Is running with plantar fasciitis safe?
A lot of people have been asking the question: “Can you run with plantar fasciitis?” Of course, the final answer to this question should always be determined by your doctor or podiatrist, but for most people the answer is a resounding: “No”.
Plantar fasciitis is an extremely painful injury that occurs in the plantar fascia muscle of your feet. The plantar fascia is a strong membrane that keeps the arches of your foot from fully collapsing while walking or running. Overuse or improper use of the plantar fascia can cause inflammation or small tears in the muscle which results in extreme discomfort and pain.
Running with plantar fasciitis is not only risky, it can be downright painful. The only way for your plantar fascia muscle to properly heal is to keep unneeded stress and pressure off of your feet. This healing process can take weeks and sometimes even months. Running with plantar fasciitis in most cases will only make the issue worse. Running or jogging should be avoided at all costs until the healing process is complete. However, as I stated earlier, the final call should be made by your doctor. Your doctor may decide that your particular case of plantar fasciitis is not severe enough to warrant ceasing in physical activity and that running will not cause further issues.
Can running cause plantar fasciitis?
Yes! In fact running or walking in poorly constructed footwear is one of the leading causes of plantar fasciitis. Shoes with little to no arch support and running are a recipe for disaster. As you run your plantar fascia muscle is working in overdrive. Each time your foot hits the ground your plantar muscle stretches out. If there are no supportive arches under it as it does, it can put a huge amount of strain on the muscle and cause inflammation or tears. This is why running with plantar fasciitis is such a bad idea.
How can I prevent plantar fasciitis while running?
Here are a few tips to alleviate the strain on your feet while running:
- Get a good pair of running shoes! A well-made pair of running shoes is the key to keeping your feet happy and healthy and avoiding plantar fasciitis.
- Get a pair of insoles. An insole is a cushy pad that you place in the bottom of your shoes. Insoles help soften the shock of impact on your feet and boost your arch support. Check out our list of the 7 best insoles for plantar fasciitis for more information.
- Stretch your feet before running. Simply pulling your toes back towards the top of your legs in ten-second intervals can save your feet from serious injury. It’s always a good idea to prepare your feet before a strenuous run or even just a simple light jog.
Wrapping things up
In conclusion, we hope this article helped to answer the question: “Can you run with plantar fasciitis?” In short, we don’t think it’s a good idea to be running with plantar fasciitis at all, but if you really feel the need, please protect your feet as best you can with stretching, proper running shoes, and maybe even a pair of insoles. As always, if you have any further questions or comments please contact us using the comment box below.