Running is one of the most popular activities in the world due to its ability to provide a fantastic cardiovascular workout. However, running is also a high-impact pursuit, which can potentially lead to many injuries – particularly to your vulnerable foot and ankle areas.
As a specialist in athletic foot care, board-certified podiatrist Dr. Jeremy Thomas has worked with many athletes who have experienced foot and ankle issues as a result of their running, with the following injuries among the most common:
- Swollen and Sprained Ankles
- Stress Fractures
- Achilles Tendinitis
- Plantar Fasciitis
Read more about each one below:
Perhaps the most common running injury of all is an ankle sprain, where the foot rolls outwards as the ankle turns inward; this injury is often referred to as a “twist” due to the two contrasting motions.
If you sprain your ankle, the pain and swelling can be severe, and the joint will likely feel stiff for at least a few days. For some people, ankle sprains can be recurrent; if you have experienced numerous ankle sprains while running, then visiting board-certified podiatrist, Dr. Jeremy Thomas to ascertain the cause – and prevent reoccurrence – is advisable.
As a condition, stress fractures are pleasantly easy to understand; tiny lines – or cracks – can form on the bones of the legs and feet, causing pain and discomfort as a result.
Runners are particularly susceptible to stress fractures, and particularly those who usually run on hard surfaces such as concrete sidewalks.
While the occurrence of bunions does have a genetic element, all runners are vulnerable to these painful lumps, which form on the joint at the base of the big toe. If you do notice that you have developed a bunion, seeking assistance from Dr. Jeremy Thomas could help to rectify the condition once and for all.
The Achilles tendon – named for the mythological Greek hero who was infamously defeated by an arrow to the heel – connects the calves to the heel bone.
If the Achilles becomes inflamed, tendinitis is usually diagnosed; the condition can be chronic, and very painful, so seeking treatment from a board-certified podiatrist such as Dr. Jeremy Thomas can help to resolve the issue once and for all.
Plantar fasciitis is a relatively common condition that causes a dull, sometimes throbbing pain in the heels, arches, or both. Many people with plantar fasciitis find that the pain is at its worst in the mornings, and then gradually eases throughout the day.
A common foot care complaint among athletes, the term heel spurs refers to extra bone that grows on the heel, which can be extremely painful. Pain caused by heel spurs can be constant, though it is usually exacerbated by exercise, causing a jarring stab of pain with every step.
Runners – Contact Dr. Jeremy Thomas Today
With years of experience in providing treatment and support to athletic runners, Dr. Jeremy Thomas is the best choice if you are seeking qualified foot care and advice. Don’t let foot pain put a stop to your favorite hobby. Get in touch with the experts at Triangle Foot & Ankle Specialists today by calling (919) 851-3435 or by filling out our online contact form to arrange an appointment at the Raleigh office. The team will support you and your foot care for many years to come.