Pain While Running Could Be a Stress Fracture

If you have been touched by cancer in some way – yourself or a loved one, friend or co-worker, we have the perfect opportunity for you. Taking place this fall in Palm Desert, CA is the Relay for Life event. Starting on October 19th, 2013, teams spend 24 hours taking turns walking around a track to celebrate cancer survivors, honor those lost and support those facing it. Get your whole family involved and join your community in fighting back against cancer.

In an event like this where you are walking long distances, or during a simple walk or run when exercising, foot pain is a common injury that can creep in. Along with shin splints, plantar fasciitis and tendonitis, stress fractures are usually the result of overuse for runners and walkers. The impact on your feet, especially during a run, is an extreme amount of force. A runner strikes the ground around 15,000 times during a 10-mile run and each strike is equal to three or four times the runner’s body weight. Bones in the feet can break down over time from this stress and result in a stress fracture.

Women involved in athletics are particularly prone to stress fractures and nutritional deficits play a role as well. If while training for a race, or simply during daily exercise, you have had persistent foot pain, it is never a good idea to push through it and hope it gets better eventually. If it is indeed a fracture, there is an actual break in the bone that needs appropriate treatment to avoid further injury or possible chronic foot pain.

Harvey R. Danciger, DPM is a foot specialist in Palm Desert, CA who can diagnose the true cause for your foot pain. It may be from training on uneven surfaces, poor footwear or an abnormal foot structure. Whatever the reason, we can provide the treatment you need to get back on the road without pain. Call our office for an appointment today at (760) 568-0108.

Dr. Harvey Danciger
Dr. Harvey Danciger is a podiatrist and foot surgeon in Palm Desert, CA specializing in the foot and ankle
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