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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.