Remember back on Jan. 1st you resolved to start exercising in 2019? If you’re one of those people whose fitness plans have already petered out, you’re not alone. At Texas Foot Specialists, we see many patients who start a new exercise program with the best of intentions, but a variety of factors may prevent them from getting very far. Below are some suggestions to help you stay on track.
Start with a podiatric checkup. Our podiatrists Dr. Gregory Mangum and Dr. Bruce Miller will examine your feet to check for any developing foot problems that may make exercise painful. If you have a chronic condition such as plantar fasciitis or bunions, the foot doctor can make recommendations for activities and accommodations that will help you develop a fitness plan that will work best for you. A custom orthotic device may be prescribed to help correct a biomechanical defect and make exercise more comfortable.
Choose your program carefully. A good fit is as important for your fitness plan as it is for your footwear. The activity you choose should be appropriate for your current level of fitness. If you have not exercised for a long time, you’ll want something that is not overly strenuous that allows you to gradually increase the level of activity. You should also take into consideration whether you want an indoor or outdoor activity, one that is done alone or with a group.
Get the right footwear. Specific sports require specific movements of the feet and ankles. Today’s shoes are designed to support your feet for the sport or fitness activity you choose. If you plan to participate in your new activity three or more times a week, it’s best to go to a sports footwear store and get your feet professionally fitted.
Don’t neglect stretching. Warming up before your workout and when you cool down will greatly reduce your chances of injury and muscle strain. It’s important not to shortcut this part of your workout in order to ensure continued success.
Listen to your body. Soreness at the start of a new exercise program is normal, but ongoing foot pain is not. If your new routine is hurting your feet or ankles, stop and contact our Pasadena (281) 991-0600, Sugar Land (281) 242-4448 or Houston (713) 664-6677 office today.