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  • Q&A with Australian Health Practitioners

    Why do the soles of my feet burn while I run?

    I stopped jogging about 12mths ago mainly due to the burning feeling on the soles of my feet among other reasons. I have started jogging again & am doing a 9km circuit of walking/jogging. By about half way when I push myself the burning of my feet start. I have had my shoes fitted correctly & am trying thicker socks as thinner socks didn't help. This hasn't helped. What courses burning soles & what can I do to control it. I also get it running on a treadmill at the gym but not as bad. I do prefer to run outside.
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    Dr. Aaron Albrecht works at Body Wise Chiropractic in Bibra Lake, Western Australia. The clinic is located within a gym, and Dr. Albrecht is the … View Profile


    The most common cause of this sensation is plantar fasciitis, which results from tightness through a layer of tissue in the sole of the foot, though it could be other things. In the case of plantar fasciitis, relief can be gained by regularly stretching this tissue and the calf muscles.

    Stand w your toes on a step and your heels hanging over, then lower your heels so they are below the level of your toes and hold this position for 20 seconds. Did this w your knees straight, and again w your knees bent (you may need to hold a doorframe to aid balance) as there are two layers of muscle in your calf which stretch in different manners.

    There are other conditions which cause this problem though, so it may be beneficial to see a musculoskeletal specialist such as a chiropractor, osteopath or physiotherapist.

    Hope this helps,

    -Dr. A

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    Dr Ryan Hislop


    Ryan Hislop is the Clinical Director at the Mudgee Chiropractic Health and Wellness Centre. As an experienced and evidence-based diagnostician, Ryan works largely by medical … View Profile

    In addition to Dr A's answer, it may be worth considering a neural cause of the burning. Better known as peripheral neuropathy. The burning and pain come from compression around the nerves in the feet (possibly due to swelling during running in restricted shoes?) but there are many other causes. Lack of circulation from diseases like diabetes, liver or kidney diseases, uneractive thyroid or bacterial of viral diseases or even vitamind deficiencies.

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