Posts for: January, 2018
Now that I’ve said my piece about our resolution to eat better, let’s talk about our exercise routine. Did you know there’s actually quite a bit of damage that we can do to our feet if we jump into exercising without considering the consequences? The very first point to consider before tackling this goal is to ensure we are healthy enough for exercise. It’s always a good idea to make a quick stop into our Primary Care Physician’s office for a physical exam to get the green light before beginning any type of exercise regimen.
Once the doc has verified we’re healthy enough for exercise, let’s make sure we consider what we wear when we exercise. I’m not qualified to give you advice about Lululemon or the latest in athletic fabwear today, but I do have opinions about what we put on our feet. As a Foot Doctor in Manteca, I’m acutely aware of the negative consequences of poor footwear choices, since I can see the damage it causes over time. Conditions like ingrown nails, plantar fasciitis, and more can be traced back to footwear issues. When I work out, I make sure that my shoes fit correctly with enough wiggle room for my toes and have proper arch support, cushioning, and flexible soles. I’m not paid by Brooks Running company, but you’ll always see me wearing a pair of their running shoes when I’m exercising. Feel free to ask me why on your next visit to the office.
My last piece of advice here is that we should make sure we ease into our new workout routines, one step at a time. Conditions such as heel pain, also known as plantar fasciitis, often creep up when starting an exercise routine too quickly. If exercising causes foot or ankle pain, stop immediately to prevent further damage and make an appointment to have it checked out. Pain in our feet is our body’s way of warning us that something is wrong, so we shouldn’t ignore it. There are plenty of non-weight bearing exercises we can continue in the mean time to get our cardio workouts in, such as swimming, cycling, or utilizing rowing machines at the gym.
I hope these little tidbits of advice can help you meet your resolutions to achieve better overall health without sacrificing the health of your feet in the short or long term, and I wish you the best and healthiest year yet!
The hustle and bustle and glitter of the holidays is behind us and the New Year with its resolutions is upon us. It probably won’t come as a surprise that the most common New Year’s Resolutions are health related. In fact, the top 3 resolutions people make are to exercise more, lose weight, and eat better. Do these resolutions sound familiar to you? You might find it comforting to know that I’m squarely in that boat myself and that I have health and fitness goals in mind for 2018. Personally, I'd love to be ready to compete in the Nautica Malibu Triathlon in September this year. So this post is for us! It’s dedicated to helping us meet our New Year’s Resolutions with a twist: keeping the health of our feet in mind as we strive to achieve our goals.
Are you looking to lose weight by eating better and exercising more? Are you ready to jump in, feet first? That thought thrills me because besides joining you in my personal resolution to lose weight and exercise more, having healthy patients is the goal of my practice in Manteca, CA!
In this post, let’s tackle the goal of eating healthier in 2018. This is a fantastic resolution for the health of our feet! Did you know that the foot has a whopping 26 bones in it? Second only to the hand, it is the part of our body with the most bones! Since our feet have so many bones, eating in a way that prevents bone degeneration, like osteoporosis, is paramount to maintaining proper foot health! Individuals with osteoporosis tend to visit my office more often with conditions like stress fractures in the foot or from injuries from falling because of a lack of essential vitamins such as vitamin D and calcium. So as we jump into our New Year’s Resolution to eat smarter, let’s not skimp on our dairy products! The marketing hype is real: milk does a body good. Lactose intolerant or vegan? There are plenty of other foods rich in these nutrients such as leafy greens, fatty fish, and vitamin D-fortified foods like cereals and juices.
Check out my next post on Achieving Our Goals One Step at a Time. In it I talk about how to meet our New Year's Resolution to exercise more and I give you my opinions on footwear and avoiding injury. In the mean time, Happy New Year!