New Year’s Resolution: Fit Feet!

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With a new year comes a wave of packed out gyms full of people starting New Years Resolutions to lose weight and get in shape. If you find yourself in this group, make sure you don’t let your new workout regimen take a toll on your foot health. When starting a new exercise plan, remember these helpful tips to keep your feet happy and healthy:

Get the Right Shoes for Your Sport.
Not all athletic shoes are created equal. A shoe made for running differs in design from a shoe made for playing tennis or basketball. Therefore, before you invest in a new pair of sneakers, make sure you do your research to make sure it’s tailored to your exercise of choice. In addition, make sure you replace those shoes regularly. Even though your shoes may not look worn out, after a while they have lost their cushioning and will start to cause pains in your knees, hips, and back. For runners, experts recommend replacing your shoes once a year or every 300-500 miles.

Get the Right Shoes for your Foot.
Very rarely is an athletic shoe a perfect fit for your foot. Many times shoes lack the specific arch support that you need, which can lead to foot pain and injuries. Therefore, in addition to sampling an abundant amount of shoes for that perfect pair, orthotics are many times necessary to provide the extra support that you need.

Start New Workouts Gradually.
We all want to shed those holiday pounds (and then some) before spring gets here, but it’s important to watch out for the “Terrible Too’s”, ie. too much, too soon, too fast. By being overly aggressive in a new workout routine, you put yourself at risk to not only burn out, but to also develop injuries that will completely debilitate your progress. To avoid this, build up your exercise regimen gradually and follow the 10% rule: Never increase your weekly mileage or effort by more than 10% each week. Also remember to stretch (before AND after workouts) and warm-up.

By following these helpful tips, you can keep your feet safe and comfortable in your quest for washboard abs and buns of steel. However, if your New Years Resolution has taken a toll on your feet already, your best hope for a speedy recovery is to make an appointment at the Advanced Foot and Ankle Care Centers in one of their four middle-Tennessee locations in Nashville, Smyrna or Spring Hill.

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