Despite the wealth of knowledge feet provide about overall health and undetected health problems, they are one of the most ignored parts of the body. Even when foot or ankle pain is experienced during running, walking, or other forms of exercise, people tend to overlook it and chalk it up to a normal occurrence during exercise.
The feet and ankles are a complex network of bones, joints, muscles, ligaments, tissues, and nerves that endures constant pressure and stress. Needless to say, the feet are susceptible to pain from injuries and general wear and tear. According to the American Podiatric Medical Association, improper foot care during exercise contributes to many of the 300-plus foot problems that can occur.
Aside from checking with a doctor or healthcare professional before starting any exercise or fitness regimen, be sure to have a podiatrist conduct a thorough foot exam to correct and/ or prevent foot problems that may worsen with exercise.