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I get foot pain while running. Should I raise or lower myheel?
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Dr. Frank Pettrone
Sports Medicine
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Usually no
Raise the heel if there is pain under the heel or at the heel attachment of the plantar fascia.
If it;s tender there and painful on stretching the foot upwards use a heel lift in the shoe. Ice bath at night is also helpful , forefoot and arch pain perhaps could use an orthotic otc cushion. Make sure there's np more than 250-300 miles on your shoe.

In brief: Usually no
Raise the heel if there is pain under the heel or at the heel attachment of the plantar fascia.
If it;s tender there and painful on stretching the foot upwards use a heel lift in the shoe. Ice bath at night is also helpful , forefoot and arch pain perhaps could use an orthotic otc cushion. Make sure there's np more than 250-300 miles on your shoe.
Dr. Frank Pettrone
Dr. Frank Pettrone
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Dr. Nolan Segal
Orthopedic Surgery
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Depends
It depends on the location of the pain.
It also depends on the alignment of your foot and running style. Running shoes wear out and need to be changed regularly to prevent pain and injury.

In brief: Depends
It depends on the location of the pain.
It also depends on the alignment of your foot and running style. Running shoes wear out and need to be changed regularly to prevent pain and injury.
Dr. Nolan Segal
Dr. Nolan Segal
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Dr. Steven Sheskier
Orthopedic Surgery - Foot & Ankle
In brief: Explanation
Raising the heel in a running shoe can decrease the strain on the achilles tendon as well as the tenons on either side of the ankle (noteable the posterior tibial and peroneal tendons) it can help with anterior ankle impingement.
Lowering the heel takes some stress off of the front of the foot if that is where th e pain is.

In brief: Explanation
Raising the heel in a running shoe can decrease the strain on the achilles tendon as well as the tenons on either side of the ankle (noteable the posterior tibial and peroneal tendons) it can help with anterior ankle impingement.
Lowering the heel takes some stress off of the front of the foot if that is where th e pain is.
Dr. Steven Sheskier
Dr. Steven Sheskier
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Dr. Payam Rafat
Good answer!
Dr. Payam Rafat
Podiatry
In brief: It depends
Heel lift will decrease achilles tension and place increased pressure to the forefoot.

In brief: It depends
Heel lift will decrease achilles tension and place increased pressure to the forefoot.
Dr. Payam Rafat
Dr. Payam Rafat
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