Don’t Commit to One Shoe Size

You may believe that once you have reached adulthood, your shoe type and size is fixed. However, as you get older, your feet change. Tendons and ligaments become laxer, arch height may decrease, and the shock absorbing padding on your soles thins and atrophies, especially if you are a woman. In addition, feet tend to gradually lengthen up to half a shoe size per decade.

What to Do: Recognize that the shoe that was a good fit three years ago may not be the best shoe for you today. Become aware of the variances in shoe sizes between different brands. Consider having your feet professionally measured every few years.

Don’t Run Without Socks

Socks are important because when your feet sweat they absorb moisture. Without socks, your sweaty feet have no protection from friction between your feet and your shoes – blisters or other problems are likely to result.

What to Do: Always wear socks. They don’t necessarily have to be thick. Socks made of thinner, breathable material are made especially for athletic activities.

Don’t Wear Running Shoes When You’re Not Running

Shoes made for running are specifically designed for forward motion, so don’t wear them for different activities that don’t involve constant forward motion. For instance, tennis and basketball involve lateral movements and have their own specialized shoes. You can injure yourself by wearing a shoe that’s not designed for that sport’s specific type of motion.

What to Do: Always wear appropriate footwear for the activity you’re engaging in.

Don’t Attempt Bathroom Surgery on Your Feet

It’s tempting if you have an ingrown toenail that’s bothering you when you run to try to cut it out yourself. Or, you may have a callus which you try to pry out. Not being trained in medical procedures, you will most likely use some kind of ineffective, non-sterile instrument. What follows may be a festering wound, an infection, or even pyogenic granuloma (a fleshy growth caused by a minor trauma).

What to Do: Don’t try to be a doctor.

Are You Suffering From A Sports Injury In The Caldwell Or Meridian, Idaho Area?

If you're suffering with a sports injury you owe it to yourself to speak with our experienced podiatrists as soon as possible. Please feel free to contact us online or call our office directly at 208.855.5955 to schedule your appointment. We service all areas surrounding Meridian, Idaho as well as all areas in the Caldwell, Idaho area. We look forward to helping you!

Dr. P. Roman Burk
Providing experienced private practice podiatry services in the Caldwell and Meridian, ID area since 2007.
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