Though we’re only about half-way through January, New Year’s Eve feels like it was so long ago! If you’re like most people, our resolutions can get lost in the ruckus of the New Year pretty quickly. You don’t need to wait until next year to start all over again – today is better than never!
While many people find themselves resolving to become more physically active, some of us prefer to focus on resolving what might be preventing us from becoming active in the first place: foot and ankle pain. Persistent foot issues, like nagging heel pain or tender toes, can make exercise seem like torture. Here’s a life hack for you: visit one of our doctors at Foot & Ankle Specialists, P.C. for a professional solution to your foot and ankle problems. While you’re working with a foot doctor to give your feet and ankles the care they deserve, start out slow with these foot-friendly low-impact activities in the New Year:
- Weight-lifting – let your arms do all the work while your feet hang out below! Even if you opt to stand, weight-lifting keeps the pressure off your feet.
- Cycling or Biking – whether you opt for stationary or go out and about to the local park, biking keeps your feet from bearing your entire weight.
- Rowing or Kayaking – while rowing or kayaking, the only time you really use your feet and ankles is when you’re moving in or out of the kayak!
- Hiking or Climbing – depending on where you go, there are different options for intensity. Start out slow and go from there!
- Yoga or Pilates – Looking for something more relaxing and gentle? Try out yoga and beginner level pilates.
- Swimming – Depending on if you find a class or swim freestyle, swimming can be a huge full-body workout!
- Walking – When you want to keep it simple, walking is your best bet. Walk slow, walk fast, walk uphill or down – the power is in your hands.
As always, be careful not to over do it. Keep your feet and ankles in mind – if they start to ache, slow it down or rest up. Don’t forget to check in with Dr. Scott E. Hughes, Dr. Greg P. Vogt, or Dr. Christine I. Tumele when foot or ankle pain persists. Our doctors are well known for providing fast relief for your aching feet! Find us in Monroe, Michigan (734-241-0200) and Lambertville, Michigan (734-856-8900). Call to schedule an appointment today!