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Does Your Feet Hurt While Running On A Treadmill? Here's Our Answer

Published by Kieran
Last Updated on November 3, 2021

Why do your feet hurt while you're running on the treadmill? There are two common causes of foot pain while running: improper footwear, and/or improper running form.

Cardio machines, including treadmills, are a great way to get your heart pumping and burn calories. But if you're running on the treadmill, you need to be wearing the right shoes , which will make a huge difference in how your feet feel.

Make sure the shoes you're wearing are designed for running, and that they're in good condition. If you're running on a treadmill regularly, you'll want to get new shoes every few months.

Running is one of the most common exercises, can provide many benefits, including weight control, better cardiovascular health, and improved mood and mental health.

However, the benefits of running may be lost on some people who experience foot pain when they run. This pain may be a result of poor footwear, which is often the case. The shoes that we wear while exercising are often different from the type of shoes we wear on a day-to-day basis.

When you run, you are typically running on hard surfaces with your full weight bearing on your feet. This can cause the muscles in your feet to work harder, which can lead to muscle soreness. 

What kind of shoes is best for treadmills?

As you run on a treadmill, the balls of your feet hit the belt first, followed by the heel. The impact between the ball and the belt is absorbed by the shock-absorbing system in your shoe.

The shock absorption is generated in your shoe by the EVA midsole. The midsole of your shoes provides approximately 65% of the shock absorption.

The shock absorption in your shoes depends on the cushioning of the midsole, the type of material and the thickness. The more shock absorption, the more comfortable and longer your shoes will last.

  The cushioning of the midsole is provided by the use of EVA, polyurethane or a combination of both. Shoes used in running depend on the surface you are running on and the distance you intend to cover.

You can choose from a variety of shoes and the most appropriate one will be determined by your running surface.

However, because a treadmill is a completely flat surface, you should not spend too much on the treadmill shoes itself. It is likely that treadmill shoes are often used for other surfaces and may not be the appropriate choice for your treadmill.

Why do the bottom of my feet hurt during exercise?

The treadmill can cause irritation on the bottom of your feet for several reasons. As you run, you’re actually jarring your body with every step.

The impact of running can cause pain in your feet. The impact can increase when you run on a treadmill because of the lack of support from the ground.

When you run on a treadmill, your feet are suspended on the cushiony treadmill belt. Every time your foot hits the belt, it can cause pain in your feet.

The pain on the bottom of the foot is usually the symptom of plantar fasciitis, which is an inflammation of the band of tissue connecting the heel bone to the toes. It can be caused by overuse, which is the most common cause, but sometimes is just a random occurrence.

When the plantar fascia ligament becomes overused, it can become inflamed and cause pain. This inflammation is usually located under the heel bone or toward the bottom of the foot.

How do I stop my feet from hurting when I run?

Most treadmills have a “shock absorption pad” on the front to soften the impact of your feet hitting the ground. If your treadmill does not have a shock absorption pad, you can place a 4-6 inch thick blanket on the front to soften the impact of your feet hitting the ground.

If your treadmill does have a shock absorption pad, it will be located underneath a piece of black rubber. You can remove this piece of rubber and put your blanket on top of the shock absorption pad.

The shock absorption pad will absorb the impact of your feet hitting the ground while your blanket will soften the impact. Running on a treadmill is one of the most common ways to exercise at home, but many runners report that the impact of running on a moving treadmill can be hard on their feet and ankles.

Research shows that running shoes designed for indoor use are generally firmer and more durable than regular running shoes, and can help reduce the impact of running on a treadmill.

However, some running experts suggest that wearing super-stiff running shoes can actually put more stress on your joints, so make sure to pick a model that has a slightly softer heel and arch support.

How do I protect my feet when running?

Running on a treadmill can result in dry air and low temperatures, which can cause your feet to become dry, cracked, and calloused.

It is also more common to develop blisters on your feet when running on a treadmill, due to the increased pressure on the balls of your feet.

Protecting your feet when running on a treadmill is a complex issue given the variables present in each individual (e.g., foot strength, body fat percentage, shoes worn during workout, etc.).

For example, at the risk of oversimplification, running barefoot on concrete is far more impactful than running on a treadmill, but the lack of traction makes it almost impossible to maintain a safe pace.

To prevent accidents, exercise caution when using a treadmill. Always start at a slow speed and gradually increase your pace.

About the author
Published by Kieran
A star athlete during his school days, Kieran quickly excelled at sports and in particular; football. Kieran's true passion lies in home exercise equipment, and so was was built as a source for all of Kieran's thoughts to be put down on a medium. Here he guides you through various nuances of working out at home, tips, guides, reviews and more.The only other thing Kieran enjoys more than working out, is writing about it.
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