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Running Injuries Affecting the Feet

Running can stress the foot's 26 bones and 30 joints, leading to overuse and traumatic injuries. Common foot conditions associated with running include plantar fasciitis, metatarsalgia, Morton’s neuroma, and stress fractures. Plantar fasciitis is a condition that causes stabbing heel pain, especially in the morning or after rest, due to inflammation of the plantar fascia. Metatarsalgia results in pain between the toes, feeling like pebbles in the shoe. Excess pressure on the metatarsal bones, often from intense running or wearing ill-fitting shoes, can lead to this condition. Morton’s neuroma is similar to metatarsalgia but with added burning, tingling, numbness, and sharp pains, often surrounding the balls of the feet. Stress fractures are small cracks in bones due to repetitive stress, often in metatarsal bones. If you participate in sporting activities and foot pain is experienced, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist who can perform a routine examination and offer appropriate treatment options.

Ankle and foot injuries are common among athletes and in many sports. They can be caused by several problems and may be potentially serious. If you are feeling pain or think you were injured in a sporting event or when exercising, consult with one of our podiatrists from Fox Valley Foot and Ankle Specialists. Our doctors will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.

Common Injuries

The most common injuries that occur in sporting activities include:

  • Achilles Tendonitis
  • Achilles Tendon Rupture
  • Ankle Sprains
  • Broken Foot
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Stress Fractures
  • Turf Toe


Symptoms vary depending upon the injury and in some cases, there may be no symptoms at all. However, in most cases, some form of symptom is experienced. Pain, aching, burning, bruising, tenderness, tightness or stiffness, sensation loss, difficulty moving, and swelling are the most common symptoms.


Just as symptoms vary depending upon the injury, so do treatment options. A common treatment method is known as the RICE method. This method involves rest, applying ice, compression and elevating the afflicted foot or ankle. If the injury appears to be more serious, surgery might be required, such as arthroscopic or reconstructive surgery. Lastly, rehabilitation or therapy might be needed to gain full functionality in the afflicted area. Any discomfort experienced by an athlete must be evaluated by a licensed, reputable medical professional.  

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in Naperville, IL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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