Avid runners hate anything that keeps them from getting in the way of their run. You see them out in all weather, pleasant or not, and catch them pushing through problems—even when they shouldn’t. While this refusal to stop can build great endurance and make you a better runner, it can also lead to injuries and more painful problems later. That’s why running with bursitis is not a good idea.
Bursitis is an overuse injury. You develop it when the affected bursa is frequently under more pressure and stress than it can handle. Over time, the fluid-filled sac becomes inflamed and swollen, causing you pain and making your foot feel stiff and achy. Because this is an overuse injury, it doesn’t get better on its own. If you continue running with bursitis, you will only add to the strain and irritation in your foot.
That’s why you shouldn’t run when you have any kind of bursitis in your lower limbs. You might think “pushing through the pain” is not a big deal, or that eventually the problem will just go away. Unfortunately, none of that is true. Running on your aching feet might make your condition worse—and require much more time off on the sidelines to recover.
Rather, here are the things you should do instead of running with bursitis:
Rest – Activity aggravates your inflamed bursa, while rest lets it heal. Stop all hard impact activities and limit time on your feet.
Ice – Apply ice to the painful spot to reduce swelling and irritation.
Stretch – Tightened tissues might make the problem worse. Stretch your feet and work on range-of-motion exercises to alleviate stiffness.
Try Low-Impact Activities – To stay fit, stick to activities that don’t stress your feet, like strength training or swimming.
Change Your Shoes – Make sure your running shoes aren’t worn out. Wear supportive models that help with pressure on your feet.
This can all help you soothe your inflamed bursa and heal your condition. Don’t keep running and make your foot pain worse. Let our team at Advanced Foot & Ankle Specialists of Arizona help you. Call (480) 981-1800 or fax (480) 981-0229 to reach our Gilbert office; or, call (480) 963-9000 or fax (480) 963-0375 for our Chandler location. You can also use our online forms to make an appointment.
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