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Foot Problems In Swimmers

If you're thinking about your summer fitness routines, don't forget about your feet. Foot injuries and infections can happen for many reasons. Swimming, running, walking, and other activities all put pressure on the feet. Your feet are just as crucial for swimming as they are for running and walking. Compared to different types of injury, foot injury and infection can be more common and is often overlooked.


Cramps & Pains

With the amount of time and dedication athletes put in for their sport, it's important that they are well-informed about foot pain and injuries. Swimmers and athletes need to be especially careful about foot pain and injury. Cramps are common among competitive swimmers, runners, and jumpers. They're caused when muscles suddenly contract with pain. It can be due to dehydration or an electrolyte imbalance; eating a balanced diet can help to prevent cramps.

To avoid aches and pains from overuse and injury, keep the following in mind:

  • A common mistake is to overlook stretching. After a strenuous workout, your muscles are tense and stiff, and you need to stretch them out to avoid soreness. The key is that it keeps your muscles loose and allows you to perform better. That's why competitive athletes make stretching mandatory- better flexibility leads to better performance.

  • Swimming is a sport that requires a lot of techniques to be successful. One of the more difficult moves is the flip-turn. It's a simple technique, but the execution can lead to sprains, bruises, and even heel pain if not executed correctly. But with the right knowledge before taking on the challenge, you can avoid pain and take your swimming to the next level

Infection

One of the most common misbeliefs about pools is that they're a clean environment. This is not true. A pool is actually an ideal breeding ground for fungus and bacteria. You can easily catch athletes foot or toenail fungus from your favourite swimming spot. It's essential to bring a pair of shoes with you to the pool in order to avoid exposing yourself to these illnesses.

Slips & Falls

Swimming is a great, fun sport to take up that's also one of the most effective workouts around. But for both veterans and beginners, there's a high chance that you'll fall into or out of the water, purely because of the slippery environment. And if you do, it's crucial to protect your head at all costs — and handrails are a vital tool for accomplishing that.


There's no getting around it: sometimes your feet are going to get wet. It happens to the best of us. When you're on your way, waterproof socks are the best way to keep your feet dry. If you're willing to spend a little more money, they can also reduce the risk of foot fungus and can keep you stable on the slippery floor.

One of the best exercises you can do for your body is swimming. But if you feel foot pain after swimming, see a podiatrist. They'll know what's causing your pain and will be able to provide you with care.

*This blog contains general information about medical conditions and is not advice. You must not rely upon the information in this blog as medical advice. Medical advice should always be sought from an appropriately qualified podiatrist such as ourselves.

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