Now that the festive season is over, it’s time to get back to exercising!

Here’s our top 10 tips for preventing foot and ankle injuries:

  1. Wear appropriate shoes that fit well, provide good support and have proper traction. Avoid shoes with worn out soles.
  2. Warm up properly before engaging in physical activity. This can include light cardio, such as jogging in place, or going for a brisk walk.
  3. Strengthen your feet and ankles by doing exercises such as calf raises, balance exercises, toe curls and ankle rotations.
  4. Keep your feet and ankles flexible by stretching regularly.
  5. Gradually increase the intensity and duration of your physical activity to avoid overuse injuries.
  6. Avoid running or exercising on uneven surfaces, wet or slippery surfaces.
  7. Keep your feet dry and avoid going barefoot in public areas to reduce the risk of fungal infections.
  8. Maintain a healthy weight to reduce the stress on your feet and ankles.
  9. Take breaks if you experience pain or discomfort in your feet or ankles.
  10. Consult a podiatrist or other foot and ankle specialist if you have any foot or ankle pain or injury.

It is important to note that injuries can happen despite taking preventative measures. If you have any pain or discomfort in your feet or ankles, consult a podiatrist for proper diagnosis and treatment.