Posts for: April, 2020
- Running requires shoes with shock absorption. Your feet take on a lot of pressure and friction. Cushioning your shoes in the correct areas keeps you from feeling the pain.
- Traction is important in sports that need quick changes in direction and sprinting, like basketball. Traction should never be too high or low. The right shoes keep you from slipping on the floor while letting you move and pivot.
- Ankle support is a must. It limits the side-to-side movement that knocks your ankle out of alignment. This kind of support keeps ankle sprains at bay. For sports like basketball, hockey, skiing, and skating, make sure that your shoes aren’t too high. Otherwise, they will dig into your Achilles tendon. You can also wear soft ankle braces.
- Arch support varies for everyone. Your podiatrist can test your foot to determine your gait. Depending on the results, your podiatrist can recommend orthotics or special shoe inserts.
Our lives have changed immensely in the past month. As social distancing has become the current norm, we've had to give up going to the gym, playing sports, competing in 5Ks, and other activities. Fortunately, you can stay active and still follow social distancing recommendations by making a few changes to your normal routine. Wearing supportive shoes while you exercise can help you avoid tendonitis, sprains, and other foot/ankle conditions treated by your podiatrist in Harrison and Mountain Home, AR, Dr. Eric Arp of Arp Foot and Ankle Clinic.
4 Ways to Stay Active
Following a few of these tips can help you stay in shape during the pandemic:
- Set Your Alarm Clock: You'll encounter fewer people running or walking in parks or in your neighborhood if you exercise earlier than normal. An early morning jog around the neighborhood will get your heart pumping and naturally help relieve stress and anxiety.
- Create Your Own Gym: Don't have a treadmill, stair stepper, or weights at home? You can still take advantage of the benefits of these types of workouts. Walk up and down your stairs a few times a day or run in place when you watch TV at night. Build up your muscles by lifting empty milk containers filled with water or performing planks, pullups, or pushups.
- Take a Turn on the Dance Floor: Pump up the music and practice your dance moves from the comfort of your living room. Dancing is an excellent way to get a little aerobic exercise and doesn't require any special equipment.
- Try a New Form of Exercise: If you're working from home, use the time you used to spend commuting to your Harrison or Mountain Home job to exercise. YouTube.com has thousands of exercise videos that can help you keep busy and active. Give Pilates or kickboxing a try, master tai chi, or embrace the benefits of Zumba.
Have you been experiencing foot or ankle issues? Schedule an appointment with your Mountain Home and Harrison, AR, podiatrist, Dr. Arp of Arp Foot and Ankle Clinic by calling (870) 365-3668 for the Harrison office or (870) 425-7363 for the Mountain Home office.
Athlete’s foot is a common fungal infection of the feet that is typically characterized by itchy, burning patches of skin between the toes that may also crack or bleed. Since untreated athlete’s foot can spread to the toenails, it’s particularly important that you treat this problem as soon as you notice it. Athlete’s foot won’t typically clear up by itself; however, home remedies and treatments may be all you need to eliminate the fungal infection.
Treating Athlete’s Foot
If you are an otherwise healthy individual who is just dealing with an unfortunate bout of athlete’s foot chances are pretty good that you’ll be able to treat the problem on your own. There are a variety of over-the-counter antifungal creams and ointments that can be applied directly to the skin. Make sure to read and follow all instructions to ensure that the medication gets rid of the infection.
Along with properly treating your athlete’s foot it’s also important to keep feet as dry as possible. After all, fungus thrives best in warm, damp environments. By keeping feet dry you make it a less hospitable environment for this infection. This means wearing clean socks and shoes every day. Opt for socks with natural fibers, which are breathable and can wick away sweat. If your feet are particularly sweaty you can also apply an antifungal powder throughout the day.
When to See a Podiatrist
If you find that cracked, painful feet are making it difficult to stand or move around then this means it’s time to see a podiatrist for treatment; however, if the fungal infection isn’t impacting mobility then you may be able to treat the problem on your own with over-the-counter medications.
If you notice signs of an infection such as a swollen foot, pus draining from the foot, increased redness, or open sores it’s also important that you see a doctor right away. Antibiotics will be necessary in order to treat the infection.
If you are dealing with diabetes, nerve damage in your feet or other problems that impact the health of your feet it’s even more important that you see a podiatrist right away if you notice symptoms of athlete’s foot or other problems. Do not try to treat the infection on your own, as this could lead to more serious complications.
If you are dealing with persistent or recurring athlete’s foot it’s important that you also have a podiatrist that you can turn to for answers. While this condition may seem harmless it’s important that you don’t leave it untreated. A podiatrist can provide you with the treatment you’re looking for.