Foot pain in runners can be caused by a few different injuries, but plantar fasciitis, stress fractures and blisters are the most common problems. Such injuries are often due, at least in part, to inappropriate, unsupportive or ill-fitting footwear so this is the first area to check when one of these injuries occurs.
Running in barefoot or minimalist footwear can also cause foot problems such as stress fractures if the transition is too rapid. It takes time for the bones to develop the strength required for such a high impact activity with little cushioning for the foot!
A few other problems which may cause foot pain in runners are listed on other pages as their main symptoms are in the lower leg. Try the lower leg pain in runners page for conditions such as Peroneal tendinopathy and Tibialis posterior tendinopathy.
Conditions Causing Foot Pain in Runners
Plantar fasciitis is a common foot problem which occurs in runners and non-runners. It is a degenerative condition of the fascia under the sole of the foot, especially at the attachment point under the heel. Symptoms include pain in the first few steps of the day and after rest periods….more
Stress fractures can occur in runners and those who walk long distances, especially in heavy and rigid footwear. Stress fractures may occur in the metatarsals or calcaneus (heel) bones. They are also common in runners who wear minimalist footwear….more
Blisters on feet
Blisters may seem like a trivial problem, but for some people they can be so severe that they stop them running. Whilst there isn’t much you can do for a blister once it’s formed other than protect it and allow it to heal, there are ways you can prevent them….more