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February 14, 2011 11:06 AM
I was just looking to see if anyone had the same problem as me. When I do certain exercises that involve me jumping up and down like for instance jumping jacks, the kickbox shuffle, "jump rope" or anything of that manner my feet start to hurt like i've been walking all day. I'm wondering if its my sneakers. I do need to buy new ones and they are old but generally they feel really comfortable and seem to fit right so i dont know! I'm also wondering if it's just my weight causing this (im currently 245). i dont think i have flat feet or anything.. but its the strangest feeling in my feet like they are being squeezed too tight or something! i could take the pain in my shins or calfs but idk why its happening in my feet! it really does interrupt my workout because its gets to be painful. would anyone have a clue about what the cause of this is?
  4097112
February 14, 2011 11:12 AM
I sometimes get that too so I'm interested in any replies that may have any solutions!
  3988392
February 14, 2011 11:13 AM
do make sure you have decent cross trainer shoes on, and are tied well. Also, make sure you stretch, even your feet before and after a workout. This may improve with weight loss, but if not do consider mentioning it to your physician.
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February 14, 2011 11:14 AM
I would check with my doctor to make sure it isn't a medical problem. Otherwise try different shoes and see if the problem persists.
  3640190
February 14, 2011 11:14 AM
Does the pain only show up when exercising? If so, sounds like it could be the shoes. Maybe not enough arch support?

For example, I have plantar fasciitis in my feet, more in the heel area. I ache all the time and even moreso when I exercise. I take Hyaluronic Acid, a natural supplement that seems to help the pain.
February 14, 2011 11:16 AM
It will definately improve with weight loss and muscle gain. My feet and legs used to hurt a lot during some exercises but I've built up some muscle and it helps. Now mostly, I just feel the soreness of my muscles.
February 14, 2011 11:20 AM
If the shoes do not have proper arch support and you over-pronate, then that could be causing it due to the other muscles trying to compensate for the off-balance of the foot. I have this happen when I jog.
  3598747
February 14, 2011 11:20 AM
Well from my experience with my feet problems I found out that I have whats called "Morton's Neuromas". Which is a not that starts to form in the nerves of your feet, precisely between the 2 small toes. This has become extremely difficult to exercise on my feet so my routines have been cut back big time.

What are your symptoms? Mine started with the numbing of the last 2 toes of my feet and then progressed with my feet hurting so bad that the pain would go up into my ankles. I now have to have foot surgery, which sucks but i wll be able to get back into the exercising within 4-6 weeks. Right now i can only do like 30 minutes of spinning and 15 minutes of treadmills.. all other classes are out of the question until then.

Check with your doc, and in the mean time use a frozen water bottle on your feet after you exercise to help with the pain and i always take ibuprophen afterwards too.

Good luck!
  4318748
February 14, 2011 11:23 AM
I have the same experience. Just yesterday I went for a 30 min (somewhat brisk) walk in the park and then spent an additionl 30-40 mintues leisurely walking through different markets in town and I was fine. later in the day i tried my aerobics dance workout (on the wii) and within in just 10 minutes my feet were hurting (bad enough that I had to stop for the day)... in the SAME way you described.
I don't know what it is for sure, but for me personally i believe it may just be a combination of my weight and being out of shape. Thats just from my own experience in the past, i have noticed that the pain goes away with time and as exercising becomes more regular. I think it's like any other muscle in your body... if you're not used to using those muscles in that particular way, you have to build up resistance and strength. I pondered if it could be the shoes, but they don't seem to hurt me during 'less intense' exercises.
  4799472
February 14, 2011 11:34 AM
I sometimes get terrible pain in my feet when exercising...even walking, let alone high impact exercises. I have flat foot and overpronation, and being over weight makes the pain worse. Is the pain consistently in the same place? The arches, or the heal perhaps? I suggest getting cushioned trainers with for example, arch support. I have found them a life saver, along with othoses, which I had specially made by a podiatrist.
Perhaps start with good supportive trainers. Depending on the amount of exercise you are doing...I have heard that runners need to replace their trainers every 4-6 months, and failure to do so can cause injury.
If this does not help. I would suggest seeing a podiatrist.
good luck with getting that sorted
February 15, 2011 4:55 PM
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I sometimes get terrible pain in my feet when exercising...even walking, let alone high impact exercises. I have flat foot and overpronation, and being over weight makes the pain worse. Is the pain consistently in the same place? The arches, or the heal perhaps? I suggest getting cushioned trainers with for example, arch support. I have found them a life saver, along with othoses, which I had specially made by a podiatrist.
Perhaps start with good supportive trainers. Depending on the amount of exercise you are doing...I have heard that runners need to replace their trainers every 4-6 months, and failure to do so can cause injury.
If this does not help. I would suggest seeing a podiatrist.
good luck with getting that sorted


I get the terrible pain in my feet too. Never had to buy sneakers regularly before...they used to last so long due to lack of wear. But even though the ones I'm currently wearing still have life left in them, thy're at least 6 months old. So, I guess my next retail therapy session will have to include new sneakers!!! My the way, my podiatrist did prescribe an orthotic to insert into my shoes. And you can also go to a "good" shoe store that has a machine to map your feet and recommend an orthotic to match your feet. Those work well too.
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April 10, 2013 8:54 AM
I get the same exact problem you describe, especially with jumping or doing yoga barefoot. Running, elipitical, and most weights isn't a problem but aerobics can make me want to cry. I play competitive womens volleyball, in my 40's, and I'm overweight. I buy new shoes from the good "running" stores every 6 months and I have inserts from the good "running shoe" stores. It helps quite a bit but stretching and advil is the only release I get. They hurt for about the first 15 minutes of playing volleyball or aerobics but then it quits. I think it's just part of getting older. My opinion, stretching the bottom of your foot, heel and calves before, during. and after exercise and really good shoes replaced every 6 months and some advil. I wear mizunos. The muscles in the bottom of your foot shrink as you get older or with weight gain can weaken them. Also drink more water, caffeine can cause muscles to be dehydrated causing injury also. Tight calves can cause pain in your foot or achillis. I have 40 pounds till goal weight so I'm hoping it improves with more weight loss. Good luck!
All of my volleyball team ,who is now in their 40s and 50's( we've been playing together since college and some are avid marathon runners/cylcists) smile have either shoulder or feet aches. Somedays it just sucks being over 21!
Edited by shellyb88 On April 10, 2013 8:57 AM
April 10, 2013 8:58 AM
For most of my life I did jobs where I stood and did a lot of aerobic type workouts i went to the Dr he said I have osteoarthritis in my feet and my arches are falling so My feet hurt doing all of these things including Zumba my favorite exercise

I forgot to add I have heel spurs too cry
Edited by Denjo060 On April 10, 2013 8:59 AM
April 10, 2013 9:05 AM
Get some high inpact shoes nike has some great ones i have bad feet as well
  27248585
April 10, 2013 9:06 AM
Consider going to an Orthopedist. I had the same problem and decreased my exercise because I worried that I had ligament damage. I finally went to the DR & discovered that I had arthritis (early - I was 40 when It started becoming painful). I'm much heavier than I should be and it has taken a toll on my joints. Sometimes It just hurts, but I can live with that knowing that I'm not further damaging my body and that losing weight is the best thing I can do to eventually reduce the pain. I make sure to take care of my joints and do everything I can to reduce inflammation, but I know I don't have to (and shouldn't) stop exercising. Good Luck!
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