Has your workout routine been affected by COVID-19 gym closures? Don’t worry, you’re not alone. In WA, gyms have just reopened, and gym-goers are bursting at the seams to get back into their normal workout routines!
Perhaps you’ve swapped the weights for at-home yoga or running! However the changes in routine have affected you, it’s safe to say that we haven’t been in the same exercise routine as we were pre-COVID.
Aside from the obvious de-conditioning that comes with not being at the gym, many of us have also missed out on much of the incidental exercise we used to get from things like commuting into work, walking around shopping centres or heading to brunch. If we’re using the structures in our feet and ankles less, our overall capacity for loading will decline. That means that when we return to our normal HIIT/strength class, those structures may not be able to handle those loads as well as we used to. This can contribute to heel pain (plantar fasciopathy) and other foot and leg ailments, including:
To best avoid injury during this time, here are some tips:
A good pair of shoes should be:
As a general rule, a running shoe should be structured, cushioned and be higher at the heel than at the front of the foot. This allows us to get a good, efficient heel to toe movement during running.
On the other hand, a gym shoe can be slightly flatter and more flexible to allow for multi-directional movement and extra feedback from the ground during training.
It’s best to be fitted by a specialty shoe store (such as Active Feet, The Athletes Foot or The Running Company etc), or alternatively your podiatrist can make recommendations based on an assessment of your gait.
For more information, or to make an appointment, contact Colin at Cannington Podiatry today on (08) 9351 8334.