Happy New Year! At The Podiatry Group, we hope your New Year is off to a great start. With the New Year comes new beginnings, especially as we set out to fulfill our New Year’s resolutions. Most likely, you have made goals for yourself, such as getting into shape, eating healthier, and spending more time with family. We encourage you to pursue your goals, and hope that we can be of assistance along the way. In particular, for those of you trying new workout routines or training harder for activities you’ve already been doing, we want to give you a few tips from a foot and ankle care perspective. Caring for your feet is important because, well, they’re the ones that will help you keep moving!
Tips for getting started with your new exercise goals:
- Start slow and start smart: Going at it 100% is not always the best for your body. Putting your all into a strenuous activity without taking necessary precautions (stretching, warming up, gaining knowledge and experience about the activity) can cause injury. Consult your doctor if this is your first time starting an exercise program.
- Speaking of precautions, if you have braces or orthotics, make sure you use them to protect your feet, ankles, knees, etc. Previous injuries can be made worse if you’re not careful.
- Use comfortable, supportive, and appropriate footwear. Depending on the activity, there may be a shoe designed specifically for that activity. Running shoes shouldn’t be used for climbing or yoga. Always make sure that the shoes you wear are protective, not injury inducing. Finally, make sure that they fit correctly or you may end up with blisters or calluses.
- Always warm up and stretch. Try activities like yoga to become more aware of your feet and ankles. It will test your strength, flexibility, and balance.
- Keep hydrated. Whether or not you’ve thought about it, your feet need the fluids for circulating and keeping the skin on the feet hydrated as well. Otherwise, you may end up with cracking heels.
- Don’t ignore pain. No pain is too small, and “powering through” may only leave you at higher risk for a larger injury down the road. If the RICE (rest, ice, compression, elevation) technique does not work, you should come and see your friendly podiatrists at The Podiatry Group.
Feeling ready to get out there and face the new year? Or perhaps you have some concerns about pain or discomfort you’ve noticed in your feet and ankles. Either way, come see us at our Jonesboro, AR office so that we can help you put your best feet forward. Our podiatrists, Dr. Mark E. Reiner, Dr. Michael A. Haughey, Dr. William G. Coates, and Dr. Erik D. Rosenlof will assess any issues you may have and find the proper treatments that best suit your needs. Make an appointment by calling us today at 800-737-3668.