Prevention of Heel Pain

According to the American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA), the following tips may help prevent heel pain:

  • Consult a physician before beginning an exercise program.
  • Begin exercising slowly.
  • Purchase shoes that fit correctly and replace them regularly.
  • Stretch properly before and after exercise.
  • Avoid uneven walking surfaces and stepping on rocks as much as possible.
  • Avoid going barefoot on hard surfaces.
  • Vary the incline while walking or running on a treadmill.
  • If heel pain occurs, stop immediately. Do not try to exercise through the pain.

Publication Review By: J. Michael Lunsford, D.P.M.

Published: 31 Dec 1999

Last Modified: 18 Sep 2015