While Aerobic exercise is known for bringing a plethora of health benefits it has its risks too. Aerobic classes have blossomed into a sport over decades and is a great way to lose weight and keep in shape. Whether it be low impact or high intensity one must make sure to wear the correct shoes to support each move. Your feet take the brunt of impact because this sport requires quick movements, jumping and leaping for a lengthy amount of time. Which is why these tips should be considered before taking your next class.
Shoe tips to prevent injury during Aerobics:
- If your feet suffer from pronation (when your ankles turn inward or outward) you should control harmful motions with an orthotic shoe insert.
- Because of the many side to side steps your shoes should have a good arch design that provides the best stability.
- Your shoes should have a large toe box so that there is enough room to prevent irritation of toes and nails.
- Purchase shoes in the afternoon when your feet are likely to swell the most and wear the same socks that you will use during your class.
Basic tips to prevent foot and ankle injury:
- Make sure the surface you are using is stable and has padded mats when the movement requires a soft floor.
- Stretch before and after your routine to avoid over using any muscles.
- Confirm that your instructor is certified and understands any prior injuries or restrictions you may have.
- If you are using a video at home make sure you apply the same rules to ensure foot and ankle safety.
Some common aerobic injuries are Plantar Fasciitis, Heel Spurs, Achilles Tendonitis and Stress Fractures, but the bottom line is to be careful and responsible. Injuries will inevitably occur if you don’t listen to your body and use your common sense when it comes to safety. There are good aerobic programs and bad ones so use your discretion and pace yourself when it comes to pain. If you are having any pain in your feet and ankles call our office at 480-732-0033 and schedule an appointment. Family Foot & Ankle Care, PC has an office in Chandler Arizona and Alan J. Discont DPM is ready to help get you the right regiment to keep your feet and ankles safe.