Running and walking are both forms of exercise that can keep you in shape while enjoying the outdoors. However, both also come with certain risks for your feet. If you experience problems with your feet when walking or running, our Keller sports medicine podiatrist can help keep your feet healthy while you stay active.
Benefits of Running and Walking
Walking and running offer many benefits for your health. Both types of exercise are good for your heart, and both can help reduce high blood pressure and help prevent type 2 diabetes.
While running has a greater impact on your circulation and keeps your heart rate up, walking is a lower impact exercise and can be easier on your joints. If you have suffered joint or knee pain in the past, walking may be a better alternative to running. Walking can protect your joints by strengthening surrounding muscles and may even ease pain due to arthritis.
Running and Walking Affect Feet: But How?
If you walk or run as a form of exercise, injuries can occur because of overuse, the type of running or walking surface, or improper technique. The type of shoes you wear can also affect your feet while running or walking.
Foot and Ankle Injuries Due to Running
- Plantar fasciitis
- Heel spurs
- Shin splints
- Achilles tendonitis
- Stress fractures
Walking may be a lower impact exercise than running, but still comes with risks. Not wearing the right type of shoes can put you at risk for blisters or foot ulcers. In addition, walking can cause discomfort if you have a foot condition such as bunions or hammertoe, and it can put you at risk for plantar fasciitis.
When to See Our Keller Sports Medicine Podiatrist
If you plan to exercise by walking or running, it’s good to talk with a podiatrist before you begin. Our Keller sports medicine podiatrist will examine your feet and identify any problems that might interfere with your routine. In addition, they can discuss specific footwear options that will work best for your needs and recommend custom orthotics to wear inside your walking or running shoes to give you extra support.
If you walk or run for exercise, contact our Keller sports medicine podiatrist for a consultation today. We can answer any questions you have about keeping your feet healthy while walking or running. To request an appointment, contact our offices by filling out our convenient online contact form or by calling our office at 817-481-4000.