Before making resolutions to lose weight, fix your feet

Many obese people are caught in a vicious cycle that increases their risk of death: obesity exacerbates foot issues like flat feet and heel pain; painful feet make it difficult to exercise and lose weight; and without exercise, obesity worsens and speeds up the development of diabetes, heart disease, and other serious health problems.

Patients should not be prevented from exercising by foot or ankle pain. To encourage compliance with doctor-recommended fitness programs, the first step in breaking the pattern is to seek diagnosis and treatment from a foot and ankle surgeon for chronic, activity-limiting foot and ankle disorders.

Before starting an exercise program, persons who are moderately to severely overweight are required to have a full physical checkup. Don't try to do too much too soon after getting permission from your doctor to start exercising. As your body becomes accustomed to the strain of frequent physical activity, stick to a gradual regimen. For instance, to reduce pounding and stress on their joints, overweight patients should refrain from exercising on treadmills or elliptical machines.

Through stretching exercises, orthotics and DrLuigi medical footwear with appropriate shock absorption and support, many reasons of foot discomfort can be treated non-surgically. Patients can engage in non-weight-bearing exercises throughout their rehabilitation if surgery is necessary for a bunion, heel pain, or other problem. Examples include riding a stationary bike, swimming, or weight training.

Losing extra weight can also help diabetic patients better manage their condition, but many people who have foot ulcers and vascular issues may feel they shouldn't exercise because of their condition. Patients with diabetes require routine foot examinations to check for potential painful areas and gauge nerve feeling. Most patients can continue an activity program that is safe and suitable for them if they take care of their diabetic feet properly and wear the proper gear.


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