Running Injuries of the Foot & Ankle
The most common foot complaint of runners is plantar fasciitis. Plantar fasciitis commonly occurs to those who overtrain, neglect to stretch their calf muscles (Achilles Tendon), or overdo hill work and speedwork. The plantar fascia is a thick band of tissue that stretches from the toes to the heel. That tearing, which usually occurs at the point where the fascia attaches to the heel, results in inflammation. Because the fascia has a poor blood supply, it can be a slow-healing, chronic condition. In these cases, the injury can result in a heel spur, a tiny, soft calcium deposit that forms from the bone trying to heal itself. While the spur isn’t painful, it can further irritate the fascia.
Evaluation by a foot and ankle specialist will help the athlete determine the underlying cause of pain and the best course of treatment. Custom orthotic devices are often used for treatment of these conditions.