Running is a favorite pastime and exercise regimen for a lot of people. For proof, just look at marathon participation; the 2015 Boston Marathon had over 27,000 runners. In addition to being a healthy weight-loss workout, running can also calm stress, improve high blood pressure and mental decline, and create a sense of fulfillment and pride. However, despite all of its benefits, running can cause a lot of pain and potential injury as well, especially on your feet and ankles.
When running, your feet and ankles are forced to endure increased pressure and impact force, as well as increased instability. As a result, the muscles, skin, and tendons of your feet become more prone to injury. In addition, the inherent instability of running (your feet make less contact with the ground than when walking) can cause small mishaps such as trips, missteps, and wobbly turns to end in catastrophic and painful injuries.
However, although the potential for injury is there, every seasoned runner knows that giving it up isn’t an option—the drive is to go the distance is too great. So, what do you do? You can’t continue to run on an injury, nor ignore the pain. You can however, get the care and treatment to get you back on track with Parker Foot and Ankle.
Running Injury Relief
After 44 years of treating and helping runners care for their feet, Dr. Robert Parker has seen it all. He has firsthand knowledge of how running can cause frustrating and painful injuries, from blisters to sprains. However, throughout his extensive career, he’s yet to see an injury that can’t be soothed and healed. In fact, he’s made it his life’s work to find state-of-the-art treatments to alleviate all types of running foot pain and injuries, such as:
- Blisters. Blisters are extremely common injuries for runners. Frequent and forceful friction between footwear and the skin causes fluid buildup under the skin. This build-up—a natural response to cushion nerves against damage—can cause inflammation and skin pockets on the feet. If not treated, these pockets can cause soreness or become gateways for infection.
- Plantar fasciitis. The tissue band across the bottom of your foot that connects your toes to your heel is called the plantar fascia. When this band becomes overworked, stretched, or stressed, it will inflame and cause painful swelling in the arch and heel. If not properly cared for, the pain can be excruciating and limit your ability to walk, let alone run.
- Sprains and strains. Excessive pressure and weight can cause your ankles to turn or buckle, increasing the chance of rolling your ankle or painfully stretching, tearing, or bruising your foot muscles.
- Stress fractures. When your muscles become overtired and can no longer absorb the force of repeated impacts, your foot bones are forced to endure the full impact of each step. After awhile, this stress can cause the bones to weaken and crack, causing fractures. The second or third metatarsals between the toes and the mid-foot are extremely susceptible to such fractures.
- Tendinitis. Overuse and fatigue of tendons in the foot can cause them to swell, causing increased pressure and extreme pain when walking, running, or even touching the foot.
- Broken toes. The bones in your toes can crack due to the pressure and stress you put on them when running. They can also become fractured as a result of tripping on uneven ground, or accidentally kicking roots, sidewalks, or other environmental obstacles.
Getting Your Stride Back With the Running Care Your Feet Deserve
Therefore, no matter what type of injury you’ve sustained, or how painful it may be, relief isn’t far away.
Although running injuries can vary from minor irritations to extremely painful ailments, Dr. Parker believes that no matter the problem, you shouldn’t have to live with pain, especially if you’re doing so because you don’t know what else to do. That is why he combines his considerable knowledge, experience, and tenacity to help runners like you get the care and treatment they deserve.
Isn’t it time you stopped your pain and took advantage of his hard work? Come visit us today and see how your feet can benefit from the following:
- Personal attention and diagnostic support. Dr. Robert Parker will personally examine and diagnose the problem in order to determine whether surgery is necessary.
- Foot care education and preventative support. We’ll take the time to educate you about your injuries and treatment options, as well as answer any and all questions you may have.
- Our state-of-the-art equipment. Our office isn’t only packed with experience and knowledge, but also advanced surgical, laser, pain relief, and therapy equipment.
What are you waiting for? Pain can be a formidable impediment, but it doesn’t have to be. Allow Dr. Parker and Parker Foot and Ankle to break down your injury barriers and get you back in the swing of things. Call toll-free at 855-465-2577 to set up an appointment and see for yourself how we can help you put the enjoyment and comfort back in running.