Status:Closed Asked:May 10, 2013 - 01:37 PM
Any suggestions on what kind of shoes I should wear when doing things like jumping jacks and step aerobics? I get intense pain and plantar fasciitis.
Which women's athletic shoes are best for classes like cardio sculpt or cardio conditioning? I experience extreme pain in my plantar fascia during these classes when I do jumping jacks or am doing step choreography.
If your foot pain is an ongoing problem, you should be evaluated by a medical professional — seeing your primary care provider or a podiatrist is a good place to start. Plantar fasciitis is just one of many conditions that cause foot pain, so it’s important to find out what specifically is causing your discomfort.
You may need to modify your fitness activities to give yourself a chance to heal. Non-weight-bearing or partial weight-bearing activities like swimming, biking or using seated exercise equipment can be very effective while you’re recovering.
In addition to getting treated for any injuries, you’ll need shoes with plenty of support to prevent foot pain during weight-bearing exercise. For activities like jumping jacks and step aerobics that involve side-to-side motion, choose cross-training shoes with good lateral stability, plenty of cushioning and sturdy arches. Depending on your foot structure and the nature of your foot issues, you may also benefit from off-the-shelf or custom orthotic inserts.
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