Exercise Equipment for Protecting Feet & Ankles

By Sudhir R. Belagaje, MD, OrthoAtlanta

Biking and running are great exercises for burning calories and toning your body. However, these exercises can cause pain in your feet and ankle joints. When you’re running, your feet are always coming off the ground and then hitting the ground with a great deal of weight. As we head into fall and winter, inclement weather, falling leaves, snow and ice can impact your outdoor exercise routine.

Some exercise equipment and low-impact exercises enable you to work out while decreasing discomfort or pain in your feet and ankle joints. Consider the following workout equipment to help prevent injury to the feet and ankles.

Rowing Machine

Ripe grapes at vineyardRowing machines allow you to work on your upper body while in a seated position. These machines were developed to imitate rowing a boat and avoid excessive strain on your feet. If you try using a rowing machine and you begin to feel tension in your feet, it’s possible that you are too far away or too close from the foot stop of the machine. Simply adjust the seat to resolve this issue.

Stationary Exercise Bike

Ripe grapes at vineyardWith a stationary exercise bike, you can adjust the difficulty and resistance to meet your needs. Most exercise bikes are equipped with straps on the pedals to decrease the potential of your foot soaring off the pedals. A stationary bike called the recumbent bike allows you to sit with your legs parallel to the ground. Your feet will be in front of you rather than below you when you’re pedaling.

The Foot Corrector

The foot corrector was developed to strengthen your feet. It was designed to increase flexibility and lift in the arches of your feet. Foot exercises can be done at your own pace. When using the foot corrector, your foot presses down on a bar without using your body weight. With the movement of your foot, the corrector bar will tilt slightly. By using this equipment, it can help to prevent foot and ankle fractures.

When to See an Orthopedic Foot Surgeon

An orthopedic foot surgeon is specially trained to treat the bones, joints, muscles and tendons of the foot and ankle. Consider seeing an orthopedic foot surgeon for acute injuries resulting from serious slip and fall accidents, sports injuries, arthritis, ankle injuries or chronic foot pain.

Do your research and use the best exercise equipment to help prevent foot and ankle injuries. Setting up an area in your home for indoor workouts can help you maintain a healthy year-round exercise routine.

To learn more about protecting your feet and ankles, call the professionals at OrthoAtlanta. Sudhir R. Belagaje, M.D., is an orthopedic surgeon at OrthoAtlanta specializing in disorders of the foot and ankle. Dr. Belagaje’s specialties include deformities of the forefoot, total ankle replacement and sports medicine.

OrthoAtlanta Paulding is located at 148 Bill Carruth Parkway, Suite 120 in the Paulding Outpatient South Pavilion. For more information regarding Dr. Belagaje or to request an appointment please call 770-445-5666 or visit www.orthoatlanta.com.