Staying Active for Your Foot and Ankle Health

When you think about the things you can do to keep your feet healthy and safe, you may consider wearing appropriate footwear or eating a well-balanced diet. These are both correct—and we have plenty of options here in Austin, TX for you to find activity-appropriate shoes and restaurants providing healthy meals—but regular exercise also plays a major role. So definitely head to places like Luke’s Locker for the right running shoes or Mother’s Care & Garden for healthy dining, but schedule some time to perform some exercises for foot health!

Biking to stay activeOf course, the exercises benefitting your feet are full of benefits for your entire body as well, so this can be a smart move in many different ways. Let’s take a look at some of the best exercises for foot health, including:

  • Walking. This might not be the most exciting of all the exercise options, but it is truly an all-star one for the health of your lower limbs. Walking is an ideal way to improve blood flow to (and from) your feet, while at the same time training the muscles to more efficiently absorb oxygen.
  • Yoga. When people think about health and fitness, flexibility tends to be overlooked in favor of strength and endurance. Flexibility and range-of-motion, though, are essential for reducing foot and ankle injury risk. Yoga provides these benefits through the various poses held during a session.
  • Cycling. Whereas running can elevate your heartrate and burn many calories, you can achieve those objectives from cycling, except you will not place as much stress on your lower limbs. If you are interested in taking up the activity, we have resources like Bike Austin in our community to help you get started!
  • Swimming. Swimming is an entire body workout. When kicking, you are working the muscles in the lower body, but the entire activity provides remarkable cardiovascular benefits. Additionally, swimming and aquatic exercises are great for those who suffer from edema (swollen feet).

Before you begin a new exercise program, though, make sure you come see us here at Austin Foot and Ankle Specialists. Our highly-educated medical staff can examine your feet and gait patterns to identify any potential issues, and also help you create a fitness plan that actually works for you. Call us at (512) 328-8900 and our staff will be glad to provide additional information on foot health or assist you in scheduling an appointment. Remember, you can also request your appointment with our Austin, TX podiatrist office online today!

Dr. Craig H. Thomajan, DPM, FACFAS, FAENS
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Founder and Managing Partner of Austin Foot and Ankle Specialists
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