Tips For Runners Seeing A Foot Specialist About Foot Pain
It is not unusual for runners to have pain in their feet, especially after periods of heavy training. Sometimes, though, this pain is more than the usual soreness and warrants a trip to the foot specialist. If you are a runner who is about to visit a foot specialist, here are some tips to follow to ensure you get the diagnosis and treatment you're seeking.
1. Look for someone who has experience working with runners.
The problems that affect runners' feet are different from those that affect the feet of less athletic people. You probably also have different goals than the average non-runner. For instance, you might want a treatment that will get you back on the track in a month, whereas the average person just wants to be able to walk comfortably. So, it is a good idea to look for a foot doctor who has experience working with runners. They'll have a better understanding of your goals and of the type of work that led to your injury.
2. Tell the doctor about your training routine.
Your injury was caused by running, but it's helpful for the doctor to know more than that. How many miles per week are you running? How many of your workouts are run at high intensity? What shoes do you wear, and do you wear the same ones on every run? The more you're able to tell your doctor about your training, the better they'll be able to pinpoint what's wrong with your foot. For instance, if you tell them you've been running 80 miles per week and it's the first time you've hit that volume, they may be prompted to look more closely for a stress fracture.
3. Be clear about your goals.
For many foot conditions, there is more than one treatment approach. For instance, if you have plantar fasciitis, the longer treatment approach may be rest, ice, and physical therapy for a few weeks. But a cortisone injection may offer faster relief. Make sure you tell the doctor what your goals are and how soon you would ideally like to be "back out there." This will help guide the treatment program they recommend. Do note, however, that it is not always possible to heal as quickly as you might like.
If you have to see a foot specialist, looking for one who routinely works with runners will make the most difference. Good luck!