Hey fellow runners! It’s that time of year again, Gasparilla is around the corner! While you start to increase your training, it’s important not to neglect your foot problems. Here are some conditions that can commonly affect runners as they increase their mileage, speed or interval training as they prepare for Gasparilla. Got Heel Pain?
- Plantar fasciitis– inflammation of the plantar fascia band that helps support your arch. Presents commonly at the inside aspect of the heel or instep. Feels sharp, stabbing along the heel. Can be caused by inadequate amounts of stretching before and after running!
- Stress fracture of the Heel Bone- stress fractures occur due to repetitive pressures on localized areas of the foot. Pain usually feels like a dull ache or throbbing pain that is occurring on both sides of the heel. Can be caused by increasing your mileage too quickly.
Pain in the Back of the Heel?
- Achilles tendinitis– Sharp, burning pain in the back of the heel that feels like it’s radiating up the leg could be a sign that your Achilles tendon is inflamed. Rest, ice, anti-inflammatories such as ibuprofen and stretching are the best treatments initially. Usually caused by having a tight Achilles tendon or hamstring. Treat this promptly as lingering Achilles tendinitis could weaken the tendon and potentially make you prone to a tear.
- Bone spur- Occur in the back of the heel from constant tension from a tight Achilles tendon or tendinitis. Spurs produce a prominent hard bump on the back of the heel. Depending on the size, these spurs have various treatment options.
Pain in the Ball of the foot?
- Neuroma- an enlarged nerve that has become inflamed. Usually occurs in between the toes at the ball of the foot. You may feel numbness, burning or tingling. Occurs commonly with toe-runners or sprinters.
- Capsulitis- inflammation of the soft tissue around the joints in the ball of the foot. Similar symptoms to a neuroma, but less tingling and numbness and more sharp, burning pain. Pain is most notable on the bottom of the foot or with moving the toes.
So if you’re experiencing pain in your feet or ankles as you prepare for the Gasparilla Run, don’t wait to have it checked out! Treatment now will prevent long term injuries and keep you running through beautiful Tampa Bay! Call Advanced Podiatry at 813-875-0555 for an appointment with our doctors so you can keep running pain-free!