Walking puts forces on your lower extremities. While a brisk walk may make your muscles feel tired, it shouldn't make your joints or feet hurt. Geisinger podiatrist Ellianne Nasser, DPM says for starters, many walkers lack smooth leg motion because they are not rolling their foot from heel to toe. "And that's where sometimes some foot deformities may come into play."
|Dr. Ellianne Nasser
Dr. Nasser says another problem is looking down while walking which leads to slouching. "With slouching come some back issues. It's really almost like a domino effect then that can lead to some extremity issues and gait problems." Besides keeping your head upright, she recommends keeping your back straight and using your stomach muscles. "If you think more about relaxing your shoulders and standing up tall with your shoulders over your hips, just naturally that will engage your abs."
Courtesy of Barry Block, editor of PM News.
Brought to you by Doctor John A. Hardy, owner of Toronto's foot clinic, Academy Foot and Orthotic Clinics.