The beginning of the year is always a great time to start anew and attempt to change those bad habits for good ones. Most of us should start an exercise program or find some way to get more exercise. Whether just staying healthy or trying to combat diabetes, the benefit of exercise is great and we should all try to stay more active. Whichever activity you chose to make part of your day will most likely involve you being on your feet a little more. Because this is a change for your body and is putting more stress on your feet, it is not unlikely that you will find yourself in some amount of discomfort. The increased pressure on you feet may exacerbate small problems that you paid no mind in the past. Too often it's the pain or discomfort that causes us to fall away from our plan of getting more exercise. Don't let your foot pain cause your activity plan to fall apart. Plan a visit to Austin Foot & Ankle Specialists before you begin a new level of physical activity. A quick Gaitscan can identify potential problems and put you in the proper shoe or shoe insert to help you avoid them.
Winter activities provide a few additional challenges to keeping your feet safe. For starters, try to wear thick socks that will both keep your feet warm and allow excess moisture to wick away keeping them dry. Remember to take extra time to properly ‘warm-up' and stretch those muscles during cold. Additionally, you should discuss your winter activities with your podiatrist and make sure you are using the proper shoes with the proper fit to protect your feet.
Start your new year on the right foot and visit Austin Foot & Ankle Specialists!