Running can tend to be a very strenuous activity, and runners are often very susceptible to lower body injuries. Of these different injuries, foot pain is one of the most common complaints seen in our office in not only runners, but athletes alike. Constant stress on the foot and the muscles that support the many joints involved in walking and running can cause sprains, strains, tears, spurs and fractures. One of the difficult aspects on the physician's part is coming to a proper diagnosis so the correct therapies can be applied, and the patient can get on their way to recovery. This is accomplished by testing a number of things, including joint range of motion, muscle strength, tenderness, functional abilities and imaging if needed.
Plantar Fasciitis is one of the more commonly known injuries, especially in runners, and is a condition that we see excellent results in with conservative treatments and therapies. A technique that sets our clinic apart from others is graston technique. This therapy utilizes instruments to break up scar tissue and muscular adhesions in the foot, allowing the tissues to heal properly and the muscles and tendons to move properly through their full ranges of motion.
Other effective therapies are massage, electrical stimulation, and prescribed rehab exercises. working on gait training and finding the right shoe for each individual person are important things as well, and are critical to aiding in the in-office therapies performed. all of these aspects combined can lead to great results when it comes to decreasing foot pain.
Other than fractures, these same therapies can be applied to other types of foot injuries with similar results. speaking with your doctor and providing good details related to your injury is important in getting on your way to recovery, and the sooner you get started, the quicker you can get back to the things you love to do.