Common Running Foot and Ankle Injuries

Foot Clinic

May 4, 2018 | A. Teav

 

Running is a great outdoor activity because it provides numerous health benefits, such as cardiovascular fitness and overall physical well-being. To its nature, however, distance running has mental and physical demands that are taxing to our feet; whether you are an elite or recreational runner, it is imperative to pay attention to symptoms rather than thinking that this problem will simply go away. The constant impact and repetitive loading can lead to joint overuse, which is a cause of concern for the development of foot pain and injuries. The following are common foot and ankle related injuries that runners may encounter:

 

Plantar Fasciitis

Runners typically experience pain along the instep of the foot to the bottom of the heel where the fascia originates. Upon inflammation, the fascia can be quite painful.

Achilles Tendonitis

The inflammation of the large tendon attached to the back of the heel bone. This injury can result from over-use. One may experience swelling and/or sharp pain at the ankle to the back of the heel, or anywhere along the large tendon.

 

Ball of Foot Pain

There are several reasons that one may experience pain in the ball of the foot.  One of these reasons may be due to a neuroma (pinched nerve). Runners can experience numbing or burning pain that can extend to the toes. Another reason can be due to a metatarsal stress fracture.  This injury can be slow to show symptoms, which may include pain and/or swelling. This injury can occur due to a change in running frequency, intensity, or duration.

Sprained Ankle (Ankle Sprain)

This injury generally occurs due to the uneven surface of the ground. Runners typically experience lateral ankle sprain in which the ankle and foot turns inward when landing on the ground. Runners experience pain and swelling depending on the degree of the sprain.

 

If you experience or suspect any of these injuries, start PRICE (Protection, Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation) therapy immediately. Anti-inflammatory medications may also be useful in reducing pain and swelling. However, if these symptoms persist or worsen, then do not wait too long. Visit a local Chiropodist to have your feet and ankle examined by an expert professional.

References:

https://www.foothealthfacts.org/article/runners-fit-feet-finish-faster