Fitness And Your Feet
Our team of specialists and staff believe that informed patients are better equipped to make decisions regarding their health and well being. The following information is for educational purposes, which covers an array of educational topics. Please note that many of the topics and procedures discussed are beyond the scope of practice of a Chiropodist. Your Chiropodist would be happly to help direct you to the appropriate practitioner as necessary.
We strongly encourage everyone to also consult their family physician regarding all health (including foot care) needs to ensure comprehensive care.
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Your feet are one of the most overlooked body parts when it comes to exercise. As you exercise, pay attention to what your feet are telling you.
Consult your physician before beginning any fitness program. This includes a complete physical and foot exam. This is especially important for those who are overweight, smoke, or haven't had a physical exam in a long time.
Proper fitness requires wearing the right clothes and shoes. Wear loose-fitting, light-colored and loosely woven clothing in hot weather and several layers of warm clothing in cold weather.
The American Podiatric Medical Association stresses the importance of foot care in exercising. People don't realize the tremendous pressure that is put on their feet while exercising. For example, a 150-pound jogger puts more than 150 tons of impact on his feet when running three miles.
Improper foot care during exercise is a contributing factor to some of the more than 300 foot ailments, according to the APMA.
The following are common ailments caused by improper foot care during exercise:
- Athlete's foot;
- Corns and calluses; and
- Heel pain (including heel spurs).