Find the Finish Line After Arch Pain

Robert G. Parker
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Dr. Parker is a podiatrist and surgeon in Houston, TX who has been helping patients for more than 40 years.

If you’ve been training for the Bay Area Habitat for Humanity Women's Build 5K, the last place you want to be during race day is on the sidelines. Running and arch pain are associated more often than we’d like due to overuse. If you don’t take good care of your feet, you’ll find yourself on the sidelines instead of at the finish line.

One of the most common reasons for arch pain is due to plantar fasciitis. The plantar fascia is the thick band of tissue that connects the toes to the heel, and if inflamed it can result in heel and arch pain. To treat this condition, we recommend that you cease running for as long as it takes to completely heal. You may think you can “run through the pain,” but it can actually lead to further complications and chronic discomfort.

Instead of trying to run with arch pain, take the time to heal and come back even stronger. There are a number of exercises you can do to help stretch the plantar fascia, such as rolling your feet over a frozen water bottle and stretching your toes back (gently). For some people, a custom-orthotic can be helpful as well.

There are other causes for arch pain. To determine the source of your pain and proper treatment, you should consult a foot specialist right away. Call Dr. Robert Parker today at 281-497-2850, or schedule an appointment online to visit Parker Foot and Ankle in Houston. We can help make sure your arch pain doesn’t prevent you from running in the big race.

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