Austin, Texas is full of runners. It is therefore also full of people with running injuries. That may sound like a joke, but it is an unfortunate truth. And foot pain is one of the most common areas of pain and injury for many runners. It takes the biggest impact of any body part for most runners (depending on your running form), so it’s no wonder that foot pain is so common among runners.

If you’re already experiencing foot pain, click here to request a free consultation where you’ll learn about a complete solution to your running injury. **And if your foot pain is specifically at the heel or arch, I highly suggest you also see our comprehensive guide to the causes and solutions of heel pain and plantar fasciitis.

Foot pain self-treatment

Though self-treatment has it’s limitations and isn’t likely to fully resolve a stubborn case of runner’s foot pain, one of our talented therapists recorded the video below to demonstrate some self-massage and mobilization techniques to help keep foot pain at bay as you ramp up your mileage.

I have been doing really well since I last went to Carter Physiotherapy. I have a 200 mile relay next weekend (Hood to Coast) and so far, so good with the training. I can feel my Achilles get tight after some of my longer runs, but I spend a good bit of time stretching it out like they showed me and haven’t had any problems after that. I think they also caught my IT band issue by pinpointing how I was rolling my foot outward.

Basically,  the therapists at Carter Physiotherapy are miracle workers… THANK YOU! I kept thinking I would have to come see you guys as I ramped up my training for the race next weekend, but I haven’t had any trouble yet. Of course, typical runner, I’m signed up for a 25k trail run in Nov and the 3M in January, so I still have you on speed dial #2 behind my mom. :)

 
MARY S, AUSTIN TX

If you are dealing with any foot pain/injury and would like to know how we can help, call or text us at (512) 693-8849.

If it’s after hours and you’d like to schedule a call with one of our expert physical therapists in Austin, click here to request a free phone consultation, or you can also click here to send us an email via our contact page.

Video Transcription

[Please excuse grammatical errors due to the conversational nature of the video]:

Hey guys! Ben from Carter PT here again.

Running season started, and many runners are experiencing discomfort when they run. One of the areas that I get a lot of tightness around is my feet. The feet take such a pounding. So it’s important to keep them mobile, loose, and fresh. What I’ll give you guys are some self treatment techniques for your own feet as those miles starts to climb.

Here are my feet. Look at that beautiful white pale foot. I like to work on some self treatment here. I’ll demonstrate what I like to do with my own feet. I self massage it like that, and I like to come across here and work that tissue. You could really dig into that foot right there. You can see some callouses from previous runs. I’ve really been working along the arch, which gets really tight and into the heel right there.

Might even get some pops or clicks sometimes. I like to pop my toes, loosen them up, and tug on them a bit. This is a really helpful self-treatment that I like to do for myself and I wiggle my toes as I do it.

So if you’re a runner and you’re struggling with some tightness in your feet, it’s a great self treatment technique to loosen them up. If you have any questions go to www.CarterPT.com. Thanks and take care.

 

A few more resources for runners in Austin:

Enjoy Trail Running? Click here to learn about our favorite 5 trail runs in Austin (includes descriptions of the runs, difficulty levels, and map locations).

Click here to learn some really important exercises for runners and how to prevent one of the most common causes of running injury.

If you know you want to learn some of the most important running-injury prevention exercises, click here to check them out.

If you’re already dealing with a running injury in Austin, click here or the orange buttons above to request a completely free consultation with a running-expert physical therapist. We can quickly figure out what’s causing your pain and limiting your mileage without it costing you a dime.

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