Sports Podiatrist Peregian Springs Doonan
Walking, jogging, and running are popular ways to get in shape. For residents of Peregian Springs, Doonan, and the surrounding communities who enjoy running, foot pain is a common ailment. From small issues such as pain and injury in leg, knee and feet, shin splints and blisters to larger concerns such as bunions, Achilles issues, and stress fractions, these are the common ailments that a sports podiatrist will see.
However, one concern that has been growing in recent years is pain in the arch and heels. If you suffer from such pain, seeing your sports podiatrist can help identify the cause. However, there may be things you can do to lessen or even prevent such pain from occurring.
There are different reasons why pain develops in the arch and heel areas. One of the most common is plantar fasciitis. This painful condition centers on the heel area with the thick band of tissue known as the plantar fascia. When the muscles underneath the tissue become weaker, the tissue becomes more stressed which causes the pain. The pain may be located in the heel or near the arch area depending on where the muscles are weaker.
There are two basic causes for plantar fasciitis, either the way your foot is built or the type of shoes or terrain you walk over.
Feet: If you have high arches or flat feet, then you will need more support for the plantar fascia. This means getting the right type of shoe or footwear that provides the proper support. Otherwise, the muscles that support the plantar fascia start to weaken and the pain begins.
Environment: In other words, you cover terrain that is rough on your feet. Or perhaps you have extended your jogging or running beyond the capabilities of your muscles. All that pounding on hard cement or asphalt can quickly start the pain in the heel area.
Getting the right type of shoe is important, but you can help solve this issue by mixing up the terrain you cover. Try running on grass for a while, then hard surfaces. Take different routes for your jogging will help as well.
Keep in mind that resting is fine for short periods, but the pain will not go away on its own until the muscles are strengthened, or the shoes have been changed. We offer footwear device modifications. You may want to run less frequently for a while but stopping will not solve the problem. We offer a full Biomechanical Assessment.
When to See a Sports Podiatrist?
In most cases, you can solve the issue on your own if you know what to do. Here are a couple of tips.
Stretch: Hold your big toe and pull back as far as it is comfortable. Hold for ten seconds and release. Do this several times a day.
Break It Up: Find the spot that is sensitive and massage it with frozen water bottle. The cold will help reduce the swelling. Just do not sit your foot on the bottle or you might get frostbite.
If the pain does not stop, then it is time to see your sports podiatrist in the Peregian Srpings or Doonan area. Your podiatrist will identify the cause and provide the proper treatment.
Contact Coolum Podiatry for expert advice on all sports injuries.