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5 Common Foot and Ankle Problems for Runners

Did you start the year with a resolution to run regularly, or are you currently training for an upcoming marathon in Syracuse? Whatever your activity level, even with the healthiest feet, you are bound to encounter some problems due to the amount stress they endure when running. Keep your feet in good condition by preventing these common problems:

  1. Blisters – Sweaty feet during running increases friction in the socks, which leads to fluid-filled bubbles. Having moisture wicking socks and properly-fitting shoes can help prevent them.
  2. Plantar Fasciitis – The plantar fascia is a thick fibrous tissue that connects the heel to the ball of the foot. Since it undergoes repeated stress from running, it often becomes inflamed and irritated, causing heel pain.
  3. Achilles Tendinitis – The Achilles tendon is the largest tendon in the body and plays a major role in any pushing-off-motion in the foot. Running without proper stretching or overuse can lead to pain and inflammation.
  4. Sprains – Sprains occur when the ligaments on either side of the ankle bone become overstretched or torn, causing swelling, pain, and bruising. Rest, icing, compression using bandages, and elevating the injured ankle will allow healing.
  5. Shin splints – Running often causes the muscles and tendons surrounding the leg to become irritated, inflamed, and painful. Rest, icing, and pain medication are often used for treatment.

Proper support through shoes, stretching, and orthotics can prevent many of the above conditions. Even for a casual jog, it is important that your shoes provide the perfect fit, so make sure you follow these guidelines when purchasing shoes. If you are thinking about incorporating exercise into your routine, or you encounter any of these problems, seek the professional advice of Dr. Ryan L. D’Amico of Syracuse Podiatry. Dr. D’Amico is a board-certified podiatrist and has worked with many runners to treat their injuries and help them get back on their feet. Dr. D’Amico also treats Athlete’s foot, corns, fractures, and many other conditions, so you are in very good hands. Give us a call at (315) 446-3668 to make an appointment!

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