Now that spring is around the corner, you may be thinking about lacing up your running shoes and hitting the pavement. Since nothing ruins an enjoyable jog faster than foot pain, it’s wise to review some of the more common running injuries first. If you know what kinds of symptoms warrant treatment, you can seek care before a minor problem turns into a major issue.
Beware of These Common Running Injuries
Sesamoiditis is characterized by the inflammation of the bones located under the first metatarsal head, just behind the big toe. These two bones are called the sesamoid bones, and runners can irritate or fracture them in a variety of ways. Those who have naturally high arches or other functional or structural foot problems are prone to injuring these small bones when jogging. Common symptoms include pain in the ball of the foot under the first metatarsal head and sharp, stabbing pain or dull ache just underneath the big toe.
2. Metatarsal Fracture
The metatarsals, which are the bones in the middle of the feet, are prone to cracks, fractures, and breaks when under excessive stress (called stress fractures). Symptoms will vary depending on which metatarsal is affected but typically include initial bruising and swelling and then ongoing foot pain and tenderness. A metatarsal fracture is an overuse injury, which means you are likely to sustain one (or more) if you fail to follow a reasonable training plan.
3. Plantar Fasciitis
Running is a high-impact exercise, and over time, the repeated pounding can irritate and eventually inflame the large ligament that supports the arch of the foot. Since this structure is called the plantar fascia, the condition is known as plantar fasciitis, and its most telling symptom is heel pain which is more intense after periods of rest. Runners who wear shoes that fit poorly or provide minimal support are especially vulnerable, as are those who don’t train properly, have structural or functional foor problems and neglect to switch up the surfaces and direction on which they run.
If you’re experiencing foot problems and think a running injury is to blame, turn to Chronic Foot Pain Center. Located in Midtown, Manhattan, this practice takes a functional medicine approach to treating patients of all ages. Dr. Robert Kornfeld always addresses foot pain at the source and crafts a customized therapeutic treatment. He has been in practice for nearly 40 years and can treat a large variety of foot and ankle issues. To learn more about his clinical experience and approach to treatment, visit his website and his Facebook page at Chronic Foot Pain Center – Dr. Robert Kornfeld . To make an appointment with this foot specialist, call (516) 369-3172.