May is National Walking Month, a campaign by Living Streets, to promote the benefits of walking and to get everyone walking, no matter what your level of fitness is walking is simple and free and one of the easiest ways to be more active, lose weight and become healthier.
“Before setting off consider your footwear and where you are walking, ensure you wear comfortable shoes that are not too tight in the front and there are times when walking boots are not always appropriate if you have injuries, such as a chronic Achilles injury which doesn’t always tolerate stiff heavy walking boots when used on uneven surfaces as I know only too well myself! Know your limitations whether it is carrying large bags which can lead to a trip, being in a hurry as that is when most accidents happen or stretching yourself too far the first time and doing some damage” recommends Jane Morris, owner of the Centre for Complementary Health.
“If you do experience an injury whilst walking or suffer from a foot disorder it is worth seeing a professional such as a Chiropodist who can offer treatments and foot health advice. Treatments can commonly include stretching and strengthening exercises, specific shoe and trainer recommendations, mobilisation techniques, dry needling (acupuncture) for pain relief, off the shelf orthoses (the term used to describe a foot or insole support), prescription / custom made orthoses or at the Centre our team may require patients to be referred back to their GP for further investigations such as x-rays, diagnostic ultra – sound, MRI etc.” adds Jane.
So, with the better weather in May why not walk safely, enjoy the benefits and if any problems let us help!
For more information and tips on the National Walking Month see www.livingstreets.org.uk
or visit our page on Chiropody/ Podiatry.