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By Philip S. Pinsker, DPM PC
January 18, 2017

Every year many people resolve to start an exercise program and get fit. For most of us, however, the enthusiasm is short-lived and efforts quickly dwindle. At Philip S. Pinsker, DPM, patients often come to us with questions about fitness and their feet. From our experience we’ve put together some tips to help you stay on track:

  1. Start with a Podiatric Exam. Our board certified foot doctor, Dr. Philip S. Pinsker, will be able to make suggest
  2. ions about activities and shoes that will best suit your feet. If you’ve had previous foot or ankle injuries or have a chronic foot condition, it’s essential to protect your feet from the start to avoid pain and further injury. Custom orthotics can be utilized to make fitness activities more comfortable.
  3. Get Good Shoes. Your shoes are the most important piece of equipment for any sport. Choosing the right shoe for your sport or activity can make the difference between a successful fitness program that becomes a habit for life and one that fails after a few weeks. Have your foot professionally measured at a fitness footwear store and buy a shoe specifically designed for the activity you will do.
  4. Pick a Safe and Sound Program. Avoid fitness programs that have you going from sedentary to superstar in a matter of weeks. Start slowly and be sure to warm up and stretch before and after exercising.
  5. Set Small Goals. Reaching goals is a big motivator for sticking with your fitness program. Being able to walk 2 miles, do 15 minutes on the elliptical machine, losing 5 or 10 pounds—these are all goals that can be achieved in a reasonable amount of time. When you reach a goal, celebrate! Then set a new goal and keep going.
  6. Avoid Boredom. Find ways to keep your fitness plan enjoyable. If you usually walk alone, ask a friend to join you. Running on a treadmill? Find a TV series you can watch while you run. Substitute a swim at the community pool for one of your workouts.

Remember, if you do begin to experience pain or discomfort in your feet while exercising don’t try to “play through it.” Contact our Washington office at the first sign of pain to find out the cause and correct the problem quickly so you can continue your fitness plan successfully.

By Dr. Pinsker
June 02, 2012

Running has become an extremely popular sport worldwide. However, even though it’s very popular, running is often associated with many injuries to your feet and ankles. Running may be associated with injuries, but many people find the endorphins worth the pain. But wouldn’t you reduce the risk of injury if you could? Researchers are doing just that, breaking down the way you run and discovering the best techniques to prevent injury and protect the health of your feet.

A popular trend includes running barefoot and some even think it’s the best way to run. But don’t go slinging off your socks and shoes just yet! You’ve probably heard somewhere that barefoot running is bad for your feet - and it is. Contradicting ourselves? Not exactly! While it is not safe to run barefoot (because you lose the protection from sharp objects), the technique used in barefoot running is actually good for you.

Barefoot running forces your feet and the rest of your body to run naturally. While running specific footwear is designed to give you the optimal functionality in order to produce your best performance, it can alter the way you run. Running shoes allow runners to unnaturally strike the ground with their heel rather than their forefoot. The protective cushioning actually prevents you from landing softly, like you would if you weren’t wearing shoes.

These studies don’t mean you should give up on your protective footwear! Socks and shoes are an important element in keeping your feet healthy. Instead of ditching the footwear, you should incorporate the technique of barefoot running while running in your protective footwear. Striking your forefoot after every stride keeps your feet healthier for longer. Forefoot strikers are less likely to develop an injury than heel strikers.

The best way to change your running technique is to be conscious of the way you run. You can start off by running on a treadmill placed in front of a mirror. This will allow you to visually see the way you run so you will know how to correct it. Once you have mastered this aspect of changing your technique, take it to the track. Before you know it you will combine the efforts of barefoot running with the safety of footwear.

Striking at your forefoot can prevent many injuries associated with running. If you have difficulty changing your technique, or are simply unsure where to start, call our office at (724) 225-7410 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Phil Pinsker.