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Avoiding Heel Pain (Plantar Faciitis)

1. If you have not exercised in a long time, consult your podiatric physician before starting a new exercise program.

2.. Studies show that a good walking program provides a good work out with fewer injuries when compared to running.

3. Begin an exercise program slowly, don't go too far or too fast.

4. Purchase and maintain good shoes and replace them regularly.

5. Stretch each foot and achilles tendon before and after exercise.

6. Avoid uneven walking surfaces or stepping on rocks as much as possible.

7. Avoid going barefoot on hard surfaces.

8. Vary the incline on a treadmill during exercise. Nobody walks uphill all the time.

9. Wear stiff soled shoes when gardening or working on a ladder.

10. If it hurts, stop. Don't try to work through the pain.