New Years Resolutions!
Have you made a New Year’s Resolution? Have you stuck with it or given up already?
If you are like many of the patients I see, your resolution is to diet, lose weight, and begin an exercise program. That’s great! Because we have a huge (pun intended) obesity problem in this country.
One of the most common exercises people start with is walking. Hopefully its not a stroll to the local ice cream store. But for many people the new exercise program can lead to foot and ankle issues. Starting too much, too often, and without the proper shoe gear can lead to ankle injuries, plantar fasciitis, achilles tendonitis, or even a metatarsal stress fracture.
- Don’t pound out the miles in a brand new shoe. Break them in a bit first, and make sure they’re not too tight leading to blisters.
- Start slow! Maybe you’re ready for 5 miles the 1st day. But maybe you should start with only 1/2 mile. Exercise isn’t a sprint (unless you’re doing sprints). Its a marathon. You can always go a little further tomorrow.
- Ignore the saying “no pain, no gain.” While its OK to be a bit sore the next day, pain is your body’s way of saying STOP! Maybe you just need an anti-inflammatory or some ice, but it could be more severe.
- Consider some arch supports or even orthotics. They provide you with a lot better support than what comes in the shoe.
- If you have any issues with your foot or ankle, and its not getting better, come see us at Family Podiatry. Your feet aren’t supposed to hurt!