The weather is warm and nothing can keep you from your favorite outdoor sports or exercise. But be careful — whether you jog, bike or hike this summer, you’re more prone to foot and ankle injuries.
Take simple steps to protect your feet:
Kick athlete’s foot — wear socks that keep your feet dry.
Bathe and inspect your feet daily.
Trim your nails straight across to prevent ingrown nails.
If you have chronic knee or back pain, try walking instead of running.
Before you buy walking or running shoes, try them on both feet.
Before you buy shoes, consider their cushioning, flexibility and support.
Buy shoes that fit and feel good when you try them on.
If you do have chronic foot, ankle or knee pain, ask your doctor about shoe inserts. They slip right into your shoe. They may be just what you need to straighten your stride, prevent injuries, eliminate pain and enjoy summer sports.