Since the start of the pandemic, we have been happy to see many people exercising more, getting outside in all seasons, and taking up new routines.
If you are someone whose activity level has changed in some way, we want to share a word of caution that could help keep you healthy and active.
Making dramatic changes in activity or taking on more than your body can handle can predispose you to soft tissue injuries. A soft tissue injury is an injury to a ligament, tendon, muscle or fascia.
Even something as simple as ramping up a walking or running routine too quickly can lead to a soft tissue strain.
The general rule to avoid an injury like this is to increase an activity by no more than 10% per week.
If you already are experiencing foot pain, know that powering through and hoping it will just go away almost never works. Unfortunately, feet need real rest to heal.
We recommend switching to a non-weight bearing exercise routine until your foot pain subsides. An exercise bike, elliptical, or rowing machine are good options. Anytime you think about pushing yourself to get faster results or achieve a goal, remember your soft tissue.
If you’ve been experiencing pain in your foot or ankle for over a month, waiting to see us can make it worse.
We specialize in fixing soft tissue injuries – let us know if we can help you.