Walk Your Way to Good Foot Health
Winter’s over, spring is here, and the time is right for taking a nice, long walk. Walking is one of the easiest, least expensive, and most popular forms of aerobic exercise among Americans. In one recent study, 6 in 10 American adults reported having walked for exercise at least 10 minutes in the previous week.
Walking offers overall health benefits including:
improved cardiovascular fitness
enhanced stability of blood sugar levels, particularly important to people with diabetes
improved mood, including a decrease in feelings of depression and anxiety
Walking is also great for the feet and ankles. With every step, you stretch the muscles of these parts of your body. You bear your entire body weight, helping to improve bone health and reduce the risk of foot or ankle injury. You also improve balance and stability. People who walk regularly are less likely to suffer the results of a fall at home.
If you’re interested in beginning a walking regimen, begin by inspecting your feet for any new concerns such as incipient bunions or hammertoes. Report any changes to your foot doctor and get his or her approval to start walking. Carefully trim your toenails with a clipper to prevent your walking shoes from causing ingrown toenails. Make sure your walking shoes are in good condition with the laces intact and no rips or flaws in the sole that could cause you to trip and fall. If your walking shoes are very old, consider investing in a new pair. Athletic shoes should be replaced every 12 months or 500 miles, whichever comes first.
And that’s it! Put on some sunscreen and head outside…or inside to the mall if it’s raining. You can walk anywhere.
If you have a concern about the health or wellness of your feet, ankles, or lower legs, before, during or after walking, a visit to a board-certified podiatrist like Boris Abramov, DPM and Tatyana Abramova, DPM is in order. With years of specialized training and experience, your podiatrist is an expert in the diagnosis and treatment of all illnesses and injuries of this part of your body. Schedule an appointment in Abramov’s Comprehensive Foot Care’s modern, comfortable Pikesville office. Call our friendly staff at 443-872-7052 or click here to get started today.