The foot is a complex and integral structure made up of 26 bones, 33 joints, and over 100 ligaments and muscles working together to support our body weight. During running, the feet are pounded on the ground with a force of many times our body weight, so it is no surprise that they can develop painful problems. The following are some of the most common conditions runners encounter.
- Achilles tendinitis – The Achilles tendon is the thickest tendon in the body, which can withstand large amounts of stress but is also susceptible to inflammation and pain from running due to the repetitive pushing off motion of the foot.
- Plantar fasciitis – Inflammation of the thick fibrous tissue on the bottom of the foot (plantar fascia) can lead to heel and arch pain. People with overpronating feet or increasing activity too suddenly can lead to plantar fasciitis.
- Shin splints – The muscles in the shin area are responsible for moving the foot up and down, so excessive running can often lead to inflammation and pain in the muscles and tendons.
- Stress fracture – When a bone is subjected to repetitive force or trauma, it can form a small fissure or break. For runners, it is most commonly seen in the metatarsal bones.
- Ankle sprain – You don’t have to be a runner to have experienced rolling your ankle, which stretches or tears most commonly the outer ligaments of the ankle. Sprains result in inflammation, bruising, and pain.
In order to effectively treat your condition, it is essential to see a skilled podiatrist who is experienced in treating patients with running injuries. Dr. Gabriel Maislos of Houston Foot & Ankle Care, located in Southwest Houston, is a highly qualified, board-certified foot care specialist who treats all types of podiatric issues such as the above conditions, as well as nerve problems, diabetic foot problems, and toenail fungus. Dr. Maislos takes the time to listen to each patient to ensure that treatments are catered towards each individual’s needs and conditions. Please contact us or call us at (713) 541-3199 to schedule an appointment today!