When it comes to exercising and staying in shape, walking is an excellent choice for people of all ages. It provides less impact on your joints than running, while still offering you a way to increase your heart rate and get the sweat flowing. However, just because it is low impact, it doesn’t mean that walking can’t harm your feet. At Great Neck Family Foot Care, we don’t want to see this happen to you. Our podiatrist, Dr. Alec Hochstein would like to inform you of some of the more common foot-related issues that come with walking, as well as what can be done to prevent them.
Common Injuries And Conditions
No matter how careful or well protected you are, injuries can happen any time you’re participating in physical activity. Walking is no exception to the rule. While it is true that you’re more likely to suffer an injury when you’re running, avid walkers will tell you that the same thing can happen to you even if you’re moving at a slower pace. Examples of the injuries and conditions walking may cause can include:
- Ingrown toenails
- Ankle sprains
- Plantar fasciitis
- Shin splints
There are steps that anyone can take to avoid becoming injured while walking for exercise. Dr. Hochstein does not want to see you in pain, which is why as our podiatrist, he can provide some information on how you can stay safe as your feet hit the pavement. Some of the best ways to do this are as follows:
- Wear walking shoes that fit properly, offer arch and ankle support, and have not been worn out.
- Keep a pace that is challenging, but does not push your body too far past its limits.
- Pay attention to your surroundings.
- Walk on level grounds when possible.
- If you begin to experience pain in your feet, seek medical attention right away to avoid the development of any long term problems.
Walking is an activity that can be enjoyed by almost anyone. However, that joy can quickly turn south if pain and discomfort begin to rear their heads. At Great Neck Family Foot Care, we want our patients to remain as healthy as possible. If you’ve recently been injured while walking, or want to learn more about staying healthy while doing so, please don’t hesitate to contact Dr. Hochstein now!