At Superior Foot & Ankle Care Center we know the importance of exercise to your feet as well as the rest of your body. That’s why we applaud patients who make a resolution to get in shape in the New Year. Too often, however, by the time February rolls around many exercise plans have already been shelved. Below are some scenarios that can bring fitness plans to a halt and how to work around them.
“Let’s do this! I am going to work out every day to get in shape fast no matter what it takes.”
Not so fast, or you’ll likely end up with an injury. Achilles tendonitis, ankle sprains, and shin splints are just a few of the conditions that can be caused by doing too much too quickly. Not to mention that an overly ambitious start, especially if you’re out of shape, can lead to fatigue and discouragement before you even really get started. The best bet for long-term success is to do an activity or program that allows you to start slowly and gradually increase the level of your workout.
“I started a running program a few years ago and still have my shoes—yay! I won’t have to go out and buy new ones.”
Footwear is one of the most important factors in the success of an exercise program. Getting fitness shoes that are designed for the sport or activity, you’ll be doing is key. However, foot size can change over time. It’s best to get your foot measured professionally and try your shoes on to make sure they are still comfortable.
“I have a bunion, but I think if I put a pad over it I should be able to exercise without a problem.”
Before starting a new exercise program, it’s always best to consult your general practitioner and also your podiatrist. Our foot doctors, Dr. Victoria Foley or Dr. Constance Ornelas, will examine your feet completely. If you have a chronic foot problem, the podiatrist can recommend shoe styles and make suggestions for how to best accommodate your condition. In some cases, a custom orthotic device can increase comfort and performance.
“I’m going to join a gym—there are lots of good deals available now.”
Take the time to consider your likes and lifestyle. A gym is a good option if you like the classes and machines offered and you need to schedule around your work. Consider if you want a more social setting or if you like to work out alone, if you prefer an indoor or outdoor activity and how much time you can devote to your fitness plan. You’re more likely to stick to a plan that suits your interests and your availability.