Foot Pain from Running

How to Avoid Foot Pain from Common Running InjuriesDid you know nearly 80 percent of runners are injured every year? Whether you are a newbie or a veteran, not having proper running knowledge in Boca Raton can easily lead to a foot injury. Generally, runner’s foot pain is the outcome of either overuse or a sudden change in training volume. Either way, runners should take care and learn about common foot injuries that running can cause and how to avoid the onset of foot pain.

Let’s begin with Achilles tendonitis

Your Achilles tendon comprises the tissues that connect your heel to your lower-leg muscles. Sudden swelling of your Achilles can be the result of rapid mileage increase, improper footwear, having tight calf muscles, or a naturally flat foot.

Avoid leg pain and foot pain caused by Achilles tendonitis by stretching your calf muscles properly before heading out for a run, and again when you are done with your workout. Wearing supportive shoes is also another way to prevent injury to your Achilles as well as using the RICE (rest, ice, compression, elevation) strategy. For some, Achilles tendinitis can become so painful that treatment for heel pain such as PRP (platelet-rich plasma) may be needed.

Pesky Plantar Fasciitis

The plantar fascia is tissue on the bottom of the foot. Plantar fasciitis is the result of this tissue becoming inflamed, irritated, or torn. Plantar fasciitis is often caused by a runner’s excess pounding on the road or wearing unsupportive footwear during long-distance running. The result? Extreme stiffness or stabbing foot pain in the arch of the foot.

Safeguard your feet from plantar fasciitis by wearing running shoes with extra cushions. Also, some runners find foot pain relief by rolling a tennis ball over the heel to stretch the muscles. If the foot pain persists, Dr. Schoenhaus may recommend wearing custom-made orthotics or maybe even steroid injection therapy.

Annoying Ankle Sprain

You will know right away if you’ve suffered an ankle sprain as this injury can cause some serious foot pain. An ankle sprain occurs when your ankle rolls outward, and it can stretch and tear your ankle ligaments if you aren’t careful. Most ankle sprains occur when runners improperly run over curbs and potholes or suffer an unfortunate landing.

If you’re suffering from an ankle sprain, it’s best to stay off your feet for a while until your ankle has properly healed. Depending on the severity of the sprain you may want to visit your foot care specialist for more definitive treatment.

You don’t have to be a beginner or even a professional to suffer from a running injury. Many injuries can lead to extreme foot pain, so it’s best to prevent them from happening at all costs. However, accidents do happen and foot pain caused from a running injury can be very real. If you have suffered from a running injury and are suffering from severe pain, you may want to speak with Dr. Schoenhaus for a proper diagnosis.

 

Dr. Jason Gold, DPM, FACFAS

Known for his expertise in thorough diagnostic testing and a steady surgical hand, Jason M. Gold, DPM, is a leader in modern foot and ankle care and sports medicine. He’s one of a handful of doctors who’s board certified in foot and ankle surgery in Palm Beach County. Dr. Jason Gold cares for patients at Foot, Ankle & Leg Vein Center, a state-of-the-art practice with locations in Boca Raton and Boynton, Florida.

Dr. Jodi Schoenhaus , DPM - Podiatrist in Boca Raton, FL

Dr. Jodi Schoenhaus DPM, RPhs, FACFAS

Dr. Jodi Schoenhaus is a foot, ankle, and leg vein specialist practicing in South Florida. She is considered a leader and innovator for various procedures in her field, including fat pad and vein care. Dr. Schoenhaus grew up in southern New Jersey and she considers herself a true Philly girl. After graduating from the University of Michigan, having studied kinesiology and human movement, she went to Temple University in Philadelphia where she got her doctorate.

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