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Should You Walk When It Hurts?


Updated September 06, 2013

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Wendy Bumgardner ©
We all get aches and pains - how do you know if it means you should stop walking, or if you need to keep going? Pain after an injury is a good signal to rest. But going completely inactive can lead to deconditioning and more pain.

The September, 2004 issue of Mayo Clinic Women's HealthSource offered these tips on when to keep exercising and when to stop:

Exercise, but proceed with caution if:

  • You have sore and aching muscles.
  • You have discussed your pain with your doctor and he/she has approved your continuing to exercise.
Stop exercising and see your doctor if:
  • You have swollen joints that are red and warm.
  • Exercise makes your joint pain worsen.
  • You have a fever.
  • The pain that makes you limp or hurts when you put weight on it.
  • A joint feels unstable or locks.
  • The pain is worse after you exercise and it doesn't get better over time.

Common Walking Pain Problems

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