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How a Podiatrist Can Help Runners

Runners can prevent being sidelined by foot injuries by seeing a podiatrist regularly. A podiatrist can help prevent and treat running injuries. They are well equipped with answers and are eager to pass that knowledge to runners to keep their feet healthy and supported.

Make sure your body is in tip-top shape, including your feet, before heading off on your next run.


Foot pain can be caused by something as simple as wearing the wrong shoe. A podiatrist can help runners by suggesting shoes that are individually fitted to the runner’s needs. It is essential to wear a podiatrist recommended running shoe to prevent injury.

The impact from running can damage the arch or any of the 112 ligaments, 33 joints and 26 bones that make up the foot. A running shoe is different from other types of exercise shoes by providing cushioning that protects the arch and stabilizes the foot.

A podiatrist can examine your foot and suggest the best shoe to wear.

Orthotic inserts can also be placed in the shoe to prevent shin splints.

A podiatrist can provide you with information when it comes to caring for your feet. The right equipment, proper training and diet can keep your feet strong. Also, acknowledging a problem before it develops into something more severe is the best way to avoid injury.


Of course, even with the proper footwear, injuries can be common for runners. When an injury does occur, make an appointment with your podiatrist to address it quickly.


Stress fractures are the most common foot injury for new runners. The foot is not accustomed to the new workout and is pushed too far before it has time to adjust. A podiatrist may suggest something as simple as staying off the foot for a few days to wearing a cast. It all depends on the severity, location and time frame of how long the pain has been present.


Achilles tendonitis happens from poor training, overuse and the wrong footwear. Small tears in the muscles and tendons of the foot and ankle cause swelling and pain. Depending on the severity, a podiatrist will often prescribe rest, ice, stretching, orthotics and physical therapy. The sooner the injury is evaluated, the better.


Plantar fasciitis is a common cause of heel pain for runners. You should always stretch before and after a run to prevent this type of pain. Icing the heel after a workout is also recommended. Your podiatrist can provide special splints and shoe inserts to relieve the pain and further support the foot and ankle.


Chronic foot pain from running requires an appointment with a podiatrist. Untreated foot injuries can lead to much more severe problems that will keep you off the trail or pavement.

Call our office if you notice any new pain when running. We can help your overcome this hurdle and get back on your feet.

Request an appointment here: or call Leonard Greenwald, D.P.M. at (408) 827-9483 for an appointment in our San Jose office.

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