New Year’s Resolutions can include many goals – from traveling around the world to getting healthier and running a marathon. What ever your New Year’s Resolution may be, it’s always a good idea to make sure your feet are in tip top shape, and at Healthy Steps Podiatry, we’re here to help you prep.
Topping the list of New Year’s resolutions for many, is weight loss. While you may be making changes to your diet in order to achieve weight-loss, you need to combine your eating plan with an exercise plan. But if you suffer from foot problems like flat feet, heel pain and other conditions that cause sore feet, exercise can be problematic.
Without exercise, those extra pounds could worsen or exacerbate the progression of health issues like diabetes, heart disease and other serious conditions. If you are overweight and it is putting your health at risk, it is important that you seek treatment for chronic, activity-limiting foot and ankle problems. In many cases, chronic heel pain is as a result of carrying too much weight. Left untreated, it becomes an impediment to physical activity and meaningful weight loss.
There is no reason though, for foot and ankle pain to stop patients from exercising. The first step toward breaking the cycle is an evaluation by Healthy Steps Podiatry in Auckland. We’ll thoroughly examine your feet and draw up treatment plan that will get you back on your feet and back into your exercise program in no time.
Many causes of foot pain can be relieved with either stretching exercises or orthotics. At Healthy Steps our podiatrists will:
- Diagnose the cause of your foot pain
- Asses your gait and your footwear, and prescribe orthotics if necessary.
- Perform surgery if you have a bunion, heel spurs or any other condition that requires surgery
- Guide you through an exercise routine, one that is easy to follow and will be simple for you to do at home
- Advise you on the right footwear for you feet
If you have diabetes, it is very important that you have regular foot evaluations – to check for possible sore spots and assess nerve sensation. With proper diabetic foot care and the right footwear, most patients can follow an exercise regime that is safe and appropriate for them.
If you have had surgery for the removal of bunions or heel spurs, you can still keep up with your weight-loss exercising during your recovery period. Just stick to non-weight bearing activities – such as riding a stationary bike, swimming or weight training.
Don’t let sore feet discourage you from losing that weight. Come in and see is at Healthy Steps today.