Running is great for staying in shape, and many people enjoy this type of exercise on a regular basis. For that reason, keeping the feet healthy and free of injury is paramount to running pain free. People with flat feet or high arches, or people who overpronate, may be more at risk for typical foot injuries caused by running. Probably the most common foot injury in runners is plantar fasciitis. This inflammation of the plantar fascia, a band of tissue that runs from the toes to the heels, can cause excruciating heel pain. It is likely to be caused by overtraining and is considered a repetitive stress type of injury. Resting the feet, performing suggested exercises, and taking anti-inflammatory medication can help. Metatarsalgia, or pain in the ball of the foot, is another common runner’s injury. It is caused by exerting too much pressure on the long bones of the foot. Also common to runners is a condition called Morton’s neuroma, where the nerves in the foot become entrapped by fibrous tissue. This can cause burning and tingling, numbness, or shooting pain. If you are an avid runner, it is suggested that you consult a podiatrist if you experience these types of injuries.
Exercising your feet regularly with the proper foot wear is a great way to prevent injuries. If you have any concerns about your feet, contact one of our podiatrists of Parkwood Podiatry. Our doctors will treat your foot and ankle needs.
How to Prevent Running Injuries
Many common running injuries are caused by overuse and overtraining. When the back of the kneecap starts wearing out and starts causing pain in your knee, this is commonly referred to as runner’s knee. Runner’s knee is a decrease in strength in your quadriceps and can occur if you’re not wearing properly fitted or supporting shoes. To prevent runner’s knee, focusing on hip strengthening is a good idea, as well as strengthening your quads to keep the kneecaps aligned.
What Are Some Causes of Running Injuries?
- One cause of a common running injury is called iliotibial band syndrome.
- Plantar fasciitis is also another common injury.
- Stress fractures can occur from overtraining, lack of calcium, or even your running style.
Best Ways to Prevent Running Injuries
- Wear footwear that fits properly and suits your running needs.
- Running shoes are the only protective gear that runners have to safeguard them from injury.
- Make a training schedule. Adding strengthening exercises as well as regular stretching can help keep you strong and limber and can lessen the possibility of injuries.
- Stretching keeps muscles limber; this will help you gain better flexibility.
If you have any questions please feel free to contact our offices located in Brunswick and Hinesville, GA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.