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Is It Important To Consult A Doctor Before Beginning An Exercise Program?

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Exercise can be beneficial to us all and is important to every part of our body, even our feet. However, when exercises are not done correctly, you can cause injury to yourself.
To help avoid injuries, you should always consult a physician before you begin any exercise program. You will need a full physical exam before you start exercising, and that includes a foot exam. This is especially important if you have been inactive for a long period of time, if you are a smoker, or if you are overweight.
People tend to overlook their feet when exercising, but it is important that we realize exactly what effect our actions are having on our feet. Tremendous pressure is put on our feet during exercise.
According to the American Podiatric Medical Association, a 150-pound jogger puts more than 150 tons of impact on his or her feet when running three miles.
That is an incredible amount of impact that our feet are absorbing while we exercise. It is important to listen to what our feet are telling us and to pay as much attention to them as we do the other parts of our body.
Many people who begin training for marathons start too quickly and end up injuring themselves. Improper training or overtraining can lead to foot pain and injury, so be sure to start slowly and build up your training regime as you go. If you have foot pain, stop training and have it evaluated before continuing.
Remember to keep your feet healthy and exercise in moderation, never overstrain your legs or feet. Also, wear the proper shoes for your exercise program and make sure they fit properly.
If you would like to schedule an appointment with our office, you can contact us at 615-220-8788 or at our toll-free number 888-713-0906. You can also request an appointment online.

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