Our friends at RunOn!-Richardson can attest to the fact that running with a group can be quite beneficial, especially for novice runners. It can help provide motivation, support, and even lifelong friendships. Plus, it is always safer to run in a group than hitting the roads or trails solo. One thing you don’t want to take with you when you go running is a painful heel spur. Let’s take a look at this condition and find out what kind of treatment and prevention methods can help you.
Let’s say that you made the smart call in realizing your heel was hurting, so you came in for a diagnosis. While in our office, we found out that a heel spur was behind the pain. Now you are wondering if running is an activity you should pursue.
In all likelihood, our treatment plan for you will start with taking it easy and resting for a while. You could choose not to rest and get right back out to the trails or streets, but we certainly advise against doing so. You might find that this is the perfect time to take up an exercise that puts less stress on your heel, like swimming or bicycling.
During your downtime, you will want to start a stretching regime, particularly for your calf muscles. This will be helpful in providing the proper limberness for your soft tissues so you do not encounter heel pain when you resume running.
In addition to rest and stretching, take the opportunity to evaluate your footwear and the possible need for orthotics. We can provide you with a set of custom devices that are specifically tailored to your unique feet. Speaking of evaluating, look at your training log—if you keep one—and see if you’ve been pushing your body too hard. Remember, you don’t want to increase activity levels or duration by more than 10% per week.
Running after being diagnosed with a heel spur is not the move to make if you want the condition to improve. Instead, follow our recommendations and instructions and give yourself time to heal completely. If you experience issues during your recovery from this injury, give our Richardson, TX office a call at (972) 690-5374 or use our online form and schedule an appointment today. Remember, at Richardson Podiatry Associates our primary concern is the health of your feet, so let us help you!