Physical activity is a great way to stay in shape; however, one needs to be mindful of the wear and tear frequent exercise puts on our feet. From a sports medicine point of view, there are a number of factors you should consider before starting any regular fitness program. From customized orthotics to pain management, Chinook Foot and Ankle Clinic treats a variety of sports-related foot problems at our Lethbridge location, which include:
Corns and calluses
The following recommendations can help reduce the negative toll physical activity has on the feet.
Striving for physical fitness is not to be taken lightly. Patience is essential. Don't try to do too much too soon; give yourself a chance to improve.
As you exercise, pay attention to what your body, including your feet, tells you. If you feel discomfort, you may be trying to do too much too fast. Ease up a bit or take a break and start again at another time. Drink fluids on hot days or during very strenuous activities to avoid heat stroke and heat exhaustion.
A doctor of podiatric medicine can make an important contribution to your total health and to the success of your fitness program. While podiatrists focus on foot care, they are aware of total health needs and should be seen as part of your annual medical checkup. If your foot ailments are related to a more generalized health problem, your podiatrist will consult with your primary physician or refer you to an appropriate specialist.
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