Exercise is essential for good health, but it can certainly put a strain on certain parts of your body. You may be a seasoned athlete, or just beginning your workout journey. Whatever the case, you’re likely familiar with the aches and pains that come with pushing yourself physically.
A lot of exercise involves running, walking, or jumping. Feet and ankles absorb a lot of the shock of this physical movement. They also bear the weight of your entire body. Because of this, it is fairly common to have sore or tired feet after a workout. It is common to want to exercise through soreness if you feel you can ignore it. However, when it comes to the complex network of muscles, tendons, ligaments, and bones that operate your feet and ankles, there’s a lot that can go wrong. Exercising through what may seem like a small pain may lead to worse, even permanent injuries later on.
Without a professional opinion, it can be difficult to know how severe foot and ankle injuries are. This can also make it hard to know whether to push through it or not. Some injuries can be treated at home, and others require special treatment or physical therapy. It’s important to know what to look out for, and what preventative measures you can take to avoid any future injury.
So what are some common causes of exercise-related injuries?
“Walk it off” is something you hear a lot in sports, but it is very bad advice when it comes to the science of exercise. The most common cause of exercise related injury is overuse/overtraining. If you are not taking breaks or resting adequately, your body will start to show it. A ‘break’ doesn’t always mean you need to completely stop exercising. There are a number of cross training or alternate exercises that can get your heart pumping without adding on to any injuries to the foot or ankle.
You can prevent a lot of types of foot injuries and ankle injuries by wearing proper footwear. Wearing a shoe that is incompatible with the way you move is one of the causes of common running foot injuries, such as Achilles tendonitis and plantar fasciitis.
Many exercise related injuries can be prevented by preparing your entire body for the exercise. If you’re planning to make exercise a regular thing, always make sure you’re warming up and stretching properly. There are a number of injury prevention exercises and warm ups to ready your body for rigorous activity.