Run to the Podiatrist Before The Trail
Podiatrists don’t just treat foot-related problems; they can help prevent problems from occurring. If you’re starting a running or jogging program, a visit to a podiatrist will help you get started off on the right foot. Every time your foot hits the trail, pressure equal to three of four times your body’s weight is placed on your foot’s bones, joint and ligaments. Not only does your foot have to take this stress, it has to help you balance and propel you along. Runners ask a lot of their feet, all feet ask for is a good pair of running shoes and a checkup from a podiatrist.
Podiatrists can suggest the best shoes for your foot type and weight. Let your podiatrist know what type of surface you will be running on and how far you plan to run each day and he or she can suggest the best shoe style to keep your feet healthy. Your podiatrist may suggest an orthopedic device for your running shoes, such as arch supports, which help prevent runner’s knee, a common and very painful ailment.
If you want to start running without injuring yourself, visit a podiatrist before you hit the trail. If you were to go on a long road trip, you would check your tires since they are the only thing between your car and the pavement. When you run, your shoe-clad feet are the only thing between you and the pavement. They should be in peak condition.
New runners are not the only people who should see a podiatrist. Seasoned runners should have a regular foot check up to help identify any potential problems. It’s always easier to prevent foot problems than it is to treat them once they are causing pain. Healthy feet make running more enjoyable and help you benefit more from your workout.