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By Clark Podiatry Center
October 03, 2019
Category: Exercise

Walking is a basic human activity and has been for centuries. As we make our way to and from destinations, it is estimated that an average person takes 7,500 steps in a day, and if you live to the age of 80, you will likely take close to 216,000,000 steps. Considering this, keeping an eye on your foot health is very important.

Some of the benefits of walking include:

  • Burning calories – every mile walked you burn off 100 calories
  • Heart rate – walking increases the heart rate strengthening the heart muscle pumping blood to necessary parts of the body
  • Blood sugar – helps keep your blood sugar level stable
  • Cholesterol levels – works to reduce cholesterol levels
  • Improve circulation – pumping of blood increases the size of blood vessels
  • Mood – walking is also said to improve mood and may relieve some aspects of depression

Overall, walking is a very good activity, but if you haven’t done a lot, you need to see your doctor or podiatrist before you take up a regimen. Sudden physical exertion can also be a stressor if done too intensely depending on your overall physical condition.

Another thing a podiatrist can do is help you find the right shoe. Depending on your feet, you may need to have an orthotic to help you walk properly as some people have different ways of walking. Two different ways of walking include:

  • Pronator – have flat feet and roll their ankles inward. Pronators need a sturdier shoe
  • Supinator - have high arches and need shoes that provide cushioning for shock absorption

Not all shoes or footwear provide the same support, so choosing the right shoe or sneaker is very important for your foot health. Most running shoes provide good support but must be fit carefully to your feet. Measuring your feet at the end of the day is best because your foot is slightly swollen from walking all day and will allow you room for a comfortable fit.

Your podiatrist will also check for any issues that you have that need to be compensated for such as corns and calluses, bunions, hammertoe, heel spurs, or other.

If you have any questions about walking or have any other concerns about your feet, please make an appointment with us. Dr. Brandon A. Macy, who is associated with New Jersey Children's Foot Health Institute, will assess your feet and find the appropriate treatments to get you back to being active. Call Clark Podiatry at (732) 382-3470.

By Clark Podiatry Center
June 06, 2017
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Walking   exercise  

While it seems that the step count competitions are phasing out, maintaining an active lifestyle remains very relevant. With more and more studies revealing that a sedentary lifestyle is bad for your health, finding every excuse to incorporate more walking into your day is beneficial for you and your children.

We’ve compiled a list of easy and fun ways to add a few extra steps in your day-to-day routine. It will help to promote circulation, increase energy, burn a few more calories, and hopefully improve your mood too!

Morning Routine:

  • Put your phone/alarm across the room so that you have to get up and walk to it in order to turn if off. For added “fun”, get an alarm clock that rolls or flies away from you!
  • Not a morning person? Do a big stretch with your entire body before getting out of bed. Then do another one when you stand up. Then, wake yourself up while brushing your teeth. Softly step in place, being mindful not to stomp.
  • Instead of vocalizing to make sure other people in your family are awake, walk to their rooms and check in on them.
  • Live in an apartment? Unless you are super high up, try taking the stairs to get down to the street or garage level.

School/Work Routine:

  • If you can, walk or bike to work or school. If you take public transportation, think about getting off a stop earlier if the stops tend to be close together.
  • If you drive, park the car in a farther spot in the parking lot. It’s only about 30 seconds to a minute longer, but you definitely add more steps to your day.
  • If you have a desk job where you sit in front of a computer for most of the day, set a reminder to get up and walk around the office every 1 or 2 hours. You can also get up to fill your water cup or bottle and consequently, to use the bathroom that is farther away or up or down one floor. Take a walk to get lunch instead of going for the closest takeout spot.

Evening Routine:

  • Take a family walk (or walk the dog together) around the neighborhood after dinner, instead of watching TV. You can switch things up by biking or skating too.
  • Get some steps in while brushing your teeth again before bedtime.

It may be helpful to get an activity tracker to see just how much or how little activity you’re getting. Experiencing any kind of pain while trying to increase your steps? Make an appointment today at Clark Podiatry Center. Our board-certified podiatrist, Dr. Brandon Macy will assess your feet to find the best treatments or solutions for any problems. We are located in Clark, NJ and serve patients in all the surrounding Union County towns!

By Clark Podiatry Center
November 09, 2016
Category: pediatric fitness
Tags: Walking   hiking   exercising  

The cold weather season is approaching – well, some of you already believe it has begun. While it is tempting to say “stay inside, it’s too cold,” you may be inadvertently reducing the amount of activity that your children engage in. Cold weather and warm, children (and parents, and older adults) need to stay active year-round to stay in shape and keep healthy. So what are some ways to keep children active?

At Clark Podiatry Center, we encourage our patients and their families to keep their bodies healthy and strong. Using the cold is not enough to warrant less activity. So here are a few guidelines and helpful tips to keep families engaged and moving:

  • If it’s possible, have your children walk to school – and you can walk with them! This will give them a jump start on activity each day (and will be safe if you go with them).
  • Limit the hours spent watching TV – for children and for yourself. While the shows you watch may not be for the children, if they know that you are watching, they are more likely to watch more television as well.
  • While you’re at it, limit hours spent on computers, tablets, and phones as well.
  • Invest in active games, such as Twister or even Wii sports games or dancing games to increase fun as well as activity. These days, virtual reality headsets are also gaining popularity, but make sure that children use them for active games, and only for a short time each time.
  • Go on family walks, especially if you have a dog. This could be after school or after dinner, but make sure that you are in safe and brightly lit neighborhoods as fall and winter makes for evenings that get dark early.
  • Have family competition nights. This can be an hour or so of tracking records of physical activities, such as most steps on the pedometer, number of pushups, hula hooping, and holding planks.
  • Join a local indoor pool for swim lessons or time just recreational play in the water. There are also other great indoor activities, such as bowling or rock climbing.
  • Last, but not least, take your children to fall or winter activities like hiking, organized fall sports, skiing, snowboarding, etc. If it snows enough, older children can help with shoveling – and better yet, have snowball fights or build a snowman!

Remember to always dress for the weather – more layers are better than not enough. Staying hydrated in the dry winters are also important. If you have any questions or concerns about staying active with your family, especially when it comes to staying mobile (using your feet), come see our board-certified foot doctor, Brandon Macy, DPM. He and his team will be more than happy to help you at our Clark, NJ office. Make an appointment today!

By Brandon Macy, D.P.M
December 18, 2013
Category: Shoes

WalkingLooking for a safe, easy and inexpensive way to stay healthy, increase your energy level and improve your figure? Start walking. Walking is one of the easiest and most popular forms of exercise, and when done properly, can significantly improve your health.

The basic kind of walking -- often called healthwalking -- can be done almost anywhere and at any time, year around. And for individuals with a long history of inactivity or problems with obesity, walking is an excellent way to begin an exercise program.

If the Shoe Fits- Get Walking

Footwear plays a vital role in the duration and achievement of your walking routine, and shoes that don't fit properly or that lack support can lead to foot pain or injuries, such as blisters, corns, calluses, nail fungus and plantar fasciitis.

Not sure which shoe will offer you the most support? Come into our Clark office for an examination. We can help determine the best shoe for your feet based on your arch, walking experience and foot mechanics. Your shoes should be well-cushioned and stable, offering you comfort and fit that enables you to walk smoothly and without discomfort.

Keep Your Feet Healthy

To gain the most health benefit from walking, it's important to pay close attention to your feet. Trim your nails regularly, keep your feet clean and dry, and inspect your feet for signs of sores, blisters, corns, calluses or other infections. Serious foot ailments, such as bunions or hammertoes, should be checked by our Clark office before you begin your exercise regimen.

Once you're ready to hit the road, you'll want set appropriate goals based on your overall health and walking experience. Start slow and build upon your distance gradually. And don't forget to stretch in order to prevent injury and keep muscles loose.

Walking is meant to be safe, easy and fun, but in order to do so, you must have healthy feet. Experiencing foot pain and discomfort isn't normal. Talk with a podiatrist at Clark Podiatry Center if you encounter any problems while walking. Every step you take is one step closer to a healthier lifestyle. So what are you waiting for? Take a stroll in the mall, walk your dog in the park, or grab a friend and go for a leisurely walk around your neighborhood. It's easy and fun, and when done regularly can lead to a healthier you!

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