Registration began on March 30th for the ASB Auckland Marathon which will take place on November 1, 2015. Most avid runners will have started training already. In a perfect world, every kilometre of the way would be 100 percent pain free. There are a myriad of foot injuries that can occur and some of these ailments may need immediate attention. Here are three common foot injuries that runners suffer and advice on how to handle them so that you can make it to the finish line.

ACHILLES TENDONITIS

This makes up approximately 11 percent of all runners injuries. The Achilles tendon, which connects the calf muscles to the back of the heel, becomes irritated when put under too much stress. Runners who have weak or tight calves are susceptible to this particular injury, especially when they change their routines to include hills or increase their speed. A rule of thumb is to stop if you experience any pain during or after running. If you catch this early enough, you will only need a few days to recuperate. However, if you continue running, you run the risk of developing a serious case that will require you to visit your podiatrist who will advise you to take at least six months off.

PLANTAR FASCIITIS

This is also known as jogger’s heel and is often caused by excessive exercise. It is one of the most common foot injuries among runners. Plantar Fasciitis, inflammation or small tears of the ligaments and tendons that run from your heel to your toes, generally feels like a bruise or a dull pain in the arch of your foot or the bottom of your heel. People with extremely low or high arches are prone to this particular injury. It is possible to run when you have this injury; however, it will be painful and can delay healing. Your podiatrist will be able to assess the severity of injury and approximately how long it may take to heal properly.

STRESS FRACTURE

This is by far the most serious of all running injuries as it takes bones a lot longer to repair themselves. Stress fractures occur in the heels, feet and shin as a result of incremental strain on the bone. Runners who over-do it are especially vulnerable when it comes to this type of foot injury. Studies show that women are more susceptible than men due to lower estrogen levels and calorie intake. You podiatrist will most likely advise you to take anywhere from eight to 16 weeks off depending on the severity of the fracture.

It is no surprise that approximately 15 percent of all running injuries affect the foot, considering the fact that our feet absorb the pressure of our body weight and the natural forces of gravity. Our sports podiatry specialists at Healthy Feet can help you not only manage these foot injuries, but assist in preventing them from happening in the future. We can help you reach the finish line in no time at all!