Any seasoned runner has likely experienced a slew of injuries, both big and small – blisters, plantar fasciitis, shin splints – these can all sideline a runner for a few weeks, but the one injury runners truly fear are stress fractures.
This very common running injury can take weeks to heal, and may even require a boot or crutches. Stress fractures can recur if changes are not made to the runner’s training, nutrition, lifestyle, and footwear.
Understanding the causes, symptoms, and how footwear plays a role can help runners and other athletes avoid this dreaded injury.
Plantar fasciitis is an overuse injury that affects the bottom of the foot and is one of the most common causes of heel pain. When the long band of tissue that runs along the bottom of the foot (the fascia) is overstretched, tiny tears can create inflammation, leading to a painful condition.