Runners feel pain in their backs and feet usually because of weak muscles, structural issues, running techniques, or biomechanical issues. The pain is usually reversible. If you have been running with back pain or foot problems for more than 2 – 3 weeks, it is probably time to see your doctor. Call us at one of our Texas offices, or set an appointment up online! Running with back or foot pain for an extended period of time causes a lot of stress on the spine, which can be very serious. It can also put excessive stress on muscles, ligaments, tendons and bones.
Here are some of the most common reasons why runners experience pain:
- Overpronation – This occurs when the foot consistently rolls inward beyond the normal range while running. If you notice that you have excessive wear on the inner side of the sole of your shoe, you probably suffer from overpronation. This can also occur if you have flat feet.
- Weak muscles – You could have weak abdominal muscles, back muscles, or an overall weak core. Simple stretches and exercises such as sit-ups or squats can help you to strengthen these areas and develop a strong core.
- Poor running form or foot imbalances – Your doctor may have you run or jog on a machine that can analyze your running style and look for imbalances in your foot. If you are striking the ground with uneven pressure across your foot, this could be the source of your pain.
- One leg is longer than the other- Some people are born with structural imbalances. This includes your spine, feet, ankles etc. Surgery will most likely be the preferred treatment in this situation.