Keep Feet and Ankles Healthy. Take a Walk Today!

It’s been months since many states issued stay at home orders, and so many families are happy that the good weather is here and they can get outside. Sitting on a chair in the sunshine might be pleasurable, but it’s not going to do much to maintain good health. Instead, use your time outside to do something good for your whole body, including feet and ankles. Put on your mask, maintain social distance, and take a walk today! Here are three reasons that Cook County podiatrist Dr. Stavros O. Alexopoulos recommends a daily walk:

  1. Did you know that, along with ensuring that you consume plenty of calcium daily, weight-bearing exercise is the best thing you can do to prevent osteoporosis, a dangerous bone-weakening disease that can lead to broken bones? When you walk, you support your entire body weight with every step.
  2. When combined with a sensible diet rich in colorful fruits and vegetables, whole grains, and lean sources of protein, regular moderate exercise like walking is the best way to ensure a moderate weight and prevent cardiovascular disease and illnesses including diabetes and hypertension that can negatively impact foot health.
  3. People who exercise and stay fit are less likely to sustain a fall than more sedentary peers. Walking is a great way to stretch muscles, tendons, ligaments, and soft tissues, improving flexibility and helping you maintain excellent balance.

Do you have a concern about the health and wellness of your feet, ankles, or lower legs? It’s time for a visit to a board-certified podiatrist like Stavros O. Alexopoulos, DPM. Call the friendly My Chicago Foot Expert staff at (773) 561-8100 or click here to discuss your situation. They’ll help you determine the best next steps, including a possible appointment at our safe, sanitized Ravenswood office.

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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