Don’t let foot injuries keep you from your fitness resolutions.

In the New Year, don’t forget to keep your feet in tip-top shape while following through with your resolutions to get fit. The American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons offers tips for foot and ankle safety while at the gym.

Start new workouts gradually. Increase your stamina and workout length gradually to avoid overuse injuries, such as stress fractures or ligament sprains.

Wear the right shoe and sock. Wear well-fitting athletic shoes designed for the exercise or sport. Shoes that don’t support the arch of the foot or cushion the heel can cause heel pain (plantar fasciitis).

Use good technique. Improper exercise techniques can result in injury to the tendons or ligaments in your feet and ankles, leading to joint sprains and muscle strains.

Protect yourself from bacteria. Sweaty shoes, public showers, exercise equipment, and pool decks are all breeding grounds for fungus, viruses, and bacteria, including drug-resistant strains like MRSA. Never go barefoot in public areas of gyms, and be sure to cover cuts and cracks in the skin of your feet and ankles.

Listen to your body. If you’ve injured your foot or ankle during a workout, don’t ignore the pain. Make an appointment with your foot and ankle surgeon for a proper diagnosis.

If you experience an injury or pain, call Dr. Sedberry for an evaluation. Shoal CreekFoot & Ankle Center is located at 1801 West 32 Street, Building C, Suite 102, and online at www.shoalcreekfac.com. Office hours are Monday through Friday, 8:00am to 5:00pm. To schedule an appointment call (417) 622-0648.

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