How to Treat Hypertension with Running
So your doctor has given you the diagnosis of hypertension and recommended some lifestyle modifications and changes. One of them likely is to exercise. One of the easiest and greatest ways to exercise is running. It also can be inexpensive compared to other sports activities or joining a gym. Get a good pair of running shoes and you are good to go.
Keep in mind, the running shoe is a very important part of equipment to help keep you running pain free. There are stores where you can get a great deal as well as online, but a true running store is your best bet, at least for that first pair. Most new runners are not going to know what shoe is best for them. Controlling or cushion. Trail or running flats. I often have patients tell me they are intimidated by running stores, but they are full of information and often staffed by runners who will help get you dialed in to the right shoe.
You might want to start running but have foot or ankle pain. Before you start that running program, make an appointment with a foot & ankle specialist for an exam and treatment plan. Even if you just have some questions about your feet, in general. Better to tackle minor problems before they become major problems that could sideline your training plan.
So, if you get that dreaded diagnosis of hypertension and you want to start running to improve your fitness and avoid medication, keep in mind the importance of good-fitting running shoes and the health of your feet and ankles. Please contact us today if you have any foot or ankle concerns for an appointment to help you get in good running shape. Our goal is to keep you active and pain free!
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