Staying at home constantly during the COVID-19 pandemic has been a challenge. Kids involved with online school alongside parents working from home gets to be a very frustrating situation. The problem is that gyms are closed and they serve as major outlets to keep our sanity. Many have continued to workout at home, whether going for walks or runs (solo or with social distancing) or following online workouts put out by many gyms.
The thing is, we sometimes get lazy at home. We approach our workouts as "come as you are" and don't dress appropriately for them. More to the point, I've seen people out running in flip flops or biking in bare feet. This can very easily lead to injury. For instance, if you're doing a Crossfit workout in flip flops, you don't have the correct support for your feet to sustain the explosive movements like jumping. I'm not talking about people who are accustomed to working out with minimalist shoes, but rather those who are used to wearing a conventional athletic shoe when working out .
Your feet are your base of support and, when not properly supported, it adds to the pressure on your knees, hips, and back. So if you are out running in flip flops, the shock absorption that a running shoe provides is not there for your and can lead to injuries, such as plantar fasciitis or Achilles tendinitis. Or worse, you can develop a stress fracture for not managing the pressures in your feet.
When approaching your home workouts, you should be sure to dress and, most importantly, wear the proper athletic shoes. The shoes that you would normally wear when you work out. This will not only put you in the right mindset for working out, but will also provide you the support and protection you need to make sure you get your workouts in while minimizing the chances or injury. A foot or ankle injury is the LAST thing you need during these times.
If you feel like you've overdone it and are experiencing foot or ankle pain, our office is open just for this reason. Contact us to set up an in-office or virtual telemedicine visit and we will get you on the road to recovery and back to your workouts. In the mean time, I hope you all stay safe and healthy during these troubling times.