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I am training for my first half marathon and am experiencing some pain in my knee, calf and heel. How do I know when to seek medical attention?

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Dr. John Thaler
Dentistry - Prosthodontics

In brief: Judgement

If this is the first time for this to occur, i would see either the podiatrist or the orthopaedic surgeon or both.
Or, if available, a sports medicine md. This may be simple overuse - often when doing speedwork too much / too soon - but there are other causes. Check the wear on your shoes -- outside of heels. If heavily worn, could throw off your alignment. Good luck.

In brief: Judgement

If this is the first time for this to occur, i would see either the podiatrist or the orthopaedic surgeon or both.
Or, if available, a sports medicine md. This may be simple overuse - often when doing speedwork too much / too soon - but there are other causes. Check the wear on your shoes -- outside of heels. If heavily worn, could throw off your alignment. Good luck.
Dr. John Thaler
Dr. John Thaler
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Dr. Robert Leland
Orthopedic Surgery - Foot & Ankle

In brief: Severity of pain

Pain with increased activity can be multifactorial based on your general health, mechanics, shoe wear and training regimen.
If your pain is more of an "ache" associating with increased mileage, altering your training regimen/shoe change, etc. May be satisfactory. More significant pain could signal a greater problem (stress fracture, etc.) and would best be evaluated by an orthopaedic surgeon.

In brief: Severity of pain

Pain with increased activity can be multifactorial based on your general health, mechanics, shoe wear and training regimen.
If your pain is more of an "ache" associating with increased mileage, altering your training regimen/shoe change, etc. May be satisfactory. More significant pain could signal a greater problem (stress fracture, etc.) and would best be evaluated by an orthopaedic surgeon.
Dr. Robert Leland
Dr. Robert Leland
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Dr. Oliver Wang
Podiatry

In brief: Can't run

Pain in these areas may mean your shoes are not supporting you.
If it hurts or prevents you from running. It can be serious. You may see your foot specialist for orthotics or bio mechanical evaluation.

In brief: Can't run

Pain in these areas may mean your shoes are not supporting you.
If it hurts or prevents you from running. It can be serious. You may see your foot specialist for orthotics or bio mechanical evaluation.
Dr. Oliver Wang
Dr. Oliver Wang
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