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Happy Foot Health Month to you!
I hope you’ve been paying a little more attention to your feet this month, especially as they will soon be out on show in your sandals and thongs. And if you haven’t given them a second thought since the last newsletter, do yourself a favour and get a tune up – your feet will thank you! This month we have an important message for you to remember while you’re getting out and being active in the sunshine. The start of summer brings thoughts of getting fit and summer footwear. But beware; if you’re not careful, those old running shoes may contribute to overuse injuries which will have you stopped dead in your tracks. Before you rush out in your bright and shiny enthusiasm, the most important thing you can do for your feet is:
CHECK YOUR SHOES!
One of the most common overuse injuries that podiatrists see in every day practice is heel pain or plantar fasciitis. This painful, debilitating condition is often caused, in part, by poor footwear. If you decide to head out for a walk or run after some serious couch surfing time, don’t chuck on those old sneakers that you’ve used off and on for the last 3 years because this may be the year they let you down. There’s nothing worse than building up the motivation to get fit and then having to sit out for 6 weeks while you recover from an injury that may have been prevented, simply by getting some new sneakers.
So how do you know when to change your shoes?
Some general advice would be: If you have been a mild to moderate exerciser (2-3 times a week) and maybe worn your trainers a little outside of exercise time, you should look at changing your shoes every 12 – 18 months. If you do a little more, say 3-6 days a week, then you should really change your footwear every 8 – 12 months. Though this is a guide only, everybody wears out shoes at different rates.Remember: Not every sneaker suits every foot or activity.
Make sure you get the right shoe for you. If you’re not sure, either see the team at your local The Athlete's Foot or Active Feet or better yet, pop in to see us at Pod Co and we can advise you further. Bring your old shoes in with you so they can be assessed as well.
And here’s a tip: if you see a podiatrist for a footwear referral, there could be a discount in it for you!
One last pearl of wisdom: You wouldn’t think of driving your car around with bald tyres, so why would you treat your feet with the same negligence?