If you are a runner in Arizona or if you exercise regularly, you must plan ahead or risk injuries to the Achilles tendon. These can be a fairly common occurrence for people with physically active lifestyles, and can be the source of intense heel pain. A little preparation and knowledge can go a long way in keeping your body healthy and pain-free!

  • Stretch and strengthen. Stay loose and strong and your chance of injury will be much smaller.
  • Be aware of the surfaces you run on. The road is probably one of the most common places to run, but it can also be one of the most harmful to your feet. Repeatedly pounding down on a hard surface can cause injury. Consider running on a trail or grass.
  • Wear the right shoes. Athletic shoes don't just come in one variety; each one is created to serve a certain kind of person. The shoe you choose can depend on how you walk (overpronate or underpronate), how old you are, how active you are, what kind of exercise you do, and more. Your best bet is going to a store that specializes in fitting customers for athletic shoes. They will analyze you and the way you walk to determine your best shoe fit.
  • Mix up your exercise routine. Alternating exercises will keep you fit, but also prevent you from putting too much stress regularly on one part of your body.
  • Build intensity slowly. It's great to try and increase strength and endurance by constantly improving, but take your time. If you build up intensity in your exercise routine too quickly, an injury is very likely.

If you live in the Surprise, Arizona, area and you are suffering from heel pain, contact Fixing Feet Institute for an appointment at 623-584-5556, or e-mail [email protected]

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Dr. Peyman A. Elison
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