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Runners and Plantar Fasciitis

Running enthusiasts often face the challenge of foot and ankle injuries, with plantar fasciitis being a common adversary, constituting approximately 25% of running-related issues. This condition involves inflammation of the thick band of tissue, the plantar fascia, connecting the heel bone to the toes. To mitigate the risk of plantar fasciitis and other foot and ankle injuries, careful consideration of footwear is essential. Choose running shoes with proper arch support and cushioning, as inadequate footwear contributes significantly to plantar fasciitis. Regularly replacing shoes is also needed to maintain their effectiveness. Further, gradual progression in running intensity or distance is vital, as abrupt increases can strain the plantar fascia and lead to injury. Incorporating a pre-run stretching routine targeting the calves, Achilles tendon, and plantar fascia enhances flexibility, reducing the likelihood of injuries. Equally important is a focus on foot strengthening exercises, such as toe curls and resistance band exercises, which contribute to better support and reduce the overall risk of foot and ankle issues. By understanding and addressing these factors, runners can take proactive steps to keep their feet pain-free, ensuring a sustained and enjoyable running experience. If persistent discomfort arises, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist for personalized guidance on managing plantar fasciitis.

Plantar fasciitis can be very painful and inconvenient. If you are experiencing heel pain or symptoms of plantar fasciitis, contact one of our podiatrists  from Comprehensive Foot & Ankle Center. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

What Is Plantar Fasciitis?

Plantar fasciitis is the inflammation of the thick band of tissue that runs along the bottom of your foot, known as the plantar fascia, and causes mild to severe heel pain.

What Causes Plantar Fasciitis?

  • Excessive running
  • Non-supportive shoes
  • Overpronation
  • Repeated stretching and tearing of the plantar fascia

How Can It Be Treated?

  • Conservative measures – anti-inflammatories, ice packs, stretching exercises, physical therapy, orthotic devices
  • Shockwave therapy – sound waves are sent to the affected area to facilitate healing and are usually used for chronic cases of plantar fasciitis
  • Surgery – usually only used as a last resort when all else fails. The plantar fascia can be surgically detached from the heel

While very treatable, plantar fasciitis is definitely not something that should be ignored. Especially in severe cases, speaking to your doctor right away is highly recommended to avoid complications and severe heel pain. Your podiatrist can work with you to provide the appropriate treatment options tailored to your condition.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our offices located in Lehigh Ave and Nazareth Hospital in Philadelphia, Collegeville Darby, and Langhorne, PA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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