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A person should learn about the feet before starting toseriously take up running or jogging. A person should learn everything that is important in running - the balance, support and propulsion - depends on the foot.

It is a good idea for beginners to visit a podiatricphysician before getting into their exercise program.

The doctor will examine the feet and identify problems, ifthere are any. He or she will also discuss planned exercise programs andprescribe devices that might be needed for running shoes, and also recommend the beststyle of shoe to wear for each individual.

If the person takes up running or jogging seriously, then itis also a good idea to visit the foot doctor regularly to check if any problemswith the feet have resulted, especially if the person is older than 40.

Runners of any age that have heart conditions, diabetes or aweight problem should talk to a doctor before getting into a serious program.

Aches and pains are inevitable for all new runners no matterhow much preparation was put into the program. The best rule is to rest, if thepain is light, until it ceases, but if the pain does not go away and increasesin intensity, then it is best to go see a podiatrist.

The best way to solve most problems is by getting archsupports or shoe inserts especially made for the individual from thepodiatrist.

Shin splints are usually caused by running on hard surfacesor running incorrectly, and the best thing to do to avoid them is to ask askilled runner about running techniques that will help to avoid such problems.

Some other common foot injuries from running are plantarfasciitis, which is arch pain, and sesamoiditis, which is pain in the ball ofthe foot.

Plantar fasciitis is caused by frequent stress on the bottomof the foot that causes the band of tissue running from the heel to the ball ofthe foot to become sore and painful.

Inflammation and fractures of the ball of the foot, thesesamoid bones, are what causes sesamoiditis.

Heel spurs can occur when calcium deposits build up on theunderside of the heel bone, which happens over the course of several monthsusually. This can be avoided by warming up properly withstretching exercises before running.

Injuries and pain in the Achilles tendon and calf muscle canalso be avoided with a proper regiment of stretching before jogging or running.

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