With temperatures here in Montgomery well into the 70’s, it’s perfect weather for going outdoors and getting some exercise. If you’re thinking about starting a running routine, great! Follow these tips from Dr. Heidi M. Christie and Dr. Chanda L. Day-Houts at Montgomery Foot Care Specialists to keep your feet and your whole body in good form:
- Don’t go crazy.
Overdoing it is a surefire way to bring your good intentions to a screeching halt. Make a plan for easing into the sport and follow it. There are so many resources available to help you, like articles in running magazines (try your local library for free perusing) and internet searches. Be creative, using phrases like “my first 5k,” “running plan for new runners,” or “how to start running” to get the most relevant hits. Then make sure the sites you’re reading are reputable and soak in their advice.
- Set a goal and track your results
Many new runners say that they’re motivated by a specific goal, such as running a 5k. There are a number of great apps available for iPhone and Android that will help you stay on track to meet your goal.
- Find your own style
Try running indoors in a treadmill, outdoors at different times of day, on the road or on a trail, alone or with a friend, with music or without. Find what works for you, and you’ll stick with it.
- Wear the right shoes
As podiatrists, we can’t stress this enough. Have your gait evaluated at a reputable running shoe store. You may find that you overpronate (your foot rolls inward) or underpronate (your foot rolls outward). Both of these tendencies require a specific kind of shoe, and a good running store will offer great advice.
- Stop when it hurts
If you have pain that doesn’t go away or worsens with exercise, stop running. You may be injured, and if the injury is in your foot, don’t hesitate to see our expert. Heel pain, tendonitis, neuroma, and stress fractures are all common running injuries that require a doctor’s care.
Even before you start running, consider making an appointment at our office in Montgomery, AL for a full foot exam to identify and correct any foot issues that might put a stop to your running routine. Give us a call at (334) 396-3668 with all your foot care questions and concerns.