Common Running Injuries - Foot
Providence Athletic Medicine
1. Stress fractures. Partial cracks in the outer surface of the bone occurring from repetitive stress. Most stress fractures occur in the tibia (shin) and metatarsals (foot). Symptoms: localized pain with activity and/or rest. Pain increases when effected area is touched. Treatment: rest, consult physician to monitor healing process of bone and possible underlying causes of the injury.
2. Plantar fasciitis. An irritation/inflammation of the plantar fascia. The plantar fascia is a thin muscle running the length of the bottom of the foot attaching at the heel. Symptoms: pain at the bottom of the heel with the first step of the morning or after prolonged sitting. Treatment: ice, stretching, massage, possible orthotics, change of shoes, consult physician.