Summer is just around the corner and the weather is getting better. It’s always a good idea to get started on a more active, healthy lifestyle during the spring time. Remember, April is Foot health Month! A free, fun and easy way to get started on an active lifestyle is walking. Walking is good for you, has a decreased risk of injury and is free!
Fun Facts about walking
- Walking an extra 20 minutes a day, you’ll burn off roughly 6lbs of body fat a year.
- Walking can halve your risk of arterial disease and help prevent some cancers and cuts cholesterol.
- Walking may slow cognitive decline in adults, especially those with existing conditions such as Alzheimer’s.
- Walking can help to prevent the onset of type 2 diabetes.
In an average lifetime, we walk about 100,000 miles, which is tough on our feet. Yet our bodies were designed for moving not standing still, so walking is good exercise. Walking helps the muscles and ligaments in our feet to work more efficiently, and helps keep them supple and flexible. Walk briskly for at least 30 minutes every day. Feet are adaptable and can withstand a lot of pressure before they rebel. If you walk a lot, it’s important to wear the right footwear that won’t damage your feet. There are some common problems with walking that people deal with such as:
- Heel pain – Plantar fasciitis
- Morton’s neuroma – swollen or thickened nerve in the ball of your foot.
A podiatrist is the only person that is trained in a specialized field in medicine for anything concerning the lower extremity, foot and ankle, that’s why it is important for you to visit your podiatrist if there are any problems concerning your feet. If there you have any other questions feel free to contact Dr. Theall’s and Dr. Saleh’s Gentle Touch Foot Care office for all your foot and ankle needs and concerns at 973 673 – 3668.