A Foot Doctors Advice for Exercise
Here is a foot doctors advice for your exercise program. You have finally started the exercise program after putting it off for too long to say. Along the way you are feeling the excitement of a healthy new lifestyle when, WHAM, your feet start giving you fits! You are sidelined with achy feet — corns, calluses, blisters, maybe even an injury that not only compromises your fitness goals but can make even the lightest use of your feet feel like you’re standing on hot coals. There is no better way to derail an exercise program than by rendering your foundation unusable. Without further delay here is the foot doctors advice to help you avoid the most common foot ailments for people starting a new exercise program.
Foot Doctors Advice:
1) Wear the right shoe!
Sounds simple right? Thousands of people, everyday, exercise with improper shoe support causing discomfort, pain, and in some cases significant injury. Look for a shoe that is made well with a strong upper, cushioned sole, and plenty of arch support. Make sure the shoe fits properly. The length of a shoe is not the only thing to consider. You should also take into account the width around the fore foot (around the toes) and width in the heel. You will want enough width to allow for some swelling while you are exercising but not too much so you get the correct support. The best advice I can give you is to buy your shoes from a sporting goods store with knowledgeable staff.
2) Don’t forget socks!
Of course, you are going to wear socks with your new shoes. Are they the right socks for your activity though? Be sure to wear socks that are cushioned and are made of sweat wicking material. Keeping moisture off your foot is important to avoid skin/nail fungus, odor, and blisters. Note to diabetics: always where white socks! Every time you take your shoes off, examine your socks for discoloration like yellow or red, this maybe an indication of a cut or wound. If you find yourself with a cut or wound on your foot, seek the help of a podiatrist / foot doctor immediately!
3) Get fitted for a custom orthotic device.
In many cases, the inside of your shoe will not fit perfectly. In that case, seek out a custom fit orthotic (in-sole) for your shoe. We digitally fit them here at St. Augustine Foot and Ankle. A custom orthotic will help your shoes fit exactly the way they should to give you the most support and flexibility possible.
4) Take it easy!
I know you are very excited to get started on your new exercise program! That is fantastic! Take you time though. Do not over do it. If you are pushing yourself too far beyond your capabilities, it does not matter how well your shoes fit, you are asking for an injury. Ease yourself into your exercise program and find that sweet spot that indicates you are pushing yourself enough to maximize your results but not so much that your feet are killing you. Meeting with an exercise professional at first is a great way to get you started safely.
At St. Augustine Foot and Ankle we are here to help you any way we possibly can when it comes to your foot and ankle care. If you are experiencing foot or ankle pain of any kind or are a diabetic and need a foot exam, please contact us at (904) 824-0869. You can also visit our website to see what other services we offer and to request an appointment. Good luck with your new exercise program! Hopefully this foot doctors advice sets you on the right course. Please let us know if we can assist!