How to move: with foot pain

Nearly one in five Australians experience foot pain, but exercising effectively can provide huge benefits. Here’s what to consider before getting started

Foot pain is a common, disabling condition associated with older age and obesity and is more prevalent in women than in men. A 2008 study found that foot pain affects nearly one in five people aged 18 years and over in Australia.

Dr Kade Paterson, a researcher at the Centre for Health, Exercise and Sports Medicine at the University of Melbourne and certified sports podiatrist, says in younger to middle-aged adults, plantar heel pain is the most common condition, affecting around 5-8% of the general population.

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