Two common foot issues that runners experience include heel pain/plantar fasciitis and Achilles tendonitis. Even though these conditions are all treatable, runners should not ignore any serious pain issues they experience when running or after they cross the finish line," says podiatrist Peter Bellezza, DPM. The treatment for heel pain is rest, ice, stretching and support. I recommend taking a break for a few weeks to help in your recovery. If you decide to continue and run, take it easy and reduce the number of miles. Avoiding hills is also a good idea, especially with tendonitis. Icing your foot can help reduce any damage; usually 20 minutes of ice should be enough.
|Dr. Peter Bellezza
"Stretching calf muscles is another way to help treat these two issues since these muscles are all attached to the foot and the heel. Start off slowly with some gentle stretching a few times a day to ease back into your routine. Some runners have used a night splint to keep the foot in position overnight which keeps the tendons and plantar fascia from contracting," says Dr. Bellezza.
Source: The Bristol Press
Courtesy of Barry Block, editor of PM News.
Brought to you by Doctor John A. Hardy, owner of Toronto's foot clinic, Academy Foot and Orthotic Clinics.