CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Dear Cindy,
Being a longtime walker, I attempted to kick my fitness up a notch by jogging. I did it gradually adding some short periods of running so basically it was a walk/run workout. Things seemed to be going well until I noticed a pain in my right heel. It has gotten worse and forced me to go back to walking again, and still it has not gone away. I am 42 and never had a problem with my foot before this, so is jogging out of the question for me? -- Sondra
More than likely you are describing a fairly common overuse syndrome known as plantar fasciitis -- inflammation of the thick band of tissue that runs through the bottom of your foot and connects your heel bone to your toes. Everyone who has ever experienced that stabbing pain can relate to your question. Revving up your exercise regimen -- jogging instead of walking -- is certainly not out of the question; however, to make this problem go away, it's important to understand what made it show up in the first place.
Risk factors for developing plantar fasciitis:
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