Improve Foot and Ankle Health with a Fall Hike

Many My Chicago Foot Expert patients report that autumn is their favorite time of year. With its cooler temperatures and beautiful foliage, the fall is a lovely time to head outside and take advantage of the beautiful scenery. But did you know that not only is a walk or hike a great way to enjoy nature? It’s also a great way to improve foot and ankle health.

Approximately 10 million American women and men have osteoporosis, an illness that affects bone density and can lead to fractures throughout the body. Another 44 million have low bone density, placing them at increased risk. With 26 bones in each foot, they are particularly vulnerable. Walking, running, hiking, and other activity in which you support your body weight are the best ways to reduce your risk of this dangerous illness.

Regularly walking, running, or hiking will improve overall health, helping you maintain a moderate weight and reducing your risk of diabetes, hypertension, cardiovascular disease, and other whole-body illnesses that can negatively impact foot health. Combine your exercise regimen with a sensible diet rich in colorful fruits and vegetables, lean protein, and whole grains for maximum impact. Be sure to drink plenty of water every day, especially when you’re working out. Avoid caffeine, alcohol, and sugary beverages, all of which can be dehydrating and load you up with empty calories.

Make sure your feet and ankles are in great shape and ready to support you in all of your activities. See a podiatrist like Cook County foot doctor Stavros O. Alexopoulos, DPM, regularly. With years of specialized education and experience, your expert podiatrist is the most qualified medical professional to examine your feet, diagnose any existing or potential problems, and provide you with effective and ongoing care.

Call the friendly My Chicago Foot Expert staff at (773) 561-8100 or click here to schedule an appointment with Dr. Stavros O. Alexopoulos in our modern, comfortable Ravenswood office 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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