Dealing With Heel Pain After Running

If you experience heel pain after running, this could indicate that you have developed plantar fasciitis. Known as runner’s heel, this condition can cause sharp pain in the heel and arch the morning after a run. Symptoms include increased pain after sleeping, difficulty lifting the toes off the ground, and reduced pain when running again. Other conditions that cause heel pain may include a pulled muscle in the arch, wearing running shoes that fit improperly and pronounced overpronation. Common causes of heel pain in runners is increasing the time, length, and running distance too quickly. Finding running shoes with the proper cushioning and support can help to alleviate pain or injury from running. In some cases custom orthotics, or shoe inserts, may be helpful in addressing specific foot conditions that contribute to heel pain. For details about how to deal with heel pain after running, it is suggested that you make an appointment with a chiropodist who can evaluate your gait and discuss treatment options.

Heel pain is a common problem that can be caused by a variety of injuries, medical conditions, and other factors. If you suffer from heel pain, please consult with one of the specialists from Thornhill Foot Clinic. Our chiropodists can help you maintain the health of your lower limbs and your mobility. 

When it comes to heel pain, the exact location and type of pain are important to note. Some of the conditions that may cause heel pain include: 

  • Plantar fasciitis - An inflammation of the ligament that runs along the bottom of the foot; it causes a stabbing pain under the heel that is at its worst when taking your first few steps after a long rest and while standing on your tiptoes or climbing stairs

  • Achilles tendonitis - An inflammation of the tendon in the back of the calf; it causes pain in the back of the heel that is at its worst after resting, as well as ankle and calf stiffness, swelling, and tenderness 

  • Bone spurs - Bony lumps on the back of the heel bones that cause sharp pain upon first standing up; the pain becomes dull and achy over time 

  • Heel fractures - A break or crack in the heel bone that causes pain, swelling, and difficulty walking

  • Retrocalcaneal bursitis - Swelling of the small, fluid-filled sac at the back of the heel bone; it causes pain, swelling, redness, and warmth in the back of the heel

  • Tarsal tunnel syndrome - Compression of the posterior tibial nerve which causes a pins and needles sensation in the heel, foot, and calf 

Your chiropodist will be able to diagnose the underlying cause of your pain and prescribe the right treatments for you. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs. 

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