Are you a runner? If you have arch or heel pain in the morning or foot pain during a run, keep reading!
Any kind of foot pain or condition can be extremely frustrating for a runner. Unfortunately, many runners plow through hoping it is temporary while further damage is being done. Listen to your body and explore what might be going on if you have foot pain. Plantar fasciitis is a very common foot injury and runners are at risk with the amount of wear and tear feet have to endure.
There is a thick band of tissue on the bottom of your foot called the plantar fascia. It is strong and able to withstand a tremendous amount of pressure. It acts like a shock absorber for your foot. When it becomes strained, small tears can develop resulting in inflammation, stiffness and pain. For a runner, this is serious stuff!
Pounding the pavement repeatedly can be to blame, as can poor running technique, bad shoes and a faulty foot structure. Having a job where you stand all day on a hard surface can increase your risk for plantar fasciitis. Mix that in with running after work and you can imagine the stress put on your feet.
What can I do?
Start with easing up on your running regimen and then call Family Foot Care & Surgery. Podiatrist Dr. Sanjay Patel helps athletes on a regular basis keep their feet in top shape. Whether it is through prevention tips, custom orthotics, shoe modifications or treatment for an injury, our staff can keep you in the game. If heel or arch pain has you concerned about the possibility of plantar fasciitis, call us today for an appointment. Contact our office in Milford, CT at (203) 876-7736 or Hamden, CT at (203) 288-4055.