Spring has sprung. After a long winter and being stuck indoors, it’s time to get outside. On April 6th, we celebrate National Walking Day. The American Heart Association sponsors this day to remind people about the health benefits of taking a walk. It’s a perfect time to get out, stretch your legs and get your heart pumping. Walking can be hard on your feet, however, so let’s take a look at how to make the most of the good weather.
Although walking has great health benefits, problems and injuries can arise due to inappropriate footwear, improper stretching, or an irregular gait. As a result, problems such as the formation of corns, calluses, and blisters are not uncommon. To prevent these, follow these tips:
1. Make sure your shoes fit well! They should be both long and wide enough. Before you start taking long walks, it’s good to break them in for a few days with shorter distances.
2. Some people are prone to blisters. It’s recommended you wear a 2-layer sock. These can help prevent chafing. Also, try to avoid wearing 100% cotton socks. They can remain wet from perspiration and cause your feet irritation. Synthetic socks are the better choice. If you tend to sweat a lot, bring a second pair on your long walks, and change them when you feel your feet are soaked with perspiration.
3. Even with preventative measures, cuts and blisters still happen. It is especially true for long-distance walkers, so be prepared. It’s a good idea to bring a supply of Band-Aids and antibiotic ointment. If you do get a blister and still have a long distance to walk, it can cause it to get worse. Band-Aids will cushion and protect the blister from getting worse.
As always, if you do find an issue or are experiencing any pain or discomfort, contact a specialist right away.
Dr. Ryan L. D’Amico, Dr. Donal M. Erickson, Dr. Keith Sherman, Dr. Riane Teagarden, and their staff will help you diagnose and treat your foot or ankle condition. Call Syracuse Podiatry, located in East Syracuse, New York, for more tips and expert advice. Call 315-446-3668 or make an appointment online today.