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Dr. Lauren Grossman & Dr. Jill Hagen, PODIATRISTS
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It’s time to talk about ways to prevent foot and ankle running injuries. Here’s how to improve your performance and keep your feet in top condition. The feet and ankles are vulnerable to injury. Be on the alert for signs of foot problems that can slow you down if not treated promptly. Below are some steps to control foot problems common to walkers and runners.
The most common complaint of foot pain is heel pain caused by inflammation of the ligament that holds up the arch, a condition known as plantar fasciitis.
At the first sign of heel pain:
- Do stretching exercises
- Wear sturdier shoes with arch supports
- Ice the foot and take anti-inflammatory medications
If pain continues, make an appointment for a consultation.
ACHILLES TENDON PAIN
Tendonitis can occur in the Achilles tendon or other tendon areas of the foot and ankle and serve as warning signs of overuse. Over-zealous training can cause tendonitis, especially among beginners who try to do too much too soon.
At the first sign of tendon pain:
- Ice the foot, do some stretching exercises and take anti-inflammatory medications
If pain continues, make an appointment for custom orthotics and physical therapy.
BALL OF THE FOOT PAIN
Pain in this area of the foot below the toes is often a neuroma (a pinched nerve between the toes) or inflammation of the joints where the toes meet the bones in your foot. It can cause pain, numbness and burning in the area for runners.
At the first sign of ball of the foot pain:
- Wear sturdier shoes with arch supports as overly flexible shoes are often the cause
If pain continues, make an appointment; padding, orthotics or injections are effective in relieving pain.
STRESS FRACTURES/BROKEN BONES
“It can’t be broken, I can walk on it!” Don’t believe this common myth among runners about broken bones in the foot. Stress fractures can occur in the foot and be slow to show symptoms, such as swelling and pain.
If you suspect a stress fracture:
- Remember R.I.C.E.–Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation
If pain and swelling continue after three or four days of R.I.C.E., see us for an x-ray and proper diagnosis.