Running is a great way to both get and stay healthy. However, without proper precautions, foot and ankle injuries can occur. Today’s podiatrists are uniquely qualified to treat running-related foot and ankle injuries due to their specialized education, training, and experience. Don’t let an injury stop your running routine in its tracks! Look below for the five of the most common foot and ankle-related running injuries.

Plantar Fasciitis
Plantar fasciitis is an inflammation of a fibrous band of tissue in the bottom of the foot that extends from the heel bone to the toes. This tissue can become inflamed for many reasons, most commonly from irritation by placing too much stress (excess running and jumping) on the bottom of the foot.

Achilles Tendonitis
An ailment that accounts for a large number of running injuries, Achilles tendonitis is an irritation or inflammation of the large tendon in the back of the lower calf that attaches to the back of the heel. The condition is often caused by lack of flexibility and overpronation.

Morton’s Neuroma
Morton’s neuroma is often described by runners as a burning, stinging pain in the forefoot (commonly in the third and fourth toes). Other symptoms include pain in the ball of the foot and a feeling of “pins and needles” and numbness in the toes. Runners who wear tight-fitting footwear often experience this condition. A true neuroma is a benign tumor of the nerve, although entrapment of the nerve will give the same symptoms.

Stress Fracture
Stress fractures in the lower limbs are common among athletes in general, and are commonly caused by repetitive forces on these areas. Symptoms include localized pain and swelling that grows worse over time. Stress fractures can occur over a period of days, weeks, or even months.

Shin Splints
Also referred to as “tibial stress syndrome,” shin splints affect runners of all ages and are commonly experienced as a shooting pain felt near the front or sides of one or both tibia bones (the shins).

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