If getting in shape is one of your New Year’s resolutions, we at Superior Foot & Ankle Center would like to encourage you to consider walking. Walking is a very effective exercise, particularly if you have been inactive in the recent past. Consider these benefits:
- Can be done all year round outdoors (especially with our beautiful Long Beach weather) or indoors on a treadmill
- Walking is an activity that can be enjoyed alone or with others
- Walking lowers blood pressure, blood sugar and cholesterol while also providing a cardiovascular workout, improved circulation, stress relief and weight loss
- No special equipment is needed (except a good pair of walking shoes)
Of course walking can cause problems as well. Blisters, corns and calluses, plantar fasciitis, shin splints, and Achilles tendonitis are all potential conditions that can occur as a result of walking. You can help prevent these problems from developing, however, by following a few simple tips:
- Make an appointment for a podiatric check up before starting your new walking routine. Our board certified foot and ankle surgeons, Victoria Foley and Dr. Constance Omelas will examine your toes, feet and ankles and determine if there are any pre-existing problems that need to be treated. The foot doctor can also analyze your gait and see if you tend toward over-pronation, which may affect your shoe choice.
- Choose a sensible walking program that starts out slow and gradually increases distance and intensity.
- Always remember to stretch before and after you walk.
- Invest in good walking shoes and get professionally fitted at a sports or fitness store.
A little soreness or stiffness when you start a new fitness routine is normal but if you find you are experiencing ongoing pain or any swelling or other unusual symptoms contact our Long Beach office by calling: 562-420-9800.