Why am I having leg, ankle and foot pains when I walk and jog?
June 23, 2014 12:51 PM Subscribe
I recently started a mix of walking and jogging for an hour a day, to help me lose weight. I'm about a hundred pounds overweight and until now have been pretty sedentary. Since I started walking and jogging, I've had aching, tight pains in my shins, ankles and heels. What could be causing this? Is there anything I can do to prevent it from happening?
posted by qi to Health & Fitness (28 answers total) 8 users marked this as a favorite
Shin pain: starts when I start walking. Gets worse the longer I'm moving. Fades when I stop walking.
Ankle and heel pain: Achy when I start walking. Okay after a minute or two. Then throughout the day if I sit for a while and get up, I'll hobble in pain for a couple of minutes.
At first I figured the pain was normal. I haven't exercised in years and some aches are to be expected especially since I'm carrying extra poundage. But it's been about a month and the pain has gotten worse not better. Plus I figure if it was weight-related my knees would be aching too and they're not.
Could this be a sign that something's wrong that I should get checked out by my doctor? Should I just look into wearing ace bandages or braces instead? I started walking and jogging on my doctor's recommendation. Am overweight and have high triglycerides and my MD is concerned that could turn into 'metabolic syndrome'