Walking In Sand Just Hurts!!

Those who follow me on Twitter or Facebook know that I am currently visiting family in Florida and spent the day at the beach. (By the way, if you don't you should! Just look for the links at the top-right of this page).

Having three kids, there's lots of walking after balls and frisbees, back and forth to and from the car. I just reinforced in my own mind that sand just hurts! When we walk, our muscles enjoy consistency and stability. Our feet work hard to serve as a stable platform to propel us from step to step. When we're on sand, that all gets messed up! As we propel ourselves forward, the loose sand shifts under our feet and our lower extremity must work much harder to do move us forward. This will make our feet and legs much more tired.

For those who run, running on the sand has similar effects. Often, people who aren't used to running on the beach will quickly develop shin splints, Achilles Tendon pain, and other overuse injuries. Even if you are a seasoned runner, you must ease into beach running to allow your muscles catch up with you!

The worst part of any beach trip is getting all the sand and salt off of you after!! (Just saying!)
Dr. Andrew Schneider
Dr. Andrew Schneider is a podiatrist and foot surgeon at Tanglewood Foot Specialists in Houston, TX.
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