Usain Bolt at the 2012 London Olympics

Plantar fasciitis is the most common complaint amongst runners. Overtraining, not stretching the calf muscles, or frequently practicing sprinting or uphill running are all factors in the development of plantar fasciitis. The plantar fascia, a thick band of tissue stretching from the toes to the heel, tends to tear when the foot becomes overworked. This results in inflammation and pain. The plantar fascia has a poor blood supply, so the condition is usually chronic and slow to heal. Plantar fasciitis in runners often leads to heel spurs, calcium deposits which form when the bone attempts to heal itself. Spurs can further irritate the fascia, and are sometimes painful because of the surrounding irritation they cause.

Achillies tendonitis is another concern for serious runners. The Achillies tendon runs from the heel to the calf and propels you forward when you run. It can easily become inflamed when overworked, resulting in a condition known as Achillies tendonitis. Achillies tendonitis can keep you from running until the inflammation reduces.

The best advice for runners to avoid plantar fasciitis, Achillies tendonitis, and other foot problems is to invest in comfortable, well-fitting sneakers. Good running sneakers help absorb shock, taking some of the stress off of your feet. Also, never forget to stretch, but always warm up with a 10 minute jog before stretching. Attempting to stretch cold muscles can cause injury.

If you are a runner or any type of athlete seeking advice on how to keep your feet in shape for top performance, Quality Foot Care in Doylestown has all the services and resources you need. Call 215-230-9707 to make an appointment with Dr. Lefkowitz today.