We have heard many of our patients tell us that they have shelved their running shoes because of foot pain. There are times, of course, when rest is necessary if you have an injury that needs time off from running to heal. Pain in the top of the foot is a common complaint with runners, and it is often due to a condition called extensor tendonitis. With this condition, the tendons that run along the top of the foot become overused and inflamed.
If you have pain on the top of your foot, are you wondering if you should still be running? Anytime the foot responds in pain, it is a clue to take stock of what is going on. We would suggest taking a break from running until you get a clear picture of what is truly causing your pain. If it is extensor tendonitis, the first course of treatment is typically rest. Icing, anti-inflammatory medicines, shoe modification, orthotics, and exercises are other treatment options we may implement as well.
It is not always easy to slow down, especially if you are in the middle of training for a race, but it is better to be safe than sorry. Your foot health needs to take top priority, and with our help you will be back in your running shoes in no time. Contact Dr. Sanjay Patel at Family Foot Care & Surgery for more information or treatment. Call us in Milford, CT at 203-876-7736 or in Hamden, CT at 203-288-4055.