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By Philip S. Pinsker, DPM PC
January 04, 2017
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Walking   blisters   ingrown toenails  

If one of your New Year’s resolutions is to exercise and get in better shape, walking may be the perfect activity for you. There are many advantages to walking:

  • Can be done anywhere, alone or with other people
  • It’s an aerobic exercise, which means it elevates your heart rate and helps both your heart and your lungs work more efficiently
  • Walking briskly can burn 100 calories per mile or about 300 calories an hour
  • Benefits the entire body by lowering cholesterol and blood sugar, helping attain and maintain a healthy we​ight and reducing stress

Although walking regularly does have many benefits, at Philip S. Pinsker, DPM, we do see many foot complaints that are the result of walking programs, including: blisters, stress fractures, ingrown toenails, Achilles tendonitis and bunions.  There are a number of causes for these problems, many of which can be prevented by taking a few simple steps before you start:

  • Have your feet examined by our board certified podiatrist, Dr. Philip S. Pinsker. The foot doctor can evaluate your gait, check for abnormal foot structure or toe deformities and make sure any previous injuries are fully healed.
  • Buy a good pair of walking shoes. It’s the only cost you’ll have for this sport but it’s important not to skimp on quality for your walking shoes. Get fitted at a professional sports footwear store. Look for sneakers made of lightweight, breathable materials. The heel should be snug but there should be wiggle room for your toes. Take your time and walk around the store in your shoes before purchasing. Shoes should feel comfortable right from the start.
  • Choose a sound walking program that starts out slowly and gradually increases in distance and intensity.
  • Always warm up and stretch before and after walking.

If you experience any pain once you start your walking program, stop. Pain is your body’s way of telling you something is wrong. Contact our Washington office for an appointment as soon as possible so you can get the issue resolved and get back on track with your fitness program.

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