Cooler weather typically sees an increase in outdoor activity as walkers and runners take advantage of lower temperatures for a good workout. If you plan to exercise more to make up for time spent indoors due to the pandemic, you may have considered new trainers to help with reaching your mileage goals.
Recent trends in sports footwear, however, may lead to a greater risk of injury and/or foot pain, according to a new study.
Researchers, in a paper published by Scientific Reports, suggest that athletic shoes featuring an elevated toe, or toe spring, may contribute to weakened muscles in the foot. During exercise, it was noted, the raised toe design in the shoes do not allow this part of the foot to work. Long term effects may include increased risk of injury and pain in the toe joints.
Futurity has more information on this study.
Orthotics plays an important role in the health of not only professional athletes, but anyone interested in regular exercise for improved health. The wrong shoe can lead to a variety of foot and ankle problems, ranging from sprains to toe deformities.
Bon Secours offers a full continuum of care for patients experiencing foot pain due to improper equipment, illness or injury, and the physicians at Bon Secours Virginia Orthopaedic and Spine Specialists are on hand to offer treatment to reduce pain and improve quality of life. Contact us today if you are experiencing foot, ankle, or other joint problems related to sports injuries. Our experienced physicians and physical therapists can help you get back on track.