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Walking is good for plantar fasciitis sufferers, assuming you’re doing it properly

By Jocelyn Brown
Special to KyForward

Whether you’re visiting or living in Kentucky, you don’t want to miss any of the great walking trails, and that means keeping yourself pain free, especially if you have plantar fasciitis.

If you do, then you might worry that you’ll have to miss hiking in many of the county parks, including Freedom Park and Locust Pike Park. This doesn’t have to be the case, as you can manage the condition.

What Is Plantar Fasciitis?

· It’s an inflammation of the thick band of tissue connecting the heel bone to the toes.

· The pain can decrease with movement.

Should You Walk With Plantar Fasciitis?

· Yes, walking is good. However, reduce speed and distance if you begin to feel pain.

· After you walk, place an ice pack on your foot for 15 minutes, or roll a frozen water bottle under your foot for 15 minutes.

· Alternatively, stretch or wrap your foot.

If you’d like to find out more information, take a look at this guide to Walking With Plantar Fasciitis.

Jocelyn Brown is a freelance health and outdoors writer. A keen walker and hiker, she also has plantar fasciitis

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