As runners prepare for the 2019 Bellin 10K Run , many runners may need to be aware of foot and ankle injuries that can occur.
Dr. Robert Anderson of Bellin Health Titletown Sports Medicine & Orthopedics joins us to share information on injuries. Dr. Anderson talks about some of the most common running-related injuries he sees.
- Plantar Fasciitis, aka “Runner’s Heel” – Sharp pain in the heel and arch of the foot.
- Medial Tibial Stress Syndrome, more commonly known as shin splints – pain in the lower leg, below the knee. This can occur on the outside or inside part of the leg.
- Bunions – Painful enlargement of the big toe joint.
- Metatarsalgia – Pain in the ball of the foot or under the toes.
- Compartment syndrome – Occurs when excess pressure builds up in an enclosed muscle space or “compartment” in the lower leg. This cuts off blood supply to the area and causes swelling and pain.
Dr. Anderson says one way to tell the difference between an injury and soreness is when the pain doesn't go away with a day or two of rest and icing, and when if it interferes with daily activity. That's when it's a good time to take it to a professional.
Bellin Health Titletown has a free walk-in injury clinic, open six days a week. A licensed Athletic Trainer will evaluate your injury and help determine next steps. You aren't required to be a Bellin patient to receive the free service.
The Bellin Run is set for Saturday, June 8th.