Runner’s Feet: Common Problems, Treatment & Prevention

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Most running injuries affect the lower body, including the knees, ankles, hips, groin, and legs, but it appears that the feet take a bigger hit than the rest of the body.

Continue reading to learn more about the most common foot problems that runners face, as well as why they happen, how to recognize them, and how to treat and prevent them.

When pounding the pavement, as any runner knows, the feet take the brunt of the heat.

If you overtrain, ignore pain, or neglect preventative care, you may develop one of the following running-related foot problems.

If the shoes are too small or the foot is sliding forward, some runners may experience toe rubbing against the front of the shoe, especially when running downhill.

Plantar fasciitis is common in runners with flat feet, but it can also occur in those with high arches, according to Schneider.

"Plantar fasciitis is an overuse injury caused by the stress that a runner puts on his or her feet," he explains.

Because of the repetitive pressure on the forefoot while running, Schneider says it's common in runners.

Morton's neuromas are common in runners who have a high arch and strike the ground with their forefoot, as well as runners who wear too narrow shoes.

Many common foot problems can aggravate if you continue to run while in pain.

Running shoes, according to Nelya Lobkova, DPM, should be carefully selected based on running dynamics, performance level, and terrain.

To keep your feet in shape, you must use proper running mechanics.

Schneider recommends running on a rubberized track or crushed gravel path to keep your feet healthy.

What's the good news?

Many common running injuries can be treated effectively with physical therapy and custom orthotics.

While running, it's not uncommon to feel pain, discomfort, or an injury in your feet.

Pay close attention to how your feet and toes feel during and after exercise if you're a distance runner or new to the sport.

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