Common Walking Pains
After having bariatric surgery or another form of JSAPA Weight Loss Surgery, it is important to ensure that you have a good exercise plan in place. Walking is a great way to enjoy the beautiful weather in Jacksonville while burning calories. The following are five of the most common walking problems and their solutions.
The most common of all walking ailments, blisters can arise wherever there is sweating and heat. The best way to avoid blisters is to ensure:
- Shoes don’t fit too tightly
- Wear cotton socks that don’t bunch around toes or heels
- Powdering your feet before putting on socks can help reduce moisture
- Tend to blisters as soon as you feel them begin
Plantar Warts are growths of skin that are usually found on the soles of your feet. They can be spread from person to person so always wear footwear in public areas including showers. They will eventually go away on their own but if particularly troublesome consult a doctor.
Plantar Fasciitis occurs when the connective tissues between the heel and toe becomes inflamed and painful. Caused primarily from poor arch support, tight calf muscles and damage from quickly turning, the condition can be improved by:
- Wearing the correct kind of shoe for your activity and foot type
- Stretching before and after activity
- Wearing properly fitted orthotic arch supports
- Rest, ice, compression and elevation
This is the irritation, inflammation and swelling of the tendons between the heel and calf muscles. Prevent Achilles tendonitis with proper stretching and a good warm up, and treat with rest, ice, compression and elevation.
Shin splints occurs when the connective tissue between the calf muscle and lower leg bone become inflamed. Prevention is key; always wear proper footwear, ensure a good warm up and don’t overdo your workout. Treat shin splints with rest, ice, compression and elevation.