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Stop running to cure plantar fasciitis?

Stop running to cure plantar fasciitis?

Is it necessary to stop running to cure plantar fasciitis? 

A runner may wonder if he can continue to run with heel pain, or if he needs to cure plantar fasciitis first. In fact, it is one of the most common injuries suffered by active people. Since the heel is one of the most stressed areas for runners, it is inevitably prone to pain. Although most talalgia has a mechanical origin, it should be remembered that other causes are possible. And it's usually the impact of the stride that triggers the pain in different places and for different reasons.

To answer this question properly, we discuss the factors that come into play to gain a clearer picture.

1. Identify the cause

If you experience heel pain as a result of a stress fracture or heel bone fracture, chances are you won't want to run, as the heel bone could limit its speed, healing and potentially require surgery.

If your heel pain is caused by a rupture or partial tear of the plantar fascia, you will need to stop the run to allow time for it to heal since a complete tear could occur.

If your heel pain is due to plantar fasciitis, you will likely be able to keep running and treat it effectively with a few changes to your routine.

If you are ambiguous about the cause of your pain, defining it is your first step.

2. The way of running and the biomechanics

In the vast majority of cases, heel pain is closely related to your running biomechanics. Your biomechanics - the way your body moves - is affected by the surfaces your feet land on. So the surfaces you choose can have a big impact on the development and treatment of your heel pain.

In the case of plantar fasciitis,

  • A reduction in the amplitude of your strides is desirable
  • An increase in running pace
  • Forward center of gravity shift
  • These changes will have the effect of reducing the amount of stress, too high tension, on your heels.
  • Segment the races at the rate of 15 minutes. It is better to do 15 minutes in the morning and run again for 15 minutes in the evening, rather than 30 minutes in a single run.
  • Alternating between walking and running at a rate of 1: 1 (example: 2 minutes of running followed by 2 minutes of walking) is a great way to be active and still reduce your pain. 

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