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Why You Should Wear Shoes for Water Aerobics

Water aerobics is a popular choice of exercise for many people. While shoes are not required, there is a good reason to wear shoes for this activity. Water shoes can help prevent foot pain and increase traction on the pool floor. Water aerobics involves jumping up and down on hard pool floors. Walking or bouncing on the bottom of the pool can eventually cause foot pain, a primary reason for wearing water shoes. However, these shoes can also prevent foot blisters. Since the skin on the feet softens and prunes in the water, it becomes more sensitive than if the feet were dry. Wearing a non-slip water shoe during water aerobics is important for injury prevention. Slipping can cause blisters as well as friction burns. Water shoes will provide stability in the water as the lack of body control is heightened due to added resistance. Slip-resistant shoes will provide more control and better performance of exercises. If you participate in water aerobics and sustain foot injuries or want to learn more about how to prevent foot injuries while engaging in this activity, contact a podiatrist to discuss.

Sports related foot and ankle injuries require proper treatment before players can go back to their regular routines. For more information, contact one of our podiatrists of Gerber Podiatry Clinic. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Sports Related Foot and Ankle Injuries

Foot and ankle injuries are a common occurrence when it comes to athletes of any sport. While many athletes dismiss the initial aches and pains, the truth is that ignoring potential foot and ankle injuries can lead to serious problems. As athletes continue to place pressure and strain the area further, a mild injury can turn into something as serious as a rupture and may lead to a permanent disability. There are many factors that contribute to sports related foot and ankle injuries, which include failure to warm up properly, not providing support or wearing bad footwear. Common injuries and conditions athletes face, including:

  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Plantar Fasciosis
  • Achilles Tendinitis
  • Achilles Tendon Rupture
  • Ankle Sprains

Sports related injuries are commonly treated using the RICE method. This includes rest, applying ice to the injured area, compression and elevating the ankle. More serious sprains and injuries may require surgery, which could include arthroscopic and reconstructive surgery. Rehabilitation and therapy may also be required in order to get any recovering athlete to become fully functional again. Any unusual aches and pains an athlete sustains must be evaluated by a licensed, reputable medical professional.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office located in Evanston, IL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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