Are You One Mile Away From a Foot Injury? Don't Ignore Your Foot Pain

Posted by Dr. Jeffrey L. Adler

May 3, 2014 3:30:00 PM

runners_foot_painIf you’re a seasoned runner then you probably have the proper athletic shoes to fit your feet. Maybe you’ve even been fitted for custom orthotics to help with arch support. But if there’s a marathon on the horizon that you’ve been training for months to run, then any foot pain you may be feeling is really easy to ignore. Bad idea. That foot pain that comes and goes is a signal that something else could be wrong. There are other warning signs too. Learn about a couple of them in the excerpt below:

Posted by: Sasha Brown-Worsham, Runner’s World

Foot Notes: Are You Steps Away From Injury? Ask Your Feet

The Warning: Calluses

Calluses, areas of thickened skin, form from repetitive pressure. "Calluses are a sign that the feet are getting a lot of force on one spot," says Leslie Campbell, D.P.M., a podiatrist in Dallas.

Overpronators frequently find calluses on the inside of their big toes or at the ends of their toes. Severe overpronators are susceptible to Achilles tendinitis, runner's knee, and shinsplints. Calluses that develop on the fifth toe or anywhere along the outside of the foot indicate outward rolling, or supination. Over time, supinators stress the outside of their feet and ankles, which can lead to sprains, tendinitis, and stress fractures.

A pair of stability shoes are the first treatment option for overpronation; cushioned shoes will support a supinator's high arch. More extreme cases may need an orthotic to correct the foot's motion.

Runners who have one foot that is more callused than the other may have an imbalance, such as leg–length discrepancy, which can often be fixed with a heel lift. Or it may indicate that you're simply stronger on one side. A physical therapist can help you develop a stretching and strengthening regimen to balance your gait—and help your feet evenly absorb the impact of each step.

The Warning: Bunions

When the joint at the base of the big toe faces extra pressure, it can swell and form a bunion: a bony protrusion on the side of the foot that may be painful as the big toe moves out of alignment. In extreme cases, the big toe overlaps the second and third toes. "Bunions tend to happen in runners with flat feet that roll in, because the muscles that stabilize the big toes don't work as well when the foot overpronates," says Stephen Pribut, D.P.M., a sports podiatrist in Washington, D.C.

Bunions don't have to hurt. Make sure your sneakers are wide and deep enough at the toebox, and avoid shoes with seams that rub against the problem joint. If you notice changes to your bunions or feel pain, consult a sports podiatrist. Orthotics can correct the pronation and slow the development of bunions—which require surgery to correct severe cases.

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A New York podiatrist at Adler Footcare can help if you’re experiencing foot pain caused by running or any other foot problems. Many people are hesitant to seek treatment because they don’t want any time off their feet. Their eye is on that marathon finish line. There are fast, effective treatments available to help your foot pain. Adler Footcare specializes in minimally invasive surgery, a procedure done by making a very small incision in the foot to help issues like bunions mentioned above.

It’s important to get your feet checked at the first sign of pain because if left untreated it could just get progressively worse and you won’t be running any distances for awhile.


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