Running and jogging are both excellent forms of exercise. However, some people (both professionals and beginners!) may experience foot pain during or after their run. It’s common if you overuse your muscles or jump right into an intense exercise regimen. Our podiatrist in Plano, TX, explains more here.
Some of the most common painful foot conditions associated with running include:
Plantar Fasciitis – the band of muscle that connects the toes to the heel becomes inflamed.
Metatarsalgia – extra pressure on the metatarsal bones (bones leading up to the toes) causes the sensation of pebbles in your shoes or bruising on the balls of your feet.
Fat Pad Syndrome – wearing down of the fat pad. The fat pad acts as a cushion to your heel and helps absorb shock. The pain is similar to plantar fasciitis but is in the middle of the heel.
Stress Fracture – a fracture in the bone caused by high-impact activities like running.
Common causes and risk factors for developing painful foot conditions include:
Thankfully, there are some easy steps and precautions you can take to prevent running-related foot pain! Make sure that you wear correctly fitting, supportive shoes. If it’s difficult for you to find shoes that support your arches sufficiently, ask us about custom orthotics. Also, always stretch before and after runs and make an effort to run on softer surfaces than concrete. Sometimes, foot mechanics may cause pain anyway – don’t hesitate to contact our podiatrist for more information or an evaluation for your foot pain!
The information provided in this article is not meant to be medical advice and is for educational purposes only. If you would like to learn more about hammertoe and other topics related to podiatry, feel free to contact Dallas Podiatry Works, with a convenient podiatry office in Plano, TX, by calling 972.564.8556 or by clicking here.
The doctor has great “bedside manners” when talking to patients. Great staff and comfortable atmosphere.
The staff at Dallas Podiatry Works could not have been more courteous, helpful, and professional in doing their job. They made me feel comfortable when I was there, which is certainly appreciated. They answered all the questions that I had and just made each visit the most pleasurable that it could be. I would highly recommend them to anyone needing this type of foot care.
I would highly recommend Dr. Brook to anyone with foot problems–especially problems that stump other podiatrists. He really is very caring and very knowledgeable.
Dr. Joel Brook and the staff were nice and helpful. Though I was a new patient, I got right in as soon as they were open in my preferred location. They diagnosed the problem and provided medicines along with a perfect gel bandage so I could keep exercising while my toes healed. My toes already hurt less and look a little better each day. If I have future issues, I will be a repeat customer. Here’s hoping I don’t, but at least I know my feet are in good hands.
I visited this office for an ingrown toe nail a few years ago. After seeing another doctor, who made it worse, he referred me to Dallas Podiatry Works. The doctor there was able to fix my problem. I’m not great with reviews, all I can tell you is that this doctor and staff will have you up and running or doing whatever it is you do in no time. You will be in great hands. You’d be a fool not to use this doctor. Now its time to visit him again for the other toe.
Been having bad ankle pains for 6 months was referred here and it was a great visit ladies in the front desk medical assistants and the Doctor were all very friendly and make you feel very comfortable.
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