How to walk when your feet need extra help

Team NPF Walk has been going for so many years that some of you may be taking this walk thing for granted. If you are dealing with foot issues, like psoriatic arthritis, follow these best practices to help you enjoy every step of your next Team NPF Walk.

Thomas O’Hagan, M.D., is a sports medicine physician at Great Lakes Orthopaedic Center in Traverse City, Michigan. His best tip for before the walk: Go to a specialty walking/running store to find the right footwear. Choose a place that offers gait analysis, which involves taking a close look at your feet as you walk. If you’re worried about your ankle strength, invest in a good hiking shoe with ankle support.

Marv Smith, a physical therapist at Oregon Health & Sciences University in Portland, Oregon, offers surefire tips for after the walk:

  • Stretch it. Strong toes help make happy feet. Learn how to do abduction (spreading toes) or adduction (pinching toes together) from online videos, or ask your physical therapist.
  • Ice it. Ice is an excellent recovery tool. Your physical therapist can give you a schedule to follow in the aftermath of your walk.
  • Keep your shoes on. Give your feet support while they recover. Choose casual footwear that provides good arch support and comfort to wear around the house.

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