Summer is finally here and I’m seeing a whole slew of new injuries. Recently I had a patient come in with foot pain following her run this week. Make sure you’re not doing a few classical mistakes and follow these 2 simple rules:
1) Wear proper footwear (your running shoes and casual shoes!) - In spring people are typically more active and get in a lot more mileage by walking or running. This doesn’t just mean running shoes! Make sure the shoes that you’re walking in casually are decent and provide some cushioning. Interestingly enough, this patient’s foot pain most likely was caused by poor footwear from walking over the weekend (and not her running shoes).
2) Start exercising gradually - Whether you’re walking or running, slowly increase the distance that you’re walking relative to what you’ve done in the winter months. (ie. if you’ve been walking or running 1 km each time, do 2 km, NOT 5-10 km)
If you’re in the unlucky boat of getting a foot injury, here’s some additional information. The most common injuries of this type are plantar fasciitis and shin splints. These conditions are very easily managed as long as they are managed properly and early. An easy thing you can do for yourself is to ice and foam roll! Check out the pictures below.
Dr. Calvin Cheung