Friday, April 15, 2011

Heal your heel pain post Cooper River Bridge Run

Congratulations to all of you that participated in the 2011 Cooper River Bridge run. We sponsored 40 patients this year for the run and we hope to sponsor even more for next year. 

If you  are now experiencing any pain in your feet a few weeks after the race we would like to review some simple treatments you can do at home to hopefully alleviate your pain. We recommend that you initially ice the area of your foot that may be tender for 20 minutes a day. Stretch the achilles tendon with the runners stretch daily. You can take anti-inflammatory medication such as Ibuprofen up to 800mg three times a day with food. Low impact exercising such as biking or swimming will let the injured area of your foot rest and heal.

If not improved over a week or two it would be a good idea to come and see us at either our Mt. Pleasant or West Ashley location. We see many running injuries especially after the bridge run. The most common being plantar fasciitis (pain on the supportive ligament on the bottom of the foot), achilles tendonitis (inflammation of the tendon on the back of your heel, blisters (possibly from wearing improper socks or shoes) and stress fractures (tiny cracks in the bones of your feet with the 2nd metatarsal being the most common). We have digital x-ray in our offices, diagnostic ultrasound to look at the soft tissues in your foot, digital orthotic scanning, and follow a aggressive conservative approach to getting you back as soon as possible to the activities that you enjoy.