Although running is a fabulous form of exercise since it requires very little investment to get started, the repetitive movements and stress encountered during the pounding that your body endures while engaged in this exercise can lead to a variety of debilitating injuries or even the occasional broken bone. Despite the risk, regular exercise is essential to good health and any effort towards movement is better for you than sitting in a chair pounding the keyboard all day, or languishing on the couch like a huge potato.
Some Common Running Injuries
While just getting out for a daily walk can do wonders for your physical and mental wellbeing, running can become a passion, and even the minor injuries you may encounter are worth the reward.
Some of the stubborn problems that may affect the feet and ankles of runners include the following:
- Heel pain—The cause of heel pain is frequently from a condition called plantar fasciitis, although a similar condition known as a heel spur may also be involved. The tissue that fans out across the bottom of your foot is called the plantar fascia. It connects to your heel bone on one side and transits the bottom of your foot where multiple connections are made to your metatarsal bones and all the way to your tippy toes.
- Shin splints—If you have this condition you will most likely notice soreness and agitation on the inner part of your shinbone often accompanied by some swelling in the calf muscle. Shin splint pain is quite irritating and may stop when you rest, but oftentimes it can become continuous and even lead to a stress fracture or other illness.
Some mild pain and discomfort in your feet and ankles is actually a good thing as you ramp up an exercise program! You can always contact your foot doctor if you run into more debilitating problems. The foot specialists at ETL Podiatry in Briarwood and Melville, NY, have unparalleled experience in treating all aspects of foot and ankle problems. Our team of doctors is dedicated to serving you with all of the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies. If you have any questions or would like to make an appointment, please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Melville, NY (631-549-8637) and Briarwood, NY (929-336-4523).