Most runners have a love-hate relationship with their feet. On one hand, their feet carry them along and lead them to victory in sport. On the other hand, these same feet can be a source of extreme pain.
This is mostly because runners’ feet endure the brunt of the repetitive pounding of the ground that characterizes their sport. Black toenails and blisters are often the results of long races. Such ailments usually happen when you push yourself way too hard on the track.
Sometimes runners push themselves very hard to see how far they can go or to beat their previous records. While this provides much satisfaction, it also wears the body down and consequently contributes to soreness in the feet. The way one’s body moves also plays a role.
Plantar fasciitis is a sharp, stabbing pain at the bottom of the foot mainly caused by a biochemical issue. The plantar fascia is a thick band of tissue that stretches from the toes to the heels. Plantar fasciitis usually occurs in the area where the fascia attaches to the heel and is due to poor blood supply.
It can be a very slow healing condition that consequently interferes with a runner’s daily routine since the patient has to stay in bed. After all, the body is an interconnected machine and any injury to one part incapacitates the whole.