Keep On Running! Living with Plantar Fasciitis and Finding the Right Footwear to Keep You on Your Feet

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Plantar Fasciitis is very common in the running community. But what is Plantar Fasciitis exactly, and just how does it affect your ability to hit the pavements and get training? In simple terms, Plantar Fasciitis refers to a condition that affects the sole of the foot, around the area of the Plantar tendon. This tendon, which runs from your heel and along the sole of your foot, is vital to your ability to run, as it allows your foot to bear your weight properly. When inflammation occurs in this area, that is what we call Plantar Fasciitis.


What Does Plantar Fasciitis Feel Like?


This condition can be exceptionally painful, especially for runners. The action of repeatedly stretching the foot whilst running can really exacerbate the inflammation and cause severe discomfort. The early stages of Plantar Fasciitis are often described as almost feeling like a ‘thickening’ of the foot. It may also start to feel tender, especially when getting out of bed in the morning. In the latter stages, the tenderness can progress into sharp, stabbing pain, which runners sometimes describe as being like needles jabbing into the soles of their feet. Ouch!



Time to Give Up Running?


Though it may be a sensible idea to relax your foot for a while if your symptoms become severe, you’ll be relieved to know that with the right treatment and footwear, and with some slight changes in your running style, you should be able to treat this debilitating condition yourself, without visiting the doctor. And in time, you should be back to running with no lasting problems.


Running Tips to Help Ease the Pain of Plantar Fasciitis


  • Take the time to stretch. Running without properly stretching beforehand is a recipe for disaster, and often one of the most significant contributing factors to Plantar Fasciitis. In particular, focus on stretching calves, the Achilles tendon and the underside of your foot.
  • Avoid over-striding. Over-striding, or reaching forward with your feet as you run, is a common mistake in running technique. This can really increase impact on your foot, which in turn, can adversely affect the Plantar Tendon.
  • Don’t run on your toes! It might sound like a strange suggestion, but quite often, people will place a considerable amount of weight on their toes, rather than distributing their weight evenly throughout their foot. This causes the tendon to stretch far more than usual, which can result in inflammation.


Getting the Right Running Shoes to Avoid Plantar Fasciitis


We’re sure that you’re already familiar with the importance of investing in good running shoes. However, sometimes this isn’t enough, and you may find yourself requiring a more technical style of footwear that addresses the issue of Plantar Fasciitis more comprehensively. It’s a great idea, before you embark upon a running training program, to visit one of our stores. Our team of expert consultants can provide a detailed analysis of your foot and offer a range of footwear and arch supports that are specifically tailored to look after your feet when they are put through their running paces!