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Fix Feet First Before Weight Loss Resolutions
Many of the estimated 70 million obese Americans are trapped in a life-threatening cycle: Obesity aggravates foot problems, like heel pain and flat feet; sore feet make it hard to exercise and lose weight; and without exercise, obesity worsens and increases progression of diabetes, heart disease and other serious health threats.
But don't stop that from making weight loss your New Year's Resolution. Foot or ankle pain should not stop patients from exercising. The first step toward breaking the cycle is to seek evaluation and treatment by a foot and ankle surgeon for chronic, activity-limiting foot and ankle problems to foster compliance with physician-directed exercise programs.
For those moderately to severely overweight, a thorough physical examination is mandatory before beginning an exercise program. Once cleared by your physician to begin exercising, don't try to do too much too soon. Follow a gradual routine until your body adjusts to the stress of regular physical activity. For example, overweight patients should avoid working out on treadmills or elliptical machines to minimize pounding and stress on their joints.
Many causes of foot pain can be relieved non-surgically through stretching exercises, orthotics and athletic shoes with good shock absorption and support. If a bunion, heel pain or other condition requires surgery, patients can participate during their recovery in non-weight-bearing activities, such as riding a stationary bike, swimming or weight training.
Shedding excess pounds also helps diabetic patients control their disease, but many who experience foot ulcerations and vascular problems caused by diabetes might think they shouldn't exercise. Diabetic patients need regular foot exams to check for possible sore spots and assess nerve sensation. With proper diabetic foot care and the right footwear, most patients can follow an exercise regimen that is safe and appropriate for them.
Courtesy - www.foothealthfacts.org
THE ART AND CRAFT OF HEALING
Foot and Ankle Associates based in Los Gatos, California are committed to helping people maintain active and independent lifestyles. By educating patients and addressing their needs, they are focused on treating and preventing a wide spectrum of foot ailments in people of all ages.
Podiatrists are uniquely trained to treat all foot and ankle disorders. Preparatory education for most Doctors of Podiatric Medicine (DPMs) consists of 4 years of pre-med undergraduate studies, followed by 4 years of coursework in an accredited podiatric medical school. After this, graduates attend a 2 or 3 year hospital-based residency. They then must sit for a state licensing exam. Podiatrists are well-versed in sports medicine, biomechanics, radiology, dermatology, and surgery relating to the foot and ankle.
Drs. Meltzer, Elardo, Sheth, and Proehl are an integral part of the healthcare team, working with other medical specialists and primary care physicians, with a common goal of keeping people healthy.
For more detailed information on our services visit www.sjfeet.com, www.sanjosepodiatrist.net and www.sjfootandankle.com. You can also contact us by phone: 408-358-6234 or via email: email@example.com.