At Texas Foot Specialists we know that many of our patients will be making a resolution to get in shape in the New Year. This can have several benefits for your feet:
Losing weight or helping you maintain an appropriate weight reduces pressure on your feet and lowers your risk for many chronic foot problems, such as plantar fasciitis and flat feet.
Exercise keeps blood flowing and improves circulation.
Flexibility and range of motion in your feet are also helped by regular activity.
Although being in better shape is definitely good for you, it’s possible to do more harm than good if you don’t take the proper precautions before starting a new exercise plan. Some steps to take before you begin:
Consult your foot doctor before beginning a new routine. Our podiatrists Dr. Bruce Miller or Dr. Gregory Mangum will want to examine your feet and make sure that any existing foot or ankle conditions are under control. The foot doctor can make recommendations about the type of exercise that will be best suited to your feet.
Invest in the proper footwear. Fitness shoes are designed for the specific movement of your feet for a particular sport or activity. Choosing the right shoes will ensure the proper support for your feet and reduce the risk of injury while exercising. It’s a good idea to shop at a store that specializes in sports shoes. Be sure to get your foot professionally measured for a good fit.
Remember that “slow and steady” wins the race. Start off a new exercise program slowly. Gradually increase the intensity and duration of your workout. Doing too much too soon can result in injuries such as Achilles tendonitis, shin splints or muscle strain.