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Aberdeen Podiatrist | Aberdeen Walk Your Way to Better Heart Health | NJ | Central Jersey Ankle & Foot Care Specialists |

Christopher J. Mullin, D.P.M., F.A.C.F.A.S.
Jessica A. Addeo, D.P.M., F.A.C.F.A.S.
Katy Statler, D.P.M.
Valerie Gregory, MSPT

Podiatric Medicine

20 Cambridge Drive, Suite D
Aberdeen, NJ 07747
[email protected]
Phone: 732-566-2841

Walk Your Way to Better Heart Health
 

Walking is one of the best activities: it’s free, you can do it pretty much anywhere, and it has several health benefits, including reducing your risk of heart disease. Since this is National Heart Month, we at Central Jersey Ankle & Foot Care Specialists want to share some tips on walking that will help you increase your cardiovascular health without harming your feet.

Check Up Before You Step Out

Before starting a walking program, consider coming into our Aberdeen office to have your feet and ankles evaluated by one of our board certified podiatrists, Christopher J. Mullin, DPM or Jessica A. Addeo, DPM. A comprehensive exam can reveal many things about your feet and ankles that will influence your fitness routine choices. For example, if you have flatfeet, you may be at a greater risk for certain foot problems like plantar fasciitis or Achilles tendonitis. The foot doctor can also evaluate your gait—how you walk—and make recommendations about walking shoes to best suit your feet. If you have structural abnormalities, such as bunions or a hammertoe, these need to be treated before you begin a walking program so that further damage will not occur. In some cases, padding or orthotics will make walking more comfortable.

If the Shoe Fits

The only piece of equipment needed for walking is a good pair of walking shoes. Consider going to a store that specializes in walking and running shoes and spend some time with a knowledgeable sales person sharing what you know about your own feet and learning about your footwear choices. Here are some other tips to consider:

  •  Try to shop at the end of the day when your feet are the most swollen.
  • Be sure to try on both shoes (often one foot is larger than the other), lace them up fully and walk around for a few minutes. Try on several pairs so you can make a good comparison.
  • Heels should fit snugly in the shoe without slipping.
  • The toe box should be roomy and there should be a half-inch between the end of your longest toe and the end of the shoe.
  • Be sure stitching is smooth all the way around on the inside with no rough spots that will rub on your skin.
  • Make sure the shoes feel comfortable while you are in the store—a “breaking in” period is a myth.

 

Ultimately, a walking program will benefit your feet as well as your heart—many foot disorders can be improved by losing excess weight. If you have any questions about fitness and your feet, contact our office by calling: 732-566-2841.

 
 
 
Aberdeen Podiatrist Central Jersey Ankle & Foot Care Specialists is a poidiatry office providing Walk Your Way to Better Heart Health, orthopedic, pain, diabetes, bunions and much more in Aberdeen, NJ. We also do Achilles Tendonitis, Allergic Contact Dermatitis , Athlete's Foot, Brachymetatarsia, Bunions, Calluses/Corns, Diabetic Foot Care, Flatfoot (Fallen Arches), Ganglions, Haglund's Deformity, Hallux Rigidus, Hammertoes, Heel Pain/Fasciitis, Infections, Injuries, Ingrown Toenails, Metatarsalgia, Morton's Neuroma, Onychomycosis, Osteoarthritis, Pediatric Foot Care, Plantar Warts, Plantar Fasciitis, Posterior Tibial Dysfunction, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Running Injuries, Sesamoiditis, Sprains/Strains, Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome, Tailor's Bunion, Tendonitis, Toe Deformities, Xerosis and all work related in the 07747 area and surrounding areas in Aberdeen