In this BestLifeOnline.com Interview, Drs. Triche and Jung weigh in on keeping your feet healthy and avoid injury.
Exercising regularly is one of the best things you can do for your health, but Kenneth Jung, MD, an orthopedic surgeon specializing in foot and ankle surgery at Cedars-Sinai Kerlan-Jobe Institute in Los Angeles, California, cautions against
rushing into a new sport or exercise program. “If you are picking up a new activity or sport, it is essential to remember to do so gradually—especially for those ‘explosive’ and ‘reactionary’ sports like basketball, soccer, tennis, and racquetball,” he explains. Jung adds that stretching and maintaining flexibility are essential to avoiding injury, especially to the Achilles tendon.
Besides stretching, one of the best ways to prevent foot injuries is to wear proper footwear. “Making sure you have good supportive shoes, with arch support is best. Often getting over the counter insoles that have better arch support than even your good running shoes is helpful,” says Rachel Triche, MD, an orthopedic foot and ankle surgeon at Cedars-Sinai Kerlan-Jobe Institute in Los Angeles, California.