Heel Pain on Race Day
The Summer Series continues on the Fourth of July in Peoria at Rio Vista Park. The race begins promptly at 6:30 AM, so don’t miss it! If you suffer from heel pain, you might not feel up to running in this Independence Day race. There are different things you can do to help ease your heel pain so that you’re ready to go with zero discomfort.
One of the most common reasons for this condition, especially in athletes, is plantar fasciitis. This is when the thick band of tissue connecting your heel to your toes becomes inflamed. It can be caused by repetitive stress, such as running on hard surfaces. Many athletes tend to just push through the pain and assume it will get better on its own. Unfortunately, that is not usually the case. If caught early, plantar fasciitis is relatively easy to treat. The longer you wait to seek treatment, the worse it will get, which means more down time.
If you notice any pain in your heel, there are several things you should do immediately. First of all, discontinue the activity causing the pain. If you are a marathon runner, this might seem like torture, but it should only be for a short period of time.
Instead of running, try low-impact aerobics like swimming or cycling. Apply ice to your feet by filling a water bottle, freezing it, and then rolling it down your arches. Stretch your feet and calves throughout the day. Lastly, wear shoes. It may seem simple, but going barefoot can make plantar fasciitis worse. Wearing shoes helps the tissue heal by putting less pressure on it.
If you think you may be suffering from plantar fasciitis, call Dr. Peyman Elison and Dr. Viedra Elison at (623) 584-5556 to schedule an appointment at the Fixing Feet Institute in Surprise, AZ. We are here to keep your feet healthy so you can stay in the race.
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