Runners’ First Step is Taking Proper Care of Those Feet

Runners’ First Step is Taking Proper Care of Those Feet


Mile after mile they stand — or move — between us and the pavement, absorbing tremendous force and impact. Yet often it’s not until runners suffer from blisters, pain, swelling or, worse yet, stress fractures that we start paying attention to our Herculean workhorses: our feet.

To keep our feet healthy, foot and ankle specialists say, we need to give them a little attention before they become a problem.

“Foot and ankle injuries are often a result of training errors: too much, too soon,” says Stephen Palmer, a podiatrist with Foot and Ankle Specialists of the Mid-Atlantic.

Too much, too soon can lead to conditions such as stress fractures, which can sideline you for up to two months; plantar fasciitis, the pain and inflammation of soft tissue that runs across the bottom of the foot; metatarsalgia, an inflammation in the ball of the foot; and Achilles’ tendinitis, an overuse injury of the Achilles’ tendon” Learn More