3 Foot and Ankle Injuries You Might Run Into


Even the most enthusiastic athletes can encounter injuries, and when it comes to running, your feet and ankles bear the brunt of any mishap. Here at Your Next Step The Foot and Ankle Center, we see plenty of patients coming through our doors with running-related complaints. For this blog post, we’ve decided to offer some info for all the fleet-footed joggers, sprinters, and marathon movers out there, with a few of the most frequent injuries accompanied by solid treatment and management methods.

Watch Out for the Following!

Be wary of these three threats if you want to avoid being sidelined by pain.

  1. Shin Splints:

    • This overuse injury causes pain along the shinbone. It’s often linked to improper footwear, sudden increases in mileage, or running form issues.
    • Rest, ice, compression, and elevation (RICE) are your initial steps. Strengthening exercises and proper footwear selection can help prevent future occurrences.
    • According to a study published in the Journal of Sports Medicine [1], nearly half of all runners experience shin splints.
  1. Runner’s Knee:

    • Aches around the kneecap are a hallmark of runner’s knee. This can be caused by weak hips or quadriceps, improper running form, or worn-out shoes.
    • Treatment typically involves strengthening exercises, stretching, or anti-inflammatory medication.
    • Addressing any biomechanical issues with a podiatrist can significantly reduce your risk of recurrence.
  1. Achilles Tendonitis:

    • This inflammation of the Achilles tendon, located at the back of the heel, is often caused by tight calf muscles or sudden increases in training intensity.
    • A 2023 study by the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons found that Achilles tendonitis is among the most common running injuries, affecting nearly 7% of runners annually.
    • Physical therapy can be helpful in strengthening the calf muscles and improving flexibility, while RICE can provide initial relief.

When to See a DPM

If your running injury persists for more than a few days or if the pain is severe, consult a podiatrist. They can diagnose the problem, recommend treatment options, and help you get back to activity in a safe and sustainable manner.

Has an injury taken the fun out of your run? Dr. Eric Ricefield, Dr. Mark Yagodich, Dr. Aliza V. Eisen, and Dr. Cassandra Stache are ready to help you step forward on sturdier, pain-free feet. Schedule your appointment and contact us today!

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