If you’re like millions of Americans the New Year brings a popular resolution: get fit in 2017! At Edmond Norman Foot & Ankle we applaud that plan. Achieving and maintaining a proper body weight is healthy for your feet too. Being overweight is a contributing factor to many common foot conditions. Before you jump on the treadmill or start that new walking program, however, there are some tips you should consider to make sure you don’t injure your feet and derail your fitness plan before it gets going:
- Begin with a podiatric check up at either our Edmond or Norman office. Our board certified foot and ankle surgeon, A. Bil Buksh, will want to examine your feet and check for any deformities or chronic conditions. If you have foot problem or are recovering from an injury you may need special accommodations or orthotic inserts for your shoes to help protect your feet. The foot doctor can also analyze your gait and your pronation (tendency for your foot to turn in or out) and make recommendations about the type of sport shoe best suited for your foot.
- Invest in the proper shoes. Different sports and fitness activities require different movements and therefore different athletic shoe Your sports shoes should provide shock absorption, proper support, traction and protection for your feet and also help position it properly for the types of movements required for the activity. Go to a fitness shoe store and work with a professional shoe fitter to find the best shoe for your foot and sport. If you are starting up a sport you have done previously be sure to check your shoes for signs of wear. Weakened heel counters, worn soles and stretched out uppers can all lead to injury.
- Start out slowly. One of the biggest causes of sports injuries is doing too much too soon. This is a frequent cause of Achilles tendonitis, stress fractures and plantar fasciitis, as well as other debilitating foot conditions. It’s all too common for patients to be gung ho in starting a fitness program, overdo it and then be unable to even walk for several weeks due to injury. Increase the intensity level of your workout gradually and you’ll soon start to see positive results.