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Diagnosing Foot and Heel Pain in Runners

Foot and heel pain is a common challenge for runners, impacting both beginners and seasoned athletes. The discomfort, often described as walking on glass, can be attributed to various causes, with plantar fasciitis at the top of the list. Identifying the root cause of foot pain is vital. While plantar fasciitis is a common diagnosis, other factors may contribute to discomfort. For runners coping with plantar fasciitis, early intervention and targeted exercises may offer hope for relief and continued running. Wearing proper footwear selection is essential in preventing foot pain, including well-fitted shoes and moisture-wicking socks. Addressing gait issues, correcting running techniques, and incorporating flexibility and strength training are essential measures. Gradually increasing training intensity can help to avoid overuse injuries. If you are a runner and are experiencing foot or heel pain, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist for a proper diagnosis and treatment options.

All runners should take extra precaution when trying to avoid injury. If you have any concerns about your feet, contact one of our podiatrists of New York. Our doctors will treat your foot and ankle needs.

How to Prevent Running Injuries

There are a lot of mistakes a runner can make prior to a workout that can induce injury. A lot of athletes tend to overstretch before running, instead of saving those workouts for a post-run routine. Deep lunges and hand-to-toe hamstring pulls should be performed after a workout instead of during a warmup. Another common mistake is jumping into an intense routine before your body is physically prepared for it. You should try to ease your way into long-distance running instead of forcing yourself to rush into it.

More Tips for Preventing Injury

  • Incorporate Strength Training into Workouts - This will help improve the body’s overall athleticism
  • Improve and Maintain Your Flexibility – Stretching everyday will help improve overall performance
  • “Warm Up” Before Running and “Cool Down” Afterward – A warm up of 5-10 minutes helps get rid of lactic acid in the muscles and prevents delayed muscle soreness
  • Cross-Training is Crucial
  • Wear Proper Running Shoes
  • Have a Formal Gait Analysis – Poor biomechanics can easily cause injury

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Ozone Park, and Manhasset, NY . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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