Medically Reviewed by Dr. Rachel N. Verville
May 18, 2016
80% of runners are injured each year. While most running injuries heal without issue and allow you to get back on the road quickly, some injuries will plague you with every step. Plano patients can turn to a podiatrist for education about the biomechanics of running, proper footwear, and support so that you can hit your stride.
The Biomechanics of Running
Every time your foot hits the ground, you adopt a stance. When your foot is not in contact with the ground, you change to swing. This repeated motion is called a gait cycle and what you do during stance and swing can not only affect your speed but your chances for injury.
Common Runners’ Injuries
If you adopt a running style that does not work with the biomechanics of your feet and ankles, you’re more likely to develop runners’ injuries. The most common are:
- Achilles Tendonitis: Straining the tissue running from the back of the calf muscles to heel bone.
- Plantar Fasciitis: Heel pain originating from the ligament connecting the heel to the toes.
- Stress Fracture: Repeated stress on feet and ankles that causes small cracks to develop in the bones.
- Ankle Sprain: Torn ankle ligaments that cause swelling and pain when putting weight on the ankle.
- Blisters: Small, fluid-filled bubbles of skin that form when there is too much friction or pressure in a certain area.
Though all runners will experience injuries at some point, a podiatrist can guide you toward better practices that avoid injury.
How Injuries are Treated
During an initial consultation, your podiatrist will ask you about your running routine as well as perform a physical exam. The most common running injuries involve soft tissue and can be treated with:
Your podiatrist may prescribe pain medication, crutches, or other treatment depending on the severity of your injury.
Hitting the Road Again
After you’ve recovered and you’re ready to hit the road again, your podiatrist can guide you to better performance. Dr. Verville assists Plano patients with:
- Running techniques for lower impact on joints.
- Choosing footwear that cushions feet and absorbs shock.
- Custom orthotics that support feet and ankles for enhanced performance.
Working with a podiatrist will limit your chances for reinjury and help you manage common ongoing foot and ankles problems.
If you’ve experienced injury while running, call our Plano office at 214-385-8822 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Verville today.