Despite the fact that running is an excellent exercise that just about anyone can do with limited resources, there are injuries that can happen while running that you need to be aware of. These injuries, including Achilles tendonitis and plantar fasciitis, are largely preventable with the proper stretching, preparation, and attention to the initial symptoms.
It’s always best to stop running when you feel something happening to your Achilles tendon or arch and determine the extent of the injury so you can avoid a more debilitating one requiring surgery.
2 common running injuries that can cause extreme pain, include the following:
- Achilles tendinitis—The tendon that connects your foot to your calf muscle is the large, rope-like Achilles tendon. It can absorb a thousand pounds of pressure, but stress from repetitive exercise like running can cause inflammation, stretching, and even tearing, creating intense discomfort and pain. A complete rupture sometimes happens with a loud popping sound as the tendon gives way, often followed by loud screaming.
- Plantar fasciitis—The wide band of tissue that spans the bottom of your foot is called the plantar fascia and when it becomes irritated or torn from stress and pressure a painful inflammation called plantar fasciitis can occur. The condition often causes heel pain. Wearing shoes without proper arch support is frequently the cause of this condition.
It’s important when you are beginning a new running or exercise routine to take it slow at first, so you don’t injure yourself. Achilles tendon injuries frequently occur because someone who hasn’t recently exercised tries to do too much, too fast. Your tendons and other tissues need time to adjust to the new level of pressure. Be sure to warm up properly and to wear properly fitted athletic shoes to help prevent running injuries.
If you have suffered a foot or ankle injury while running, make an appointment with your podiatrist to receive the proper diagnosis and treatment. Call Syracuse Podiatry located in East Syracuse, New York. Dr. Ryan L. D’Amico, Dr. Kathleen Pyatak-Hugar, and Dr. Donal M. Erickson and their staff will help you diagnose and treat your foot or ankle condition. Call 315-446-3668 or make an appointment online today.