With almost constant rain in Seattle, January heralds in gyms full of people trying to get in shape. Treadmills are a frequent go to machine in gyms for long time runners and those who decide to take up running to lose weight as part of their New Year's resolutions. Treadmills are great alternative to running outdoors but they do have their pitfalls.
Treadmills can dramatically increase the amount of repetitive movement (i.e. sprinting) and alter the way you run when using the incline or interval training. They can increase your risk for and worsen several common foot conditions:
If you have a particular foot type and other biomechanical issues, using a treadmill can tip the scales toward developing plantar fasciitis. The increased pounding can create small tears where your plantar fascia (connective tissue) inserts into your heel bone. The heel area is constantly trying to heal itself causing inflammation and pain. In addition, if you use the incline or do interval training it can make the problem even worse.
Morton's neuroma is another common foot condition that can flare up with use of treadmills. A neuroma is a benign growth of nerves found between the 3rd and 4th toe. It's a painful condition and can feel like a burning sensation or that you have a pebble in your shoe.
The Achilles tendon is the largest tendon in the body and it can withstand a great amount of force, however, many people suffer overuse injuries of the Achilles by running. Use of the incline on a treadmill can be a huge factor in causing Achilles tendonitis.
If you're experiencing any of the foot problems described above, lighten up on your treadmill use but also our local Seattle podiatrist, Dr. Rion Berg, would be happy to help you get out of pain, fast.
Call us today at 206-368-7000 for an appointment. Often same day for emergencies and less than 2 weeks for chronic foot pain. You can also request an appointment online.
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Seattle foot and ankle specialist, Dr. Rion Berg offers foot care for patients with bunions, heel pain, diabetes, fungal toenails, ingrown nails, and surgical solutions when needed to residents of Seattle, Bellevue, Kirkland, Shoreline, Lake Forest Park, Mountlake Terrace, Lynnwood and other surrounding suburbs.