Take a Break from Running with Heel Pain

Running and Heel PainHave you been training hard for the Couples Triathlon coming up in Austin on July 13? You may be used to a few aches and pains, but sometimes a chronic, nagging problem that’s ignored can turn into a serious injury. Instead of pushing through the pain, you should kick off those shoes and rest. That’s right, rest. Yes, it’s a four letter word to runners everywhere, but the fact of the matter is, if you don’t take a break now, you’ll be sorry later. Running with heel pain is a good example.

One of the most common reasons for heel pain is plantar fasciitis. This occurs when the ligament on the bottom of your foot that attaches to your heel bone becomes stretched or torn, resulting in painful inflammation. Left untreated, the condition will only get worse, especially if continued stress is put on the ligament. For instance, if you keep running—hint, hint.  Plantar fasciitis is brought on by overuse, and can be exacerbated by running a longer route, on a harder surface, with hills, wearing worn-out shoes. You get the picture.

The earlier you take a load off, the faster you will recover and run pain-free again. So instead of ignoring the symptoms, make sure you listen to them. They’re saying “Rest, you fool!” That’s exactly what you should do.

Find out about preventative stretches and other ways to keep your feet injury-free from Austin Foot and Ankle Specialists in Austin, TX. Call (512) 328-8900 and talk to Dr. Craig H. Thomajan DPM, FACFAS or Dr. Shine John DPM, FACFAS. You can also visit us online—a perfect thing to do while you’re resting, instead of running with heel pain!

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Dr. Shine John, DPM, FACFAS
Podiatric Physician, Surgeon, Specialist at Austin Foot and Ankle Specialists
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