Running is such a wonderfully simple activity and a great way to get your daily exercise. It requires very little in the way of equipment and can be accomplished just about anywhere with a little space. The repetitive motions that come with running, however, can cause a variety of foot and ankle problems.
Some of the most common running related injuries include the following:
- Achilles tendonitis—This tendon connects your calf muscle to your heel bone, and is subject to stress, stretching, and possible tearing that can cause debilitating and painful injuries. Sudden stops and starts can cause this injury, as can the stress of repetitive motions involved in running.
- Shin splints—The muscles surrounding the shin bone can become irritated and swollen from the constant pounding of running. The condition is frequently associated with suddenly changing running surfaces from hard to soft, or the other way around.
- Plantar fasciitis—Heel pain for runners is a common problem. It frequently is caused by an inflammation to the plantar fascia, which is the web like connective tissue that runs along the bottom of your foot and supports the arch. The connection point at the heel bone is often the location of severe pain and discomfort.
One of the best ways to avoid these types of injuries is with proper stretching and wearing properly fitted shoes that are appropriate for the activity.
See your podiatrist if the pain and discomfort don’t subside after a period of rest, icing, and immobilization. At Your Next Step, our team of board-certified podiatrists has access to advanced technologies, along with years of experience, to help diagnose and treat a variety of foot and ankle problems, including sports injuries, joint pain, toe deformities, nail fungus, chronic tendon pain, and skin problems. Dr. Eric Ricefield, Dr. Mark Yagodich and Dr. Aliza V. Eisen provide high quality foot and ankle care to patients in the greater Philadelphia area at our offices conveniently located in Ardmore, Paoli, and Downingtown, PA. Please contact us for more information or to schedule an appointment.