Foot Injuries

The Foot

Ryan Whitworth

 

Hello to all.  I hope that these articles that I will be writing, will be of some good information to you and may in the long run ( every pun intended) be of some help to you.  My first series of health and running injuries will be of the foot.  I hope to capture a lot of injuries and explain the cause, treatment, and the recovery to that problem.  If you do have any questions, please feel free to e-mail me at  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

  

Try this at home. Later in the day, stand in your bare feet and trace them with a pen.  Most people will be in shock when they see how BIG their foot actually is.  Feet naturally spread out, so it makes no sense to try and squeeze your feet in a size too small, or into those pointy toe boxes, or stiletto heels.  Over time that throws the body forward, shortens the Achilles tendon and changes posture.

    

Buy shoes later in the day: feet are bigger in the afternoon due to fluid build up.  Women, avoid shoes with heels that are 2" high or higher.  Buy quality; you don't have to buy $300 shoes, but as the saying goes - You get what you pay for.  Leather breathes better than synthetic and canvas materials.  Pay attention to the width of the toe box. If it is wide enough, the shoe will probably not cause problems. Measure your feet when you go to the store.  (When was the last time you did that?)  Go by the longest toe on each foot. Lastly, talk to people who have horrible looking toes - crooked, bent, plagued with bunions - ask them how they feel. Then, ask yourself, “Self, is this worth it?”

 

Foot Words: If you don't take care of your feet now, they'll hurt you later.

 

Bunions:  bony bumps that form at the outside of your big toe.
Cause: Increased laxity in the ligaments/muscles around the big toe.
Treatment ( Rx): Surgery

Metatarsalagia: Forefoot pain for people who walk/run on the balls of their feet.
Cause: Extra stress on the long bones of the foot.
Rx:  Most of the time the condition improves with orthotics.

Plantar Fasciitis: Inflammation of the tissue that connects heel and toes.  Excruciating pain along the bottom of the foot.
Cause: It often plagues athletes, it can effect people with arthritis, diabetes, and faulty foot mechanics.
Rx: Stretching, rest, icing, night splints, anti-inflammatory meds., and physical therapy.  Rest is usually needed.

Check out web sites: www.footphysicians.com or  www.mayoclinic.com, for other news articles regarding feet.

Happy running to all. Remember, happy feet make a happy runner.