve started your fitness plan and you’re feeling great, apart from one thing – your feet are aching. To eansure that your foot problems don’t spell the end of your exercise program – whether you’re suffering from blisters, aching arches, corns or a foot injury – read on to discover the best relief for exercising feet.
- Get the right shoes
Whether you’ve started a running program or you’re working out in a gym, having footwear that’s both appropriate for the sport whilst fitting your feet perfectly is a must. While it is tempting to buy cheap exercise shoes, it’s a false economy. Go to a sports shop where you’ll get the help you need to buy the correct shoe in the correct size, and check that shoes have a solid construction with a flexible toe bed, padded insoles and arch support.
- Buy good-fitting socks
The second cause of exercise-related foot problems is wearing the wrong kind of socks. Ill fitting socks can actually cause more friction than they prevent. Choose socks made from a modern fabric that will wick away moisture, and make sure that they have some cushioning on the sole.
- Consider using an arch support
If your shoe doesn’t have a built-in arch support, consider investing in an insert that has been molded to the shape of your foot. If you’ve developed plantar fasciitis (inflammation in the band of tissue that supports the foot arch), a qualified physiotherapist Northwich can recommend exercises to help to relieve the pain.
- Avoid doing too much too soon
It’s all too easy to try and do too much when you start a new exercise program, but this can lead to blisters, ingrown toenails and even corns, especially if your shoes are too tight. It can also cause stress related injuries such as stress fractures, plantar fasciitis and tendonitis.
- Treat problems as soon as they start
Use blister plasters and corn rings to relieve pressure, and don’t forget to give aching feet a good, long soak in warm water. Treating your minor foot problems as soon as they become apparent will prevent them from worsening and causing you even more serious problems down the line.