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By Philip S. Pinsker, DPM PC
February 17, 2016
Tags: Flat Feet   Orthotics   Bunions  

It’s National Heart Month and here at Philip S. Pinsker, DPM we want to recognize the importance of improving your cardiovascular health. One of the best ways to do that is with exercise. Your feet play a big role in any exercise regimen. Here are 4 points to consider when starting an exercise program:

  1. Evaluate and Treat Foot Conditions It’s a good idea before beginning any new fitness regimen to come into our Washington office and have your feet and ankles examined by our board certified podiatrist, Dr. Philip S. Pinsker. Structural abnormalities, such as bunions or hammertoes will need special accommodations in the shoes you choose for your workout in order to prevent pain and further damage. Biomechanical issues, such as flat feet or a tight Achilles tendon may steer you toward or away from particular types of exercise. Your foot doctor can also evaluate your gait and make specific suggestions as to what features to look for in shoes that will best suit your feet.
  2. Get the Right Shoes The most important piece of equipment for any sport or exercise plan as far as your feet are concerned is the shoes. Choose footwear that is specifically designed for the activity you plan to do. It’s worth spending the time and the money to buy shoes from a place that specializes in fitness footwear. If the podiatrist has prescribed orthotics, bring them with you to the store. Try on multiple pairs before you decide and make sure the shoes are comfortable from the moment you leave the store. The idea that you have to “break shoes in” is a myth and a painful one at that.
  3. Don’t Skip the Warm Up or the Cool Down Taking the time to stretch before and after you exercise can go a long way to prevent injuries to your feet and ankles. Muscles, tendons and ligaments that are not warmed up before working out are more likely to tear or become inflamed.
  4. Listen to Your Feet While a certain amount of muscle soreness is to be expected when starting a new exercise program, pain is never normal. If your new workout is causing pain and discomfort in your feet, stop and rest for a few days. If even after rest, your feet, toes or ankles continue to hurt, it’s time to make an appointment at Philip S. Pinsker to find out what’s causing the problem.

Exercise not only helps your heart it helps your feet. Many foot disorders are improved by losing excess weight which puts pressure on your feet. Start slowly and work your way up to a healthier you.

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