Plantar fasciitis—what a pain, literally. The band of tissue that connects your heel bone to your toes can become weak, swollen, and irritated when it is strained. Repeated strain may leave you wondering, "Can I run with plantar fasciitis?"
The answer is yes, but it depends on the severity of your discomfort. If your heel pain only affects you in the morning when you wake and after long periods of running, you may continue exercising. Just the same, if pain is present at the start of the run and subsides after a few minutes, run your heart out. However, if pain lasts for longer than a couple of minutes, reduce your running distance by 25%. If it continues to hurt throughout the run, cut back by 50%. Pain with each step is a cause for concern and all running should be halted. Instead, opt for biking or swimming.
Mild symptoms of plantar fasciitis can be treated with stretching and strengthening exercises. The experts at Family Foot Care and Surgery, L.L.C. in Milford and Hamden, CT can also prescribe custom orthotics to ease your discomfort. If your pain becomes unbearable, make an appointment by using our website contact form, or call us at (203) 876-7736 for the Milford office, or (203) 288-4055 for our Hamden location.