If you’re new to running, returning to running after an extended break, or increasing your mileage, heel pain may be a sign your feet are trying to send you a message that they’re not so happy with your decision.
Shooting pains in the bottom of your feet could be a sign of Plantar Fasciitis. Plantar Fasciitis occurs when the thick band of tissue that runs across the bottom of your foot and connects your heel bone to your toes, becomes inflamed. The pain is often worse in the mornings when you first wake up and after long periods of sitting or standing. If you’re experiencing this type of pain, don’t ignore your body’s message. Left untreated, Plantar Fasciitis can become a chronic condition.
As a first step, take some extra time to stretch your calves after each run. This is one of the stretches we often recommend to our PBO Group clients experiencing pain as a result of running:
Intrinsic foot strengthening exercises are another great option for some easy, at-home physiotherapy. Place a pencil or a facecloth on the floor and repeatedly pick it up using your toes.
We can also assess your running gait in our PBO Group Clinics in order to analyze your body’s mechanics. A pair of custom orthotics that reflect your foot’s shape and your body’s unique gait can be a fast and effective way to address Plantar Fasciitis and make running enjoyable for you again.
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