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By Dr. Philip Pinsker
April 30, 2014
Category: Running

The life of a runner can be exciting, but also terrifying when it comes to the threats that running poses to your feet and ankles. If you are an avid runner, casual runner, or even looking to get into the sport of running, take the precautionary steps to prevent these common running injuries.

Black Toenails

This nasty ailment can easily result from ill-fitting footwear. Running with shoes that are too big can cause your feet to slide forward into the front of your shoes. Shoes that are too small may also crush toes into the toe box, which can lead in bleeding beneath the nail and eventually result in black toenails. Black toenails can be extremely painful and you may lose your nail completely.

Ankle Sprains

This injury results from awkward movements that push your ankle out of its comfortable positioning. While the ligaments of your ankle can stretch to an extent, they do have limits.  When they are pushed beyond their limits and out of their normal range of motion, it can result in a sprain. You should avoid running on uneven surfaces and create a warm-up routine to perform before your run in order to keep your muscles strong and flexible.

Plantar Fasciitis

This painful condition is common to beginner runners who do not wear appropriate footwear. Plantar fasciitis occurs when the plantar fascia, the long band of tissue that runs from your heel bone down to your toes, becomes severely stretched to the point of ripping or tearing completely. Plantar fasciitis is one of the most common causes of heel pain and can result in severe inflammation. In order to prevent this condition, look for shoes that will offer your arches proper support.  You can also give your feet additional support by investing in custom molded orthotics.

Running can be such a fantastic workout to keep you fit, toned and healthy.  However, you need to take the proper precautionary steps to prevent injuries. The exercise of running is associated with a wide range of foot ailments due to the harsh demands on your feet and ankles.

If you experience an injury, or painful foot ailment from running, or would like to be fitted for custom made orthotics contact our office at (724) 225-7410 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Phil Pinsker.