Walk Your Way to Better Diabetes Management

James W. Rust
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Have you been rooting on the Florida Gators basketball team this year? Last year’s Final Four team is struggling a bit this season, having lost experienced seniors. One reporter described them as “floundering.” It’s disappointing when you can’t make things work, whether you are struggling to win basketball games or struggling to manage a disease like diabetes. Fortunately, there are things you can do to get back on track, and walking and diabetes make a winning combination.

Why? Because walking has so many benefits for this widespread disease. It improves your blood sugar control, reduces your risk of heart attack and stroke, and helps you lose dangerous abdominal fat that can increase your resistance to insulin. Besides that, you can increase metabolism, lose weight, improve circulation, and strengthen your bones and tissues. To top it all off, walking lifts your mood and gives you a better outlook on life. All that from one simple activity!

You need good guidance from your internist before you start, to know what is appropriate for you. Along with that, come and see us for a thorough podiatric exam that will address any gait issues or problems with your feet or ankles. We can even help you find the right type of shoes for your arch style and needs at our Right Fit Shoe Store in Palm Coast. If needed, we can rebalance your foot structure with custom orthotics, so you can walk without pain.

Remember to start slowly if you aren’t used to activity. Of course, it should go without saying that daily foot checks will be even more important once you start exercising. These checks are the best way to watch for blisters, corns, or other small issues that could mushroom into a serious problem.

The Gators are relying on their coaches and their renewed efforts to help them improve. We will gladly coach your efforts at walking and diabetes management, so you can become more fit—and do so safely. Call Atlantic Foot & Ankle Associates in Palm Coast, FL at (386) 586-7373, in Daytona Beach at (386) 274-3336, or our other locations in Port Orange, Orange City, and Edgewater. You can also schedule an appointment on our website. Keep in touch with us through Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest and Google+ for more foot care tips from the experts!

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