As a kid, did you ever think to protect your feet when playing? Probably not. What was your favorite childhood game? Hide and Seek? Tag? What about a good old-fashioned scavenger hunt? If that one rings a bell, head over to the Texas State Library and Archives for the Amazing Scavenger Hunt Adventure! See Austin from a new perspective as you and your friends use your smart phones and your feet on this unconventional tour. Just beware of being thrown off the trail by foot pain.
Keeping your foundation healthy requires exercise. In fact, walking is one of the best forms to get the blood pumping throughout your lower extremities. That’s why even fun activities such as a scavenger hunt can be good fun and good for the body—as long as you prepare your feet properly.
Stretching is a common part of most aerobic exercise routines. However, most of us don’t do it before walking, and the feet are almost always left out. This is ironic since they endure the most pressure with each step! Take some time to warm up your feet by flexing and pointing them, tapping your toes, and doing ankle circles.
Of course, one of the easiest ways to protect your feet is by wearing appropriate, properly-fitted footwear. Shoes that are designed for walking and your arch type are the best bet when it comes to staying free of foot pain. If you start experiencing discomfort, stop and listen to your feet. It’s better to address the problem right away than to continue exercising and do further damage.
Walking is great for your overall health—don’t miss out! If a bunion or other foot condition is keeping you on the couch, call Dr. Craig H. Thomajan DPM, FACFAS and Dr. Shine John DPM, FACFAS at Austin Foot and Ankle Specialists today. Dial (512) 328-8900, or visit us online to request an appointment.
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