• When starting a new exercise routine, or when ramping up your current one, make sure to ease into that new routine.
Stretching before exercising is one way to make sure you are warmed up and ready to go.
• Consider purchasing new shoes for your new level of activity. It’s important to have your feet measured, and then choose an athletic shoe that fits your sport. Make sure to break in any new gear appropriately, and ask your podiatric physician for recommendations for your particular needs.
• Take care of your feet. Examine them daily for signs of blisters, corns, and ingrown nails. Take a few days off your new activity if you see signs of any of these problems.
• Visit your podiatrist periodically to discuss your foot and ankle concerns or just for a check-up before starting a new routine.
•Watch your sun exposure. As the weather improves and our feet are more exposed, it’s important to remember sun-screen. The tops of feet are one of the most commonly sunburned areas.
• Seek immediate care for any foot or ankle problems.
Winter is a great time of year for renewal, but don’t let your over-eagerness get the best of you. Take the time to enjoy and take care of those two very important assets—YOUR FEET.