Take a Walk for Foot Health
When it comes to exercise, it really is, as people like to say, “all good.” When it comes to strength and cardiovascular health, all exercise offers benefits and any exercise is better than no exercise at all. For foot and ankle health, however, there is one option that is better than all the rest: walking.
Why take a walk for foot health?
When you walk, you are supporting your entire body on your feet and ankles. This is exactly the kind of weight-bearing exercise that reduces your risk of osteoporosis, a loss of bone density that can contribute to foot and ankle injuries.
Every step you take stretches the muscles of the feet and ankles and helps the tendons and ligaments stay supple and flexible.
Walking helps manage weight, reducing stress on all the joints from the hips to the knees and the ankles, feet, and toes.
No special equipment is needed for walking, just a comfortable pair of shoes. If it’s been more than a year since you replaced your walking shoes, now is a good time. Did you know that shoe size can change as we age? Make sure you’re buying the right size. Ask the salesperson at your store to measure your feet.
Walking is a great way to reconnect with a friend. Plus, when you promise another person you’ll be there, you’re more likely to stay committed to your exercise routine.
Before beginning any walking regimen, it’s a good idea to visit a board-certified podiatrist like Eric Kosofsky, DPM and Robert Rutstein, DPM. With years of specialized training and experience, your foot doctor is expert in diagnosing and treating any illnesses or injuries of your feet, ankles, and lower legs and is the best-qualified medical professional to care for this part of your body. Schedule a convenient appointment in Hartford Podiatry Group’s modern, comfortable Hartford and Rocky Hill offices. Call our friendly staff at 860-523-8026 or click here to get started today.