Taking a step forward for foot health

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October is Foot Health Month and the Friendly Society Private Hospital (Friendlies) is starting a walking group to get people on their feet.

Friendlies Physiotherapy Service Podiatrist, Claire Barrand is leading a new Heart Foundation walking group this month.

“This walking program is designed to help people meet their minimum target of 30 minutes of daily physical activity.

“If we don’t exercise, due to depression or other barriers such as time constraints, this can lead to weight gain and subsequent foot pain, so walking is a great preventative measure,” said Ms Barrand.

Walking and foot health go hand in hand, with a host of benefits said Ms Barrand including: reduced risk of heart disease, using leg and foot muscles to keep up strength and increased blood flow to legs and feet.

Participants will be given a free water bottle and pedometer to help them on their way to walking fitness.

“Seeing a podiatrist before you start a walking program is also a great idea, as people may need advice on the right footwear and to get a foot health check,” said Ms Barrand.

The walking group will run for six weeks.

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