1. Achilles Tendinitis
Achilles Tendinitis is a condition that not even Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson is immune to (True Story), which is caused by the overuse of the tissue that connects the calf muscles at the back of your lower leg to your heel bone. Repetitive or intense strain, as well as suddenly increased intensity of running programs are particular causes of Achilles Tendinitis. To top it off: worn-out shoes, having either flat or high arched feet, aging, and poor training choices only increase your chance of getting this condition.
2. Morton's Neuroma
Neuroma is a condition that involves the thickening of tissue around the nerves that affect the ball of your foot, commonly between your third and fourth toes, feeling as if you are standing on a pebble in your shoe. The pain can be described as sharp and burning in the ball of your foot with possible numbness in your toes. Risk factors include high-impact sports such as jogging, running, or sprinting that cause repetitive trauma to your feet, much like jamming your big toe on the kitchen table when trying to prepare your 6-year old a snack. Oof.
3. Stress Fractures
A stress fracture is a small crack in the bone usually caused by overuse or repetitive activity and is common in those who participate in running sports such as track, or soccer. These fractures occur most often in the second and third metatarsals in the foot as these are the areas of greatest impact when pushing off to walk or run. The most common cause of this is due to a sudden increase in physical activity, similar but not limited to Finally getting off the couch to get your college body back... Take it, easy tiger.
4. Plantar Fasciitis
This is the most common cause of pain on the bottom of your heel and foot and is usually more apparent with your first steps of the morning. Contributing risk factors can include being between the ages of 40 & 60, poor foot alignment, obesity, and especially activities that demand long periods of standing, walking, or running. This condition can be extremely annoying and debilitating like stepping on a lego in a dark room at 2 in the morning. True story.