No pain, no gain? Given the high amounts of exercise-related foot injuries that happen every day, this sentiment may just be true. Everyone from amateur gym goers to professional athletes tend to experience some type of foot pain at some point during their training exercises. Here are some of the most common types of injuries that can cause pain in your foot or feet, and the best methods to go about treating the pain and ultimately healing it.
This type of foot pain is related to inflammation of the fascia. The fascia is a thin layer of connective tissue covering muscles that are located on the bottom of your foot. The symptoms of this pain include pain in the heel that is at its worst in the morning, right after you’ve woken up. The pain tends to be located on the inner, or medial, side of the heel, but it can radiate farther up the arch. This will affect your ability to push off the ground while running.
In order to treat this pain, try other exercises that won’t aggravate it, such as swimming or bicycling. When resting, place your foot in a bucket of ice water to lower the inflammation and swelling that may occur. Taking ibuprofen can also help with this aspect of the discomfort. Invest in a good pair of shoes with great arch support to further improve your condition while you walk.
This very common injury occurs due to overuse. This is not the same as a broken bone, which happens after a traumatic event such as a fall or twist. A stress fracture tends to develop over time after repetitive use of the same area of the body. When it comes to your feet, running is often the main reason for stress fractures. The bone inside your foot begins to swell from the overwhelming demand,and can eventually fracture. You’ll know you have a stress fracture if placing any sort of prolonged or sudden pressure (from such activities as running or jumping) proves to be exceedingly painful for you.
This is the kind of injury that is best treated by a medical doctor. Eating more calcium and increasing your intake of vitamin D can help to ensure that this doesn’t happen to you again at any point in the future, since deficiencies in these two essential nutrients tend to be the cause of stress fractures.
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