Connecticut is beautiful. Scenic trails and beautiful country makes a great area to enjoy a walk. The Farmington Canal Greenway is particularly nice for a stroll—and its paved trail spans the entire length of Hamden! If you have peripheral arterial disease (PAD) and you’re looking for a way to improve your symptoms, walking here is a great place to start. Exercising with PAD is actually one of the best ways to combat the effects of the condition.
Peripheral arterial disease causes your arteries to narrow, limiting how much blood is able to flow to your extremities. Since this can lead to cramping when you’re active, you may feel like exercising is the opposite of what you should do to relieve the pain. However, being active increases your circulation by forcing your heart to pump harder and push blood through your narrow arteries to your feet. You simply have to moderate your exercise so it’s something your feet can handle.
Walking is a great place to start exercising with PAD. It’s simple and doesn’t require any special equipment or skills. Start by walking slowly. Go as far and as long as you can handle with the discomfort. Walk three to five times a week consistently, slowly increasing the speed and intensity of your walking. Over time you should find you’re able to walk longer and faster with less pain.
You may need to do stretches and strengthening exercises for your feet as well, particularly if you have been out of shape. Your feet may need extra conditioning to handle these regular walks. As uncomfortable as being active with PAD can be, it’s important to improve your circulation. Let us at Family Foot Care & Surgery, L.L.C. help you do so safely. Submit a request online or call either of our two offices to reach us for an appointment: (203) 876-7736 for the Milford office, or (203) 288-4055 for the Hamden location.