Exercise Is Essential for Good Foot Health
Have you ever heard the quote, “Let food be they medicine,” attributed to the ancient Greek philosopher Hippocrates? It’s true that people who eat a diet rich in colorful fruits and vegetables, lean protein, whole grains and low-fat sources of calcium are at lower risk of a wide range of diseases. The better your diet, the lower the likelihood that you will be diagnosed with high blood pressure, diabetes, depression, anxiety, and even cancer.
But the evidence is clear: food is only half of the equation that adds up to good health. It is essential to support those good diet choices with exercise. Regular physical activity isn’t just good for your heart and lungs. It’s good for the bones, muscles, and soft tissues of your feet, too.
Over one-quarter of all the bones in your skeleton are located in your feet and ankles. Osteoporosis is an illness that causes a loss of bone density and leaves your bones vulnerable to foot or ankle injury including fractures. Along with appropriate calcium intake, weight-bearing exercise reduces the risk of osteoporosis. The good news is that you don’t have to hoist dumbbells to reap this benefit. It happens every time you carry your own body weight. All you need to do is to take a walk!
Keeping muscles supple improves flexibility and range of motion. Don’t forget to stretch before and after exercise. How about adding a gentle yoga or tai chi class to your exercise routine? Not only will these practices keep you limber, but they can improve balance as well, reducing your risk of a fall.
To keep your feet in good shape for exercise and all of your other daily activities, be sure to see your foot doctor at least once a year for regular examination. With years of training and experience, a board-certified podiatrist like Boris Abramov, DPM and Tatyana Abramova, DPM is the best-qualified medical professional to care for this part of your body.