Common Exercise Mistakes that Lead to Foot Injuries

Sometimes we take advantage of our feet and don’t realize the role they play in our everyday lives — from walking and running to getting from one place to another. But as we take them for granted in everyday life, we also do so when exercising. Dr. Schlomo Schmuel outlines common mistakes we make daily while exercising that could lead to foot injuries.

Wearing the Wrong Shoes

The shoes you exercise in should be supportive, fit properly and secure your foot. If your shoe doesn’t do all three of these things, then you’re at risk for injury. In fact, wearing shoes without adequate support can cause your foot to compensate for the missing element, putting stress on your heal and the balls of your feet. This can lead to plantar fasciitis and other painful results like blisters and damaged toe nails.

Working Out Too Much — And Overdoing It

While it’s important to stay fit and exercise in pursuit of a healthy lifestyle, you can be overdoing it. Your feet can’t sustain constant exercise and need a rest, especially if you’re focusing heavily on your lower body. It’s important to let your feet — and body — rest instead of working out every day. If you want to work out every day, try varying your exercises by coming up with a plan that eases the stress on your lower body and focuses on other muscle groups on different days.

Also, stretching will greatly reduce your chances of injury, as will easing into the workout instead of putting 100 percent effort in right away. In addition, take rests in between sets and let your body cool down before putting pressure on the same muscle groups. For your feet, this will give them time to recover from the stress and perform well in the next set.

Keep Your Feet Dry and Clean While Exercising

It may sound like common knowledge, but it’s important to keep your feet dry and clean when working out. This will help avoid bacterial viruses, athlete’s foot, and fungus. To prevent these problems, dry your feet thoroughly after showering with a clean towel and if you’re experiencing a lot of foot sweat. After washing your feet, inspect them. Look for cuts, sores, blisters, spots or anything that could lead to an infection.

Dr. Schlomo Schmuel on Pushing Through the Pain

If you’re experiencing pain — or even discomfort — while working out, stop. The pain you feel in the moment could be significantly worse, but you can’t feel it due to adrenaline pumping through your body. Continuing will only worsen the pain, which could lead to a long-term injury. Pushing through pain doesn’t make you tough; it only puts you at risk for further pain. The best way to address an injury is to stop working out and contact a doctor. Once you’ve had the area examined and allowed for it to heal, be careful when you’re doing the exercise that caused the pain.

Dr. Schlomo Schmuel, DPM is the owner of Sunset Foot Clinic. He specializes in Podiatric Medicine. For nearly twenty-five years, he has been serving patients on Sunset Boulevard. For more information please visit his website at