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By The Foot & Ankle Center, PC
June 29, 2017
Category: Foot Care Tips

Did you know that on average, 160,000 pedestrian injuries severe enough to require medical attention occur annually? At the Foot & Ankle Center, PC we encourage walking as a great way to exercise, stay in shape and maintain good flexibility and foot health. In honor of National Safety Month, we want to offer some information on avoiding injury while doing this otherwise healthful activity.

Stay Focused

Cell phones were responsible for over 11,000 pedestrian accidents in a recent year. Walkers need to pay attention to their surroundings, especially if walking in an area where there is vehicle traffic. Do not try to text and walk, or block out the sounds of traffic with headphones. Other ways to prevent walking injuries include:

  • Walk where you can have a clear line of sight on traffic coming towards you
  • Make eye contact with drivers—this will let you know that they see you
  • Only cross streets at clearly marked crosswalks
  • Look left, right and then left again before stepping of a curb—the second look left is because cars can come up very quickly
  • When possible, walk with others in a group
  • Choose brightly colored clothing for walks and reflective clothing if you are walking at night

Preventing Foot Injuries

In addition to preventing accidents, be sure to take the necessary precautions to protect your feet too. Start with a check up with our podiatrist, Dr. Leonard M. Talarico, to make sure your feet are healthy and to address any chronic or pre-existing conditions (you can contact our Pooler office in West Chatham County for an appointment by calling: 912-330-8885). Our foot doctor can make recommendations about the best shoe design for your foot. Be sure to get your foot professionally measured at a store that specializes in walking and sports shoes. A proper fit should allow plenty of room in the toe box and at least a half inch between the longest toe and the end of the shoe. Be sure there is no loose stitching or other spots inside the shoe that rub or put pressure on any area of your foot. Finally, take your time and walk around the store a few times to be sure the shoes are comfortable.

With a little care you can enjoy all the health benefits of walking and be safe.










 

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