If you like to run, it doesn’t matter if you have all the best gear and practice every safety precaution you can – at some point, you’ll probably experience foot and ankle injuries related to running. There are many preventative measures you can take, and signs you can learn to recognize, but some injuries can be more troublesome than others. If you’re experiencing chronic foot, ankle or body pain, it could be related to one of the running injuries below.
1. Plantar Fasciitis
Plantar fasciitis is the inflammation of the plantar fascia band that runs along the bottom of the foot and connects the ankle to the toes. The foot pain from plantar fasciitis feels like a sharp, tight, sometimes even burning sensation. It has been compared to the feeling of stepping heel first onto a nail. The cause of plantar fasciitis is tight or weakened muscles in the foot, and is exasperated by overtraining, overuse, and improper footwear.
2. Achilles Tendonitis
Similar to plantar fasciitis, Achilles tendonitis is the inflammation of the Achilles tendon – the thick band of tissue that attaches the calf muscles to the heel bone. Runners who complain of swelling, sharp heel pain, tight calves or tight lower legs, are very likely to have Achilles tendonitis. Again, unsupportive footwear can cause strain on the Achilles tendon, or it could be caused by a rapid increase in the length of time or intensity of your running.
3. Sprained Ankle
It’s not uncommon for a runner to underestimate the severity of ankle injuries. If you rolled your ankle while running, but continued running on it and it hurt even worse the next day, you could have actually sprained your ankle. Sprains happen when you overstretch or partially tear your ligaments. If you’re unable to run on it at all or you’ve had an ankle injury in the past, you could also have a stress fracture. This occurs when tiny cracks form in your bones when your muscles can no longer absorb the impact and is usually due to overuse.
4. IT Band Syndrome
Your iliotibial (IT) band is a tendon that connects your knee to your hip. IT band syndrome is when this band becomes inflamed and causes pain that many people have described as feeling like you’re being stabbed in the side of your knee. It’s caused by putting too much stress on the side of the knees causing friction between the IT band and the femur. Over time, the band tightens and swells, the pain will intensify, and often keeps runners from running at all.
5. General Body Pain
In addition to foot and ankle injuries, runner’s often experience chronic body pain felt as a chain reaction that starts in their feet, and moves to their ankles, knees, backs, hips, and even neck. The underlying factor for general body pain in runners – and many people in general – is misaligned feet, caused by the ankle bone slipping off of the heel bone, and creating an excessive inward rotation commonly known as overpronation.
While trying different types of running shoes, changing running surfaces, or conservative treatments such as rest and icing can help manage the pain that comes with these foot and ankle injuries and body pain, the real solution may be a procedure called HyProCure® that places a small titanium stent into the naturally occurring space between the ankle and heel bone, stabilizing the ankle, and aligning the feet and body, helping you run and live pain free again.
If you’re visiting or living in the New York area and are experiencing pain related to foot and ankle injuries, consider scheduling a free foot assessment at Adler Footcare to find out if you’re a candidate for HyProCure®.
Adler Footcare is classified as a HyProCure® Center of Excellence, by the Graham International Implant Institute, because of the safety, expertise and experience offered to patients. At Adler Footcare we believe feet shouldn’t hurt and neither should their treatment.
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