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Running on city trailsIf you’re feeling hesitant to run after experiencing a heel spur, your concern is understandable. The painful development of calcium deposits related to plantar fasciitis will slow down even the most seasoned runners.

So, before you lace up your sneakers and head out to your favorite section of Collingwood, Ontario’s 60-kilometer trail system, take these steps. First, make sure that you have followed your treatment plan and adequately rested the affected foot. Most heel spurs will require weeks, not days, of time off from your normal workout. This doesn’t mean that you have to completely stall your exercise regimen—swimming is a great alternative during this time.  

Next, check your shoes for fit, comfort, and support. Bring your shoes into the office and we can help you understand the fit that will work best for your feet. Custom orthotics may be extremely helpful in making your running gear function well. If you haven’t had your feet measured in a while, this is the time to make sure that you are wearing the right size.  

Finally, ease back into your running schedule. Consider frequency, distance, and intensity—plan to run every other day for a time and stop if you begin to experience pain. This is a warning sign that your feet aren’t ready to handle the pressure that you’re applying—three to four times your body’s weight. Don’t forget to stretch before and after you run, and give special attention to the calf muscles that impact the plantar fascia.

The pain of heel spurs may interrupt your running regimen, but they don’t have to end it. Find comfort and relief with help from Chiropodist Tony Abbott. At Abbott Foot & Ankle Clinic in Collingwood, ON, you’ll find excellent care for your feet. Call (705) 444-9929 for an appointment today, or request an appointment online.

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