Tips For Runners Who Have Foot Pain

6 February 2015
 Categories: Health & Medical , Blog

Running is a thrill, but it also can be a source of pain. Running can be hard on the feet and other joints in the body. However, many runners live with foot pain unnecessarily. These tips will tell you what actions you can take to fix the problem. 

Find the Right Fit

One of the most important things you can do for your feet is to find the right fit shoe fit. Shoes that fit properly won't exacerbate existing conditions or create more foot problems.

Some running shoe companies make specialty shoes that have width sizes as well as length sizes. When shopping for the right running shoe, seek the most specialized shoe possible, especially if your feet are unusual in some way (extra wide, extra narrow, high arches, and so on). Some shoe stores have specialists who are trained in the art of finding the exact right fit of shoe for each person's feet. They may have you walk or run on a treadmill to understand your gait. 

Replace Your Shoes Frequently

Shoes that have become worn out no longer provide the necessary padding and protection that new shoes have to offer. Your running shoes should be replaced every 300 to 500 miles. This is a wide range, so if you don't keep consistent track of your mileage, go by feel. If your legs feel weak and your feet hurt after your regular runs, it's time to replace your shoes. 

Build Up to Longer Runs

Going for longer runs when your body isn't used to it can cause all manner of aches and pains, especially in your feet. To prevent this from occurring, make sure that you build up to the longer runs so that your body is used to the sensation. You can do this by adding a mile or half mile every time you run, until you've built up to the run length that you're hoping to achieve. 

See a Foot Doctor

While there are many superficial reasons for foot pain (such as blisters, calluses and damaged toenails), there are also a variety of actual medical conditions that can cause foot pain. These conditions, like tendonitis, plantar fasciitis and stress fractures, are painful but treatable.

Many runners go for years before seeing a doctor, assuming that their pain is an inevitable part of being a runner. If you suspect that your foot pain is more than just a superficial injury, check out and make sure you see a foot doctor for treatment.