Running leads to foot problems

Running leads to foot problems

I rest my feet by weight lifting, swimming, kayaking and riding my bike

When I first got married, bought a house and had kids, time and money were in short supply. I had to give up my gym membership and figure out an alternative for keeping fit. The easy option was to run. All I needed was a pair of sneakers and I could accomplish a productive workout. I quickly became totally committed to running. I steadily increased my pace and distance until I was running upwards of ten miles every day. I loved how strong and fit I felt. I lost weight, toned my muscles and improved stamina. I then developed plantar fasciitis in both feet. I was running in a pair of ten dollar sneakers with no support. They weren’t designed to absorb the impact of running on the road, and the shoes were worn out. The pain in my feet became so severe that I had trouble simply walking. The tearing sensation from heel to the ball of the foot would sometimes wake me up in the middle of the night. I worried that I’d never run again. It took a long time to get my feet healed. I needed to avoid any hard impact, ice them, stretch them and take lots of Ibuprofen. I also saved up the money to buy a decent pair of running shoes. I no longer run 7 days a week. I restrict myself to running no more than 3 days per week and I replace my sneakers every year. I rest my feet by weight lifting, swimming, kayaking and riding my bike. I also need to wear specialized inserts in my shoes to provide added support for my arches.

 

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