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Don't Ignore These Pains When Walking

By Sara Butler

Pain can often be confusing to people when related to exercise. Does all exercise feel good? No, it doesn't. Should you be in pain when you work out? Aside from muscle soreness, no. Pain is a signal from your body that something isn't right. Pain may signal that you're developing an injury or you've had unresolved issues from previous injuries. That's why, when you're exercising, even when you do something as low impact as walking, you shouldn't ignore the signs your body is trying to send you. Here are a few pains you should never ignore when doing your walking workout.

Pain in the Shin

Pain in your shin when walking may mean you are developing a condition called shin splints. If you have this ailment, then small stress fractures form along the bone in your shin. They're usually a sign that you're doing too much and pushing yourself by training too hard or too fast.

The best thing you can do for it is rest. Think about anything that may have changed recently with your walking routine and talk to your chiropractor about things you can do to strengthen your leg muscles in the future to help avoid problems such as shin splints.

Pain in the Heel

An achy, dull pain in the heel that travels along your foot and often feels worse when you get out of bed in the morning and take your first steps may be a sign of plantar fasciitis. This is when the connective tissue that runs from your toes to your heel becomes inflamed. This often happens to walkers when you've recently started walking more or walking at a higher intensity.

To combat this issue you may want to consider pulling back on your training plan a bit since this is a sign of overuse. If you try to ignore and simply push through the pain, then it can cause you to compensate by walking in a different way -- and that can cause even more trouble in other places.

If you back off your training plan and still experience pain, talk to the chiropractor about possible solutions.

Pain in the Lower Back

Sometimes if you experience pain in the lower back when walking, then it's a sign of a lumbar muscle strain. This often is the result of improper form when walking, so it's definitely something you must keep an eye on.

Talk to the chiropractor about exercises you can do to strengthen the muscles that help to support your back. It may be time to add a strength training regimen to your walking.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Marietta, Ga.

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