Foot and ankle injuries keep you from enjoying your favorite activity, whether you're a beginning runner or a marathoner. Prompt treatment for Achilles tendonitis, plantar fasciiitis, stress fractures, and other injuries is essential if you want to get back on your feet as soon as possible. Luckily, members of the Wisconsin Podiatric Medical Association offer effective treatments for common runner's injuries. Whether you live in Milwaukee, Green Bay, Wausau, LaCrosse, or Madison or another part of Wisconsin, you're never far from a foot doctor.
What causes runner's injuries?
Overuse injuries are the most common type of running injuries. If you've ever pushed yourself too hard or long or suddenly increased the intensity of your workout, you may have experienced one of these injuries:
- Plantar Fasciitis: Plantar fasciitis occurs due to inflammation of the plantar fascia, a tough band of connective tissue that connects your toes to your heels on the bottom of your foot. If you have plantar fasciitis, you may notice worsening heel pain first thing in the morning or after standing for long periods. Podiatrists treat the condition with stretching exercises, night splints, physical therapy, corticosteroids, and orthotics.
- Achilles Tendonitis: Inflammation in the long tendon at the back of your heel is the cause of Achilles tendonitis. Symptoms include burning pain, stiffness, thickening of the tendon and bone spurs. Pain may increase after running but may be even worse the next day. Ignoring these symptoms can lead to a partial or full tear in your tendon. Treatments for Achilles tendonitis include stretching exercises, physical therapy, heel cups, or orthotics, a cast or boot to reduce pressure on the tendon, and night splints.
- Stress Fractures: Stress fractures occur when your muscles are overtaxed and transfer pressure to your bones. The pressure causes small cracks in the bones. Symptoms of stress fractures include worsening pain after activity, tenderness in the foot or ankle, and swelling. Rest is an important factor in your recovery. Your Madison, Green Bay, Milwaukee, Wausau, or LaCrosse podiatrist may also recommend a boot or cast and crutches to reduce pressure on your foot or ankle while it heals.
Do you need a podiatrist? The Wisconsin Podiatric Medical Association website offers a convenient "Find a Podiatrist" feature that can help you find a Madison, Green Bay, Milwaukee, Wausau, or LaCrosse, WI, foot doctor and ask any questions about runner's injuries.