Troubleshooting Your Exercise Plan

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Are you finding that foot pain and discomfort are preventing you from keeping your New Year’s resolution to get in shape this year? If so, we at Gentle Professional Foot Care want to help. Below are some common complaints we hear from patients that are fitness related:

Problem: Heel Pain

Questions to ask: Are you wearing the right shoes for the sport or activity you are doing? Do your shoes fit properly? Do you have any chronic foot disorders such as flat feet? Do you experience any pain or burning in the long band of tissue that stretches across the bottom of your foot?

Possible Reasons: Repetitive pounding on the heel without sufficient rest between workouts, plantar fasciitis, heel spurs, heel fracture, Sever’s disease (if you are a patient between the ages of 8-14).

Problem: Pain in the Forefoot

Questions to ask: Is the pain on the top of the foot or in the ball of the foot? Do you notice the pain more when you flex your toes? Do you feel any numbness or burning in the foot? Do the shoes you are wearing to exercise have good arch support?

Possible Reasons: Toe joint inflammation, sesamoiditis, Neuroma, metatarsalgia, stress fracture or a biomechanical dysfunction.

Problem: Calf Pain

Questions to ask: Is the pain severe and did it come on suddenly or is it aching and has it developed over the course of a few days? Do you notice any swelling in the calf? Is the pain making it difficult to walk? Did you start an intense workout routine after being inactive for a period of time? Did you suddenly increase the intensity or duration of your workout? Does your fitness program include a significant amount of stair climbing or running hills? Do you stretch and warm up your lower leg muscles before working out?

Possible Reasons: Injury to the Achilles tendon. Aching pain can be a sign of inflammation of the tendon known as Achilles tendonitis. More severe, sudden onset pain could signal a rupture of the tendon.

If you are experiencing any of the above symptoms the best course of action is to make an appointment at our Venice office and let our podiatrist, Dr. Charles A. Suleskey, examine your feet. The foot doctor will be able to determine if there is a previously undiagnosed foot problem that needs to be treated. Modifications to your footwear or fitness program may also be necessary. Contact us today by calling: 941-493-7999 so you can get back on the path to reaching your fitness goals.