To begin with, from all at the Southdown Podiatry Clinic, we would like to wish everyone a very happy and healthy 2019 ahead. The beginning of any year is usually a busy time for the health industry, especially with many of us targeting new year resolutions. For many, being more active or trying to get fit is not only a popular goal, but also a tough one too. A massive part of trying to get fit is exercise. Some of us love it, some of us loathe it, but it is crucial for keeping a physically and mentally healthier lifestyle. Nonetheless, the health and well being of your feet can play a fundamental part in helping or in fact hindering your physical activity. From aspiring marathon runners, to couch potatoes that want to improve their lifestyle; poor or unhealthy feet can be detrimental to physical activity. We see many patients where foot pain or issues are holding them back from achieving their goals. If you don’t look after your feet, they won’t look after you! Many individuals come and see us before marathons, fun runs, walking holidays, skiing holidays or even before their rounds of golf to make sure their feet are in the best possible shape before putting them to work. Having your feet in the right condition before any type of physical activity is essential for comfort and enjoyment, yet even further to help with performance levels too. Additionally, for some, looking good is feeling good; yet sometimes looking good can pay a heavy price especially for your feet. The shoes/trainers you wear can be a key factor in holding you back from achieving your maximum potential. We see many patients of all ages with footwear that is nowhere near sufficient enough in foot support. This lack of support can have a major impact on the condition and health of your feet for both the short term and long term. Podiatrists can offer the very best professional shoe advice, to not only help enhance your physical performance in the best possible comfort, but also keep your feet in paramount condition moving forward. Whether it be for a resolution or not, do not let issues with your feet get in the way of targeting and attaining a healthy lifestyle. If you feel that problems with your feet are having a small or major impact, see a podiatrist. Our podiatrists will be able to diagnose whatever issue you may have and further give professional advice on what can be done to help you get back on track to help you achieve whatever it is you want to achieve. Our help and advice may only be a small factor on the road to achieving your goals and aspirations, but we believe that small steps lead to big changes.