If you are an avid runner, walker, or someone who engages in any type of activity wherein you are constantly on your feet, this article may boast some information for your tired, achy feet.
My husband and I run every morning. I have been running since I was 12 years of age, so I have a good 33 years of running under my belt….literally under my belt….the endless pounding on my feet is beginning to show itself now. My husband began running when we got married 16 years ago. Whereas he used to chase me before we got married, he now runs to keep up with me!
Lately, both of us have noticed that when we first awaken in the morning and put our feet on the floor, the first few steps are a bit awkward, if not a bit painful. This just started for both of us within the past few months, leading me to ponder the possible causes for this problem.
Initially, I thought it might be my running shoes. I log about 50 miles per week, and I am not the best about getting new ones when I should. At some point, I am wondering if I should run barefoot as opposed to putting on my running shoes, as they do get that bad. My husband is equally negligent about replacing his running gear.
I also wondered if my running stride was a bit off due to knee surgery I had a couple of years ago. My knee does not bother me now, but I may have changed my stance and my stride after the surgery to compensate for the post-operative pain.
Here in Kansas City, we have some great podiatrists, and chief among them is Dr. Michael Nachlas of The Podiatry Associates in Shawnee Mission, Kansas. I began visiting his office a few years ago when bunions and hammer toes became a problem. I decided to pursue him a bit for his medical opinions on my aching dogs.
I advised Dr. Nachlas about my early-morning foot drag. He indicated that as long as the pain dissipates after a few steps, this is truly considered normal. He did note that perhaps engaging in a runner’s stretch prior to going to bed at night might alleviate the morning problem. (I was kind of hoping he would also note that if my husband gave me generous foot rubs each night, that would be the most effective modality!)