There’s nothing quite like being on the open road. Running, breathing the fresh air, and feeling your blood start pumping is exhilarating. It can also be damaging on your body when done incorrectly.
Running is one of the leading causes of foot and ankle injuries. Accidents, overuse, and improper shoes are some of the most common reasons for runners to get hurt.
If you’re a runner, you understand the devastation of an injury. You cannot participate in your favorite activities. You can’t exercise while you recover. It’s so frustrating, that you decide not to get treatment and ignore the problem until it goes away or becomes so unavoidable that you have to see a podiatrist.
Effective Treatment for Running Injuries Starts With a Visit to Your Podiatrist
The best and fastest way to get back on your feet is to talk to a medical professional about getting treatment. Dr. Gasparini understands how frustrating it is to be kept off your feet. That’s why he offers effective treatment options for these and other common running injuries.
Achilles tendonitis is perhaps the most common injury that plagues runners. It is caused by overuse and an inflammation of your Achilles tendon. As this tendon continues to pound the pavement and carry you forward on your runs, it swells and becomes painful. The worse it gets, the less you are able to move freely.
Treatment for Achilles tendonitis an be as simple as rest, ice, and elevation. The longer you let it progress, the more likely it will be that you’ll need more advanced care.
Heel pain is a sign of a serious foot condition. There are a variety of reasons why this occurs. Plantar fasciitis is perhaps the most common in runners. Sever’s disease is also common in children who do a lot of running on the schoolyard. The only way to know what’s causing your pain is to schedule an exam with a podiatrist.
Stress fractures happen over time. There is no traumatic blow that defines when the stress fracture strikes. Instead, as you continuously pound the pavement and your bones weaken, they could crack or break. Trying to continue to run with a stress fracture will only lead to more severe problems, such as arthritis. Seeing a doctor is the best way to know whether you have a stress fracture and how to treat it properly.
When you run, you’re advised to land on the ball of your foot. Over time this can irritate your foot, causing metatarsalgia. If you have hammertoe or are engaged in other heavy-training in addition to your running, this injury might also occur.
There are many ways that you can get hurt while out on the roads or trails. The goal is to recognize the difference between normal aches and pains, and a serious injury.
Get Started With Your Treatment to Get Back on Your Feet Fast
The sooner you start with your treatment, the faster you’ll get back to loving your running routine again. Call us today at 844-899-5658 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Gasparini in our Massapequa podiatry center.