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Fitness and Your Feet

Thinking about fitness may conjure up images of early morning infomercials.  Programs like Zumba and P90X focus on cardio and strength training for the body. While the feet are subjected to quick, dance inspired steps and the added pressure of training with weights, feet specific exercises are virtually non-existent in these types of workouts.  Your feet are required to work hard each day.  As the foundation of the body, every pound of weight and pressure is felt in your toes, arches, ankles, and heels.

Why is it important to keep my feet in top shape?

how to keep feet in shapeEven if an exercise plan isn’t designed with the feet in mind, working out is an important part of maintaining your overall health and the health of your feet.  The circulatory system receives a boost when the heart rate is increased.  In response to elevated activity levels, the body requires more oxygen which in turn signals the heart to provide more blood.  The body’s overall circulation is improved.

Physical activity also maintains healthy cholesterol levels.  If left unchecked, plaque build-up can lead to hypertension and increase the risk of stroke.  The feet are prone to decreased circulation since they are so far from the heart.  This can be problematic if other factors inhibit the flow of blood, because it carries the properties necessary for the body’s natural healing response.

Maintaining a healthy weight is another benefit.  Obesity can lead to fallen arches, plantar fasciitis, and other painful conditions of the feet.  If you want to lose weight, exercise will not only help you to reach your goals, it will also benefit your feet.

Do my shoes matter?

Before you begin a focused foot routine, check out the condition of the footwear you utilize during your normal workout.  Ask yourself the following questions:

What exercises will keep my feet in top condition?

Try these exercises for the feet. The beginning position for these stretches is as follows: Begin on the floor lying on your back.  Your feet should be flat and spread the distance of your hips, keeping your heels about 24 inches away. Now, try these exercises.

First, focus on your arches by raising them and then releasing.  Now, slide your heels closer to your hips, and then repeat moving your feet back to the beginning position.  Next, start from the same position and carefully turn the feet from the inside edges to the outer edges.  Move the feet apart once again and repeat.  Finally, work the ankle and the rest of the foot by rolling it from heel to toe until the heel is lifted completely.  Complete this exercise ten times.

If lying on your back is difficult, try simple ankle rolls while sitting.  You can also place a towel on the floor, and gather it up using your toes.  Pointing and flexing the toes will give your feet a stretch as well.

The cycle of keeping your feet in shape and fighting foot pain can be vicious.  If your fitness plans have been derailed by pain, don’t wait another day to seek help.  Drs. Brook and Northcutt understand that the health of your feet is closely tied to your overall fitness.  With convenient offices in Dallas and Plano, TX, our professional staff is ready to help you achieve your exercise goals—without foot pain!  Schedule an appointment today!

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"I did 3 EPAT treatments and it gave me tremendous relief from my plantar fasciitis. I highly recommend this for anyone who is dealing with PF. Also, the physical therapist Dr. Brook sent me too is fantastic. I am definitely on the mend and so glad I did EPAT."- All H. 5 star
"Dr Northcutt is a fantastic physician. My first surgery with him (although painful), went very well. A couple of issues (with his staff) needed to be corrected, I appreciated his calm and professional demeanor and he corrected those issues promptly. He sets the bar high (the mark of a great physician), and that is the key reason why I'm coming back to him to correct my other foot. I would highly recommend him."- She B. 5 star
"The staff at Dallas Podiatry Works could not have been more courteous, helpful, and professional in doing their job. They made me feel comfortable when I was there, which is certainly appreciated. They answered all the questions that I had and just made each visit the most pleasurable that it could be. I would highly recommend them to anyone needing this type of care."- Joseph B. 5 star
"My experience was a good one from pre-op to post -op. I saw the doctor right before my surgery.He explained the process to me and my husband. The recovery nurse was great. It was neither crowded or chaotic as some day surgery centers. My foot is doing well as I follow instructions. I look forward to my one week progress visit!"- Patricia T.5 star
"I had dealt with a painful foot problem for five months and had seen three different Doctors before seeing an article in D Magazine about Dr. Joel Brook. Dr. Brook took one look at my foot, explained the causes for my pain and set me up on a successful treatment plan. He is very knowledgeable, thorough and exhibits a caring attitude. I highly recommend him."- Ginger W. 5 star
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