Sunday, January 23, 2011

Heel Pain (Annual Bridge Run Injury)

Bridge Run training has begun for those runners who are looking to avoid injury by gradually increasing their mileage over the next 2 months. With the best of intentions in starting your training early it sometimes seems that the same aches and pains keep showing up on the same side of the body year after year. Heel pain, knee pain and lower back pain are the most common one-sided injuries.
A recent study in the Journal of the American Podiatric Medical Association showed a strong correlation between limb length difference and heel pain (plantar fasciitis). The longer limb receives increased loads while walking or running which can lead to overuse injuries of the plantar fascia. If one-sided foot, knee or back pain keeps returning each year while training for the Bridge Run then it may be due to limb length difference. In the next blog I will discuss the different types of limb length difference (functional vs anatomical) along with the causes and treatments. Until then good luck with your training and remember to start slow and progress gradually over the next 2 months.

Adam Brown, DPM
Carolina Foot Specialists

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