Dr. Wagoner: Warmer Weather Can Bring On Foot Issues

It is hard to believe that it is February with weather like this. As I was out this weekend I saw a lot of people trading their boots for running shoes, bikes were on the back of cars, people were working out in the yard, and my neighborhood was full of walkers.  As we are enjoying this warmer weather there are a few things I think we should all be careful of as the weather begins to change.

Becoming more active has a positive impact on your overall health, but be careful of injuries that can occur to your foot and ankle. As you start to increase running, walking, hiking, or any other activity, a sudden increase can lead to stress fractures, plantar fasciitis or heel pain, tendinitis and other issues. Make sure you gradually increase your activity and give your body enough rest. It is important you stretch well before and after activity.

Wear appropriate shoes.

Wear a shoe that fits to avoid any blisters or pressure spots on your feet. Also, wearing flat sandals do not give any support to your feet and can lead to heel pain, tendinitis, and other issues.  I have to admit, I don’t like wearing sneakers or closed toe shoes when it is warm out either. Next time you go to the shoe store, look for sandals that have good arch supports built in. Trust me, these do exist.

Stay hydrated.

Even though it is not summer time and the sun is not blazing down on us, make sure you drink enough water. Not only can this lead to dehydration and other medical issues, it can also lead to cramping in the legs and feet.

Anytime the weather changes we change our lifestyle which can lead to various foot and ankle issues. If you start to have any foot pain, we are here to help. Please give us a call at 336-375-6990 to schedule an appointment.

Enjoy the warmer weather!

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