Can you believe the first half of the footy season is done and dusted? As many football teams come out of the Queens Birthday mid-season bye, it’s time to assess our bodies and take control. This is an important time of the year for players to manage any niggling injuries they may have but also look forward to preventing anything from derailing the second half of the year. It can sometimes be difficult to know what to look for when it comes to injury prevention and your feet, so let’s look a little deeper.
What are some of the things to look out for?
‘Tired feet’ is a phrase I hear all too regularly. Often due to a mixture of big training periods, long work hours and daily living, ‘tired feet’ can sometimes be a precursor to injury. The phrase ‘tired feet’ can have many representations with some of the common ones including stiffness, achy feet, niggling heel pain, muscle tightness and of course, fatigue!
So what does it mean for your feet to be tired? It’s likely a combination of some soft tissue tension and fatigue created by some overly worked and exhausted foot and leg muscles!
This is a perfect time to show your feet some love and get them primed for the business end of the season. Here are a few tips and tricks on how to reduce the feeling of ‘tired feet’
- Rolling a lacrosse ball/ spiky ball/ golf ball underneath your foot. Move the foot over the ball from your heel to the ball of your foot. Do this for about 5 minutes, per day, per foot!
- Calf stretching! A really easy one that you can do almost anywhere. Providing some much-needed care to your often neglected calf muscles.
- Update your runners and work shoes. This can sometimes be forgotten when discussing football injuries, but are our feet already fatigued by the time game day rolls around due to a pair of worn-out runners and some unsupportive work shoes? The Podiatrist’s at Pro Feet Podiatry are always happy to help assess your current shoes and point you in the direction of an updated pair.
- Update football boots. Did you try to squeeze one more season into an old pair of boots? It might be time to throw the old ones out and get into a new pair before finals time. We are happy to help offer advice on the latest football boots and what’s the best fit for you is.
- A biomechanical assessment from your friendly Podiatrist! Take a deeper look into how your feet and body are moving, and see if we can make it work more efficiently for you!
Let’s make use of the bye and get your feet in tip-top shape to carry you into the second half of the season! If you have any specific questions, please feel free to email me on the address below or make an appointment with myself or any of our team members on 1300 945 789 or book online.
Pro Feet Podiatry