Take Care of Your Walking Feet
By Rachel Carver
Walking is a great low-intensity exercise. Regular walks can improve mood, increase energy, and help with weight loss.
However, you should still approach walking with some caution. Walking injuries do happen, especially to your feet. Most foot pain starts small. Proactively trying to prevent problems before they start can save you many days of recovery time .
Here are some useful tips when it comes to your foot health.
Your Shoes Matter
Have you been putting off buying new shoes because they still feel comfortable? Do you walk in floppy sandals when the weather is nice?
Stop these habits immediately. If your shoes feel worn out, replace them. And don't go on long walks in those cute sandals.
Your feet need good shoes with arch support. Your feet constantly adjust to uneven ground. Quality shoes with this arch support will help you walk effectively and safely.
It's easy to get excited when you start something new. But beginners need to start slow, gradually increasing speed and distance.
This is very important for outdoor walks. There are many benefits to outdoor exercise. But these walks give you curbs, hills, and other unknown terrain. Our body needs time to adjust. Even walks on the treadmill will be different from outdoor walks.
Pay Attention to Where You Walk
We are creatures of habit. Do you always walk on the right side of the road? Walking the same direction all the time can overuse one side of your body, increasing injury risk. Walk on the left side of the road to mix things up.
Listen to Your Body
Pain usually indicates something is wrong. Don't ignore foot pain. Persistent foot pain should be checked out by your doctor.
The sooner you see your doctor, the sooner you can get back to your walks. Untreated foot pain can affect other parts of the body. When we are in pain, we over compensate, causing pain in other areas. For example, prolonged pain in your left foot can cause you to place your weight on your right foot. Eventually, you'll end up with two sore feet, not to mention possible back pain.
The Bottom Line
Your feet will take care of you if you take care of them. Wear good shoes. Stretch your feet and ankles regularly. And don't ignore any foot pain or discomfort.
To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Darien, Ill.