Plantar fasciitis is one of the most annoying injuries you can suffer as a runner. If you are suffering with plantar fasciitis you’re likely wondering if you can continue to run. The answer isn’t simple - every case of plantar fasciitis is different so it will depend on your condition.
Some runners can continue running with a mild case of plantar fasciitis without treating the underlying cause of the problem. On the other hand, for some runners continuing to run can cause additional damage to the plantar fascia ligaments and worsen the condition, which can lead to debilitating pain that makes walking difficult, and running pretty much impossible. The best thing to do if you’re suffering from symptoms of plantar fasciitis is to see a physical therapist to evaluate your condition and determine the appropriate course of treatment.
The plantar fascia is a thick band of fibers that runs along the bottom of the foot from the heel to the metatarsal heads. The classic sign of plantar fasciitis is first step pain, which is a sharp pain at the base of the heel immediately when getting out of bed in the morning. Other symptoms of plantar fasciitis include:
If you’re an experienced runner and suffer a bout of plantar fasciitis, it’s best to take a few days off to allow your foot to heal. During your time off focus on stretching both of your feet several times a day and use a foam roller for your legs and calves. Make sure to take a look at your running shoes and consider replacing them if they appear to be worn out. Once your symptoms begin to improve, slowly return to your running routine at a reduced level and slowly build up to your regular routine.
If you’ve just started running and suffer a mild or moderate bout of plantar fasciitis, you can continue to incorporate running into your fitness routine. However, start slowly by walking followed by intervals of jogging and walking. Make sure to rest for a few days in between each run to allow your feet time to recover and slowly increase the duration and intensity of your walking and jogging intervals up until the point where you are jogging more than walking. If your plantar fasciitis worsens at any point, you should refrain from running until symptoms resolve.
If you’re a runner, you can help to protect your feet while you’re suffering a bout of plantar fasciitis. These tips should also be followed once your plantar fasciitis clears up because they can help to prevent future episodes of plantar fasciitis.
If you’re suffering with foot pain, you may be suffering from plantar fasciitis. Running should make you feel healthier, not lead to debilitating pain. Consulting one of the physical therapists at Blue Hills Spine & Sport Rehabilitation can help you get an accurate diagnosis and appropriate treatment, which will help you resume your regular running routine without pain.