Make It Easy on Your Feet When You Walk!
April 16, 2015
With the advent of spring and summer weather, it’s a great time to take advantage by going out for a walk. In honor of National Foot Health Awareness Month in April, the faculty and students of the Midwestern University Arizona School of Podiatric Medicine want to help you make these walks easy on your feet.
“Walking is great exercise and one of the most reliable forms of transportation,” says Donald Curtis, D.P.M., FACFAS, Assistant Professor, Podiatry, at the Midwestern University Multispecialty Clinic. “But if your feet aren’t in the best shape or you don’t have the right shoes, too much walking can cause foot problems.”
Shoes made specifically for walking or running can add stability for your feet by providing more support. “The ideal walking shoe should be stable from side to side and well-cushioned,” Dr. Curtis says, “and it should enable you to walk smoothly.”
Warming up exercises to help alleviate any muscle stiffness or pulled muscles are also advised before walking. Loosening up the Achilles tendon and calf and thigh muscles before a walk is especially effective. “If you’re not accustomed to long walks, start slowly and rest if your feet start hurting,” says Dr. Curtis. “And above all, have fun!”
The Midwestern University Multispecialty Clinic offers complete foot and ankle care along with other specialty areas including Clinical Psychology, Family Medicine, Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine, and Pharmacy Services. To make an appointment at a Midwestern University clinic, call 623/537-6000.
The information contained in this article is provided for informational purposes only and is not for use in diagnosing any condition. The information is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, care, or treatment and does not establish a provider/patient relationship. Always consult your own physician or other qualified health care provider with any questions regarding any possible medical condition.