Spring has sprung and with the warm weather a lot of people start a new exercise regimen to help burn off those excess holiday pounds. A common and low impact exercise program usually involves time walking. Just walking for 30 minutes a day can significantly reduce the risk of heart attack, high blood pressure and diabetes. Below you’ll find a few tips to keep your feet healthy and ready to help you burn some serious calories.
Wear the Right (New) Shoes – Often when starting a new exercise routine people purchase a new pair of shoes. This is a great idea as podiatrists recommend that we replace our shoes every 500 miles, which is usually between 3 to 6 months for the average American. When buying new shoes make sure they fit comfortably and are appropriate for your activities. Often runners shoe store have well trained staff in fitting you with the right shoes for your activity and foot type. Also, you podiatrist can make recommendations about proper shoe gear, just ask at your next appointment.
Socks Too – Socks often go overlooked as far as athletic gear goes, but sometimes they can be the difference between going the distance and being stopped in your tracks. Socks made of cotton tend to hold on to sweat and cause excess rubbing that can lead to blisters and ulcers. Instead opt for socks made from wool, it is a natural fabric that wicks moisture away from the skin. Also, some synthetic materials such as polyester do well at keeping feet dry and happy.
Listen to Your Feet – All too often we assume that foot pain is normal. Foot pain is never normal, it is your bodies only way of letting you know that something is wrong, and you should pay attention to these signs. A small itch on the back of the ankle can be the start of a painful blister. If your feet are telling you that they need a break you should listen to them.
Follow Up On Pain – If your feet are hurting, take a break or shorten the distances of your walks. If the pain persists see a podiatrist, the pain may be a sign of a larger underlying problem.