Fall is finally here, and while the change in season usually brings beautiful scenery with changing leaves, it can be a difficult time on your feet. Since we’ve just kicked off the fall season, the team at Foot and Ankle Surgeons of New York would like to share some tips to help you keep your feet happy and healthy this autumn.
Avoid These Common Fall Foot Injuries
As temperatures begin to drop, many of us switch out open-toed shoes for closed-toed options. However, high heels and pointy, closed-toed shoes can leave our feet and legs vulnerable to many painful conditions. Fall also brings about the opportunity for outdoor sports and activities like hiking, football, and walking. Increased levels of activity and uncomfortable footwear can bring along a host of different foot injuries, including:
- Achilles tendon injuries
- Calf pain
- Stress fracture
- Plantar Fasciitis
Maintaining proper foot and ankle health can help you enjoy the fall season free from any foot injuries. Here are some of the ways that you can prevent these injuries:
- Choose wider shoes – When temperatures drop, you’ll want to choose a closed-toed shoe that offers more foot protection. But, it’s important to avoid narrow or pointy shoes when possible. When shopping for fall footwear, make sure to try on shoes to ensure that you have plenty of room in the toe box.
- Stretch your feet – You should make it a habit to stretch your feet and legs before any activity. Heading out on a hike with cold muscles can lead to unfortunate injuries that knock you off of your feet for the rest of the season.
- Custom orthotics – Custom shoe inserts can provide you with much-needed support and cushioning in your favorite shoes and improve the overall health of your feet and ankles.
If you develop a painful foot condition or injury this fall, don’t hesitate to reach out to us here at Foot and Ankle Surgeons of New York. Our team is more than happy to help you get back on your feet so you can enjoy your favorite fall activities. Contact our office today to schedule an appointment!