Have you decided to take up running in an effort to shed some excess pounds? No argument here, it is a sure way to lose weight, but it is not a magic elixir. Everyone applauds your determination, but there are still a few things you probably ought to keep in mind because your foot health and safety can be affected by what you do and the choices you make.
Your shoes are your equipment. There isn’t much else you require, well a bit of clothing in order to avoid confrontations with the law, but other than that shoes are it. Do not spare expense. Your shoes will affect how you run and how you perform. As you log the miles to lose the weight, a good choice in shoes can help avoid foot woes such as:
Running can be a high caliber weapon in your weight loss arsenal, so here are a few more general points to keep in mind.
- Runners know the importance of calorie and portion control. Start your meal with low calorie foods that will nourish you plenty and fill you up. This allows you to feel full before consuming an abundance of high calorie, high fat foods.
- Portion control is vital. Most restaurant portions are way too big. Know what a standard portion is and how to eyeball it correctly.
- Put your running program high on your priority list. Develop a list of strategies that will motivate you through the tough times, and if possible, run with a friend and motivate each other.
Your feet bear all of your weight. Ultimately your foot condition will improve as you begin to shed the pounds and they feel less stress. The weight loss makes you less susceptible to overuse injuries such as plantar fasciitis, stress fractures and tendonitis. If you are a person with diabetes, a running program may help you regain your foot health as you learn to control your blood sugar and improve circulation.
Check with Oregon Foot and Ankle Specialists before you begin your running program. Dr. Gauntt can advise you proper conditioning routines and the pace at which you should progress. Give us a call at the Hillsboro office at (503) 648-1713, the Newberg office at (503) 538-0466 or the Beaverton office at (503) 292-9252 to set up an appointment. I agree running for weight loss is not magic or a quick fix, but we will encourage you along the way. At times, progress may seem like it comes in tiny increments, but each little bit of forward progress is bringing you closer to your goal.
K.G. Gauntt, DPM