How to Start Preparing Feet for Exercise

Prep your feet for exercise!The year is fresh and we hope that you are going strong with your resolutions for healthy living in 2015, including exercising on a regular basis. If you didn’t make any resolutions, keep in mind that there is a perfect time to make a plan for physical fitness—right now! No matter who you are or what your personal situation might be, exercising regularly is a smart choice. Before you jump in, though, you need to start preparing feet for exercise ahead of time.

There are a couple of key steps to take when preparing your feet for a workout routine:

  • Getting the right shoes is imperative. You want to protect your feet by having a pair of workout shoes that offer excellent cushioning and arch support. Take advantage of knowledgeable staff at running or sporting goods stores by having them assist you in finding the right pair. They are trained in knowing which shoes work best for which activities.
  • Stretching exercises will help loosen your feet and ankles and help you decrease the risk of injury. Examples include rolling a golf ball under your arch for 2 minutes or sitting on the ground, legs outstretched and using a looped towel to gently pull your feet back towards you.
  • Perhaps you want to take advantage of the picturesque Hopalong Cassidy, Randall Henderson, or Art Smith trails in Palm Desert. Well, walking is actually a great way of preparing your feet for more strenuous exercise, like running. If you would prefer to run the trails, that’s fine, but make sure you have built up to that level of conditioning first.


If you need help preparing feet for exercise, the office of Harvey R. Danciger, DPM, is here for you. We can help you with exercises, stretches, and tips to make your workout plan a successful one. Our office is conveniently located in Palm Desert, CA, and we provide first-class treatment for any foot and ankle problem you may experience. Call us at (760) 568-0108 or schedule an appointment online today!

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Dr. Harvey Danciger is a podiatrist and foot surgeon in Palm Desert, CA specializing in the foot and ankle
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