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How to Prevent Foot and Ankle Injuries This Summer

Spending time outdoors is a healthy way to enjoy the warm summer weather in Florida. Taking part in summertime activities can improve your heart and vascular health, but falls, trips, and other accidents can pose a threat to the bones and joints of your feet and ankles. There are several simple tips you can follow to prevent the most common foot and ankle injuries this summer, regardless of the activities you plan to enjoy.

Wear Appropriate Footwear

One of the best ways to prevent foot and ankle injuries is to choose footwear appropriate to your planned activities. Never wear flip-flops or sandals to play sports or work out, and opt for closed-toed water shoes when exploring the beach. Even if you’re spending time in your backyard or around the pool, wear flip-flops or other footwear to reduce your risk of scrapes, cuts, and other potential injuries. Make sure your footwear fits correctly and is in good condition, and replace shoes if they become damaged or worn, rather than trying to make them last.

Warm Up Before Activities

During the summer, it’s common to take part in spontaneous activities during picnics or other get-togethers. However, the body needs time to adjust to drastically different activity levels, especially if you are not a regular athlete. Following a short regiment of dynamic stretches before playing sports or working out, such as performing hops or lunges, can also reduce your risk of a foot or ankle injury by promoting flexibility and strength while preparing the body for motion.

At Palms West Hospital, our Orthopedic & Spine Center specializes in joint care and the treatment of sports-related injuries, including surgical services and rehabilitation near Loxahatchee, FL. If you’d like more information about orthopedics at our hospital or children’s hospital serving the Western Communities, please visit our website to check out our services and health resources, or call (561) 345-7009 to speak with a registered nurse.

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