Exercise-related Injuries

What causes the pain in my heel when I run?

You could be suffering from Achilles tendinitis. This is an inflammation of the tissue surrounding the Achilles tendon. Running on hills or wearing shoes with rigid soles may cause the stress that leads to Achilles tendinitis.

Why does the top of my foot hurt?

A hairline crack in the bone can result from repeated pounding. You may not even realize it’s happening. In fact, you may need an x-ray or bone scan to diagnose a stress fracture. Unfortunately, stress fractures can be slow to heal and can worsen if not treated promptly.

What should I do if I injure my foot?

If you sustain a foot or ankle injury, you should seek immediate treatment. However, you can take several steps to treat the injury until you can receive medical attention.

  • Gently place a plastic bag of ice on the injured area for 20 minutes each hour.
  • Lightly wrap an elastic bandage around the area, taking care not to pull it too tight.
  • Elevate your foot so that it is higher then your waist.
  • For bleeding cuts, cleanse well, apply pressure with gauze or a towel and cover with a clean dressing.
  • Put on a soft shoe or slipper that can accommodate a bulky dressing.

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