Living in Marcoola or Twin Waters along the Sunshine Coast means enjoying many outdoor activities that puts even more pressure on your sore feet. Foot injuries are commonplace, but there are ways you can prevent them from occurring. Your local Sunshine Coast podiatrist offers the best advice for keeping your feet healthy, which means you can enjoy exercise and activities under the sun.
What follows are some of the more typical injuries or conditions that your feet may undergo when becoming more active.
Blisters occur when the skin on your feet becomes moist which creates friction that results in blisters that form along the contact areas. The fluid inside the blister is designed to act as a cushion, but when it becomes too full the results can be painful. If the blister should burst, you become vulnerable to infection.
Wearing the proper shoes and socks, especially socks that wick away the moisture can be helpful. Also, if you start to notice a blister forming, put a band-aid over the area. This will reduce the friction on the skin.
This is the thick tissue band in the arch of the feet that once becomes injured can be quite painful. There are many ways to injure the tissue, but you can prevent such an injury by wearing the right footwear and reducing the strain by exercising in moderation. A little rest and ice can reduce the swelling, but a more serious conditions requires treatment, physical therapy, and the use of orthotic devices that take away the pressure.
Sprains & Strains
Ankle sprains are quite common and caused by the over extension of the ligaments connecting the bones. You can strain such ligaments as well which is a minor form of a sprain. The result is pain along with a buildup of fluid in the ankle that causes swelling to occur. You’ll need to rest and elevate the ankle along with applying ice to reduce the swelling.
This is a bone fracture caused by overuse or stress. It may be difficult to tell the difference between a stress fracture and sprain or strain at first. But the pain of a stress fracture is consistent and does not fade like a soft tissue injury. You will need to see your podiatrist for the proper treatment when suffering from a stress fracture.
If your shoes are a bit small, you may suffer from injuries to your toenails. The constant striking of the toenail against the front of the shoe may cause damage in the form of bruising or worse, the detachment of the toenail which can be painful. The best way to prevent such injuries is wearing the proper shoes that provide enough room in the front for your toes to remain untouched, but tight enough to fit around the foot. We do provide Footwear Device Modifications.
If you live in Marcoola, Twin Waters, or anywhere along the Sunshine Coast, seeing you podiatrist before suffering from foot injuries may be the best prevention you can employ. Taking care of your feet means taking care of you, so be sure to follow the right precautions, put on the proper footwear, and see your podiatrist if you have any questions or have suffered an injury. Contact Luke at Coolum Podiatry Solutions.