We all know that running is a great and fun way to get in and stay in shape. The problem is, if you are a runner and don’t take
the proper precautions you will suffer foot and ankle injuries on a regular basis.
Here are some of the most common foot and ankle-related problems associated with running along with some treatment and prevention information:
- Plantar Fasciitis: Technically speaking , this is the inflammation of the tissue in the bottom of the foot
extending from the heel bone to your toes. While there are many reasons the tissue can become inflamed, the
most common cause is excess stress – like from running and jumping – on the bottom of the foot. You can help avoid this inflammation by getting a good stretch in before and after your run. If you find that the tissue has become inflamed, start with adding ice to the area, several times during the day, rest the foot and use over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medications.
- Achilles Tendonitis: This inflammation or irritation of the tendon that runs from the back of the calf to the back of the heel. Problems to this area is usually caused by poor flexibility. This can be prevented with stretching, shoe inserts and arch supports. Ice and anti-inflammatory medications can help for the short term but rest is the best treatment.
- Stress fractures: These are common in the lower limbs of athletes and are caused by repetitive force to the area. These can typically occur over days, weeks and even months. You can help prevent stress fractures by modifying your running equipment and regimens. If you suffer a stress fracture, you are looking at eight to ten weeks for the fracture to heal so treatment involves icing and wearing a cast or brace.
Shin Splints: This is characterized shooting pains up the front and size of your shins and can also be called tibial stress syndrome. You can prevent shin splints by stretching properly and replacing your running shoes often. If you find yourself suffering from this pain, ice and anti-inflammatories along with a physical therapy program recommended by your foot specialist can help alleviate the pain.
If you are currently a runner and having foot or ankle pain or suspect you have a running injury, do not delay seeking treatment. Schedule an appointment with Dr Weinert at his Troy or Warren office locations in Michigan. You can also visit his office website at www.stopfeetpainfast.com to request a FREE copy of Dr Weinert’s Book “Stop Feet Pain Fast, A User’s Guide to Foot & Ankle Health”