Exercise to Promote Foot Health

You are likely aware that exercise is good for you, but how much do you know about how regular exercise promotes good foot health? Cook County podiatrist Dr. Stavros O. Alexopoulos wants you to know about these four ways in which exercise provides benefits to the feet, ankles, and lower legs:

  1. Weight-bearing exercise helps prevent osteoporosis, a dangerous weakening of the bones, and its precursor osteopenia. Although osteoporosis is more likely to affect women than men, it can strike anyone. To strengthen bones, eat plenty of calcium-rich foods, including dairy products and leafy greens, and keep moving. You don’t have to do reps with dumbbells to prevent osteoporosis. Any time you support your body weight, you’re doing good work, so head out for a walk around the block today. Make it fun by listening to a podcast or catching up with a friend or family member while you walk.
  2. Exercise will stretch muscles, ligaments, and tendons, keeping these soft tissues supple. It can alleviate the discomfort associated with tendinitis, plantar fasciitis, and other conditions.
  3. Many people find that regular exercise improves balance, reducing the risk of a fall that could cause fractures, sprains, and other injuries.
  4. Combined with a healthy diet, exercise will help you maintain moderate body weight and reduce the stress on your feet. Arch pain can decrease, and you might find yourself more comfortable wearing shoes, standing, and going about your daily activities.

The best thing you can do to ensure that feet are healthy for exercise is to see an expert foot doctor like Stavros O. Alexopoulos, DPM, regularly. Your podiatrist is a medical specialist with years of training and experience and is the best-qualified doctor to care for this part of your body. Call the friendly My Chicago Foot Expert staff at (773) 561-8100 or click here to schedule your appointment today.

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Stavros Alexopoulos One of Chicago’s top podiatrists, Stavros Alexopoulos, DPM, treats routine to complex foot and ankle issues. Dr. Alexopoulos is currently accepting new patients at My Chicago Foot Expert located near Ravenswood, North Park, and Jefferson Park.

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