Every runner should visit a podiatrist because the sport can put a strain on anyone’s feet. An onslaught of factors including improper footwear or excessive mileage may be causing your pain or discomfort. Discomfort and pain may be a sign of anything from neuroma to tendonitis. 

What to look for:

You should be aware of how you are feeling during and after your runs. If you feel a crackling sensation, pain, or experience swelling you may be enduring tendonitis. Repetative stress to your tendon is ususaually the cause of this discomfort.. A doctor can help relieve this discomfort with a number of treatments including a RICE program or medication. 

If the area near your heel feels stabbing pain you could have plantar fasciitis. The tissue that runs across the bottom of your foot becomes inflamed and causes this condition. A doctor can help you manage this pain with treatments that may include physical therapy, inserts, or possibly surgery. 

Repetitive force can cause a stress fracture. Stress fractures can often heal without surgery. In the event that you have one, your doctor can help facilitate healthy healing and alleviate some discomfort during the process.

Neuroma is what most people refer to as a pinched nerve. Nerve tissue grows usually between the third and fourth toes. If this happens, you may feel burning, numbness, tingling, or pain between your toes or in the ball of your foot. This is can be treated with anti-inflammatory medication, ice, a change in your footwear, and rest. See your doctor for proper diagnosis and treatment options.

Be sure to visit a podiatrist

Runners should visit a podiatrist because the repetitive stress that is put on the feet during a run could cause damage. If you begin to feel pain in your feet, consult with your podiatrist and see whether there is a treatment for the discomfort or modifications you should be trying in order to keep your body healthy and safe.