3 tips to catching lots of Pokémon!

by | Jul 20, 2016 | Foot Care, Running & Running Injuries, Shoe Reviews

 

3 tips to catching lots of Pokémon!

 

What does Pokémon Go and Podiatry have to do with each other?

It’s official!!! Our Podiatrist Rebekah Withers saw her first Pokémon Go injury at Perform Podiatry last week! What was it from I hear you ask?

An overuse injury caused by the large amounts of walking this Pokémon Go player was doing in their efforts to capture as many Pokémon as possible over the weekend. They had been walking for up to 10km a day in search of Pokémon.

 

How can you ensure you don’t have to visit a Podiatrist and lose valuable Pokémon catching time?

Plan in advance and look after your feet with these three simple tips:

  1. If you were to set out walking 10km for exercise you would definitely put on a pair of running shoes to protect and support your feet. Well the same goes if you are going to hit the streets in search of Pokémon. Make sure you have a good pair of supportive shoes on. This means preferably wearing running shoes that have been professionally fitted for you and your biomechanics – whether that be shoes to support your pronated foot type (rolling inwards and flattening of the arch) or if you have a more neutral foot type that does not require as much support from a shoe.
  1. If you are going to be out walking long distances in search of the most famous Pokémon, Pikachu, its also important you plan in advance to prevent blisters! Blisters occur due to excessive shear forces being applied to the skin. The best way to protect yourself from blisters is with a good pair of moisture wicking socks that draw perspiration away from your skin and proper fitting shoes. You don’t want to be wearing a pair of shoes that is too tight and causing rubbing on your feet. Nor do you want to be in a pair of shoes that is too big for you and your foot slides around within the shoes because this too will lead to blisters.
  1. If you find you have sore feet after a long day of playing Pokémon Go and the pain is causing you to limp or is still present in three days’ time, then it is a good idea to see a Podiatrist. It’s often easier for Podiatrist’s to treat a new recent injury than an injury that has been present for a long time so come and see us before you end up with a bigger problem.

 

Good luck and remember……..Gotta Catch’em all!