Whether you are a professional athlete or sports are just a hobby, the demands made on your feet and lower limbs can lead to a spectrum of injuries; some may include blisters, sprained ankles, torn ligaments, shin splints, knee pain, lower back pain and other joint or muscle problems. Complaints and not only injuries are common, too: corns, calluses and Athlete’s Foot. Running style, footwear quality, and even minor limb length differences can contribute to injury.

Here are some tips for athletic foot care:

  • Wash and dry your feet thoroughly every daily.
  • Wear good quality, well-fitting cotton socks.
  • Use the appropriate shoe for each sport and surface.
  • Get in shape and take care of your health. Being overweight or out of shape adds stress on the feet. Gradually accustom yourself with stretching exercises for 15 to 20 minutes (warm-up and cool-down periods) before and after any activity.
  • Always wear proper shoes. Footwear is just as important and should be given just as much respect and consideration as any other piece of sporting equipment. When choosing and wearing sports shoes, they should protect as much as possible, be reliable, and should be right for the sport and surface.