Foot and Ankle Health FAQs

Q: I’m new to exercising, what precautions do I need to take for my feet?
A: Your first step should be to visit your primary care doctor to determine if you are fit enough to begin an exercise program. Once the doctor clears you for exercise, purchase a well-fitting and comfortable pair of exercise shoes. Lastly, gradually increase your exercise time and intensity. Making the jump from no activity to a lot of activity can create stress fractures and other injuries.

Q: I’m a diabetic and overweight, what precautions do I need to take for my feet?
A: You should always wear a comfortable pair of shoes that are not too tight and do not cause pressure in any one specific area. One potential complication of diabetes is neuropathy or numbness of the foot. Also regularly self-perform detailed foot exams to ensure you have no cuts, wounds, or punctures. Ask your orthopaedic foot and ankle specialist if you require special orthotics.

Q: I’m overweight, what particular problems could this cause for my feet and ankles?
A: By being overweight you place more pressure on the joints. This plays a role in wearing away of the cartilage of the ankle and foot.

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Podiatry Specialists at Methodist Hospital for Surgery

Dr. Kevin D. Myer, DPM, FACFAS
Specialty: Podiatric foot and ankle surgery
Areas of interest:
• Ankle arthroscopy
• Reconstructive rearfoot/ankle surgery
• Trauma
• Flatfoot deformity correction

Dr. S. Rick Miller, DPM, FACFAS
Specialty: Podiatric foot and ankle surgery
Areas of interest:
• Sports medicine
• Restorative surgery and foot therapy
• Golf instruction and swing improvement

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