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December 05, 2016
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What is Turf Toe?

A common field sport injury, turf toe happens when the big toe is jammed into the ground or stretched past its capacity. Usually a bruise will appear at the base of the big toe, or the toe will even become dislocated.

Prevention

Some experts claim that improper footwear can contribute to turf toe and that cleats on turf are highly recommended for preventing it. Be sure to do proper stretches prior to activity. If your feet, especially toes, are at all sensitive and prone to injury, it may be a good idea to wrap them prior to playing any sports.

Treatment

Possibly the most common hindrance to turf toe healing is getting back on the field too soon. Letting the injury completely heal before resuming regular activity is the best treatment to avoid further complications. Visiting a good foot clinic is a good idea to determine if your painful toe really is turf toe or something more serious.

Like many sports injuries, turf toe can take a while to heal. Some experts recommend staying off of the toe for at least 3 weeks, possibly longer. Once injured, turf toe is likely to resurface on occasion Athletes that have experienced turf toe should be especially careful in all future exercises.

Many sports injuries can result in further injury if not treated properly. Be sure to visit your local foot & ankle clinic for more detailed advice on how to treat turf toe and other injuries.

Harsh walking conditions and rough foot activity can lead your feet to protect themselves by developing corns. Corns are calluses of dead skin that your feet create in an effort to protect themselves against friction.

Corns can develop on hands, but are most common on feet. They are especially found on toes and smooth, hairless areas of skin.

5 Steps to Treat Corns

  1. Determine which specific activity (or shoe) is causing them. Avoid participating in this activity, if at all possible.
  2. Consider shopping for shoes that will not cause discomfort. Sufficient room for toes is extremely important in shoes.
  3. Pad the affected areas using moleskin or a similar foot padding.
  4. Soak feet in a solution of warm water and Epsom salts for at least 20 minutes. Be sure to moisturize your feet afterwards.
  5. If the above remedies do not affect the corn positively, consult a foot expert for further expertise. In some cases, even surgery may be required.

Do not attempt to forcibly remove the corn yourself – this could easily result in a much deeper injury. You may be able to lessen the amount of dead skin developing with exfoliation and moisturizing, but be extremely careful with any sharp tools near the callus.

 

Spring is finally here in Utah, and most of you probably have the same idea – time to get rid of that holiday weight and hit the great outdoors.

Before donning those worn-out sneakers from the back of the closet, take a good look at them. In some situations, shoes that have been through the mill could actually do more damage than good to your feet. Here are a 6 tips for finding a good workout shoe:

  1. Understand what kind of feet you have. Flat feet and high arches have different shoe needs than normal feet.
  2. Bring the type of socks you use to workout in when you go shoe shopping. Trying on shoes with those handy disposable thin socks will not do you any good once you put the shoes in action.
  3. Do some exercises in the store while trying on shoes. You’ll notice right away what you’re feet are comfortable with.
  4. Learn about the different types of shoes for different types of workouts. Wearing basketball shoes when your primary exercise is running isn’t good for your feet or the shoe. Take a look at this article for more ideas.
  5. Depending on how often you use them, your workout shoes should be replaced 1-3 times a year.
  6. Wear your new shoes around town for a few days before subjecting them to an intense workout. Slowly acclimate your feet to the new shoes to avoid possible injury.

Remember, healthy feet are happy feet. Normal exercise is good for your entire body and it’s important to maintain good circulation in your feet while working out.

December 05, 2016
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The air is cold, the roads are slippery, and the sun goes down early. Winter time sure does change a person’s idea of fun while working out outdoors. Most of you have probably moved your workouts indoors to gyms and recreation centers. That’s great for the warmer air you get to breathe, but how does it affect your feet?

It’s no surprise that treadmills are rougher on a body than running outdoors. Grass and soft turf are better than concrete, too. When moving your cardio workout indoors, consider the following:

  • see if it’s possible to run on an indoor track, preferably a soft one. Not only is this better for your feet, but you can avoid shin-splints a little easier.
  • seek a location with plenty of room for stretches and cool down.
  • engage in a number of physical exercises, not just running.

After your workout, remember to be careful and clean in gym locker rooms – especially in regards to your feet!

Most buildings are sealed pretty tight in the wintertime. This creates a breeding ground for germs. Be extremely careful when removing your shoes, especially in locker rooms and public showers. Invest in a pair of shower shoes. A few bucks spent to prevent a foot fungus is infinitely worth avoiding months and months of foot discomfort.





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