Walking for Exercise & Your Feet
Walking is a great way to stay in shape with low-impact exercise. However, when it comes to walking, one of the most important aspects of continuing to make it a healthy activity is to assure the health of your feet.
Stamina and longevity are increased through walking, but without proper foot care, your extremities can suffer greatly. One of the best things you can do to maintain the physical fitness of your feet when walking for exercise is to employ proper shoes.
Wearing the right shoes can go a long way in preserving the strength and avoiding injuries of your feet. The right fit is essential to keeping aches, pains, and other obstacles from encroaching on your healthy regimen. Before embarking on the journey of walking for physical gain, be sure to have a physical exam so that you are aware of any medical issues that may already exist.
This is true of any exercise program, including walking. Our Plano podiatry clinic specialists would also be glad to inspect your feet for current conditions that could be aggravated should they be present. To be successful, you may want to start your walking program slowly, then build up gradually to a more brisk pace.
Best practices involve a 30-minute walk three to four times a week. This helps build up tolerance and a routine that feels comfortable and normal, especially for those who are not currently on a regular exercise schedule. Also, walk on even surfaces rather than rough trails to help preserve the foot and ankle. Any unknown path could have holes and hidden obstacles that can lead to injury.
Start walking on a track to build up the strength and tolerance of both feet and ankles, and maybe, as you continue with your routine, you can embark on other extended journeys. Most importantly, make sure your shoes are supportive and fit your feet well. Consult with knowledgeable staff members at an athletics store to purchase shoes that are designed for walking and exercise. And always inspect your feet daily, as part of your regimen, to assure there are no sores or other problems that arise from the new routine. Catching a problem early and consulting with our Plano podiatrists to treat any ailments can save a lot of pain and suffering in the future.