Footman Podiatry and Gait Analysis Clinics

Putting Your Feet In Safe Hands With The Foot and Lower Limb Specialists

New Year Goals Not Quite On Track?

Ready, Steady, Ouch?

So you have set yourself goals to get fit, lose weight, run a 5km or just start walking more parts of the 'Cleveland Way' and maybe they have not quite gone to plan.  Sometimes the elements can be blamed but sometimes more often than not, when people start on a new exercise or activity plan, they do too much too soon. This results in aches, pains and injuries, and it's these injuries which delay you increasing your activities.

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Knee Pain - Hands over knee joint forming a heart.

Why are my knees, ankles or feet hurting?

Quite often, when we take up a new activity, we increase the load on certain parts of our body, which it's not normally having to cope with, and as a result, we are increasing the pressure and strain on our muscles, joints, tendons and ligaments.

If we don't build up slowly to new activities, and give the body time to adjust, we can cause an injury.  Alternatively, we could be exposing a weakness in the body which was not previously known about, such as early onset osteoarthritis (wear and tear), hyper-mobility - which can result in flat feet / fallen-arches, or even a morton's neuroma (fatty cyst in the foot, which can cause numbness in the toes).

It could even be the footwear you are wearing is not suitable for the activity, or maybe the footwear is past its best.

What can I do about my problems?

Before starting a new exercise regime, if you have any pre-existing health issues, you should consult your doctor to make sure you are not putting your health at risk.

Taking up a new exercise, such as running, cycling, gym fitness or even just walking cross country is always best done under supervision.  Joint a local support group such as a running club, park run group, cycling group or a rambling group.  They will be able to help you build up slowly, and give you advise on how much you should expect from yourself initially.

Ensure the footwear you are using is in good repair, fits correctly and is suitable for the sport you are participating in.

Seek professional help regarding your injuries, and never try to train through them.  Pain exists for a reason, and ignoring it or masking it with pain killers whist continuing to train can do further serious damage!

As podiatrists, we specialise in lower limb problems, especially foot and ankle, and can provide a wide range of corrective insoles.  If you want more information on biomechanical / musculo-skeletal assessments and gait analysis click here!


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