The American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons, in a media release, offers tips to help keep one’s feet safe while at the gym sweating off those extra pounds in the New Year.

First, it recommends that persons increase their stamina and workout length gradually to avoid overuse injuries such as stress fractures and tendon strains, as well as stretch their muscles before and after workouts.

Second, gym-goers should wear well-fitting athletic shoes designed for the exercise or sport. The shoes should support the arch of the foot and provide cushion for the heel, and not be too small. Cotton or non-slip socks should also be worn.

Third, persons who exercise should be sure to use good technique. Using improper exercise techniques could result in injuries to the tendons or ligaments in the feet and ankles.

And fourth, be sure to protect oneself from bacteria, as sweaty shoes, public showers, exercise equipment and the pool deck at the gym cold be breeding grounds for fungus, viruses, and bacteria.

For more information on caring for one’s feet and ankles, visit American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons.

[Source(s): American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons, PR Newswire]