Your feet are two of the most overlooked body parts when it comes to exercise. As you exercise, pay attention to what your feet are telling you.
Consult your physician before beginning any fitness program. Your doctor should give you a complete physical and a foot exam. A check-up is especially important for those who are overweight, those who smoke, and those who haven't had a physical exam in a long time.
Proper fitness requires wearing the right clothes and shoes. Wear loose-fitting, light-colored, and loosely woven clothing in hot weather and several layers of warm clothing in cold weather.
The American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA) stresses the importance of foot care in exercising. Many people don't realize the tremendous pressure they put on their feet while exercising. For example, a 150-pound jogger puts more than 150 tons of impact on his feet when running three miles.
According to the APMA, improper foot care during exercise is a contributing factor to some of the more than 300 foot ailments.
The following are common ailments caused by improper foot care during exercise:
New Orleans Podiatry Associates can diagnose, treat, and provide long-term care for these and other foot ailments. Healthy feet make for a healthy you!