Whether you do it for cardiovascular exercise, to train for a marathon, or just to get that runner’s high, running is a great common physical activity for our entire bodies. Those who run often will have experience with the various foot problems that many runners face, including:
● Plantar Fasciitis – When there is a lack of arch support, heel cupping, or overpronation while running, you might experience pain along the bottom of the feet, especially at the heel. This is an overuse injury to the tendon along the bottom of the feet.
● Achilles Tendonitis – Those who do a lot of sprinting and uphill running are likely to endure an overuse injury of the Achilles tendon.
● Stress Fracture – The repeated pounding on the ground while you run can lead to extra pressure on your foot bones. If they are weak in any way, it might cause a crack in the foot bones.
● Metatarsalgia – This is an overuse injury that causes pain along the balls of the feet. It’s a condition describing the symptoms of pain near the metatarsal bones (foot bones close to the toes).
● Morton’s Neuroma – Excessive and repetitive pressure near certain nerves can cause Morton’s neuroma. The condition of a pinched nerve between the third and fourth toes can make you feel like you’re stepping on a pebble every time you take a step.
● Corns, Calluses, Blisters – Depending on how your feet interact with your running shoes, you can develop corns, calluses, and/or blisters. These painful bumps arise from friction with shoes and aggravation of certain areas of the foot.
The best way to protect your feet and keep them injury-free is to warm up, stretch, use the appropriate shoes, and keep proper hygiene. When shoes become worn down, it’s important to replace them. Don’t wait for shoes to become more comfortable – they should be supportive and comfortable when you try them on in-store.
If you have any concerns about the above foot issues, make an appointment with us at The Podiatry Group to find the best treatment. Dr. Mark E. Reiner and his team of podiatrists can help you at our Jonesboro, AR office.