Millions of joggers take to the streets every day, reaping the many benefits that the exercise will bring to the body. However, just as common are running related foot injuries, which most runners will unfortunately incur at some point. There are number of different reasons as to why and how these injuries will happen, due to the individual nature of our bodies and lifestyles, but in most cases running injuries are commonly related to the feet, ankle and lower limbs.
Foot Injuries from Running
A common strain felt by those new to the sport, which is often related to a sudden increase in mileage or the frequency with which you run.
Treatment: Resting the leg and applying ice to the area to reduce swelling or using anti-inflammatory painkillers should be the first treatment to relieve the pain. If left untreated shin splints can cause stress fractures of the tibia. Our specialist running podiatrist will take a thorough assessment to determine if there are an abnormal foot biomechanics that could be causing your pain. Treatment may include orthotics that will help you to recover and continue running.
Irritation and inflammation of the Achilles tendonitis is common amongst runners, making it difficult to run.
Treatment: Stop running immediately if you feel this pain whilst exercising. Apply ice and painkillers until the inflammation subsides. We can treat Achilles tendonitis firstly by heel lifts and anti-inflammatory medication, stretching exercises may also be recommended. If the pain continues physical therapy and foot orthotics may be required to help speed up the recovery process. If these treatment methods are not successful an ultrasound & injections may be necessary.
Too much running can lead to small fractures appearing in the smaller bones of your feet, which makes it difficult to place sustained pressure onto the area.
Treatment: Much will depend on the severity of the fracture and how soon it is spotted. Our running specialist can use a scan or x-ray to confirm the fracture; however x-rays will not show a stress fracture until 14 days after the accident. We may initially recommend taping and padding to relieve the stress, using a foot splint or a plaster cast may be necessary under certain circumstances and physical therapy will be used in the later stages of healing.
If this group of muscles are too weak or tired to perform correctly, it will create pain which, depending on its severity, could mean a long period of rest.
Treatment: Our specialists will take a thorough assessment of your hamstring pain; there are different types of hamstring injuries which will have different treatment options. We will determine the cause of your pain and create a bespoke treatment plan.
As you can see, most foot and ankle injuries related to running can be treated successfully with plenty of rest, ice, and light use of anti-inflammatory tablets, stretches and keen observation of the affected area. To get the best treatment possible, contact our specialist running podiatrist who will help to reduce recovery time and help to avoid long term issues.