Salt Lake City provides many recreational opportunities for runners to get exercise and enjoy being outdoors. Running is a great way to stay in shape, but can be hard on the feet, ankles, and knees. If you are a runner and notice you are feeling discomfort, you should talk with knowledgeable podiatrist and athlete, Elizabeth E. Auger, DPM.
Dr. Auger treats many different kinds of running injuries, and helps patients to find holistic solutions that are conservative and effective. Runners must maintain not only foot health, but whole body health, so they can keep doing the activity they love. Dr. Auger works with you to resolve problems with the feet and to reduce the chances a foot-health issue will occur. Call Dr. Auger today to get the assistance you need when coping with any running injuries.
What are Running Injuries?
Running injuries are typically caused by overuse or overexertion. When your body is subject to repetitive force from running over time, this can cause cumulative damage. Suddenly increasing intensity can also cause injury, as can an accident while running.
Although there are many different kinds of running injuries, some of the most common include:
- Plantar Fasciitis: Heel pain can happen when the plantar fascia tissue tears or becomes irritated and inflamed.
- Metatarsalgia: This condition is characterized by burning or stabbing pain beneath the toes that can occur if the metatarsals become inflamed.
- Morton’s Neuroma: This occurs when the nerve between the metatarsal bones is pinched.
- Patellar tendinitis: When overuse damages the patellar tendon connecting the shinbone and kneecap, the tendon can become damaged.
- Achilles tendonitis: This condition occurs when the Achilles tendon swells up and/or becomes inflamed.
- Stress fracture: A stress fracture is a tiny crack in the bone. Stress fractures can occur in the foot, ankle, or leg bones.
- Sprained ankle: If the ligament stretches too far, an ankle sprain can occur and leave a runner in substantial pain.
There are also many other running injuries that could be endured due to an accident or due to the repetitive stress running places on the foot.
Symptoms of Running Injuries
Because there are different kinds of running injuries, symptoms will vary. If you begin to experience pain, swelling, changes in the skin, calluses, tingling, numbness, burning, or anything out-of-the-ordinary with your feet, you should call a foot doctor so you can get a diagnosis. Finding out the cause of your foot pain and treating it promptly can help to ensure that a minor problem does not progress to a major foot health issue.
How Does Dr. Auger Treat Running Injuries?
Dr. Auger wants to help you get back on your feet again as quickly as possible, while preserving long-term health. To help you keep your feet in good shape as a runner, Dr. Auger will work with you to develop a care routine that could include proper footwear, orthotics or other devices to support the foot, and exercises to strengthen the foot.
Dr. Auger also provides personalized treatment plans for running injuries. When possible, conservative treatments such as rest, steroid injections, exercise, and pain medication are preferred. More aggressive options, including surgery, can also be provided by Dr. Auger in appropriate circumstances.
Contact Elizabeth E. Auger, DPM Today
If you are a runner in Salt Lake City, West Jordan, or Sandy, Utah, call Dr. Auger today to speak with a foot doctor who knows how to help runners stay healthy.